Another Monday Massacre at GSBT Event
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Inman, SC
by Lea Andrews
Sam Monday suffered a late loss to fellow frequent high-finisher Josh Newman at the November 27-28 stop of the Great Southern Billiard Tour, but the setback was brief. Monday controlled the matches that followed to finish on top of the $1,500-added event, which drew 42 contenders to Raisin’ Cain’s in Inman, SC.
Monday’s 9-7 loss to Newman cost him a spot in the hot seat match and sent him to left side of the bracket, while Newman went on to face Scottie Ward, who’d just sent Zack Robbins west 7-4. Against Newman, Ward managed just three racks and moved over to the semifinals.
On the one-loss side, heavy hitters were trimming the field before coming upon each other. Cliff Joyner got rid of Harold Binesett 10-2 to meet up with Derek “Chewy” Leonard, who’d just taken care of John Thompson 10-5. Joyner held Leonard to four games to move onto Robbins, while Carolina Open winner Brian White took care of Mike Basha 10-7 and fellow AA player Greg Dix 10-8. Unfortunately for White, next up was Monday, who was on a mission. Monday planted White in fifth 10-6 to advance to the quarterfinals against Robbins, who’d managed to hold back Joyner 7-5. He couldn’t go any further, though, because Monday blew through their match 10-3 to move on to Ward in the semifinals. Another lopsided match ensued, and Ward finished in third 10-4, sending Monday on to a rematch with Newman in the finals.
In the first set of the true double-elimination final match, Newman, who was trying for his third win this season, notched up four games, but Monday was less generous in the second set. Reaching his goal of ten while Newman was still at two, it was Monday who clinched his third win of the season.
1st Sam Monday $800
2nd Josh Newman $550
3rd Scottie Ward $350
4th Zack Robbins $200
5th Brian White $135
7th Greg Dix $85