Song and Najar Tops on Tiger Southeast Billiards Tour
Tiger Southeast Open 9-Ball Tour / Atlanta, GA
Paul Song went undefeated at the March 19 stop on the Tiger Southeast Open 9-Ball Tour to take first place, besting Mark Shimmelman in the final match, while Tommy Najar took the amateur division over Jason Stemen the following day. The events drew 50 entries and offered a total of $1,000 added and was hosted by Mr. Cues in Atlanta, GA.
Song was unchallenged as he went through the bracket, meeting Shimmelman for the first time in the hot seat match. After dispatching Shimmelman 9-2, he awaited a final opponent, while Shimmelman went to the one-loss side.
Jeff Crawford was making his move, coming through the west side and eliminating Clay Medlock 7-2 in the quarterfinals. He went on to meet Shimmelman in the semifinal match but came up short 7-3. Having earned a rematch with Song, Shimmelman faced him in the finals, but the end result was the same, as Song triumphed 11-3 to take the title.
In the amateur division, Najar cut through the field to the hot seat match, where he faced off against Jason Stemen for the first time. He was able to stave off Stemen 7-4 to remain undefeated, while Stemen went to the left side of the bracket.
KC Joiner and Jeff Crawford went up against each other in the quarterfinal match, with Joiner coming out the 5-3 victor to advance to the semifinals against Stemen. Joiner’s day was done, as he fell to Stemen 5-3. Stemen went on to his rematch against Najar, and it was an epic hill-hill battle, but in the end Najar won 9-8.
1st Paul Song $510
2nd Mark Shimmelman $300
3rd Jeff Crawfod $200
4th Clay Medlock $100
5th Dave Mattax $50
1st Tommy Najar $425
2nd Jason Stemen $250
3rd KC Joiner $150
4th Jeff Crawford $100