Hensley dodges Park bullet to win GSBT

Brent Hensley went undefeated on the Great Southern Billiard Tour's stop on the weekend of October 29-30, but not before Ron Park returned from an earlier defeat at his hands and challenged him in the finals. The $1,500-added amateur 9-ball event drew 50 entrants to Janet Atwell's Borderline Billiards in Bristol, TN.

Hensley sent Park west from among the winners' side final eight, 7-4, and turned to face Russ Edwards among the final four. Joining them were Buffy Jolie and Wes Covington. Jolie shut Covington out, while Hensley advanced to the hot seat match with a 7-6 victory over Edwards. Hensley gained the hot seat with a 7-2 win over Jolie and awaited Park's return.

Following loss-side victories over Brian Capps 9-9 (Capps needing 11), and Robert Green 9-6, Park drew Covington. Edwards picked up Brian White, who'd gotten by both Jonathan Frassrand and Walt Newsome 11-3. Edwards dominated his match against White 9-1, while Park advanced to join him in the quarterfinals with a 9-4 victory over Covington. 

With three down and two to go for a re-match against Hensley, Park dropped Edwards 9-6, and then defeated Jolie 9-3 in the semifinals. Hensley, though, repeated his earlier performance against Park, allowing him only one more rack in the opening, and as it turned out, only set of the true double elimination final. 

Brandon Kidwell, Jonathan Frassrand, Charlie Taylor and Brian Capps received free entry ($60 value) for their finish in the tie for ninth place. Tour directors Shannon and Marge Daulton thanked Janet Atwell and her Borderline Billiards staff for their hospitality, as well as sponsors Andy Gilbert Custom Cues, Nick Varner Cues and Cases, Mike Davis Exterminating, Tiger Products and Delta-13 racks.