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White gets by Smith twice to win 6th Annual Turkey Bowl at the Steakhorse in Spartanburg

Hunter White

Two former winners on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour squared off on Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 24-25) in the finals of the tour’s 6th Annual Turkey Bowl. Hunter White, who, as a junior player, won three events on the tour two years ago, went undefeated through a record field of 76 entrants (last year’s Turkey Bowl drew 66). White had to defeat Chase Smith twice, whose last appearance in a Q City 9-Ball winners’ circle occurred in September 2017. The $1,000-added event, which featured competitors from eight states (WI, MI, VA, TN, NC, SC, GA & FL) and Germany, was hosted by Steakhorse Restaurant & Billiards in Spartanburg, SC.
They met first in a winners’ side semifinal, as former BEF Junior Champion (14-and-under Boys, 2013) Sergio Rivas and Lauren Kauffman squared off in the other one. In their first of two, White and Smith battled to double hill before White finished it 7-5 (Smith racing to 6). Rivas joined White for the hot seat match, having shut Kauffman out. White claimed the hot seat in a double hill win over Rivas and waited for Smith to return.
On the loss side, Smith picked up Rob Hart, who’d defeated Mackie Lowery 5-4 (Lowery racing to 6) and Josh Long 5-2. Kauffman drew David Anderson, the winner of the very first stop on the tour, six years ago, who’d eliminated Michael Chapman 8-5 and another junior player, Cameron Lawhorne 8-1.
Anderson jumped right into the quarterfinals when Kauffman forfeited their match. He was joined by Smith, who’d downed Hart 6-1. With Anderson racing to 8 in the quarterfinal match, Smith defeated him 6-1 to face Rivas in the semifinals.
Rivas slipped a gear, so to speak, and managed to chalk up only one rack of the 10 he needed to win the semifinal. Smith, in the meantime, chalked up the six he needed for a re-match against White in the finals.
White and Smith fought a second double hill battle, with the same result. With Smith racing to 6 in the first of potentially two sets, White chalked up his seven racks first and claimed the event title.
Tour directors Herman and Angela Parker thanked Dayne Miller and his Steakhorse staff, as well as title sponsor Viking Cues, Bar Pool Tables, Delta 13 Racks, AZ Billiards and Professor Q-Ball. The next stop on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour, scheduled for this weekend (Dec. 1-2), will be hosted by Speakeazy Billiards in Sanford, NC.

Pagulayan takes two at the 5th Annual Sparkle City Shootout in Spartanburg, SC

Alex Pagulayan (Photo courtesy of Erwin Dionisio)

In the $8,000-added 10-Ball event of the 5th Annual Sparkle City Shootout, Alex Pagulayan went undefeated through a field of 96, including final back-to-back victories over Warren Kiamco, Dennis Orcollo and Carlos Biado to claim the title. In the $2,000-added, single elimination One Pocket event with 12 players, he downed Jonathan (Hennessee from Tennessee) Pinegar, Francisco Bustamante and Danny Smith to claim that event title. Held on the very long weekend of Oct. 30-Nov. 4, both events were hosted by Steakhorse Restaurant & Billiards in Spartanburg, SC.
The strength of the pool-star-studded 10-ball field of 96 could be found in a couple of the players who were eliminated in the first money round (13th-16th); Tony Chohan and JT Ringgold. In the following round (9th-12th), Loree Jon Hasson, Zoren James Aranas, Skyler Woodward and a local player Chase Smith were eliminated.
Meanwhile, Pagulayan had worked his way through the field to a winners’ side semifinal match against Kiamco, while Orcollo squared off against Biado. Pagulayan advanced to the hot seat match and downed Orcollo to claim it.
On the loss side, Kiamco drew Francisco Bustamante, who’d eliminated Woodward and “The Scorpion” Johnny Archer to reach him. Biado picked up Mark Bosch, who’d eliminated Hasson and defeated Robb Saez.
Biado and Bustamante advanced to the quarterfinals, where Biado prevailed. He went on to down Orcollo in the semifinals, but couldn’t unseat Pagulayan from the hot seat.
Pagulayan wins first of two with three-win march in One Pocket event
Once Kiamco, John Morra, Can Salim and J Bird were eliminated from the opening round of One Pocket play (Danny Smith, Josh Roberts, Pagulayan and Tony Chohan were awarded byes), the event moved immediately into its quarterfinal matches.
Orcollo and Smith matched up, as did Roberts and Brandon Shuff. Pinegar and Pagulayan squared off, with Bustamante and Chohan rounding out the field of quarterfinalists. Moving into the semifinals, Smith defeated Orcollo, Roberts eliminated Shuff, Pagulayan downed Pinegar and Bustamante knocked out Chohan.
Smith moved into the finals with a victory over Roberts. Pagulayan joined him after eliminating Bustamante. Pagulayan claimed the first of his two weekend undefeated titles with a victory over Smith in the finals.

