Raulston and Williams Earn Great Southern Billiards Wins
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Fairfield, OH
The Great Southern Billiard Tour had a monumental event the weekend of February 26-27, garnering 99 entries in their 9-ball event and 64 in the banks. The $2,350-added tournament was hosted by Michael’s Billiards and Games in Fairfield, OH, with Chuck Raulston and Brandon Williams taking top honors in the 9-ball and banks, respectively.
Despite a power outage that ceased play Saturday evening for a time, the event carried on. In the 9-ball, Raulston cruised undefeated to the hot seat match, notching wins over Jeff Knifely 10-7, Joey Koontz 10-4, John Meyers 10-1, Chad Whitmore 10-4, James Rowland 10-6, and Richie Richeson 10-4. Lucas Hawkins had just defeated DJ Holloway 9-6 and awaited Raulston in the hot seat match, which went Raulston’s way 10-7.
Holloway ousted Mike Cantrell 7-5 to advance to the quarterfinal match against Richeson, who had just eliminated Frank Ruby 10-7. Richeson was able to move past Holloway 10-6 and next match up with Hawkins. This was a close contest, but Richeson advanced 10-8 to rematch with Raulston in the finals. However, Raulston still proved the stronger player and took the final match 10-6.
In the banks event, young gun Williams advanced to the hot seat match with a win over George Rothrock 3-1 to face Louis Demarco, who had just sent Sam Kirby west 3-0. Williams triumphed over Demarco 3-1 to await a finals opponent, while Demarco went to the west side. Rothrock bested Greg Randall hill-hill to face Demarco but came up short 3-1 and took home third place. In the finals, Demarco won the first set 3-1, but Williams recovered and won the second and deciding set 2-1.
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1st Chuck Raulston $1,200
2nd Richie Richeson $700
3rd Lucas Hawkins $500
4th DJ Holloway $300
5th Mike Cantrell $175
7th Josh James $125
9th Billy Pinion $75
13th Harry Eidenier $50
1st Brandon Williams $900
2nd Louis Demarco $500
3rd George Rothrock $300
4th Greg Randall $200
5th Sam Kirby $150
7th Chuck Raulston $110