O’Neal closes out strong to go undefeated on Great Southern Billiard Tour stop

April Dobbins (owner of Murfreesboro Billiard Club), Josh O'Neal, Russ Edwards, and Shannon Daulton

Josh O'Neal won 20 of his last two dozen games to close out an undefeated, June 26-27 weekend on the Great Southern Billiard Tour. The $1,500-added event,  which drew 40 entrants, was sponsored by Nick Varner Cues and Cases, Delta 13 racks, and Tiger Products, and hosted by the Murfreesboro Billiard Club in Murfreesboro, TN.  

From among the winners' side final four, O'Neal got by Ryan Dunn 10-7 to get into the hot seat match versus Mike Laney, who'd just sent Billy Young west 10-5.  O'Neal allowed Laney only a single rack in gaining the hot seat, and then waited for what turned out to be the return of one Russ Edwards, whom he'd sent to the one-loss side 10-5 in the opening round of play. 

By the time Edwards reached the money rounds of play on the one-loss side, he'd already chalked up six of the 10 wins he recorded on his road back to the finals. He defeated Keith Reynolds 9-5 to get into the first money round and then got by Jeremy Scarpace 9-1 for the right to face Dunn.  Young came over from the winners' side final four to meet Daniel McKenney, who'd defeated Brad Hutchins and Ricardo Nixon, both 9-5.  

Edwards defeated Dunn 9-4 and was joined in the quarterfinals by McKenney, who'd dropped Young into the tie for fifth place 9-5. With eight down and two to go, Edwards defeated McKenney 9-7 and survived a double hill struggle against Laney in the semifinals. 

 O'Neal took command of the opening set of the true double elimination final and completed his undefeated weekend.  He ended Edwards' impressive 10-match run to the finals, allowing him only three racks.