Yarborough takes two out of three versus Couey to win Great Southern Billiard Tour stop

Shannon Daulton, Mitch Yarborough, Randy Couey, and Robert Phillips

There's evidence to support the idea that hot seat occupants can get just a little overconfident when the player they've already sent to the semifinals comes back to challenge them. The result is what's commonly known as a second set in a true double elimination final, which is what Mitch Yarborough faced in the $1,000-added Great Southern Billiard Tour stop, held at Classic Billiards in Conyers, GA on the weekend of July 9-10. Randy Couey spoiled Yarborough's bid for an undefeated weekend, but couldn't prevent him from earning the event title.

The winners' side final four matchups pitted a pair of "A"s (Yarborough and Sean Davis) and "B"s (Couey and Jeff Jordan) against each other, and led to an A-B hot seat match, as Yarborough defeated Davis 9-5, and Couey downed Jordan 7-6. Yarborough won the first of his three against Couey 9-4 and awaited his return.

Davis moved over to face Corey Morphew, who'd defeated Mark Stewart 7-5, and dominated 7-1 in a match against Brad Sullivan. Jordan drew Jeff Dugan, who'd gotten by Wes Davis 7-4 and Darryl Guess 7-2. It was Jordan and Davis advancing to the quarterfinals; Jordan, with a 7-3 victory over Dugan and Davis, 9-2 over Morphew.

It was an A (Davis) - B (Jordan) quarterfinal, and Jordan prevailed by the single game he needed, to face Couey in the semifinals.  Couey prevailed in the straight-up, B to B battle against Jordan 7-3, to earn a second chance versus Yarborough.

Couey took full advantage of the chance he'd been given, defeating Yarborough in the opening set 7-3. Yarborough, though, came back to take the second set 9-6 and capture the first place prize.

Tour director Shannon Daulton thanked sponsors Andy Gilbert Custom Cues, Nick Varner Cues and Cases, Mike Davis Exterminating, Tiger Products, and Delta-13 Racks.