Laha Latches Onto Great Southern Billiards Win
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Marietta, GA
Duke Laha narrowly escaped Rod Rentz to take top honors at the August 11-12 stop on the Great Southern Billiard Tour after having gone undefeated to the finals. The amateur 9-ball tournament featured a $1,500-added prize purse and hosted a full field at Johnny Archer’s Marietta Billiard Club in Marietta, GA.
Unchallenged until his final match with Rentz, Laha easily handled Toppy Athakhanh in the winners’ side final four 9-2, as Rentz took down Tommy Najar 9-3 in the other bracket. Laha then rolled over Rentz to take the hot seat 9-3 and await a finals opponent.
Najar scrambled to stay alive on the west side of the chart, whitewashing Clay Fisher 9-0. Athakhanh ended up tied with Fisher after being eliminated in fifth place by Josh Roberts 11-5. Najar then nudged aside Roberts in the quarterfinals 9-6.
Rentz put an end to Najar’s day in the semifinals, ousting him 9-4 to earn a rematch with Laha for the title. The first set of the double-elimination final match was tooth and nail, as Rentz eked out a 9-8 victory to force a second set. Laha, though, had had enough and quickly put an end to the bout 9-4 for the win.
1st Duke Laha $1,000
2nd Rod Rentz $600
3rd Tommy Najar $400
4th Josh Roberts $200
5th Clay Fisher $150
7th Mike Langley $125
9th Woodie Ochle $100