O’Neal On Top of Great Southern Billiards Field
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Murfreesboro, TN
by Lea Andrews
Josh O’Neal, who first won a Great Southern Billiards Tour event in June, topped a 35-player field to put the second notch in his belt at the tour’s March 5-6 stop. The $1,500-added event was held at Murfreesboro Billiard Club in Murfreesboro, TN, and was sponsored by Nick Varner Cues and Cases, Andy Gilbert Custom Cues, Mike Davis Extermination, and Delta-13.
AA-ranked O’Neal blasted past B-ranked Steve Legacy 11-4 to reach the hot seat match against David Cross, who’d edged out fellow B player David Lawlor 7-6. Cross took the weighted match 7-7, sending O’Neal over to the semifinals to earn his way back.
On the other side of the bracket, A-ranked Mike Jones, who’d fallen in the second round to Lawlor 7-4, made his way past AA-ranked Billy Young 9-9 and B-ranked Chris Perhealth 9-4 before once again coming upon Lawlor. Meanwhile, James Eberhart, who’d moved west following his first-round loss to C-ranked Amanda Townsend, plowed his way through the left side, ultimately ousting A-ranked DJ Holloway 9-7, AA-ranked Chuck Raulston 9-4, and Legacy 9-3 to reach the quarterfinal match. There he faced Lawlor, who’d once again held Jones to four games, leaving him behind in fifth. That was the final victory for Lawlor, though—he managed just two games against Eberhart, landing in fourth while Eberhart moved on to the semifinal match aginst O’Neal. Unfortunately for Eberhart, O’Neal had his eye set on a rematch with Cross in the finals, and he earned the spot 11-5.
Undefeated Cross could win either the first or the second set to claim the victory as his own, but O’Neal had other ideas. In the first set of the true double-elimination final match, he allowed Cross to hit the string just once, and though he was slightly more generous in the second set, he still kept the ultimate prize for himself, earning his second tour win 11-3.
1st Josh O’Neal $1,000
2nd David Cross $500
3rd James Eberhart $350
4th David Lawlor $205
5th Mike Jones $100