NC State JR 9-Ball Championships


The second annual North Carolina State JR 9-Ball Championship was held at Gate City Billiards Club in Greensboro, NC on March 16th.  Two brackets were held, (14 & under and 18 & under).  Once again we had a strong field of contenders. 
The 14 and under bracket was won by Garrett Kinney.  He defeated Mason Parrish in the finals in a tough battle to the end.  Mason earned the right to play in the finals after besting Olivia Templeton hill/hill in the semi-finals.  Garrett, Mason and Olivia have all qualified for the National BEF 9-Ball Championship, Garrett as the bracket winner Mason with his 2nd place finish and Olivia as the top placing girl.
The 18 and under bracket was filled with all players that had competed last year.  Zack Leonard came out victorious beating William Chappell.  Zack had defeated Austin Russell (last year’s 14 & under champion) in the semi-finals.  This placed him in the finals against William who had won the hot seat match.  Zack had to win two matches before William won once as this was a full double elimination tournament and William was unbeaten up to that point.  Zack was the defending champion in the 18 & under bracket.  Both Zack and William have qualified for the National BEF 9-Ball Championship.
All of the particpants in this the tournament played impressive matches and conducted themselves in a highly professional and sportsman like manner.  I would like to thank them all for participation.