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Hall goes undefeated, downing room owner (England) twice on Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour

Colin Hall and Chris England

Collin Hall’s last victory on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour was just a little over three years ago, when he, sitting in the hot seat, was forced to split the top two prizes with BJ Ussery because the Gate City Billiard Club in Greensboro, NC had a curfew. This past weekend, Saturday, Nov. 12, Hall was in a similar position, having claimed the hot seat and waiting for the player he’d defeated to get back (or not) from the semifinals. There was a difference this time. There wasn’t a curfew to worry about at The Clubhouse in Lynchburg, VA and significantly, the competitor he faced in his last two matches owned the room.

Given that in addition to being competitors, Hall and Clubhouse owner Chris England were friends as well as workplace colleagues (Hall works security at the facility), tour director Herman Parker thought that the two might possibly opt out of the final, but they didn’t. They’d battled for the hot seat, to double hill, before Hall finished it. When England won his semifinal match, the shot at the title also represented his first chance at a title on the tour and he wasn’t about to give that up.

“Chris had never won on the tour before,” said Parker, with a laugh, “and he was on a mission.” 

It was almost ‘mission accomplished,’ because for a second time, they battled to double hill. Hall, though, had the last word and completed his undefeated run. The $500-added event drew 21 entrants to The Clubhouse.

They’d advanced to their respective winners’ side semifinal from opposite ends of the bracket. Hall faced Marc Becker, as England squared off against Robert Cuneo. England battled to double hill getting to the hot seat match, but did send Cuneo loss-side packing, while Hall was engaged with sending Becker to the loss side 7-3. Hall and England played their first double hill battle, which sent England off to the semifinals.

On the loss side, Becker and Cuneo walked right into their second straight loss. Becker drew Rich Cunningham, who’d just eliminated Calvin Godsey and Dustin Coe, both 7-2. Cunio picked up Bryan Glisson, who’d taken a bit of a roller coaster ride over his previous two matches, shutting out Barrett White before surviving a double hill match against Nick Call.

Glisson defeated Cuneo 5-3. Cunningham eliminated Becker 7-3. Cunningham then prevailed in the quarterfinals, 7-1 over Glisson. In what would prove to be his second of three straight double hill matches on his mission to claim the title, England defeated Cunningham 5-6 (Cunningham racing to 7).

England, entered the final phase of his mission and it almost paid off. Hall, though, completed his undefeated run with a second double hill win over his friend, his boss and his earlier hot seat opponent. 

Tour director Herman Parker thanked England and his Clubhouse staff for their hospitality, as well as title sponsor Viking Cues, Breaktime Billiards (Winston-Salem, NC), BarPoolTables.net, Dirty South Grind Apparel Co., Realty One Group Results, Diamond Brat, AZBilliards.com, Ridge Back Rails, and Federal Savings Bank Mortgage Division.

The next stop on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour, scheduled for this weekend, Nov. 19-20, will be the tour’s 10th Annual Tour Championships, a $1,500-added event to be hosted by Breaktime Billiards in Winston-Salem. The two-time defending champion of the event and the only player in the event’s history to win it twice, Landon Hollingsworth, will not be in attendance, as he will be competing in Puerto Rico at the time; entry to the Puerto Rico Open was a prize he earned as the top-ranked player in the Junior International Championship Series’ ProAm division this year. The generally competitive field at this annual event will crown its first new champion since 2019.

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Draper goes undefeated to hot seat, splits with Francis to claim first Q City 9-Ball win

Jesse Draper

A funny thing happened to Jesse Draper on his way to what would become his first recorded cash finish anywhere and his first regional tour win. This past weekend (June 25-26), he ran into two opponents – Joey Fox and Brian Francis – who, though they’d recorded cash finishes on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour before, were also looking for their first tour victory. Draper met Francis in a winners’ side quarterfinal, Fox in the hot seat match and though slated to face Francis a second time in the finals, they opted out of playing the match. Draper got his tour win, albeit with its ‘no final’ asterisk, Fox recorded his highest recorded finish on the tour, ever, and Francis had to settle for his third runner-up finish on the tour. The $500-added event drew 45 entrants to the Rock House in Gastonia, NC.

Once Draper sent Francis to the loss side in their winners’ side quarterfinal, he advanced to a winners’ side semifinal against Dustin Coe. Fox faced Aaron McClure in the other one. 

