Champion Earns First Great Southern Billiards Win
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Rocky Mount, NC
by Lea Andrews
Despite a strong push by fellow A-player Danny Mastermaker, Sidney Champion held his ground to take his first top-place finish on the Great Southern Billiard Tour. The $1,500-added event drew 37 players to Greentop Billiards in Rocky Mount, NC, the weekend of December 11-12.
Champion sent past winner Tony Morrison west 9-6 to reach the hot seat match against Mastermaker, who’d come out on top of a weighted race against AA-ranked Sam Monday 9-9. Champion claimed the hot seat as his own with a decisive 9-5 victory, sending Mastermaker over to the semifinals.
On the left side of the bracket, Michael Fuller, who’d fallen earlier to Monday 11-6, had the unfortunate luck of running into his father, A-ranked Peaches Fuller, though he was lucky enough to be the one to advance 11-1 and move on to an 11-4 win over Younger Chapman to meet up with Morrison. Facing Monday was A-ranked David Trest, who’d had lopsided wins over Vernon Rogers 9-3 and Scott Howard 9-0, but Monday put an end to his streak 11-6, planting him in fifth and moving on to the quarterfinals against Fuller, who’d had his own 11-6 win over Morrison. Fuller wasn’t able to avenge his earlier loss, though, and he finished in fourth 11-7, allowing Monday to move on to his own rematch with Mastermaker, but it was a repeat of their earlier match, and Monday ended his run in third 9-9.
In yet another rematch that followed in the true double-elimination final match, Mastermaker was able to level the playing field by pushing the second set 9-6. But Champion, who recently suffered a work-related back injury, was looser in the second set, and he sailed to his first GSBT win 9-2.
1st Sidney Champion $800
2nd Danny Master maker $500
3rd Sam Monday $350
4th Michael Fuller $250
5th Tony Morrison $100
7th Younger Chapman $50
The tour goes to Speak Easy Billiards in Sanford, NC and the free live stream will be provided by Inside POOL Magazine. Check InsidePOOLmag.com for details.