Hughes Holds off Great Southern Billiards Field
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Virginia Beach, VA
Joe Hughes held off a 44-player field at the April 14-15 Great Southern Billiard Tour event, besting Rick Winpiglar in the finals to claim first place and the qualifying spot for the 2012 U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships. The event was hosted by Q-Master Billiards in Virginia Beach, VA, and featured bar table amateur 9-ball action.
After ripping through Ray Reyna in the winners’ side final four 7-3, Hughes arrived at the hot seat match. His opponent there, Jesse Figeroa, had just sent Cary Dunn to the one-loss side of the chart with a 9-7 win. However, in this match it was Hughes who claimed the hot seat, winning 7-3.
Winpiglar was making tracks through the west side, eliminating Rob Leeper 7-4 and then sending home Reyna in fifth place 7-4. Tying with Reyna was Darrell Neselrod, who was ousted by Dunn 9-7. Winpiglar went on to shut down Dunn’s day at fourth place 7-3.
Figeroa was next to fall to Winpiglar, who bested him 7-6 to reach Hughes. But Hughes was unwilling to relinquish what he’d worked so hard for, though Winpiglar won the first set 7-3, Hughes claimed the second and final set 7-5 for the title and the U.S. Open slot.
1st Joe Hughes $500 + U.S. Open entry fee
2nd Rick Winpiglar $500
3rd Jesse Figeroa $300
4th Cary Dunn $200
5th Ray Reyna $150
7th Rob Leeper $100