Raulston wins GSBT 9-Ball event, stalled by ‘lights out’

Brandon Williams, Richie Richeson, Chuck Raulston and Shannon Daulton

On Saturday night, February 26, in the midst of the normal chaos, created by the running of two concurrent, Great Southern Billiard Tour events – a $1,500-added 9-Ball event and a $500-added Banks tournament  – which had drawn 99 and 64 entrants, respectively, the lights went out in Michael's Billiards, in Fairfield, OH.

“Somebody had gotten into a car accident and knocked a transformer out,” said co-tournament director Marge Daulton. “We (and a variety of restaurants and night spots in the area) were in total darkness for about two hours.”

One enterprising soul with a strap-onto-the-head lamp generally used for camping, hung that lamp over a practice table and continued to shoot. All participating tables in both tournaments were left alone, and when the lights came back on, play resumed almost immediately. That said, the two-hour delay set the whole double enterprise back, to the point where the final ball in the 9-ball event found its pocket at 7 a.m. on Monday morning, February 28.

That ball was sunk by Chuck Raulston, who'd gotten by Richie Richeson twice to claim the 9-Ball event title. They met first among the winners' side final four, where Raulston sent Richeson west 10-7, as Lucas Hawkins was busy sending D.J. Holloway over 9-6; a double hill battle, with Holloway needing only seven. Raulston went on to claim the hot seat 10-6 and waited for Richeson to get back.

Up first for Richeson on the one-loss side was Frank Ruby, who'd defeated Sam Kirby 9-1 and Steve Hancock 9-3. Holloway picked up Mike Cantrell, who'd gotten by James Rowland and Josh James, both 9-5. Richeson downed Ruby 10-7, as Holloway was busy defeating Cantrell 7-5. Richeson and Holloway then got locked into a double hill, quarterfinal match that eventually sent Richeson to the semifinals versus Hawkins. He then defeated Hawkins 10-8 for a second shot at Raulston.

Dawn was long gone when the opening set finished at 7 a.m. on Monday morning. Raulston made a second set unnecessary, winning the opener 10-6 to take the title.

The Daultons, who'd added $350 to the prize pool ($10 per player over 64 entrants) thanked room owner Mike Medley and his staff for their lights-out (and on) hospitality and player-friendly atmosphere. They also extended thanks to tour sponsors Andy Gilbert Custom Cues, Nick Varner Cues and Cases, Mike Davis Exterminating, Tiger Products, and Delta-13 Racks.