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Davis retains North Carolina State 9-Ball title

Mike Davis

Though warm weather and a host of competing events diminished the numbers, the North Carolina State 9-Ball Championships were held at Brass Tap and Billiards in Raleigh, NC, on the weekend of February 18-19. Held under the auspices of the Viking Cues' Q City 9-Ball Tour, the $400-added event saw 32 entrants compete, and for the second year in a row, saw Mike Davis, Jr. go undefeated to claim the title. 
In 2016, Davis faced separate opponents in the hot seat match and finals; Daniel Gambill and Stevie Moore, respectively. This year, he faced the same opponent, Jeff Abernathy, twice. Abernathy made it to the quarterfinals in 2016, before being defeated by Moore. This year, Abernathy found himself in a winners' side semifinal match against Corey Sykes, as Davis was squaring off against Delton Howard. Abernathy put up a double hill fight, but it was Sykes who advanced to the hot seat match against Davis, who'd sent Delton Howard to what proved to be a single, loss-side trip 9-4. Davis claimed the hot seat 9-5 and waited for Abernathy to get back.
On the loss side Abernathy picked up Ty Griffin, who'd defeated Barry Mashburn 7-4, and Brad Shearer 7-1 to reach him. Howard drew Justin Martin, who'd eliminated Michael Yingling 7-5, and in a double hill fight, Kenny Miller.
Martin shut Kenny Miller out and advanced to the quarterfinals. Griffin was battling against Abernathy and came within a rack of forcing a single deciding game, but Abernathy pulled ahead late to win it 7-5. Abernathy then gave up only a single rack to Martin in those quarterfinals, and then eliminated Sykes 7-4 in the semifinals.
In somewhat predictable fashion, Davis and Abernathy went at each other tooth and nail to claim the NC State title. they battled to double hill before Davis closed it out to claim the NC State 9-Ball Championship title.
Tour director Herman Parker thanked the ownership and staff at Brass Tap, 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 this weekend (February 25-26), will be hosted by Borderline Billiards in Bristol, TN.

Chapman goes undefeated to capture his first and what could be his last Q City 9-Ball title

Younger Chapman

He literally took a parting shot. After two years of playing on the Q City 9-Ball Tour, Younger Chapman has had what tour director Herman Parker called "several close calls," including four occasions in which he was runner-up, but until Saturday, June 20, Chapman had yet to chalk up a win on the tour. According to Parker, Chapman is moving to western Kentucky in a couple of weeks, and apparently decided that on his last event before the move, he'd go undefeated to win his first event on the Q City 9-Ball Tour. The tournament drew 26 entrants to Buck's Billiards in Raleigh, NC.
Chapman advanced to a winners' side semifinal and defeated J.T. Ringold 7-3. Chapman was joined in the hot seat match by Anthony Mabe, who'd sent Ty Griffin west 6-4. Chapman claimed the hot seat over Mabe 7-3 and waited on the return of Paul Swinson.
On the loss side, Griffin drew Swinson, who'd defeated Travis Geurra 7-4 and Shane Hardie 6-5. Ringold picked up Tracy Callahan, who'd gotten by Vernon Rogers 5-4 and Alan Shaw 5-2 to reach him. Swinson shut Griffin out, and in the quarterfinals, faced Callaghan, who'd eliminated Ringold 5-4. 
Swinson took the quarterfinal match, defeating Callaghan 6-4, and then spoiled Mabe's bid for a second shot against Chapman, by defeating him in the semifinals 6-5. Chapman took the opening set of the potential true double elimination final 7-3, and took that parting shot to claim the event title.