Olinger Undefeated Again at Great Southern Billiards Event
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Conyers, GA
by Lea Andrews
Alex Olinger took down fellow AA-player Josh Roberts in both of their encounters at the April 9-10 stop of the Great Southern Billiard Tour, earning himself his second tour win this season. Olinger and Roberts were among the 33-player field gathered at Classic Billiards in Conyers, GA, for the $1,500-added event.
After sending AA-ranked Danny Smith west 10-6, Olinger faced Roberts for the first time in the hot seat match. Roberts had blown past A-ranked Aaron Frady 10-3 but couldn’t manage the same results against Olinger, who knocked him over to the semifinals 10-8.
On the other side of the bracket, a B player, Mike Templeton, was making waves following his first-round loss to AA-ranked Jared McGee 10-4, ultimately ousting AA-ranked Tim Orange 7-2 before once again facing McGee. Earning his revenge 7-7 in the weighted match, Templeton moved on to Frady. Meanwhile, B player Ray Bourne made his way past A-ranked Tommy Nehar 7-2 and B-ranked Greg Little 7-6 to meet up with Smith. The hill-hill match went Smith’s way, and he advanced to the quarterfinals against Templeton, who’d put Frady in fifth 7-5. Against Smith, though, Templeton managed just five games himself to land in fourth and send Smith on to the semifinals. There, both of Olinger’s victims were looking for a chance at a rematch, but Roberts earned the right convincingly, pushing his way into the finals 10-2 and leaving Smith behind in third.
The strong win in the semifinals would appear to be an indicator of Roberts’ resolve, and a second set in the true double-elimination final match seemed likely at the start. However, Olinger quickly put an end to that possibility, taking advantage of some of Roberts’ errors and playing skillfully to earn his first win as an AA player 10-2.
1st Alex Olinger $1,000
2nd Josh Roberts $550
3rd Danny Smith $330
4th Mike Templeton $180
5th Aaron Frady $65
7th Jared McGee $40