Keeney Kills Great Southern Billiard Competition
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Sumter, SC
Nikki Keeney challenged Mike Slaughter in the winners’ side final four of the June 16-17 stop on the Great Southern Billiard Tour and was shut down, but she came back to best him in the finals of the event for the title. The $1,500-added, handicapped 9-ball event was hosted by Strokers Billiards in Sumter, SC, and drew a field of 32 players.
With Slaughter’s 7-2 defeat of Keeney, he reached the hot seat match, where he faced off against David Styers, who had just won over Shawn Padgett 7-3. It was another lopsided win for Slaughter, as he notched a 7-3 victory to await a finals opponent.
From the west side, Keeney made her way back, eliminating James Council in fifth place 7-4. Tying with Council was Josh Roberts, who was ousted by Padgett 7-7. Keeney and Padgett went head to head in the next round, with Keeney eking out a hill-hill, 7-6 win.
Next Keeney had to face Styers, who had just suffered his first loss in the hot seat match to Slaughter. Exhibiting a great deal of determination, she sent Styers packing 7-2 to earn a rematch with Slaughter. The double-elimination final match saw Keeney claim the first set 7-3 and the second by the even more uneven score of 7-1 to take the title.
1st Nikki Keeney $850
2nd Mike Slaughter $500
3rd David Styers $300
4th Shawn Padgett $200
5th James Council $100
7th Jordan Grubb $80