Thwaites Thwarts Blitch for Great Southern Billiards Win
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Greenville, SC
Mark Thwaites turned aside a late onslaught from Darrin Blitch in the finals of the Great Southern Billiard Tour’s August 25-26 installment, winning the last set of the double-elimination final match to take the title. The $1,500-added tournament drew 60 players to The Coliseum in Greenville, SC, for the amateur-only 9-ball event.
Going undefeated through the winners’ side, Thwaite bested Matt Mancini 7-6 to reach the hot seat. His opponent there, Wendell Thompkins, had just sent Jamie Anders to the west side 9-3. Thompkins soon followed Anders, as Thwaites won their match 7-4.
Anders was soon eliminated in fifth place after Romy Malonzo won their match 6-1. Mancini joined him there, as Blitch was making his move through the one-loss side and ousted him 7-8. Blitch then forged ahead in the quarterfinals to send Malonzo home in fourth place 7-2.
Blitch went on to tackle Thompkins in the semifinal match, defeating him 7-4 to reach the double-elimination finals against Thwaites. Blitch took the first set 7-5, but Thwaites turned the tables in the second and claimed the title with a 7-3 win.
1st Mark Thwaites $750
2nd Darrin Blitch $500
3rd Wendell Thompkins $300
4th Romy Malonzo $200
5th Jamie Anders $100
7th Scott Howard $75
9th Hugo Hernandez $50