Mastermaker wins nine on the loss side, then double dips Thompkins to take GSBT stop

He's been working his way up the ladder on the Action Pool Tour, and on the weekend of July 6-7, Danny Mastermaker chalked up a victory on the Great Southern Billiard Tour. The hard way, so to speak; dropping his opening match, and winning nine on the loss side to eventually meet and double dip hot seat occupant, Wendell Thompkins in the finals. The $1,000-added Amateur event drew 33 entrants to Shore Thing Bar & Billiards in Myrtle Beach, SC.
With Mastermaker out of the way, temporarily, having been sent west 7-5 by Shawn Miller, Thompkins remained at work and advanced among the winners' side final four and a match against Brock Walker. B.J. Hucks and Kevin Brown squared off in the other winners' side semifinal. Thompkins defeated Walker 9-3, and in the battle for the hot seat, met Brown, who'd sent Hucks west 7-5. Thompkins gained the hot seat 9-3 over Brown and waited there for the return of Mastermaker.
With four down and five to go on the loss side, Mastermaker defeated Matt Collins 9-5, and Trey Frank 9-2 to pick up Walker. Hucks drew Kris Bailey, a C player, who'd gotten by two Bs; Trent Talbert, double hill and Chris Tuten 6-3. Bailey then eliminated A player Hucks, Mastermaker was busy ending Walker's weekend 9-2. 
Mastermaker chalked up his eighth, loss-side win by downing Bailey 9-5 in the quarterfinals. He then completed his trip back to the finals with a 9-3 win over Brown in the semifinals.
Mastermaker and Thompkins battled to double hill in the opening set of the true double elimination final, before Mastermaker prevailed to force a second set. The second battle stayed close, too, but Mastermaker pulled out in front by two at the end, claiming the event title with a 9-7 victory.
Shannon and Marge Daulton thanked the ownership and staff at Shore Thing Billiards for their ongoing hospitality and support, as well as sponsors Nick Varner Cues & Cases, Delta 13 Racks, Andy Gilbert Custom Cues, Tiger Products, & Lomax Custom Cues. The next stop on the GSBT is a $1,000-added, Amateur 9-Ball event, scheduled for July 20-21 at Johnny Archer's room, The Marietta Billiard Club in Marietta, GA.