Great Southern Billiard Tour / Cornelius, NC
by Lea Andrews
Josh Newman, who last won a Great Southern Billiard Tour in March at Kylie’s Sports Bar and Grill in Cornelius, NC, returned to the scene of the crime the weekend of October 9-10 for a repeat performance. Newman was the last man standing among the field of 25 at the $1,000-added event, which was sponsored by Nick Varner Cues and Cases, Andy Gilbert Custom Cues, Delta-13, and Tiger Products.
Newman rode a 7-3 win over fellow A-player Chris Turner into the hot seat match against last stop’s winner, AA-ranked B.J. Ussery, who’d just blown past Cliff Cribb 9-2. Managing to get ahead of Ussery, Newman claimed the hot seat 7-6.
On the one-loss side, A-ranked Matt Reed ousted B-ranked Bob Ruffalo 7-1 and A-ranked Larry Faulk 7-3 to meet up with Turner. Meanwhile, A-ranked Chris Adams, who’d fallen in the first round to Reed, took care of B-ranked Jose Tovar 7-2 and B-ranked Art Colors 7-2 to face Cribb. Adams earned his spot in the quarterfinals 7-3, but he was denied a chance at a rematch with Reed, who’d fallen 7-5 to Turner and landed in fifth. Adams continued on his steady path through the field, planting Turner in fourth 7-2 and moving on to Ussery, who fell shy of his goal again and finished in third 7-5.
In the true double-elimination final match, Adams forced the second set 7-2, but Newman already had his eyes on the prize. The second set went to Newman 7-3, his third tour win to date.
1st Josh Newman $500
2nd Chris Adams $300
3rd BJ Ussery $200
4th Chris Turner $100
5th Matt Reed $55