Hollingsworth & Messer split top prizes on Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour

Ryan “Hollywood” Hollingsworth

Ryan Hollingsworth (no relation to Landon Hollingsworth) and Dalton Messer had two opportunities to compete against each other during the recent (Oct. 3) stop on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour. They opted out of both of them and since, in the first instance, it was Messer who chose not to play, Hollingsworth ended up as the official winner of the $500-added event that had drawn a short field of 18 entrants to VFW Post #9811 in King’s Mountain, NC. The tour donated $110 to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Hollingsworth and Messer advanced to their respective winners’ side semifinal matches; Hollingsworth facing Damon Kimbrell, while Messer squared off against Hunter Zayas. Hollingsworth sent Kimbrell to the loss side 8-4. Messer and Zayas fought to double hill before Messer prevailed for the opportunity to face Hollingsworth in the hot seat match. The match never happened, because Messer forfeited.

On the loss side, Kimbrell met up with Stevie McClinton, who’d chalked up a tour win last month in Gastonia, NC. McClinton had recently survived a double hill win over Landon Hollingsworth and defeated Josh Miller 7-3. Zayas drew Kirk Hixon, who’d been defeated by Kimbrell in a winners’ side quarterfinal and then won two straight double hill matches, versus Junior Gabriel and Marc Rochester.

Hixon stretched his loss-side winning streak to three with a 6-3 victory over Rochester, as Kimbrell eliminated McClinton 6-4. Hixon chalked up what proved to be his last loss-side win in a double hill, quarterfinal rematch against Kimbrell. Messer ended Hixon’s bid for a shot against Ryan Hollingsworth with a 6-2 semifinal win that ended the event.

Tour directors Herman and Angela Parker thanked VFW Post #9811, as well as title sponsor Viking Cues, Bar Pool Tables, JB Magic Templates, AZBilliards, Tickler Pool Ball Washing Machine, Skyline Construction, Federal Savings Bank Mortgage Division and Dirty South Grind Apparel Co. The next stop on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour, scheduled for Oct. 10-11, will be a $500-added event, hosted by another new venue for the tour – Sonny’s Billiards and Bistro, in Princeton, WV.