Olinger and Shuffett Snag Great Southern Billiard Titles
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Fairfield, OH
Alex Olinger and Stan Shuffett took two different routes to the winner’s circle at the Great Southern Billiard Tour, but it was the end result that mattered. Olinger went undefeated to take the $1,500-added 9-ball division, and Shuffett went the long way through the $500-added short-rack banks event. Both were held at Michael’s Billiards and Games in Fairfield, OH, September 24-25.
The 9-ball division attracted a field of 50, with Olinger besting Jason Thomas in the winners’ side final four. Also on the winners’ side was Shuffett, who sent Brad Farmer to the west side of the chart 9-4. Olinger and Shuffett met in the hot seat match, in which Olinger routed Shuffett 10-1 to take a break and wait for the finals.
Thomas and Farmer did not fare well on the left side and were ousted by Shannon Murphey 10-4 and Chris Lawson 7-1, respectively. Murphey continued to cruise forward with a 10-1 victory over Lawson in the quarterfinals. He then eliminated Shuffett in third place 10-7 to earn a chance at the title. But Olinger had other plans, and while Murphey put up a good fight, it was Olinger who won the title 10-7.
In the 32-entrant short-rack banks event, it was Mike Medley besting Chris Lawson 3-1 and young gun Billy Thorpe whitewashing TJ Back 3-0 to meet in the hot seat match, where Thorpe triumphed 3-1. Lawson was quickly eliminated in fifth place on the one-loss side by Stan Shuffett 2-1, as was Chris Hutchison by Back 2-1.
Shuffett barreled through Hutchison in the quarterfinals 2-0 and then ousted room owner Mike Medley 2-1 at third place. In the double-elimination final match, he showed determination by winning the first set over Thorpe 3-2 and the second 2-1 to earn the victory.
1st Alex Olinger $1,000
2nd Shannon Murphey $600
3rd Stan Shuffett $325
4th Chris Lawson $245
5th Jason Thomas $140
7th Brandon Williams $95
1st Stan Shuffett $500
2nd Billy Thorpe $350
3rd Mike Medley $250
4th Chris Hutchison $160
5th TJ Back $100
7th Greg Ranson $50