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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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Lewis goes undefeated to claim last 2021 title on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour

Cole Lewis

Junior competitor Cole Lewis and Mike Robertson battled twice in the Saturday, December 18 stop on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour, with Lewis winning both matches to claim the last 2021 event title on the tour. The final four competitors at this stop all met first in the opening round of play, with Lewis downing Steve Dye and Robertson defeating Robert McCoy. Dye and McCoy won a combined total of 13 matches on the loss side to meet each other in the quarterfinals. McCoy, who ended up winning seven of those 13, fell in his rematch versus Robertson in the semifinals. This Mike Robertson, it should be noted, is not related to the Michael Robertson, who’d recently won two stops within a month, including the previous week’s event at The Clubhouse in Lynchburg, VA. The Dec. 18, $500-added event drew 25 entrants to Sonny’s Billiards in Princeton, WV.

With Dye and McCoy already toiling away on the loss side, Lewis and Robertson advanced to winners’ side semifinal matches. Lewis battled Keith Young, while Robertson squared off against Robert Hamilton.

Lewis got into the hot seat on the heels of a 7-4 victory over Young. Robertson joined him after sending Hamilton to the loss side 6-4. Lewis claimed the hot seat over Robertson 7-3 and waited for him to return from his rematch against McCoy in the semifinals.

On the loss side, it was Young who drew McCoy and Hamilton who picked up Dye. McCoy and Dye were both five matches into their loss-side streaks. McCoy had recently eliminated Hank Powell 5-5 (Powell racing to 8) and Dustin Coe 5-1. Dye reached Hamilton after eliminating Danny Clay 5-1 and Dwain Barberie 5-4 (Barberie racing to 6).

McCoy and Dye advanced to the quarterfinals; McCoy over Young and Dye over Hamilton, both 5-3. McCoy ended Dye’s loss-side run 5-1 in those quarterfinals.

Robertson brought McCoy’s loss-side trip to something of a dramatic close, by shutting him out in the semifinals. Robertson was able to earn one more rack than he’d scored against Lewis in the hot seat match, but Lewis claimed the event title 7-4.

Tour director Herman Parker thanked the ownership and staff at Sonny’s Billiards 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, and Federal Savings Bank Mortgage Division. The next stop on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour will be the first event of 2022. Scheduled for the weekend of January 8-9, it will be the tour’s annual Bar Box Championships. The $1,000-added event will be hosted by Break & Run Billiards in Chesnee, SC.