White comes from the loss side to double dip Ritchie in Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball event

Hunter White

Hunter White chalked up his second 2020 win on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour, one week shy of six months after winning the first one on the weekend of January 25-26. On the weekend of July 18-19, with tour director Herman Parker still recovering at home from a heart-related problem and Angela Parker ably filling in, the tour moved into Randolph’s Billiards in Hickory, NC. White and Chuck Ritchie played twice in this one, with White winning both sets of the true double elimination final. The event drew 31 entrants to the site.

White and Ritchie made it to their respective winners’ side semifinals. Ritchie advanced to the hot seat with a 7-5 win over Zac Leonard. White, though, got sent to the loss side 9-2 by Junior Young who turned to face Ritchie in the hot seat match. Ritchie won it 7-2 and waited on what turned out to be the return of White.

White opened his loss-side campaign against Sammy Manley, who’d defeated Hank Powell 5-2 and Junior Gabriel, double hill, to reach him. Leonard picked up junior player, Landon Hollingsworth, who’d eliminated Clint Clark, double hill, and Jeff Abernathy 6-1.

White downed Manley 9-2 and in the quarterfinals, was to have faced Leonard, who’d defeated Hollingsworth 7-5. White was able to leapfrog into the semifinals, when Leonard failed to appear on Sunday.

White downed Junior Young 9-1 in those semifinals. White thus completed his loss-side trip back to the finals having given up only three racks over 21 games.

The momentum served White well. He downed Ritchie 9-3 in the opening set, and though Ritchie would force a deciding game in the second set, White would that one as well, 9-6.

Tour director Angela Parker (and in absentia, Herman) thanked the ownership and staff at Randolph’s Billiards, as well as title sponsor Viking Cues, Bar Pool Tables, Delta 13 Racks, AZBilliards, Tickler Pool Ball Washing Machine, Skyline Construction, Federal Savings Bank Mortgage Division and Dirty South Grind Apparel Co. The next stop on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour, scheduled for this weekend (July 25-26), will be a $500-added event, hosted by Break & Run Billiards in Chesnee, SC.