Smith Rebounds for GSBT Win
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Duluth, GA
by Lea Andrews
Danny Smith didn’t let a late loss to Kim Bennett deter him from coming back out on top of the Great Southern Billiard Tour field October 3-4. Smith and Bennett were among the field of 40 who gathered at The Pool Room in Duluth, GA, for the $1,500-added event.
AA-ranked Smith went hill-hill with Arlo Walsman, edging him out 11-10 to face Bennett in the hot seat match. A-ranked Bennett, who’d breezed by B-ranked Casey Joiner 9-3, managed to reach his goal of 9 games against Smith, who fell one game shy of his own goal of 11.
On the one-loss side, Jeff Hooks put fellow A player Mitch Bethea in ninth 9-3, while Curtis Hale did the same to A-ranked Dustin Byrd 9-4. John Maikke notched up a strong win over A-ranked Stanley Lingerfald 9-1 to face Billy Tyler, who was coming off a 9-3 victory over B player Jose Tovar. Maikke held Tyler to four games to meet up with Joiner, while Hooks got by Hale 9-7 to meet Walsman. Hooks moved on to the quarterfinals 9-9, leaving Walsman, who’d needed 11 games to win, in fifth. Joining him there was Maikke, who’d fallen hill-hill to Joiner 7-8. Another hill-hill match awaited Joiner in the quarterfinals, but he came up on the wrong end of this one, landing in third 9-6. It was then Hooks’ turn to come out on the wrong end of a hill-hill match in the semifinals against Smith, as Smith, with his 11-8 win over Hooks, earned his chance to avenge his loss to Bennett.
In the first set of the true double-elimination final match, it seemed the outcome could go either way, but Smith managed to push the second set 11-7. In the second set, Smith emerged more dominant, taking control and clinching first 11-6.
1st Danny Smith $1,000
2nd Kim Bennett $500
3rd Jeff Hooks $300
4th Casey Joiner $200
5th Arlo Walsman $100
7th Curtis Hale $40