By Joshua Johnson, Inside POOL
After eight hours of matches, play has come to a close with sixteen players of the original 42 moving on to Sunday matches. Along the way, some of the stronger shooters have encountered some troubles, but are still battling on the left side of the brackets. Brian White, one of the AA classed players needing to go to 11 games, lost his first match to B player Mike Basha.
Both Josh Roberts and Norris Brady lost their third round matches to Lay Thammavong and Steve Cox. Other players still progressing through the winner’s side are Josh Newman, Jeff Abernathy, Paul Mullins, Zeek Gomez, Wade Mascia, and Dusty Norris. Joining Roberts, White and Brady on the 1-loss side are Clay Branham, Rory Dover, Dale Phillips, Chris Steele, and Robert Ash.
With the restructured format of the amateur events on the GSBT, it’s anyone’s guess as to who will walk away with the $1000 first prize. Sunday play begins at 1:00pm EST with both winners and 1-loss bracket matches. Also Sunday, there will be a second chance tournament for those players who did not cash in the main event starting at 4:00pm EST.
The Great Southern Billiard Tour would like to thank the owner of the Breakers Sports Bar, Jeff Peele, for hosting the event as well as its sponsors: Nick Varner Cues and Cases, Tiger Products, Delta-13 Rack, Masters Chalk, Inside POOL, AZ Billiards, Professor Q-BALL, Stroke Magazine and Billiards Digest. This event is being streamed live at the following link: