Herrell Handles Great Southern Billiards Field
Great Southern Billiard Tour / New Bern, NC
Mac Herrell charged through the field at the July 30-31 installment of the Great Southern Billiard Tour to take top honors over Greg Smith, pocketing $835 for first place. The $1,500-added amateur event was hosted by Mickey Milligan’s Pub and Billiards in New Bern, NC, and attracted a 41-player field.
Herrell received a first-round bye and then won three matches to reach Larry Faulk in the winners’ side final four. He delivered Faulk to the one-loss side of the chart 9-7 and went on to face Smith for the first time for the hot seat. Smith, who had just sent Chad Pike west 9-6, put up a good fight but fell to Herrell 9-6.
On the left side of the bracket, Pike recovered to eliminate Jason McSorley at fifth place 9-5. Tying with McSorley was Faulk, who fell to Ronny Parks 9-7. In the quarterfinal match Park prevailed over Pike 9-6 and advanced to meet Smith in the semifinals. Smith won the right to seek revenge from Herrell in the finals, but after their double-hill final match, Herrell had hung on to win the title.
1st Mac Herrell $835
2nd Greg Smith $600
3rd Ronny Parks $400
4th Chad Pike $200
5th Chris McSorley $125
7th Glenn Russell $75