Morphew Grasps Great Southern Billiards Win
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Bristol, TN
Cory Morphew went unchallenged through the field that gathered for the July 23-24 stop on the Great Southern Billiard Tour, eking out a 7-7 victory in finals of the handicapped event over Eddie Adams. Janet Atwell’s room, Borderline Billiards in Bristol, TN, hosted the $1,500-added amateur event, which drew in a large field of 87 hopefuls.
After scoring a 10-7 win over Jeff Abernathy in the winners’ side final four, Morphew advanced to the hot seat match. There he faced off against Jerry Varnado, who had just sent Adams to the one-loss side with a 7-5 win. Morphew dominated the winners’ side final, delivering Varnado to the left side of the chart 7-4.
Adams thrived on the west side, eliminating Keith Jones 9-3 at fifth place to move on to the quarterfinals. Tying with Jones was Abernathy after Greg Taylor ousted him 9-7. Taylor and Adams matched up in the next round, with Adams triumphing 9-5.
Varnado awaited Adams in the semifinals, hoping to earn a rematch against Morphew in the final match. But Adams earned his own revenge, sending Varnado home in third place with a 9-4 win. In the true double-elimination finals, Adams almost forced a second set, but he missed the 9 ball he needed in order to make it hill-hill, and instead Morphew claimed the victory 7-7.
1st Cory Morphew $1,200
2nd Eddie Adams $750
3rd Jerry Varnado $450
4th Greg Taylor $265
5th Keith Jones $175
7th Wes Davis $125
9th Joe Pierce $75
13th Johnny Carson $50