Davis gets by Monday twice to take GSBT stop

Sean Davis had a four-rack advantage over Sam Monday during the Great Southern Billiard Tour's amateur stop in Sanford, NC on the weekend of July 25-26.  As it turned out, he didn't really need that advantage, as he defeated Monday twice to capture first place in the $1,500-added A-D handicapped event, that had drawn 74 entrants to Speak Eazy Billiards.

Davis survived a hill-hill battle versus Brad Shearer among the winners' side final four to meet Monday the first time. Monday had sent J.R. Poste to the one-loss side 11-5. With the handicap in place, Monday, as the stronger player in the hot seat match, had to complete 11 racks before Davis got to 7. Davis reached seven racks before Monday did and sitting in the hot seat, waited for him to come back.

It was Dannys Mastermaker and Crouch, waiting for Poste and Shearer on the one-loss side; Mastermaker having downed David Brown 7-6 and Barry Mashburn 7-4, Crouch with a 7-6 win over Larry Faulk and a 7-7 win over Scott Lewis, who, like Monday, needed to reach 11 racks in the contest. Poste advanced to the quarterfinals with a 7-3 win over Mastermaker, but it was Crouch who joined him, with a hill-hill win over Shearer. In a straight up, B-handicap, race to seven, Crouch moved into the semifinals against Monday with a 7-4 win over Poste.

With the four-rack advantage, Crouch battled Monday to double hill at 10-6 in those semifinals, before Monday prevailed to get his second chance at Davis. As he'd done in the hot seat match, Davis reached seven racks before Monday did (7-6), capturing first place and completing an undefeated day.