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Byrd goes undefeated on Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour, winning one for his Mom

Dustin Byrd had a lunch date with his Mom on Mother’s Day, May 14. He missed that luncheon date when his performance on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour on Saturday, May 13 dictated a return to the tables on Sunday. He capitalized on that lost lunch and the potential for any Mom ‘payback’ by winning three straight double hill matches to complete an undefeated run, and then dedicating the win to his mother, Denise. The $1,000-added event drew 51 entrants to Mr. Cues II in Atlanta, GA.

Byrd faced Bernardo Hernandez twice in this event; hot seat and finals. He got into the hot seat match with a double hill win over Corey Morphew, as Hernandez was busy sending Greg Burke to the loss side 9-4. Byrd claimed the hot seat, double hill (6-8; Hernandez racing to 9) and waited on Hernandez’ return.

On the loss side, Morphew picked up Steve Thompson, who’d lost his opening match and was in the midst of a nine-match, loss-side winning streak that had advanced him through the first money round (9/12), defeating Justin Clark 6-5 and then downed Hadi Lee 6-3. Burke drew Matt Lucas, who’d eliminated Jeff Jordan and Henry Cofer, both 5-3, to reach him.

With Morphew racing to 9, Thompson advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-8 win over him. He was joined by Burke, who’d defeated Lucas 7-1. Thompson chalked up his last, loss-side win with a 6-4 victory over Burke.

Hernandez defeated Thompson 9-4 in the semifinals to earn himself a second shot against Byrd in the hot seat. Hernandez may have forgotten that it was Mother’s Day, and possibly didn’t know that Byrd had something of a promise to keep. Byrd reminded him with a second double hill win that allowed him to claim the title.

Tour director Herman Parker thanked the ownership and staff at Mr. Cues II, 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 May 20-21, will be hosted by Gate City Billiards in Greensboro, NC.

Jerry Ray goes undefeated on GSBT stop at Marietta Billiard Club

Shannon The Cannon Daulton, Jerry Ray, Anthony Green, & Tommy Najar (Marietta Billiard Club)

In the second stop on the Great Southern Billiard Tour featuring a new handicap format that has players racing to their handicap number, Jerry Ray (4) went undefeated, eliminating two 6s and one 5 in his final three matches and stopping a five-match, loss-side winning streak by Anthony Green (6) in the finals. The $1,000-added event drew 50 entrants to Johnny Archer's room, The Marietta Billiard Club in Marietta, GA.
"The backbone of my tour is to give amateur players the chance to win," said tour director Shannon Daulton, "because if the true amateur players don't have a chance, you're not going to have a tournament."
"We had one player at this event, a Taiwanese girl (Angela Ger, ranked as a 3), who finished in 5th/6th," Daulton added, "and you'd have thought she won the lottery."
Jerry Ray advanced to a winners' side semifinal against Dustin Byrd (6), as Curtis Hale (6) squared off against Daniel Autry (5) in the other. Ray gave up only a single rack against Byrd, and was met in the hot seat match by Autrey, who'd sent Hale west with a double hill win. Ray downed Autrey and waited on the return of Green.
On the loss side, Green, who'd been sent over by Hale in a winners' side final eight match, shut out Tim Hart, and gave up only a single rack in a victory over Horace Godwin (8) to pick up Byrd. Hale drew Angela Ger, who'd gotten by Travis Barber (5), 3-1 and Dana Aft (4) in a double hill match. 
Hale and Green advanced to a re-match quarterfinals after defeating Ger and Byrd, both 6-2. Green wreaked his vengeance on Hale in a straight-up race to 6 that went double hill and then defeated Autrey 6-2 in the semifinals, to get a shot at Ray in the hot seat.
To no avail, as it turned out. With two on the wire at the outset, racing to 6, Ray and Green battled to double hill (3-5) before Ray prevailed to capture the event title.
Tour directors Shannon Daulton and Marge Cooper thanked the ownership and staff of The Marietta Billiard Club, as well as new sponsor, Ozone Billiards, and regular sponsors Nick Varner Cues & Cases, Delta 13 Racks, Andy Gilbert Custom Cues, Tiger Products, and Lomax Custom Cues. The next stop on the GSBT, a $1,000-added amateur 9-ball event, is scheduled for September 7-8 at Shore Thing Billiards in Myrtle Beacj, SC.

