Roberts stops Britt charge to go undefeated on GSBT

Brent Hudgins (owner of Shore Thing Billiards), Josh Roberts, Phillip Britt, & Shannon Daulton

It was a good weekend to spend indoors in the lowcountry of South Carolina on the weekend of July 7-8. With outdoor temperatures into triple digits, 52 pool players opted for the air-conditioned comfort of Myrtle Beach's Shore Thing Bar & Billiards at a $1,500-added event on the Great Southern Billiard Tour. Kept out of the GSBT winners' circle at the same location in June by Mike Slaughter, Josh Roberts chalked up an undefeated weekend, completing it with a victory over Phillip Britt, who'd won five on the loss side to face him.

From among the winners' side final four, Roberts faced Larry Jackson, while Jared McGee, who'd just sent Britt west, squared off against Shawn Padgett. Roberts sent Jackson to the loss side 11-6, while Padgett, a B player, sent McGee (AA) over 7-10. Roberts, who'd been denied the hot seat by Slaughter in June, got there this time, with an 11-4 victory over Padgett.

It was Jackson who moved west and had the misfortune of facing the streaking Britt, who'd gotten by Ben Fisher 9-4 and Gatlin Askins 7-2 to reach him. McGee met Wendell Thompkins, who'd defeated Larry Faulk 9-1 and Donnie Stewart 9-4. Britt won his third straight, defeating Jackson 9-7 and in the quarterfinals, faced Thompkins, who'd eliminated McGee 9-4.

In a straight-up, A-race to 9, Britt ended Thompkins' weekend 9-6. He completed his loss-side trek back to the finals with a 9-4 victory over Padgett in the semifinals.

Roberts, though, was not to be denied. He took the opening set of the true double elimination final 11-4 to capture the event title.

Tour directors Shannon and Marge Daulton thanked Shore Thing Bar & Billiards owners, Brent and Anne Hudgins, as well as their staff, and sponsors Andy Gilbert Custom Cues, Nick Varner Cues and Cases, Mike Davis Exterminating, Tiger Products and Delta-13 racks.