Team DMIRO 10-Ball Tour / Roanoke, VA
by Michael Zimmerman
Shaun Wilkie took on all comers at the September 26-27 stop of the Team DMIRO 10-Ball Tour, fending off competitors to take first place. The stop was hosted by Guys and Dolls in Roanoke, VA, and featured a $1,500-added prize fund. This was Wilkie’s second win in two consecutive events on the new tour.
Before the event kicked off, over 22 players challenged Wilkie in a single race. If the amateur won, he or she would receive a free tour card from Team DMIRO. Only one amateur was able to defeat Wilkie—Jon Chisom.
Saturday saw three entrants in the open/pro side of the field. Wilkie defeated Larry Price 7-2, and Mike Andrews received a bye. The amateur bracket had strong competition, with Eric Charliton, Chris Stoneman, and Jon Chisom, along with Tilford Epling. The final four to come back Sunday were Charliton and Epling on the winners’ side, and on the one-loss side Stoneman and Steve Connor returned.
In the first match Sunday, Andrews missed a 10 ball to go hill-hill against Epling, and Epling defeated him 7-5 to advance to the hot seat match. There he faced Charliton, whom had just upset Wilkie by a 7-5 victory. Charliton easily wrested the hot seat from Epling 7-2. On the one-loss side now, Epling had to face off against Wilkie, who ousted him 7-3 to advance to the finals.
During the final match, a single race to 9, Wilkie won the lag and took control of the match. After a few missed opportunities, he was able to defeat Charliton 9-3 and take home his second Team DMIRO win in a row.
1st Shaun Wilkie $780
2nd Eric Charliton $555
3rd Tilford Epling $325
4th Larry Price $225
5th Mike Andrews $110
7th Steve Connor $55