Shuffett Becomes Kentucky State Billiards Champion
Kentucky State 9-Ball Championship / Campbellsville, KY
The Second Annual Kentucky State 9-Ball Championship was held at the Rack and Cue in Campbellsville, KY, April 3-4. Thirty players from around Kentucky, including such notables as David Rice, Russ Edwards, Eddie Adams, and Robert Frost, gathered with their eyes on a beautiful 6-foot trophy that would represent Kentucky’s best for 2010, but it was Landon Shuffett who ultimately claimed the top prize.
Of the 16 players that survived the first day, Rice, Shuffett, and Rob Ganote were in good position to make their charge for the state title. Rice took out Shuffett 9-8, sending the 15-year-old to the left side. Randy McDonald, in a strong showing, handed Ganote his first loss. Then Rice and McDonald met in the hot seat match, with Rice prevailing 9-3.
On the one-loss side, Frost was making his charge with four consecutive wins. A huge turning point in the event occurred when Shuffett rebounded from a 6-2 deficit against Frost, taking a 7-6 win. That win propelled Shuffett past Bruce Lutrell and McDonald for the finals rematch with Rice in which Shuffett would have to defeat Rice twice.In the first match Shuffett gained early momentum with a run of four racks, and then he cruised to a 9-2 win, setting up the final match for the state title. Rice took an early 2-0 lead, but Shuffett tied the match at 2-2. In the sixth rack Rice played a great safe, only to see Shuffett execute a perfect kick resulting in a run-out and a score of 3-3. Shuffett took command from there, winning the championship match 9-4. Along with the title and the trophy, Shuffett collected $1,050 of the $4,075 that was available for the top six finishes.
1st Landon Shuffett
2nd David Rice
3rd Randy McDonald
4th Bruce Lutrell
5th Robert Frost