Gonzalez Grasps Great Southern Billiards Title
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Myrtle Beach, SC
Steven Gonzalez narrowly escaped a late onslaught by Josh Roberts from the one-loss side of the chart to grab the title at the Great Southern Billiard Tour’s September 1-2 event. The $1,200-added amateur event attracted a field of 40 to Shore Thing Billiards and Bar in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Gonzalez took the right side of the chart by storm, besting David Styers in the winners’ side final four 9-4 before meeting Jeff Abernathy, who had just defeated Greg Dix 11-7. Gonzalez went on to give Abernathy his first loss 9-6 and await an opponent in the final match.
A fourth-round loss to David Styers deposited Roberts in the west side, where he sent Dix home in fifth place 11-5. Wendell Thompkins tied with Dix after being ousted by Styers 7-3. Meeting Styers for the second time yielded better results for Roberts, who relegated him to fourth place 11-3.
Roberts advanced to face down Abernathy in the semifinals, winning their match 11-4. He almost overcame Gonzalez in the double-elimination finals, dominating the first set 11-3. But Gonzalez eked out a 10-9 victory in the second set to win top honors.
1st Steven Gonzalez $750
2nd Josh Roberts $500
3rd Jeff Abernathy $300
4th David Styers $175
5th Wendell Thompkins $100
7th David Slaughter $50