Bulfin and Pierce split top prizes on Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour

Matt Bulfin

Were it not for the fact that the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour moves around a bit in its distinctly Southern geographic area, and derives at least a part of its ongoing success to that very mobility, tour directors Herman and Angela Parker might opt to hold all of their tour stops at the Steakhorse Restaurant and Billiards facility in Spartanburg, SC. Almost exactly a month ago (June 2-3), the room opened its doors for the first time, playing host to a stop on the tour. The venue, owned by a player with a tour stop victory on his resume (Dayne Miller), added $1,500 to that opening event, and drew 84 entrants. On the weekend of July 28-29, the tour re-visited the venue, which in the interim had opened walls to expand in size and brought in more tables. Once again, $1,500 was added to the event, which, this time, drew 90 entrants. In the end, Matt Bulfin and Derek Pierce opted out of a final match, and split the top two prizes. Bulfin, as the hot seat occupant at the time, was the event’s official winner.
Though he finished as runner-up to Chase Smith last September on the tour, Bulfin, until this weekend, had yet to chalk up a win on the tour, and, in fact, hadn’t won a stop anywhere (that was recorded) since he took home a title on Tommy Kennedy’s Southeast Open 9-Ball Tour, six years ago. His path to the winners’ circle at this most recent stop led him to a winners’ side semifinal match against Steven Ellis, while his eventual hot seat and finals opponent, Derek Pierce squared off against Dalton Messer.
Pierce and Messer battle to double hill before Pierce advanced to the hot seat 5-5 (Messer racing to 6). Bulfin joined him following a 9-4 victory over Ellis. Bulfin then played what proved to be his last match and claimed the hot seat 9-3.
Messer moved to the loss side and picked up the tour’s most successful competitor, JT Ringgold, who’d eliminated Marty Opyd, double hill, and Rob Hart 10-4. Ellis drew Dustin Coe, who’d defeated Donnie Stewart 6-1 and Brian White 6-8 (White racing to 10).
By identical 6-3 scores, Coe and Messer moved to quarterfinals over Ellis and Ringgold. Messer then gave up only a single rack to Coe (6-1) and advanced to the semifinals against Pierce. With Messer racing to 6, Pierce got his second shot against Bulfin by downing Messer 5-4.
Bulfin and Pierce, as noted at the outset, opted out of a final match. Bulfin, in the hot seat, officially recorded his first tour victory.
Tour directors Herman and Angela Parker thanked Steakhorse Restaurant and Billiards’ owner Dayne Miller and his staff (profusely), in addition to title sponsor Viking Cues, Delta 13 Racks, AZBilliards and Professor Q Ball. In addition to the regular payouts for the event’s top 16 competitors, the tour awarded $50 to the event’s top junior Hunter White. The next stop on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour, scheduled for this weekend – August 4-5 – will be hosted by Buck’s Billiards in Raleigh, NC.


Smith takes two out of three against Bulfin to win Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball stop

The Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour played host to a few fleeing Floridians on the weekend of September 9-10. Escaping torrential downpours and widespread damage, they traveled north to Spartanburg, SC, where Cue Time hosted a $500-added tour stop that drew 53 entrants and saw Chase Smith take two out of three against Matt Bulfin to claim his first event title.
Smith and Bulfin battled first in the hot seat match. Bulfin sent Robert Davis to the loss side 10-3 in one winners’ side semifinal, while Smith downed Chris Gentile (Florida State’s Amateur Champion in 2011) 7-5. Smith claimed the hot seat by the same 7-5 score and waited for Bulfin to get back from the semifinals.
On the loss side, Davis picked up Daniel Rutledge, who, after being sent over by Justin Duncan, was on a six-match, loss-side winning streak that would take him as far as the semifinals. He eliminated Steve Loftin 6-4, and Brett Underwood 6-2 to get Davis. Gentile, in the meantime, drew Dalton Messer, who’d gotten by Mike Bumgarner 6-4 and eliminated any possibility of a Rutledge/Duncan re-match by defeating Duncan 6-3.
Rutledge and Gentile gave up one rack each in their victories over Davis and Messer and faced each other in the quarterfinals. With Gentile racing to 9, Rutledge then chalked up what proved to be his last loss-side win, 6-6 over Gentile. Bulfin ended Rutledge’s bid for a shot at Smith with a 10-3 victory in the semifinals.
Smith and Bulfin fought to double hill in the first set, before Bulfin finished it at 10-6. Smith came back in the second set and won it 7-5 to claim the event title.
Tour directors Herman and Angela Parker thanked the ownership and staff at Cue Time, as well as title sponsor Viking Cues, Delta 13 Racks, AZBilliards and Professor Q Ball. The next stop on the Viking Cues' Q City 9-Ball Tour, scheduled for September 16-17, will be hosted by Mr. Cues II in Atlanta, GA.