Olinger On Top at Great Southern Billiards Event
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Murfreesboro, TN
by Lea Andrews
A lot of players took shots at Alex Olinger at the October 23-24 stop of the Great Southern Billiard Tour, but none could take him down. Olinger went undefeated through the 31-player field at the $1,500-added event, which was held at Murfreesboro Billiard Club in Murfreesboro, TN, and sponsored by Nick Varner Cues and Cases, Andy Gilbert Custom Cues, Delta-13, and Tiger Products.A-ranked Olinger faced Hamilton Boss in the winners’-side final four, tossing him aside 9-5 to reach the hot seat match against B-ranked Steve Lagace, who’d gone hill-hill with AA-ranked Nick Hickerson. Another hill-hill match was in store for him against Olinger, but Lagace couldn’t mark up the final game and Olinger sat in the hot seat 9-6.
On the left side of the bracket, one of Olinger’s earlier victims, AA-ranked Josh O’Neil, was trying to wade through the field to get back to him, ousting B-ranked Jamie Crouch 11-5 and AA-ranked Justin Cone along the way. Meanwhile, AA-ranked Ryan Stone, who’d fallen to Hickerson, took care of B-ranked junior player Billy Thorpe 11-3 and A-ranked Rick Powers 11-2 to meet up with Boss. Allowing Boss just one rack, Stone moved on to the quarterfinals against O’Neil, who’d taken care of Hickerson 11-4. But that was as far as O’Neil got on his quest for a rematch with Olinger–managing just five games against Stone, he finished in fourth. In the semifinal match against Lagace, Stone continued his hot streak, holding Lagace to five games to earn his spot in the finals against Olinger.
But Olinger had been on a hot streak all weekend, and it was no different in the true double-elimination final match. No second match was needed–Olinger reached his goal first, earning his victory in one well-played 9-9 set.
1st Alex Olinger $800
2nd Ryan Stone $550
3rd Steve Lagace $350
4th Josh O’Neil $160
5th Hamilton Boss $75