McMinn and Hair win 8th Annual Oklahoma State 8-Ball Championships

Three of the four final matches in the Open portion of the 8th Annual Oklahoma State 8-Ball Championships went double hill. Shane McMinn took a victory in one of those three double hill matches, and went on to complete an undefeated , August 5-6 weekend. The $1,700-added Open event drew 76 entrants to Magoo's in Tulsa, OK.

Kathryn Hair went undefeated in the $300-added Ladies event, which drew 12 entrants. She bested Connie Williams to gain the hot seat, and then faced and defeated Rhonda Pierce 5-2 in the finals. Pierce, who'd been sent west from among the winners' side final four had won three straight on the one-loss side, including a double hill win over Williams in the semifinals.

The hot seat matchup between McMinn and John Gabriel, their first of two, followed a 7-4 win by McMinn that sent Junior Brown west and a 7-3 victory by Gabriel that moved David Strawn over. McMinn gained the hot seat with the first of the three double hill matches among the final four.

Strawn moved over to the one-loss side, where he faced Gordy Vanderveer, who'd defeated Duane Remick 5-3 and Caleb Moore 5-2 to reach him. Junior Brown picked up Tony Sulsar, who'd gotten by Robert Seymour 5-2, and Greg Hogue 5-3. Strawn and Brown advanced to the quarterfinals; Strawn with a 5-2 win over Vanderveer, and Brown surviving a double hill match versus Sulsar.

Two straight double hill matches followed. Brown and Strawn got into it in the quarterfinals, with Brown emerging to take on Gabriel in the semifinals. Gabriel dropped Brown into third place to earn a second chance against McMinn.

The single race finals came within a game of being the fourth double hill match, but with McMinn ahead by one at 6-5, he closed things out to complete his undefeated run.

1st Shane McMinn $1,100
2nd John Gabriel $700
3rd Junior Brown $460
4th David Strawn $300
5th Gordy Vanderveer $200
Tony Sulsar
7th Caleb Moore $150
Greg Hogue
9th Bruce Hammontree $100
Duane Remick
Faron Williams
Robert Seymour
13th Floyd Price $75
David Weaver
Doug Winnett
Shawn Morris
17th Justin Whitehead $50
Justin Proctor
Ed Hawthorne
Pete Petree
Sam Waltz
Will Knight
K.C. Massey
Steve Atkinson


1st Kathryn Hair $300
2nd Rhonda Pierce $200
Connie Williams $100