McGee Mangles Great Southern Competition
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Conyers, GA
by Lea Andrews
Jared McGee was the last man standing after making an undefeated run at the first Great Southern Billiard Tour stop of the new year, hosted by Classic Billiards in Conyers, GA. The $1,500-added event was held January 8-9 and attracted a field of 36 players.
McGee got past fellow A-player Adam Towery 9-5 to reach the hot seat match against Joseph Cole, who’d edged out Claude Marrier 9-8. Holding Cole to three games, McGee claimed the hot seat while Cole moved over to the semifinals.
On the left side of the bracket, John Maikke cruised through B-players Faith Thompson 9-5 and Chris Holt 9-1 to meet up with Towery, while Jeff Hooks ousted A-ranked Aaron Frady 9-6 and AA-ranked Sam Monday 9-9 to reach Marrier. Hooks, who’d found himself on the west side after a 9-5 encounter with Towery, earned a quarterfinal rematch after taking care of Marrier 9-7. Towery, who’d just put Maikke in fifth 9-5, managed just five games against Hooks and landed in fourth, while Hooks had his revenge and a spot in the semifinals against Cole. But Cole was eager to get another crack at McGee, and he managed to mark up the last game in their hill-hill match to move on to the finals.
In the true double-elimination final match, McGee got out to a 5-1 lead, but Cole fought back, bringing the score to hill-hill. In the final rack, the two traded safeties on the 1 ball, but when Cole hit it and scratched, the battle and the tournament were over—McGee earned his second tour win with a 1-9 combination.
1st Jared McGee $750
2nd Joseph Cole $500
3rd Jeff Hooks $300
4th Adam Towery $200
5th John Maikke $140
7th Chris Holt $70