White and Newman Winners in Monroe
Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour / Monroe, NC
The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour visited Burrkat’s Billiards in Monroe, NC, for Labor Day weekend. The event kicked off on Saturday as players from around the region rolled into North Carolina to take their shot at the $2,500-added prize fund in the amateur-advanced division, which was won by Brian White, as Josh Newman took home first place in the amateur event.
White took first after he worked his way through the bottom of the chart undefeated to the finals, sending Cheri Harrison 9-2, Kenneth Kostszyci 9-3, Josh Heeter 9-2, and Holly Sholes 9-2 to the one-loss side before facing B.J. Ussery in the finals of the winners’ side brackets. After a 9-4 defeat at the hands of White, Ussery ousted Jeff Abernathy 9-6 in the semifinals to earn a rematch with White in the finals.
Ussery took an early two-rack lead in the final match, but White made a comeback to tie the score 2-2. Undaunted, Ussery reached a three-game lead, but White countered by winning the next six racks in a row to make it 8-6 in his favor. At that point Ussery forfeited the match to White, giving White the win 8-6.Amateur-Advanced Results:
1st Brian White $1,135
2nd BJ Ussery $700
3rd Jeff Abernathy $450
4th Holly Sholes $250
5th Ron Parks $150
7th Jeff Pate $100
In the amateur division, 16-year-old Josh Newman gave his opponents a run for the money. Newman, who is from Gastonia, started playing pool at the age of 13, and his age played no factor during the tournament. Not only did he display excellent sportsmanship, he also impressed all who watched him with his skills.
Newman made his way back from the one-loss side to defeat Jody Musselman in the second set of the finals with a score of 5-4, winning by making the 9 on the break. He began his path to the finals in the top of the brackets and was sent to the west side in round one by John Maikke 5-2. Once on the one-loss side Newman defeated Marianne Merrill 5-0, Cindi Moore 5-0, Spring Helligrath 5-1, Jeff Hooks 5-4, Maikke 5-4, Tony Williams 5-1, Jason Yackley 5-1, and Billy Holmes 5-3 to reach the finals.
1st Josh Newman $800
2nd Jody Musselman $400
3rd Billy Holmes $250
4th Jason Yackley $150
5th Scott Johnson $100