Trest tested in GSBT double elimination, double hill final

Shannon Daulton, David Trest, Danny Smith, and Robert (Classic Billiards manager)

David Trest took two out of three, none more important than a third, double hill ‘rubber' match, over Danny Smith to win The Great Southern Billiard Tour stop on the weekend of December 4-5. The $1,500-added event drew 31 entrants to Classic Billiards in Conyers, GA.

Trest got into the hot seat following victories over Greg Haigin, 5-4 among the winners' side final four, and a 9-5 win over Smith in their first of three. Smith had just sent David Walters west 10-6.

Walters moved over to the one-loss side to be met by Cliff Joyner, who'd defeated Jeff Jordan 10-6 and J.R. Rossman 10-5. Haigin picked up Jeff Jordan's older brother Randy, who'd gotten by Denny Singletary 9-6, and Jesse Middlebrook 9-3. Joyner and Jordan advanced to the quarterfinals; Joyner with a 10-4 victory over Walters, and Jordan 9-5 over Haigin. Joyner and Jordan locked up in a double hill match, that eventually advanced Joyner against Smith in the semifinals.

Smith prevailed 10-9 in those semifinals and got his second chance against Trest. He took the opening set 10-7 to even their two-match score at one apiece. They battled to double hill in the second set, before Trest dropped the 9-ball that decided it.