Smith Smashes Great Southern Billiards Event
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Conyers, GA
by Lea Andrews
Danny Smith took the long road to the finals in the February 12-13 stop of the Great Southern Billiard Tour, but when he got there, he was none the worse for wear, taking down undefeated Randy Jordan in two sets. Smith and Jordan were among the hefty field of 62 that gathered at Classic Billiards in Conyers, GA, for the $1,500-added event.
While AA-ranked Smith was working his way through the left side of the bracket, Jordan was sending fellow A-player Jeff Hooks west 9-7 to reach the hot seat match against recent winner Jared McGee, who’d arrived via B-ranked Bob Lea 10-5. McGee managed just five games himself against Jordan, though, and he moved over to the semifinals.
On the other side, Joseph Cole ousted A-players Angelo Inness 9-8 and past winner Horace “Groundhog” Goodwin 9-3 to meet up with Hooks. Meanwhile, Smith was working his magic against A-players John Maikke 10-5 and BR Tatum 10-1 to face Lea. Planting Lea in fifth 10-7, Smith moved on to Hooks, who’d put Cole in fifth 9-6. Hooks had dealt Smith his earlier loss, but in their rematch, he came up one game shy, finishing in fourth 10-8 and sending Smith on to the semifinals against McGee. On a roll, Smith barely slowed down, leaving McGee behind in third 10-5 and advancing to the finals against Jordan.
In the true double-elimination final match, Smith pushed the second set 10-6, and the two fought back and forth to bring the score to hill-hill. In the final rack, Jordan missed the 3 ball, allowing Smith back at the table to clean up what was left and earn his first tour win this season 10-8.
A big name in attendance that didn’t make the later rounds was the 2010 Carolina Open winner, AA-ranked Brian White, whose journey was cut short by highest-finishing female Dana Aft. Aft, who recently placed third at the U.S. Amateur Championship, was one of eight ladies in attendance, most of whom were able to take advantage of the tour’s recent C-level addition. Aft’s performance was marked by her two close matches with AA players—she went hill-hill with Jesse Middlebrook 10-5 in the third round, and after winning two matches on the one-loss side, she encountered White, moving past him 6-8 in their weighted match.
1st Danny Smith $1,000
2nd Randy Jordan $600
3rd Jared McGee $400
4th Jeff Hooks $200
5th Joseph Cole $100
7th Horace Goodwin $80
9th Angelo Innes $45
13th Darren Blitch $20
Highest-Finishing Female Dana Aft $50