Shaw, Nevel and Clay Win at the 4th Annual Richard Sweet Memorial

Jayson Shaw, Rick Sweet and Phil Miles Burford

Mr. Cues II in Atlanta played host to the Simonis Cloth's 4th Annual Richard Sweet Memorial over the July 4th weekend which is a memorial event and a celebration of his life and contributions to our sport, featuring four separate events; two, single-elimination, 'King of the Hill' format (one $500 1st prize)  tournaments, a Thursday 8-Ball  tournament and a Friday 9-ball tournament , a 1-day $1,000-guaranteed prize fund 9-Ball race to 4 double elimination tournament on Sunday, and a $3,000-guaranteed prize fund main event in 10-Ball which ran Saturday and Sunday. Jayson Shaw won two of them, and almost won a third. He opened the weekend's proceedings with a finals victory over John Maikke in the first of the single elimination tournaments(8-Ball) on Independence Day that drew 86 entrants. The following day, in the second of the single elimination tournaments (this one, with 79 players and 9-Ball), Shaw made it to the finals again, only to be denied his second win, by Michael Clay, who shut him out in the finals.
In the Saturday, main event, the 10-Ball Competition, Jayson Shaw squared off the event's defending champion, Phil Burford, twice; once in the hot seat match, and again, in the finals. Shaw had sent Jeff Hooks to the loss side 7-3 among the winners' side final four, as Burford was busy doing likewise to Randy Jordan 7-2. Shaw got into the hot seat with a 7-5 win over Burford and waited for him to get back. It wasn't long.
Jordan and Hooks moved to the loss side, where they were picked up by J. R. Rossman and Tim Orange. Rossman had gotten by Matt Bulfin 7-2 and John Maikke 7-4. Orange had defeated Dustin Byrd (The Parakeet) 7-5 and John Jones 7-3. Jordan advanced to the quarterfinals, double hill, over Rossman. Orange handed Hooks his second straight loss 7-5 to join him.
Jordan took the quarterfinal match over Orange 7-5 and earned himself a re-match against Burford, who'd sent him west among the winners' side final four. Burford, anxious for his own rematch against Shaw in the hot seat, downed Jordan 7-5. Shaw, though, hunkered down and gave up only a single rack in the opening set of the potential two-set final to claim the event title.
Events shifted to double elimination with commencement of the races-to-4 9-Ball Tournament on Sunday, which drew 59 entrants. Larry Nevel (who'd won both single elimination tournaments at last year's Sweet Memorial) started out by dropping his opening round match to Danny Cash, but rallied on the loss side to win nine straight, and then, two more in the finals against Bernardo Estevan
Estevan had advanced to the hot seat with a winners' side final four victory over Tommy Najar 4-2, while the winner of the second single elimination 8-ball tournament, Michael Clay, advanced to meet him with a 4-1 victory over Pat Cooper. Estevan shut Clay out in the battle for the hot seat and waited on the return of Nevel.
Meanwhile, on the loss side, The Truth was mowin' 'em down, one by one. With four down and five to go, he defeated Tony Riley 4-1, and survived a double hill battle against Jason Lyons, to pick up Majar. Cooper drew Andy Stewart, who'd squeaked by Horace Goodwin 4-3 and defeated Dana Aft 4-1. Nevel and Stewart handed Najar and Cooper their second straight defeats; Stewart shutting out Cooper and Nevel advancing to the quarterfinals 4-2 over Najar.
Nevel gave up only two racks over his next 14 games. He shut out Stewart in the quarterfinals, and gave up a single rack to Clay in the semifinals. Moving into the opening set of the finals against Estevan, he gave up one that forced a second set. Estevan battled him to double hill in that second set, but Nevel prevailed to claim the title.
Full payouts for the main 10-Ball event are as follows:
1.    Jayson Shaw = $1,850
2.    Phil Burford = $1,050
3.    Randy Jorday = $650
4.    Tim Orange = $400
5/6    Jeff Hooks, JR Rossman = $200 each
7/8    John Jones, John Maikke = $130 each
9-12     Bucky Souventhong, Jeff Jordan, Matt Bulfin, Dustin Byrd = $60 each
13-16    Jeff Crawford, Larry Nevel, Ken Hall, Jared McGee = $40 each
17-24     Andrew Stewart, Billy Tyler, Justin Kaleb, Nick Varner, Lane Simons, Ramone Rodriguez, Tommy Najar, Bill Huffman = $20 each
25-32 = Carlos Murillo, Michael Clay, Horace Godwin, Travis Barber, Tony Riley, Tim Hart, Bruce Nagle = $10 each
Payouts for the Sunday 9-Ball event are as follows:
1.    Larry Nevel = $400
2.    Bernardo Estevan = $300
3.    Michael Clay = $200
4.    Andy Stewart = $100