Thorpe Thumps Great Southern Billiard Field
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Havelock, NC
Billy Thorpe took Alex Olinger down twice to lay claim to the title at the June 2-3 stop on the Great Southern Billiard Tour. The $1,500-added amateur event drew a field of 42 to BJ’s Billiards in Havelock, NC.
An 11-6 victory over Jordan Grubb put Olinger in the hot seat match for his first meeting with Thorpe, who had just Chris McSorley 9-3. In their handicapped bout, it was Thorpe who pulled away with the 9-9 victory, while Olinger went to the west side of the chart.
In the next round, Grubb went home in fifth place courtesy of Mac Herrell 9-8. McSorley tied with Grubb after Nolan Leonard won their match with a lopsided 7-1 win. Herrell went on to relegate Leonard to fourth place 7-3.
However, Herrell’s day was done when he collided with a determined Olinger in the semifinals—Olinger scored the win 11-6 to earn a rematch with Thorpe. Again, though, it was Thorpe who owned the win 9-3 to take top honors.
1st Billy Thorpe $1,000
2nd Alex Olinger $500
3rd Mac Herrell $300
4th Nolan Leonard $200
5th Jordan Grubb $150
7th Larry Faulk $75