Morrison Undefeated at Great Southern Billiards Event
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Sanford, NC
by Lea Andrews
To earn his most recent Great Southern Billiards Tour win, A-ranked Tony Morrison had to get past a string of the best the South has to offer. Not one slowed him down in the slightest, though, and he went undefeated at the $1,500-added event, which drew 60 players to Speakeazy Billiards in Sanford, NC, the weekend of December 18-19.
To reach the hot seat match, Morrison first had to deal with AA-ranked Michael Fuller, whom he sent west 9-8 to meet up with recent Carolina Open winner Brian White. White, who’d just held the open runner-up, A-ranked Alex Olinger, to six games, could only mark up six of his own against Morrison.
On the other side of the bracket, a couple of White’s earlier victims, B-ranked Vernon Rogers and AA-ranked B.J. Ussery, were making the long trek towards the later rounds. Rogers ousted A players David Brown 7-8 and Delton Howard 7-6 to face Olinger, another A player, while Ussery took care of Shawn Ray 11-6 and AA-ranked Sam Monday 11-8 to face Fuller. Rogers and Ussery each kept their opponents three games shy of their goals, earning themselves spots in the quarterfinals 7-6 and 11-8, respectively. While both men were seeking a rematch with White in the semifinals, it was Ussery who earned it 11-5, leaving Rogers behind in fourth. In the semis, Ussery notched a strong 11-5 revenge win over White to nab the spot in the finals against Morrison.
But in the true double-elimination final match, Ussery’s big-win streak came to halt. Showing once again that he didn’t need the two-game spot he was given, Morrison finished up his undefeated weekend with a strong 9-4 victory.
1st Tony Morrison $1,000
2nd B.J. Ussery $550
3rd Brian White $350
4th Vernon Rogers $200
5th Alex Olinger $105
7th Delton Howard $75
9th David King $45