Clatterbuck Double Dips Diamond Billiards

The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour was in Virginia for its second weekend in the state. Diamond Billiards in Midlothian, VA hosted both the Open and the Amateur Division on April 4th & 5th, 2009. The billiard filled weekend kicked off on Friday Night with a mini tournament and ran thru the early morning hours on Sunday. Diamond Billiards and The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour hosted 168 entries (including 24 free entries given to women and junior players and 43 League discounts) over the weekend and paid out over $7400 in prize monies. All events were played on 9ft tables that were recovered with Simonis 860 prior to the events.

Friday Nights mini tournament drew in 65 entries and played until early morning as players went after their share of the prize fund up for grabs.

The Viking Cue 9-Ball Open Tour kicked off on Saturday and featured some of the favorites in the area including Brandon Shuff, Manny Chau, Mark Ritter (from Detroit) and Matt Clatterbuck (Clatterbuck is sponsored by Blue Fox Billiards). The Open Division played down to the final eight on Saturday and brought back the top players in the field to finish out the race for the money on Sunday. The finals provided a nail bitting experience for all who watched as Clatterbuck made a comeback from the one loss side, where he had been sent by Brandon Shuff in the match for the hotseat, and was able to defeat Shuff in both sets of the finals as required in the true double elimination format that is the standard for The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour. The Brackets were provided to all that could not make their way to Diamond Billiards this weekend by Maxim Billiards ( and The Tournament Guide Magazine( For the whole path to the finals please view the brackets online. Saturday Night also held a 6 player, $200 entry ring game with Matt Clatterbuck winning the $1000 first prize and Mark Ritter taking $200 home for second place. Chris Adams was the lucky winner of the $310 Viking Cue that was raffled on Saturday.

Matt Clatterbuck (Sponsored by Blue Fox Billiards, Winchester, VA)

Matt Clatterbuck (Sponsored by Blue Fox Billiards, Winchester, VA)

Open Division Payouts

1st Matt Clatterbuck $1040
2nd Brandon Shuff $650
3rd Manny Chau $450
4th Mark Ritter $300
5/6th John Newton
Chris Adams $150 Each
7/8th Sean Sporleder
Reggie Jackson $75 Each

Sunday kicked off The Viking Cue 9-Ball Amateur Tours event which hosted 62 entries. The event had a strong showing for the area and provided a full day of billiards and excitement for all in attendance as the room was standing room only for most of the day. Players from all over the region were in attendance as they battled their way towards the prize monies up for grab. The event was won in set one by Chris Hansen who defeated Mitch Trainham 5-0 to take home the first prize. This was only Hansen’s second Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour Event and his first Amateur Divison win. The Brackets for the Amateur event have also been provided online at Maxim Billiards and The Tournament Guide Magazine for viewing. Jason Paley won the $310 Viking Cue that was raffled on Sunday.
Amateur Division Payouts

Chris Hansen did his thing and scored some cash.

Chris Hansen did his thing and scored some cash.

1st Chris Hansen $920
2nd Mitch Trainham $450
3rd Ken Murphy $300
4th Reggie Jackson $200
5/6th Vernon Steinke
Danny Mastermaker $125 Each
7/8th Robert Anderson
Walter Black $75 Each
9/12th Jason Kuhn
John Hines
Luther Farley
Mike Janis $50 Each


The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour Staff would like to Thank Diamond Billiard’s owner Thomas Dorsey and manager Chris Adams as well as their staff for providing an excellent tournament environment for all the participants at this weekend’s events. The next Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour event to be hosted at Diamond Billiards will be the weekend of October 24th & 25th, 2009 and will be $3000 Added –$2000 Added Open Division and $1000 Amateur Division.

Payouts Friday Night Mini Tournament

1st Chris Williams $300
2nd Manny Chau $200
3rd Gary Airhart $75
4/5th Tonya Louderback
Reggie Jackson $67.50 Each
6/10th Brian Spurlock
Kris Williams
Tim Shiflett
Jeremiah Williams
Spring Helligrath $28 Each

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