Song and Joiner Prevail in Maxim Billiards Amateur Tour Event At Mr. Cues II Atlanta, GA

Paul Song

February 19th-20th, 2001- The Maxim Billiards Amateur Tour was hosted by Mr. Cues II in Atlanta, GA.  The event drew in 112 entries including 10 discounted entries and paid out $4400 for the weekend.

The $1000 Added 9-Ball 2-day event kicked off Saturday and finished on Sunday night as 80 participants battled for their share of the $3900 up for grabs in the prize fund.  Paul Song would claim first place.  Song made his way through the bottom of the 128 player bracket undefeated until the match for the hotseat where he faced off against Horace "Groundhog" Godwin.  Song would lose the match 7-2 sending him to the semifinals where he would match up against Jeff Crawford.  Song defeated Crawford 7-3 sending himself into the finals where he would once again face Horace Godwin.   In finals Song defeated Godwin 7-1 in set #1 and 7-2 in Set #2 to claim first place.

Paul Song's complete path to the finals is as follows: Song defeated Oscar Ceron 7-3; Wes Davis 7-6; Duane Davis 7-3; Chuck Dorsett 7-5; Jason "Skinny" Caldwell 7-3; before his loss to Godwin in the match for the hotseat 7-2; Jeff Crawford 7-3; Godwin set 1-7-1; set 2-7-2.

Sunday would kick off The Maxim Billiards Amateur Tours $500 Guaranteed 8-Ball event with a format of race to 5 W/5 L and the true double elmination finals.

The event would host 32 entries, with Kaci Joiner taking first place in the event.  Joiner began his trek for first in the bottom of the bracket defeating Dustin Byrd 5-3; Hadi Lee 5-3; Duane Davis 5-4; Norris Likens 5-0; before a loss to Randy Jordan in the match for the hotseat 5-3;  Joiner would make a comeback defeating Duane Davis 5-4 and in the finals he won set 1-5-4 and set 2-5-3 against Randy Jordan.

The Maxim Billiards Tour staff would like to thank Mr. Cues II, their staff and the Sweet family for hosting this event and for their continued support of our sport.