Mixon wins GSBT stop at new Myrtle Beach room – Shore Thing Billiards

Shannon "The Cannon" Daulton, Allen Mixon, Larry Faulk, Ann and Brent Hudgins (owners of Shore Thing Billiards - Myrtle Beach, SC)

Open for about three months, Shore Thing Billiards in Myrtle Beach, SC (www.shorethingbilliards.com) hosted its first tournament on the weekend of September 10-11; a $1,500-added, Great Southern Billiard Tour event that drew 57 entrants. Allen Mixon became the venue's first tournament winner, defeating Larry Faulk twice in three matches to capture the event title.

"Anything you need in the way of pool, they've got it," said tour director Shannon Daulton of the new venue, with high praise for owners, Brent and Ann Hudgins. "They're good for pool. They've got all brand new Diamond tables; nine, 7-foot bar tables and one, 9-footer. They're a pool supply outlet for anything you might need, including Nick Varner Cues and Cases (a tour sponsor), and they've got great food."

In the tournament, Mixon moved unimpeded into the hot seat, completing his trip with, first, a 9-4 victory over Chase Gilbert, and then, a 9-6 win over Larry Faulk, who'd just sent Jeff Haton west 9-2. Faulk would return to challenge Mixon in a true double elimination final. 

Gilbert moved over to face Brian White, who'd defeated Scotty Melvin 10-4 and Ed Killough 10-6. Haton picked up Wendell Thompkins, who'd gotten by B.J. Hucks 9-3 and Greg Dix 9-5. White advanced to the semifinals, giving up only four racks over the last 24 games he played to get there. He gave up two in his victory over Gilbert, and two more against Haton, who'd advanced to the quarterfinals with a 7-4 win over Thompkins. 

Faulk, however, was determined to earn a re-match against Mixon, and prevailed 9-7 in the semifinals against White to earn it. He followed that with an opening set, 9-7 victory over Mixon that set up a deciding match. Mixon came on strong and won the match ahead by five, 9-4, to take home the title.

Ron Park, Scotty Melvin, B.J. Hucks, and Richard West earned free entries for their ninth place finish in the event. In addition to thanking hosts Brent and Ann Hudgins, Daulton thanked sponsors Andy Gilbert Custom Cues, Nick Varner Cues and Cases, Mike Davis Exterminating, Tiger Products, and Delta-13 Racks. 

Next stop for the GSBT is Virginia Beach, VA where Barry Behrmann's Q-Master Billiards will host a $1,500-added amateur tournament that will include, as first prize, a free entry to the US Open, donated by Behrmann and his daughter, Shannon. The event will be held on the weekend of September 17-18, with the US Open scheduled a month later, from October 15-22. For further information, you can call Q-Master Billiards at 757-499-8940.