The Truth vs Big Bubba for Viking Tour Southern Classic Open One Pocket Title

Larry Nevel and Shawn Putnam

Nevel started his reign of terror with his first match defeating Tommy Wilson 3-0 in a match that took 11 minutes. He then slid by Nick Andrews 3-2 in a game that came down to a 1 ball nail biter. Nevel continued by coasting by Sylver Ochoa 3-1 and Benny Conway JR 3-1 to get to the finals of the winners bracket.

Putnam started by defeating Cliff Joyner 3-2 in what Putnam called "The toughest match of his life". Putnam then continued by stating that "after beating Cliff the rest of the event was going to be easy". Putnam rolled through his next three matches with ease defeating Jesse Middlebrooks 3-0, Louis Ulrich 3-1 and Kim Bennett 3-1. At Noon on Friday Putnam will face Larry Nevel to see who owns the "Hot Seat" in the event.

34 Players showed up to compete in the $5,000 added 1-Pocket division of the Viking Cues Southern Classic Open.

Notable players in attendance are: Earl Strickland, John Schmidt, Shawn Putnam, Cliff Joyner, Helena Thornfeldt, Monica Webb, Larry Nevel, Rafael Martinez, Stevie Moore, Wade Crane, Ignacio Chavez & Louis Ulrich.

The final four players are:
Winners Bracket: Shawn Putnam and Larry Nevel
1-Loss Side: Rafael Martinez -vs- Sylver Ochoa

Finishing in 9-12th position were: $200 each
John Schmidt, Ignacio Chavez, Lane Simons and Earl Strickland.

Finishing in 7/8th position were: $400 each
Louis Ulrich and Chris Bartram

Finishing in 5/6th position were: $600 each
Benny Conway Jr and Keith Bennett

Played ended Thursday night with a 3 plus hour match between Bennett and Ochoa. Bennett led by the score of 2-0 two hours into the match, but Ochoa came back with some extraordinary play to win the final three games to earn his place in Friday's matches.

Matches resume Friday at Noon. The finals are scheduled for 4pm.

After the 1-Pocket finishes the $10,000 added 10-ball event will begin at 7pm.

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