Draper downed Coe 5-3, as Fox was sending McClure over 7-3. Draper claimed his first hot seat 5-2 over Fox and waited to negotiate with Francis over the final that wasn’t going to happen.

On the loss side, Francis began with a 6-1 victory over Adam Pendley and followed that with a shutout over John Abernathy, to draw McClure. Coe drew Billy Fowler, who’d defeated Jimmy Tanner 10-3 and Dalton Messer, double hill, to reach him.

Francis advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-4 victory over McClure, while Coe survived a double hill fight (7-9) versus Fowler to join him. Francis eliminated Coe 6-3 and in what would prove to be the final match of the event, defeated Fox in the semifinals 6-5 (Fox racing to 7).

Negotiations for the two-way split got underway and while Draper and Francis, each in their own way, had to settle for the just-shy-of-completely-satisfactory results of their weekend, Draper did earn himself his first event title. Both earned more than the four other players who went home with cash and significantly more than the other 39 entrants who’d competed.

Tour director Herman Parker thanked the ownership and staff at Rock House for their hospitality, as well as title sponsor Viking Cues, BarPoolTables.net, Dirty South Grind Apparel Co., Realty One Group Results, Diamond Brat, AZBilliards.com, Ridge Back Rails, and Federal Savings Bank Mortgage Division. The Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour and significantly, Parker, will be taking a Fourth of July vacation this weekend. The next stop on the tour, scheduled for July 9-10, will be hosted by Overtime Billiards in Columbia, SC.

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Coe double dips Helton to claim Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball title

Dustin Coe

Dustin Coe missed being the 2020 Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour champion last year, by two games. At the Jan. 12, 2021 event in Chesnee, SC, Coe advanced to the hot seat match, and lost, double hill, to Benny Walters. In the semifinal that followed, against the eventual tour champion, Derek Formby, Coe was eliminated in what was a second straight double hill match for both of them. In his first recorded cash-payout finish since that event, this past weekend (April 30-May 1), Coe repeated half of the pattern; advancing to the hot seat and being sent to the semifinals, by Brandon Helton. Coe came back from this one, though, winning three straight double hill matches, double-dipping Helton in the two-set double elimination final to claim the title. The $250-added event drew a short field of 21 entrants to Sonny’s Billiards in Princeton, WV.

It was an event replete with double hill battles. Just under half (7) of the event’s final 15 matches went that route, including five straight from the 5th/6th matches to the two-set final. The first of the seven was fought between Helton and Robert Hamilton in one of the winners’ side semifinals. Helton sent Hamilton to the loss side with that double hill win and in the hot seat match, faced Coe, who’d defeated Joe Swim 7-3 in the other winners’ side semifinal. In a straight-up race to 6, Helton downed Coe 6-4 to claim the hot seat.

On the loss side, two competitors – Derek Bonds and Chris Woodrum – were in the midst of six-match, loss-side winning streaks that would take them as far as the quarterfinals (Bonds) and semifinals (Woodrum). Coming over from the winners’ side semifinal, Hamilton drew Bonds, who’d chalked up loss-side wins #4 and #5 against Mike Robertson 5-3 and Ron Frank 5-5 (Frank racing to 8). Swim picked up Woodrum, who’d chalked up his loss-side wins #3 and #4 versus Thomas Sansone and Dwain Barberie, both 6-2. For those keeping track, Barberie came into the 7/8 match, having chalked up one of the seven, final-15 double hill matches, downing Andrew Farley.

Bonds defeated Hamilton 5-4 (Hamilton racing to 7), as Woodrum eliminated Swim, double hill. Woodrum then stopped Bonds’ loss-side winning streak, double hill, in the quarterfinals.

The final three matches yielded the same double hill scores. Coe eliminated Woodrum in the semifinals (7-5; Woodrum racing to 6) and then double-dipped Helton in the finals (same score; Helton racing to 6).

Tour director Herman Parker thanked the ownership and staff at Sonny’s Billiards, as well as title sponsor Viking Cues, BarPoolTables.net, Dirty South Grind Apparel Co., Realty One Group Results, Diamond Brat, AZBilliards.com, Ridge Back Rails, and Federal Savings Bank Mortgage Division.

The Ron Park Memorial will return for its second year to West End Billiards in Gastonia, NC this coming weekend (May 7-8). The 2nd Annual Ron Park Memorial will be a $250-added, Scotch Doubles tournament. 

