Jeff Hooks wins Viking National Championship Series Event #2

Jeff Hooks

Series event #2 of 5 in The Viking Cue Amateur 9-Ball Tours $2500 Added National Championship Series took place at Side Pockets Billiard Club in Marietta, GA on August 16th &17th, 2008.  Participants from 13 states NC, SC, TN, AL, GA, IL, OH, MI, VA, WV, FL, MS, MO were lined up at the door early Saturday morning all anxious to get in and take their shot at the $7,110 prize funds offered up to the winners of this weekends events. There were 81 total participants in the events this weekend.
The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour and Side Pockets Billiard Club joined together for the first time to provide an exciting tournament for The Viking Cue Amateur members. Side Pockets Billiards Club provides an excellent atmosphere for all players and spectators alike.  The event was played on 12 newly covered 9' tables.  Side Pockets features 24 beautiful tables, a full bar and menu in a completely newly renovated and exciting environment that everyone is sure to enjoy.
Saturday night featured an 8 player amateur only $100 entry fee winner take all mini event. The format was a race to 7, single elimination event which Harold McAbee from Tuscaloosa, AL was the victor in that event claiming the top prize of $800.
Sunday featured a mini tournament of 11 amateur only players with a $30 entry fee competing for $330 winner take all prize fund.  The format for the Sunday mini tournament was race to 5, single elimination that was won by Matt Bulfin from Auburn, AL.
The Main Event which kicked off on Saturday drew in 64 participants including 10 free entries and 10 league discounts and was packed with action from the start which continued until Sunday evening as the spectators watched Jeff Hooks and Eddie Little battle it out to see who would walk away with the 1st prize winnings.  Hooks defeated Little in the first set 9-7 claiming the 1st place victory.  Jeff Hooks from Atlanta was extremely excited as this was his first ever big win on an organized tour.