Great Southern Billiard Tour Schedules Tour Championships for January 24th-27th

The Great Southern Billiard Tour has scheduled its Tour Championship for January 24-27, 2008, at the Diamond Billiard Club in Chattanooga, Tennessee with tournament directors Marge Cooper, Shannon Daulton, and Steve McDonald at the helm. The $10,000 added (with 64 players) main event will start off with a player's meeting at 5 pm sharp on Thursday, January 24th and a player auction to follow shortly thereafter at 6 pm. Top names anticipated to be present include Stevie Moore, Larry Nevel, Shannon Daulton, John Brumback, Shane Van Boening, Gabe Owen, and many more - you just never know who will pop their heads in for the weekend.

The matches will be played on seven-foot Diamond tables with red circle cue balls and the format will include sets to eleven, double elimination. The final round will be played to fifteen (win by two).

The field will be limited to 128 players and entry fees will vary based on whether or not you are a tour member: members will pay $100 (includes $20 registration fee) and non-members will pay $200 (includes $20 registration fee).

Payout with 128 Players:
1st $5000
2nd $2500
3rd $1600
4th $1100
5th/6th $550 each
7th/8th $400 each
9th-12th $300 each
13th-16th $235 each
17h-24th $150 each
25th-32nd $100 each

In addition to the main event, the venue will also wrap into the same weekend an alternative to the 7' foot table fun. Spectators and players alike have the option to participate in either a 9-Ball Bank Ring Game or 10-Ball Ring Game. The field is filling up quickly, so get your name in the hat pronto - specifics for the two events are as follows:

9 Ball Bank Ring Game - $1000 entry; equipment 9' Diamond Pro Tables
Starts Friday, January 25th at 8 pm – 100% pay back

10 Ball Ring Game - $1000 entry; equipment 9' Diamond Pro Tables
Starts Saturday, January 26th at 8 pm – 100% pay back

For the insomniac pool players, the venue will remain open 24 hours during the event. The fantastic pool play should keep you awake, but if not, the room offers thirty televisions for the sports enthusiasts' and great food. Spectators can purchase daily passes for $10 a day or $30 for the entire tournament to see their favorite players.

If you are an out-of-towner, two sponsor hotels have signed on for the event: Comfort Inn at 4833 Hixson Pike, Chattanooga, TN (423) 877-8388 and Holiday Inn at 4820 Hixson Pike, Chattanooga, TN (423) 877-6464. The code for the $63.00 per night rate is “Diamond Billiard Club Pool Tournament”. Please make your room reservations as soon as possible as there is also a cheerleading competition in town the same weekend.

Special thanks to the tour sponsors for their continued support: Nick Varner Cues & Cases, Jimmy Reeves Custom Cues & Repairs, Break N Run Sportswear, and For more information on the event, contact Diamond Billiard Club at 3600 Hixson Pike, Suite K, Chattanooga, Tennessee (423) 877-5882 or Tour Director Shannon Daulton at 865-850-4572.