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Formby wins two out of three over Walters to claim Q City 9-Ball Tour Championship

Derek Formby

The $1,000-added Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball 2020 Bar Box Tour Championships, postponed until this past weekend (Jan. 9-10), drew 104 entrants to Break & Run Billiards in Chesnee, SC. Derek Formby came from the loss side to double dip hot seat occupant Benny Walters to claim the event title. Formby had met Walters in a winners’ side semifinal and won three on the loss side to meet and defeat him twice in a true double elimination final.

They’d met first in that winners’ side semifinal, as Dustin Coe and Greg Dix met in the other one. Walters and Formby battled to double hill, before Walters won the only match of three that he’d play against Formby and advanced to the hot seat match. Coe joined him after defeating Dix 6-6 (Dix racing to 8). Walters claimed the hot seat over Coe in his second straight double hill win.

On the loss side, Dix picked up tour veteran BJ Ussery, the highest handicap present at this tour championship, who’d defeated Kevin Ping 12-1 and Gary South 12-4. Formby drew Hunter White, another tour veteran, who’d eliminated Jimmy Bird 10-2 and Johnny Walker 10-4 to reach Formby.

With White racing to 10, it was Formby who advanced to the quarterfinals over him, 6-8. Formby was joined by Dix, who’d defeated Ussery 8-9 (Ussery racing to 12). At about midnight on Sunday night, Formby and Dix initiated what would turn out to be a double hill quarterfinal, which eventually advanced Formby into the semifinals against Dustin Coe.

Formby and Coe, in a straight up race to 6, also battled to double hill in those semifinals. Formby survived again to earn a shot at Walters in the hot seat.

In the opening set of the true double elimination final, Formby found himself engaged in his third straight double hill match and for the third straight time, he won. Now tied at one match apiece, Formby and Walters battled for the bar box tour championship. Formby pulled out in front in the second set and stayed there to win it 6-2.

Tour director Herman Parker thanked the ownership and staff at Break & Run Billiards, as well as title sponsor Viking Cues, Bar Pool Tables, JB Magic Templates, AZBilliards, Tickler Pool Ball Washing Machine, Skyline Construction, Federal Savings Bank Mortgage Division and Dirty South Grind Apparel Co.

The Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour will be right back at it this weekend, Jan. 16-17. The tour will hold a $1,000-added tournament at Sonny’s Billiards & Bistro in Princeton, WV.

Hollingsworth goes undefeated to win Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour Championship

Reid Vance, Herman Parker &
Landon Hollingsworth

In the 10 events on the 2020 Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour in which he has come away with a cash payout, junior competitor Landon Hollingsworth (15) has never finished lower than 5th, where he’s finished five times. He has finished third, twice and been runner-up, once. This past weekend (Oct. 31-Nov. 1), he became the youngest competitor to ever win the tour’s Tour Championship and in so doing, raised the number of his cash wins on the tour to 11 and his wins to three. The $500-added, 8th Tour Championships (this one, playing out on 9 ft. tables; the tour will host a bar table Tour Championship later in the year) drew 67 entrants to Borderline Billiards in Bristol, TN.

The event was not without its drama(s). Four of the last 14 matches went double hill, including a winners’ side semifinal match between Hollingsworth and another junior player, Eric Roberts (16) from TN. Hollingsworth was challenged in the finals by Reid Vance, who’d chalked up his first tour win last week (Oct. 24), and faced the competitor he’d faced in the finals, Dustin Coe, in the semifinals this week. Vance won seven on the loss side for the right to face Hollingsworth in the finals of this one.

With Reid already at work on the loss side, sent there by Scott Howard, Howard advanced to a winners’s side semifinal against Coe, while Hollingsworth and Roberts set up for the ‘battle of young ‘uns’ in the other one. With Howard racing to 7, Coe sent him to the loss side 6-5. Roberts, racing to 8, took an early lead against Hollingsworth, but Hollingsworth fought back and forced a deciding game, which he won to claim the hot seat 7-7.

On the loss side, Roberts picked up Raed Shabib, who’d defeated Suede Smith 10-3 and Charles Hartung 10-4 to reach him. Howard ran into Vance, who was four matches into his seven-match, loss-side streak, which had recently eliminated Zach Wilson 7-4 and Rudy Hess 7-1.

