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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.

Kidwell comes from the loss side to take City 9-Ball stop

Brandon Kidwell came back from a defeat in a winners' side semifinal to meet and defeat hot seat occupant Ron Frank during the February 27-28 stop on the Q City 9-Ball Tour. The event drew 51 entrants to Janet Atwell's Borderline Billiards in Bristol, TN.
Kidwell fell to Keith Wiseman in a winners' side quarterfinal, which set Wiseman up to face Jordan Grubb. Frank, in the meantime, squared off against June Bug. Wiseman sent Grubb to the loss side 8-5, as Frank was busy sending June Bug over 9-3. Frank claimed the hot seat in a double hill fight against Wiseman and waited on Kidwell's return.
Kidwell opened his loss-side campaign with a 7-4 win over Dustin Brown, and followed that with a 7-5 win over Pete Browning, setting him for a match versus June Bug. Grub picked up Cory Morphew, who'd eliminated Darren Musser 10-5 and Mike Brown 10-1. Kidwell chalked up win #3, 7-4, over June Bug, as Grub was eliminating Morphew 8-7 (Morphew racing to 10).
Kidwell gave up only a single rack in the quarterfinal match against Grubb, and turned to face the man who'd sent him to the loss side, Wiseman, in the semifinals. With Wiseman racing to 8, Kidwell advanced to the finals 7-6.
In the first of two sets, Kidwell and Frank battled to double hill, before Kidwell prevailed to force a second set. He won that one, as well, downing Frank 7-4 to claim the event title.