Great Southern Billiards Tour / Goldsboro, NC
by Lea Andrews
Sam Monday, who last won a Great Southern Billiards Tour Event in November, nabbed his second event this season the weekend of September 11-12. Monday and 52 other competitors gathered at Fast Eddie’s in Goldsboro, NC, for the $1,500-added event, which was sponsored by Nick Varner Cues and Cases and Andy Gilbert Custom Cues.
AA-ranked Monday breezed by A-ranked Larry Faulk 11-6 to reach the hot seat match against recent winner Steve Page, who’d sent another past winner, A-ranked Tony Morrison, west 9-2. Monday claimed the hot seat 11-7, leaving Page to try fight his way back from the semifinals.
On the one-loss side, Chris Vollmar got past fellow A-players Chris Adams 9-1 and Montez Lloyd 9-8 to face Faulk, while AA-ranked Michael “Bulldawg” Fuller, who’d taken a third-round hit from Adams, notched up his own solid string of wins. Fuller took care of B-ranked Dillon Whaley 11-4 to meet up with A-ranked Greg Taylor, whom he ousted 11-3 to face Morrison. Their face-off landed Morrison in fifth 11-4, while Fuller advanced to the quarterfinals against Faulk, who’d edged out Vollmar 9-8. Another hill-hill match ensued for Faulk, but he was on the wrong end of this one, and he finished in fourth 11-8, while Fuller moved on to Page in the semifinals. On a roll, Fuller held Page to seven games to earn the right to face Monday in the alternate break, true double-elimination final match.
The first set was undeniably Fuller’s—he ran out nearly every time he broke and took advantage whenever Monday scratched on the break to push the second set 11-1. Monday gained control, though, and he got ahead and stayed there to earn a decisive 11-4 win.
1st Sam Monday $1,000
2nd Michael Fuller $500
3rd Steve Page $300
4th Larry Faulk $200
5th Tony Morrison $125
7th Greg Taylor $75
9th Dillon Whaley $50