Morphew & Griffith win 9-Ball and Banks Tournament on Great Southern Billiard Tour

Shannon Daulton, Corey Morphew, Jim Griffith, with Michael Medley (room owner)

Corey Morphew went undefeated to capture his first major title, on the Great Southern Billiard Tour's 9-Ball event on the weekend of June 18-19. In a concurrently-run Banks Tournament, Jim Griffith withstood a fierce, one-loss side challenge by Ike Reynolds to win the second set of the true double elimination final in that event. The $1,500-added 9-ball event drew 60 entrants to Michael's Billiards in Fairfield, OH. The $500-added Banks Tournament drew 47 entrants.

From among the winners' side final four in the 9-Ball tournament, Morphew faced and defeated Chris Lawson 7-5 to get into the hot seat match. He faced Kenny Tran, who'd sent Grooms west 7-7. Morphew gained the hot seat with a double hill victory over Tran, and awaited Grooms' return.

Grooms moved over to face Shannon Murphy, who'd defeated J.J. Chadwell 10-2, and Jordan Grubb 10-5. Lawson picked up Mike Brown (who would end up in third place in the Banks event), who'd gotten by Robert Frost 9-8 and survived a double hill battle against Brandon Thomas. It was Grooms and Lawson advancing to the quarterfinals; Grooms, having defeated Murphy 9-7, and Lawson downing Brown 7-7. Grooms advanced to the semifinals versus Tran with a 9-5 victory over Lawson.

Grooms chalked up a second straight 9-5 victory and his second versus Tran in the semifinals, which gave him a crack at Morphew. Not to be denied, Morphew completed his undefeated weekend with a commanding 7-2 victory.

In the Banks Tournament, Griffith advanced to the hot seat, defeating Mike Brown 3-0 in the last winners' side match to claim it. Brown moved over to face Ike Reynolds, who'd been on the one-loss side since the second round of play, and was in the midst of a seven-match winning streak. Reynolds made it eight in a row with a 2-0 victory over Brown in the semifinals and then, won his ninth in a row with a double hill victory in the opening set of the true double elimination final. Like Morphew, though, Griffith was not to be denied. The second set came down to a last game and a last banked ball, sunk by Griffith to claim the Banks title.

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