Bruner Blasts Through Great Southern Billiards Field
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Midlothian, VA
by Lea Andrews
After an unlikely third-round loss to C player Jay Carter, A-ranked Chris Bruner powered down the long path to the finals on the left side of the bracket to take first at the April 2-3 stop of the Great Southern Billiard Tour. The $1,500-added amateur event drew 47 players to Diamond Billiards in Midlothian, VA.
While Bruner was making his way through the west side, the east side of the bracket was being whittled down to the final four. Ozzy Reynolds ended Carter’s winning streak 9-1 to make it into the hot seat match against fellow A player Danny Mastermaker, who’d had his own 9-1 win over B-ranked Dylan Letchworth. Yet another 9-1 match ensued–this one went Reynolds’ way, leaving him the sole undefeated player.
On the one-loss side, AA-ranked David Hunt notched back-to-back hill-hill wins over C-ranked Mike Walker 11-5 and A-ranked Glenn Russell 11-8 to face Letchworth. Meanwhile, Bruner ousted B-ranked Daniel Guill 9-3 and the 2010 Virginia State Champion, AA-ranked Brandon Shuff, 9-10 to once again face Carter. This time Bruner took charge, leaving Carter behind in fifth and moving on to the quarterfinal match against Hunt, who’d notched a third hill-hill win in a row against Letchworth. His run ended against Bruner, though, and he landed in fourth 9-5 while Bruner advanced to the semifinal match against Mastermaker. Although he was fighting for a rematch with Reynolds, Mastermaker couldn’t mark up the games against Bruner, who brushed him aside 9-2 to clinch the spot in the finals.
In the first set of the true double-elimination final match, Bruner led the way to easily push the second set 9-3. Keeping the same pace he’d kept most of the weekend, Bruner won his ninth set in a row to earn first 9-4.
1st Chris Bruner $1,000
2nd Ozzy Reynolds $600
3rd Danny Mastermaker $450
4th David Hunt $250
5th Dylan Letch worth $150
7th Glenn Russell $95