Stone and Murphey Shoot Lights Out
Great Southern Billiard Tour Finale / Fairfield, OH
The Great Southern Billiard Tour finished up another stellar year with a finale tournament at Michael’s Billiards in Fairfield, OH, the weekend of September 27-30. Ryan Stone and Shannon Murphy walked away the big winners of the 9-ball and 8-ball divisions, respectively, with John Brumback dominating the ring game.
The extravaganza kicked off Friday with a 10-ball bank pool ring game, and the heavy hitters came out to participate. Tournament director Shannon “The Cannon” Daulton, Shannon Murphey, Jason Miller, Truman Hogue, Danny Smith, Clay Carman, and Brumback all threw their hat into the ring. Daulton and Brumback were the final two players standing, with Brumback earning the lion’s share of the prize money.
The $4,000-added 8-ball event drew 45 players to vie for the title. Murphy went undefeated through the field, whitewashing Chris Bosse in the winners’ side final four, while T. J. Back bested Carl Burnette by a closer margin of 5-3. Murphey then took the hot seat match over Back with a 7-4 triumph.
Moving through the west side, Stone found Bosse and eliminated him in fifth place 7-2. Billy Thorpe ended up tied with Bosse after his 5-4 match with Burnette. Stone then stomped through his quarterfinal match with Burnette, winning 7-2.
But Back was too much for Stone in the semifinals, winning it 5-5 to advance for another shot at Murphey in the finals. Murphey made it short and sweet, quickly taking the match in a single set 7-4.
An even larger field of 55 entered the $5,000-added 9-ball division. Stone faced off against Leo Kincannon in the winners’ side final four, with Stone advancing 11-6. In the other winners’ bracket match, Mike Burnette delivered a 7-5 loss to B. J. Ussery. Stone then easily handled Burnette 11-4 to claim the hot seat and await a finals opponent.
Out for revenge, Ussery demolished Jeremy Slye 11-0 and delivered him home in fifth place. Tying with Slye was Kincannon, who suffered his second loss to Billy Thorpe 9-6. Thorpe put up a good fight against Ussery, but it wasn’t enough, as Ussery won their match 11-7, sending Thorpe home in fourth.
Unwilling to slow down, Ussery only allowed Burnette one game in their semifinal match before blowing past him to win 11-1. It was a different story in the final match, though, as Stone held on to win the title 11-8 over Ussery.
1st Shannon Murphey $1,000
2nd T. J. Back $600
3rd Ryan Stone $400
4th Carl Burnette $300
5th Chris Bosse $200
7th Shawn Estes $150
1st Ryan Stone $1,500
2nd B. J. Ussery $1,000
3rd Mike Burnette $600
4th Billy Thorpe $400
5th Leo Kincannon $200
7th Shannon Murphey $150
9th Chris Lawson $75