Great Southern Billiard Classic / Fairfield, OH
Charlie Hans and Billy Thorpe walked away with first-place honors at the Great Southern Billiard Tour’s July 14-15 weekend event, winning the 8-ball and 9-ball divisions, respectively. A total of 38 entrants participated at Michael’s Billiards and Games in Fairfield, OH, in the dual-headed tournament.
In the 44-player 8-ball event, the C-rated Hans went undefeated through the field, besting Rick Gyamati in the winners’ side final four 4-4, as B-ranked Lucas Hawkins won Leo Campos 6-5. The hot seat match saw Hans win again, this time over Hawkins 4-5.
Once on the west side, Campos was toppled by Corey Morphew 6-4, while Gyamati ousted Brad Gibson in a fifth-place tie with Campos 5-5. Gyamati eliminated Morphew in fourth place 5-5 to advance to the semifinals, where he was whitewashed by Hawkins 6-0. In the double-elimination final bout, Hawkins only allowed Hans one rack in the first set before he won 6-1. The second set went the other way, as Hans grudgingly gave his opponent a single game before he took the title 4-1.
Thorpe ran away with the 34-player 9-ball division, but he barely escaped Hawkins in the winners’ side final four with a hill-hill victory. In the other winners’ side match, it was Adam Glover over Tim Baron in a more lopsided 7-2 win. Thorpe went on to claim the hot seat over Glover 9-4.
Steve Dillon put an end to Hawkins’ event 7-8, depositing him in fifth place. Baron soon followed suit after his 6-5 loss to Mike Burnette. Dillon went on to send Burnette home in fourth after winning the quarterfinal match 7-2. Still on a roll, Dillon then defeated Glover 7-4 to advance to the finals against Thorpe, who had no trouble winning the match 9-5.
1st Charlie Hans $700
2nd Lucas Hawkins $400
3rd Rick Gyamati $300
4th Corey Morphew $200
5th Leo Campos $100
7th Justin Lazaro $55
1st Billy Thorpe $600
2nd Steve Dillon $400
3rd Adam Glover $300
4th Mike Burnette $175
5th Lucas Hawkins $100
7th Leo Kincannon $50