Vance downed Howard 7-2 and advanced to the quarterfinals. Raed Shabib got way out in front against the youngster Roberts and racing to 10, was on the hill, ahead by 8 at 9-1. In what was certainly one of the most entertaining matches of the event, Roberts came back to win seven in a row and snatch victory from those proverbial jaws of defeat.

The kid from Tennessee got wrapped up in a second straight double hill battle; this time, against Vance in the quarterfinals. Vance, racing to 7, eliminated Roberts (racing to 8) 7-7.

The winner (Vance) and runner-up (Coe) from the previous week’s event squared off in the subsequent semifinals. One would have thought that this would have been another ‘high drama’ moment, but it didn’t turn out that way. Vance shut Coe out 7-0 for a shot at another youngster, Hollingsworth, laying in wait for him in the hot seat.

The finals didn’t embrace any high drama, either, beyond that of Hollingsworth completing the undefeated run that awarded him his first Tour Championship title. He accomplished that with a 7-3 win over Vance in the only set necessary in the true double elimination final.

Tour director Herman Parker thanked Janet Atwell and her Borderline Billiards staff for their hospitality, as well as title sponsor Viking Cues, Bar Pool Tables, JB Magic Templates, AZBilliards, Tickler Pool Ball Washing Machine, Skyline Construction, Federal Savings Bank Mortgage Division and Dirty South Grind Apparel Co. The next stop on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour, scheduled for this weekend (Nov. 7-8), will be hosted by Randolph Billiards in Hickory, NC.

Vance double dips Coe to win his first Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour event

Reid Vance

Until this past weekend, Reid Vance had only cashed in three Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball events over the past two years. He finished as runner-up in two of those three events, 4th in the other. Two years ago (Sept. 2018), Vance made it to the hot seat, only to get double-dipped by Ricky Bingham in the finals. Earlier this year (January), he and BJ Ussery opted out of a final match, allowing Ussery, as the undefeated occupant of the hot seat to claim that event title. Vance broke through this weekend (Sat. Oct. 24) when he took the double-dip route; winning five on the loss side and then double dipping Dustin Coe in the finals to claim his first title. The $300-added event drew a short field of 17 entrants to a new venue for the tour, Kickshot Billiards in Phelps, KY. 

Vance and Coe met three times in this event; first, in a winners’ side quarterfinal in which Coe launched Vance onto his loss-side trip. Coe advanced to a winners’ side semifinal against Bobby Gartin, as Chris Stump faced Bill Collins in the other one. Coe got into the hot seat match with a 6-3 win over Gartin. Stump joined him after sending Collins west 6-2. Coe claimed the hot seat 6-3 and waited on Vance’s return.

Gartin and Collins came into the loss bracket and walked right into their second straight loss. Collins drew Vance, who’d defeated Jacob Marcum 6-2 and then, chalked up the first of three straight double hill wins, against Tony Williams. Gartin picked up Mike Clevinger, who’d recently shut out Kickshot Billiards’ owner, Hershel Rife and eliminated Danny Clay 6-3.

Vance won his second double hill match, sending Collins home, as Clevinger downed Gartin 6-1. Vance made it three-in-a-row with a double hill win over Clevinger in the subsequent quarterfinals.

The double hill pattern ended in the semifinals, though not well for Chris Stump. Vance defeated him 6-2 to earn his rematch against Coe. In the true double elimination final, Vance took the first set 6-2 and in the second, allowed Coe only a single rack, before claiming his first event title.

Tour directors Herman and Angela Parker thanked Hershel Rife and his staff for their hospitality, as well as title sponsor Viking Cues, Bar Pool Tables, JB Magic Templates, AZBilliards, Tickler Pool Ball Washing Machine, Skyline Construction, Federal Savings Bank Mortgage Division and Dirty South Grind Apparel Co. The next stop on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour, scheduled for this weekend, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, will be a $500-added event that will be hosted by Borderline Billiards in Bristol, TN.

Hubbard comes from the loss side to double dip Powell on Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour

The winner and the room were both new to the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour.

On Saturday, October 10, the tour and a short field of 20 entrants became part of a ‘soft opening’ for a new venue in West Virginia. Called Sonny’s Billiards & Bistro and located in Princeton, WV, the room, which has been undergoing renovations for several years in what was, at one time, a condemned building, was to have hosted its first Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour stop in March.

That, of course, didn’t happen, but Jason Paitsel and Jonathan Brockman, long-time best friends, as well as frequent competitors on the tour, kept moving forward with their opening plans. The full array of plans, including all permits, licenses and a large dining room will not culminate in an official opening now until January, but they invited the tour to hold an event in the available space, on the tables that were already in place and added $500 to the purse. 

