Thompkins Takes Great Southern Billiard Title
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Myrtle Beach, SC
Wendell Thompkins survived a late onslaught by Jared McGee in the finals of the March 10-11 stop of the Great Southern Billiard Tour to take the title. The $1,500-added, amateur 9-ball event drew a field of 60 players to Shore Thing Bar and Billiards in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Thompkins enjoyed an undefeated run to the finals, besting Phillip Britt in the winners’ side final four 9-6 to reach the hot seat match. Meeting him there was Larry Jackson, who had just delivered Bobby Hicks to the one-loss side 9-3. Thompkins dominated match against Jackson, taking the hot seat with a 9-4 score.
On the left side of the chart, McGee was making his move, ousting Clinton Clark 10-8 and then Hicks by a lopsided 10-1 score. Tying with Hicks in fifth place was Britt, who was eliminated by Chase Gilbert 7-5. McGee and Gilbert then fought in the quarterfinals, with Gilbert going home in fourth place 10-5.
McGee earned a narrow win over Jackson in the semifinal match 10-8 to advance to the double-elimination finals against Thompkins. Though he won the first set 10-6, McGee couldn’t get past Thompkins in the second, and it was Thompkins who walked away with the title 9-8.
1st Wendell Thompkins $1,000
2nd Jared McGee $600
3rd Larry Jackson $400
4th Chase Gilbert $250
5th Bobby Hicks $125
7th Clint Clark $85
9th William Foster $50
Nick Van Allen