Trest Last Man Standing
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Conyers, GA
by Lea Andrews
David Trest faltered briefly in his quest for his first Great Southern Billiards Tour victory, but he came back when it counted. Trest was the last man standing at the $1,500-added event, which drew 31 players to Classic Billiards in Conyers, GA, December 4-5.
Trest sailed through the field into the final four on the winners’ side, where he dealt Greg Haigin a 9-4 blow to reach the hot seat match against Danny Smith, who’d sent David Walters west 10-6. Holding AA-ranked Smith to five games, A-ranked Trest claimed the hot seat for himself and put Smith into the semifinals.
On the left side of the bracket, two men who’d fallen in the first round were making the long journey towards the money rounds. Randy Jordan ousted fellow A-player Denny Singletary 9-6 and AA-player Jesse Middlebrook 9-3 to face Haigin. Meanwhile, Cliff Joyner moved through A-players Jeff Jordan 10-6 and JR Rossman 10 to meet up with Walters. Joyner put Walters in fifth 10-4, while Jordan did the same to Haigin 9-5. The two determined players squared off in the quarterfinals, and though it went hill-hill, only one could go on, and it was Joyner 10-8. Another hill-hill match was in store for Joyner in the semifinals against Smith, but this time the final rack eluded him, and it was Smith who earned the spot in the finals 10-9.
In the first set of the true double-elimination final match, Trest notched a big chunk of the games necessary to win, but he came up a couple short. Smith pushed the second set 10-7, but the next set was tighter. Jacked up over the 9 ball in the last game of the hill-hill set, Smith missed the 6 ball, allowing Trest to pocket what was left to nab his first tour win 9-9.
1st David Trest $800
2nd Danny Smith $500
3rd Cliff Joyner $300
4th Randy Jordan $180
5th David Walters $100
7th JR Rossman $45