The tour invited some of its ‘frequent flyers’ to come by and see what’d be in store for them in future trips to the site. Joining the invited tour regulars (and others) was a local player, Wayne Hubbard, who, after being sent to the loss side in one of the winners’ side semifinals, won three to earn a spot in the true double elimination finals, where he double dipped tour veteran, Hank Powell. It was Hubbard’s first appearance and first win on the tour, though likely not to be his last in either department.

Hubbard advanced to his winners’ side semifinal match against Dustin Coe, while Powell squared off against Danny Clay in the other one. Coe sent Hubbard to the loss side 6-2, as Powell was busy sending Clay over via shutout. Powell claimed the hot seat 7-5 and waited on Hubbard’s return.

Upon their arrival on the loss side of the bracket, Hubbard and Clay ran into a pair of Q City 9-Ball veterans – Cameron Lawhorne and Jonathan Ailstock. Ailstock had eliminated John Hoge, double hill, became the beneficiary of a forfeit by Trey Frank and then drew Clay. Lawhorne eliminated Abbott Cheek 6-1 and Travis Guerra 6-4 to pick up Hubbard.

Ailstock got by Clay 6-2 and was joined in the quarterfinals by Hubbard, who’d defeated Lawhorne 7-2. Hubbard then eliminated the other veteran, Ailstock, 7-4 in those quarterfinals.

As something of a warm-up for the battle ahead, Hubbard shut Dustin Coe out in the semifinals. He downed Powell 7-4 in the opening set of the true double elimination final. He upped his game a bit to win the second set 7-2 and claim his first event title and cash payout on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour.

Tour directors Herman and Angela Parker were abundant in their thanks for Jason Paitsel, Jonathan Brockman and their Sonny’s Bistro & Billiards staff, as well as title sponsor Viking Cues, Bar Pool Tables, JB Magic Templates, AZBilliards, Tickler Pool Ball Washing Machine, Skyline Construction, Federal Savings Bank Mortgage Division and Dirty South Grind Apparel Co.

Next up on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball calendar will be the 1st Annual Carolina Cup, an Open (no handicap) tournament, scheduled for this weekend, Oct. 16-18. The $2,000-added event will be hosted by Break & Run Billiards in Chesnee, SC. 

Evans goes undefeated, splits top prize with Tate on Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour stop

Jason Evans

Earlier this year, in February, we reported on a victory for Jason Evans on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour, which, in a career that’s spanned almost 20 years, was his first recorded victory in a major event. His best recorded earnings year (2002) came as the result of placing 3rd at a stop on the Joss Tour, 17th at the IBC Championships and three cash finishes at that year’s Derby City Classic. He has a way to go before he can match his earnings from that year, but on Saturday, October 5, he chalked up his second win* on the 2019 Q City 9-Ball Tour. He went undefeated at the event, but split the top two prizes when he and junior competitor Joey Tate, whom he’d defeated, double hill in the hot seat match, opted out of a final match. The $1,000-added event drew 39 entrants to The Clubhouse in Lynchburg, VA.
 
Evans advanced to a winners’ side semifinal against Blade Best, while Tate squared off against Brent Hensley. Evans got into the hot seat match with a 9-4 victory over Best, as Tate was locked up in a straight-up race to 7, double hill fight against Hensley. Tate won it and then, in what proved to be the event finals, a second straight double hill match, fell to Evans 9-6 (Tate racing to 7).
 
On the loss side, Best drew Shane Woodrum, who’d shut out Travis Guerra and defeated Dustin Coe 5-2 to reach him. In an earlier round, Coe had defeated Shane’s older brother, Chris Woodrum 6-4. Hensley picked up Jonathan Ailstock, who’d been defeated by Evans in a winners’ side quarterfinal and then defeated Travis Shelton and Hank Powell, both 6-4.
 
Woodrum fell to Best 6-3, as Ailstock was busy downing Hensley 6-5 (Hensley racing to 7). Ailstock defeated Best 6-4 in the quarterfinals that followed, and with the notion of a rematch against Evans in the finals, squared off against Tate in the semifinals.
 
Tate, though, stopped Ailstock’s four-match, loss-side run with a 7-4 win in those semifinals. He and Evans opted out of the final, awarding the undefeated Evans the event title.
 
