Sullivan Sweeps Great Southern Billiards Event
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Murfreesboro, TN
by Lea Andrews
Brad Sullivan’s first tournament win was the best kind—the local player went undefeated, getting past Robert Frost twice in the later rounds to become the last man standing out of a 44-player field. The $1,500-added Great Southern Billiard Tour’s May 28-29 event was hosted by Murfreesboro Billiard club in Murfreesboro, TN.
B-ranked Sullivan sent A-ranked Frost to the west side 7-6 to reach the final four on the winners’ side, where he faced fellow B player Corey Morphew. A 7-4 victory pushed Sullivan into the hot seat match against AA-ranked Billy Young, who’d just slipped past Josh O’Neal 11-9. Another 7-4 victory for Sullivan ensued, and Young moved over to the semifinals.
On the left side of the bracket, Frost bounced back from his loss, ousting B-ranked Joe Pierce 9-1 and AA-ranked Justin Bergman 9-9 to meet up with O’Neal. Meanwhile, B-ranked JJ Mayfield, who was well-rested after sleeping through his first match Sunday, powered through B-player Todd Crosby 7-4 and A-ranked Tim Miller 7-3 to face Morphew. Another lopsided 7-3 win put him into the quarterfinal match against Frost, who’d kept O’Neal three games shy of his goal of 11. The Frost/Mayfield match-up was lopsided as well, but unfortunately for Mayfield, he was on the wrong end of it and he finished in fourth 9-2, sending Frost on to the semifinal match against Young. Frost’s streak continued, and he marked up the final game in the hill-hill match, advancing to the finals 9-10.
While both Frost and Sullivan were on a winning streak, Sullivan’s had been going uninterrupted for two days, and he wasn’t about to let it end in the wee hours of Monday morning. The true double-elimination final match went just one set, and Sullivan notched his first tournament win ever 7-6.
1st Brad Sullivan $1,000
2nd Robert Frost $600
3rd Billy Young $450
4th JJ Mayfield $250
5th Josh O’Neal $125
7th Justin Bergman $90