Abernathy Aces Great Southern Billiards Event
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Myrtle Beach, SC
After a narrow loss in the hot seat match, Jeff Abernathy came back to double-dip Paul Durgin in the final match of the January 5-6 stop on the Great Southern Billiard Tour. Hosted by Shore Thing Billiards in Myrtle Beach, SC, the $1,000-added amateur 9-ball stop garnered a field of 45.
With a 9-5 victory over Jason Martin, Abernathy was poised to go undefeated to the finals. But he was challenged by Durgin, who had just bested Greg Dix 7-3. The B-ranked Durgin edged aside the A-ranked Abernathy 7-7, sending him to the west side of the chart.
Dix found redemption on the left side, albeit temporarily. He routed Todd Kiser 9-1 and delivered him home in fifth place. Martin ended up tied with Kiser after his meeting with Wendell Thompkins ended with a 9-4 win for Thompkins. In a head-to-head match, Dix and Thompkins raced to 9 in the quarterfinals, with Dix winning the hill-hill match 9-8.
Dix’s day was done when he met Abernathy in the next round, for Abernathy wanted a second chance at Durgin. He took the match with a close 9-7 win. In the double-elimination finals, Abernathy took down Durgin in the first set 9-3 and then won the second 9-6 to take the title.
1st Jeff Abernathy $700
2nd Paul Durgin $400
3rd Greg Dix $300
4th Wendell Thompkins $220
5th Todd Kiser $125
7th Shane Schronce $875