Tour directors Herman and Angela Parker thanked the ownership and staff at The Clubhouse, 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 (October 12-13), will be hosted by Gate City Billiards Club in Greensboro, NC.

Leonard and Hawley split top prizes on Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball stop

Zac Leonard

The last time KC Hawley signed on to the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour, in May at Rooster’s 21 Poolroom in Charleston, WV, he came back from a hot seat loss to double dip Shawn Miller and win the event. On Saturday, Sept. 15, back at Rooster's 21 at another stop on the tour, he made it to the hot seat match again, and this time, he was defeated by Zac Leonard. Hawley made it back from the semifinals, but he and Leonard opted out of a final match and split the top two prizes. The event drew 31 entrants to Rooster’s 21 Poolroom.
 
Identical 7-1 victories by Leonard and Hawley in the two winners’ side semifinals (over Randy Smith and Tyrus Kelley, respectively) set up their first match, which appropriately enough, since it essentially determined the official winner, was a double hill affair. Leonard finished it in what proved to be his final match.
 
On the loss side, Smith picked up Eddie Chapman, who’d defeated Steves Trout and Dye, both 6-4. Kelley drew Pete Browning, who’d eliminated Dustin Coe 7-4 and survived a double hill (7-7) battle against Justin Lazaro.
 
Kelley advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-3 victory over Browing. Smith did not, as Chapman took the match 6-2. Kelley then gave up only a single rack to Chapman in those quarterfinals.
 
In the night’s last match, Hawley, as he’d done back in May, won the semifinal match, this time against Kelley 7-3. The split was decided, leaving Leonard, as the hot seat occupant, in possession of the official event title.
 
Tour directors Herman and Angela Parker thanked the ownership and staff at the 21 Poolroom, 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 (Sept. 22-23) was originally to be hosted by Corner Pockets in Fayetteville, NC, but due to circumstances related to the onslaught of Hurricane Florence will now be hosted by Speakeazy Billiards in Sanford, NC.

Bingham double dips Vance to win his first Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour stop

Ricky Bingham

Fourteen years ago, Ricky Bingham finished in the tie for 33rd place at the 29th Annual US Open 9-Ball Championships, sharing the spot with (among others) Charlie Bryant, Mike Davis, Keith Bennett and Ryan McCreesh. A year later, he showed up on one payout list (Stop #4 on the Viking Tour; 13th) and then, for all intents and pool purposes, he dropped out of sight for a dozen years. Last year he joined a growing list of veteran players (like Davis, like Bennett, like BJ Ussery) who’ve been stepping back up to the tables and signing on to the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour. He finished 5th at a 2017 Q City 9-Ball Tour stop at Janet Atwell’s place, Borderline Billiards, in Bristol, TN. In July of this year, back again at Borderline Billiards, he chalked up another 5th place finish on the tour. On the weekend of September 8-9, at (you guessed it) Borderline Billiards, Bingham joined the ranks of Q City 9-Ball winners, coming from the loss side and double dipping Reid Vance to capture the event title. The event drew 41 entrants to Borderline Billiards.
 
Bingham and Vance played three matches in this event. The first was a winners’ side semifinal, while Steve Dye and Zac Leonard faced off in the other one. Vance sent Bingham to the loss side 5-2 and in the hot seat match, faced Dye, who’d sent Leonard over in a double hill match. Vance claimed the hot seat 5-1 over Dye and waited for the veteran to get back from a three-match, loss-side run.
 
Bingham’s loss-side trip back began against Dustin Coe, who’d defeated Alex Boles 6-1 and Mike Staubes, double hill (7-8; Staubes to 9) to reach him. Leonard drew Ikey Maynard, who’d eliminated room owner and pool veteran Janet Atwell and (heeeere’s) Johnny Carson, both 7-2.
 
Leonard downed Maynard 7-3, while Bingham was busy eliminating Coe 5-3. Leonard and Bingham battled to double hill in the quarterfinals that followed, before Bingham advanced to down Dye, double hill as well, in the semifinals.
 
In straight-up races to 5, Bingham took the double elimination opening set over Vance 5-3. He got even stingier in the second set, allowing Vance only a single rack to claim the event title; his first on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour.
 
Tour directors Herman and Angela Parker thanked Janet Atwell and her Borderline Billiards 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 (Sept. 15-16), will be hosted by 21 Poolroom in Charleston, WV.