Newman Nabs Another Great Southern Billiards Win
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Sanford, NC
by Lea Andrews
Josh Newman, who’s notched Great Southern Billiard Tour wins first as a B player and then as an A player, earned his first win as an AA player the weekend of March 26-27. Undefeated Newman topped a strong 74-player field at the $1,500-added event, which was held at Speak Eazy Billiards in Sanford, NC.
Following back-to-back, hill-hill wins over past winners Tony Morrison and Sidney Champion, both A players, Newman faced yet another past winner, AA-ranked B.J. Ussery. Edging out Ussery 11-10, Newman went on to the hot seat match against A-ranked Glenn Russell, who’d sent C player Jack Miller west 9-4. It was Newman earned the hot seat 11-7, sending Russell over to the semifinals to try to fight his way back.
On the left side of the bracket, Morrison and Champion were making their own efforts to get back to Newman. Morrison ousted A-ranked Mike Basha 9-1 and B-ranked Vernon Rogers 9-2 to face Ussery, while Champion took care of B player Walter Newsome and C player Mike Walker to reach Jack Miller. Champion easily handled Miller 9-2 to earn his spot in the quarterfinal match, but Morrison managed just two games against Ussery to land in fifth. Both Ussery and Champion were determined to be the one to move on, fighting their way to hill-hill 10-8, but it was Ussery who marked up the final game to move on to the semifinal match against Russell, and it was Ussery who played his way into the finals 11-5, leaving Russell behind in third.
In the true double-elimination final match, Newman and Ussery stayed fairly even until they’d reached seven games apiece, but a few bad rolls and errors on Ussery’s part allowed Newman to pull ahead 9-7, and an accidental 9 ball in the next rack allowed him to reach the hill 10-7. Ussery took the next game, but when he snookered himself on the 6 and missed the kick, Newman went back to the table to clean up what was left and put another GSBT victory under his belt.
1st Josh Newman $1,000
2nd B.J. Ussery $600
3rd Glenn Russell $420
4th Sidney Champion $320
5th Tony Morrison $160
7th Vernon Rogers $90
9th Taz Holliday $50