White Whips Great Southern Billiards Competition
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Greenville, SC
by Lea Andrews
Brian White, who earned his first Great Southern Billiard Tour victory in March, made an undefeated run through the tour’s July 25-26 stop to earn his second. The $1,500-added event, which was sponsored by Nick Varner Cues and Cases, brought 57 competitors to World Cup Billiards in Greenville, SC.White sailed through the winners’ side until he came upon B-ranked David King, who gave White his first close call of the weekend, pushing the score to hill-hill. But AA-ranked White came out on top of the weighted match 11-6, advancing to the hot seat match against Gary Cairnes, who’d sent fellow B player Aaron Megia west 7-5. Megia managed just two games against White, though, and he moved over to the semifinals while White awaited an opponent.
On the left side of the bracket, recent winner Jordan Grubb, who’d suffered an earlier loss to White, moved past B-ranked John Thompson 9-3 and A-ranked Matt Mancini 9-6 to face Megia. Meanwhile, Josh Newman, a past winner who’d fallen to Megia, ousted B players Justin Price 9-5 and BEF Junior Nationals 14-and-Under Boys’ champion Billy Thorpe 9-5. Newman continued his quest for another first-place finish by planting King in fifth 9-3 to reach the quarterfinals against Grubb, who’d had his own 9-3 win over Megia. The two A players had a close battle, but it was Newman who advanced 9-7 to meet Cairnes in the semifinals. Newman’s smooth shutout earned him a ticket to the finals, while Cairnes settled for third.
The true double-elimination final match was, unfortunately for Newman, a replica of the stellar performances that White had put on the rest of the weekend. White gave it everything he had to earn his first-place finish by a decisive 11-5 margin.
1st Brian White $1,000
2nd Josh Newman $500
3rd Gary Cairnes $300
4th Jordan Grubb $200
5th Aaron Megia $125
7th Matt Mancini $80
9th John Thompson $45