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White double dips Hammer to win Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Bar Table Championships

Brian White

In what proved to be his first 2018 major tournament win, Brian White returned from a loss in the hot seat match to down Will Hammer twice and capture the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Bar Table Championships, held on the weekend of Sept. 29-30. The $2,000-added event, open to invited members of the tour, drew 90 entrants to Steakhorse Restaurant & Billiards in Spartanburg, SC.
 
“We were hoping to hit 100 entrants and break our previous tour record of 96,” said tour director Herman Parker. “But in the last hour, we had several players who told us that they couldn’t make it.”
 
In addition to his two victories over Hammer in the finals, White had to defeat the tour’s most prolific winner, JT Ringgold, twice. Ringgold entered the tournament in search of his 12th win on the tour, and advanced to a winners’ side semifinal against White, as Hammer was facing Edwin Delacueva in the other one. In their first of two, White and Ringgold battled to double hill before White finished it 10-9, advancing to the hot seat match. Hammer joined him, following a 6-5 victory over Delacueva, who was racing to 7.  With White racing to 10, Hammer chalked up what proved to be his last match win of the weekend, 6-6, to claim the hot seat.
 
On the loss side, Ringgold opened what he hoped was going to be a three-match trip back to the finals against Josh Shultz, who’d defeated Trey Frank 6-2 and Stevie McClinton 6-1 to reach him. Delacueva drew Marty Opyd, who’d eliminated BJ Hucks 6-6 (Hucks racing to 8) and Clay Davis, double hill (also 6-6, Davis racing to 7).
 
Ringgold downed Shultz 10-3, and in the quarterfinals, faced Delacueva, who’d ended Opyd’s weekend 7-1. Ringgold took what proved to be his final step, defeating Delacueva in those quarterfinals 10-3. The semifinal, second matchup between Ringgold and White shaped up early as a repeat of their double hill, winners’ side semifinal, but White pulled away at the end to win it 10-8 and earn his re-match against Hammer in the finals.
 
White came out gunning in the opening set of the true double elimination final and allowed Hammer only a single rack. Hammer came back in the second set and chalked up five of the six racks he needed to win, but White got the 10 he needed to claim the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball 2018 Bar Table Championships.
 
Tour directors Herman and Angela Parker thanked Dayne Miller and his staff at Steakhorse Restaurant & Billiards, 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 (Oct. 6-7), will be hosted by Shotmakers in Garner, NC.

Hammer goes undefeated to win the 1st Annual Michael Slaughter Memorial

Shannon Daulton, Will Hammer, Johnathan Ailstock

It was the first time either one of them had matched up in Great Southern Billiard Tour final.
On the weekend of August 1-2, Will Hammer and Jonathan Ailsock battled twice to see which of them would take home his first GSBT title. With a difference of $200 between first and second place, you'd have to think money rode in the back seat, while the lure of a first tournament title did the driving. 
Hammer took the title, though not before Ailsock brought him right to the brink of a potential second set in the finals. The $750-added event, which drew 34 entrants, was the 1st annual Michael Slaughter Memorial, hosted by Shore Thing Billiards in Myrtle Beach, SC and held in memory of Danville, VA's Michael Slaughter, who'd made Myrtle Beach his home for the last several years. Slaughter passed away on Tuesday, January 28.
 
Hammer and Ailsock met first in a winners' side semifinal, while Clayton Peterson and Dave Matthews faced off in the other one. Hammer took the first of his two against Ailsock 4-2, while Peterson sent Matthews to the loss side 3-2. Hammer claimed the hot seat 4-2 and waited for Ailsock to finish the three matches he had to win for a second chance.
 
Ailstock's first opponent on the loss side was Dan Woods, who'd defeated Beau Miller 3-2, and Howard Summer, double hill. Matthews picked up Michael Hayden, who'd defeated Beau Miller's father, Wayne, 5-2, and survived a double hill fight against Gatlin Askins
 
Ailstock would win his next three games by an aggregate score of 12-2. He shut Dan Woods out, while Hayden was busy eliminating Matthews 5-2.  He gave up a single rack each to Michael Hayden in the quarterfinals, and Clayton Peterson in the semifinals.
 
To no one's surprise, it came down to a case game in a straight-up race to four. Hammer dropped the 9-ball and took home the 1st Annual Michael Slaughter Memorial title.
 
The next stop on the GSBT, scheduled for August 22-23, is a $1000-added event, hosted by a new room, the Metro Sports Bar, in Atlanta, GA.