Shuffett Defends Kentucky State Billiards Title
Kentucky State 9-Ball Championship / Campbellsville, KY
A small but potent field gathered at the newly remodeled Rack and Cue in Campbellsville, KY, for its Third Annual Kentucky State 9-Ball Championship March 13. Room manager and promoter David Whitlock and wife, Stephanie, hosted the event, which was won by 16-year-old Landon Shuffett.
Early picks to win the one-day shootout were hometown favorite David Rice, Somerset’s Russ Edwards, and defending champion Shuffett. An early upset by Ronnie “Toothpick” Lane sent Rice to the B-side. In other early matches, Shuffett defeated Edwards in the third round and proceeded to win against the always-tough Greg Pagulayan (Alex’s uncle) in the fourth round.
On the B-side Rice dug in with five straight wins only to be stopped by Edwards in a hard-fought, late-night showdown. A strong tournament showing by Pee Wee Durham was halted by Edwards in the finals of the B-side.
Well past the midnight hour, the young Shuffett had successfully defended his title, getting by Edwards to complete an undefeated run of six consecutive matches to retain his title as Kentucky State 9-Ball champion.
1st Landon Shuffett $1,150
2nd Russ Edwards $720
3rd Pee Wee Durham $300
4th David Rice $120
5th Joe Pierce $50