Hawkins Hammers Out GSBT Win
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Cornelius, NC

by Lea Andrews

Ohio resident Lucas Hawkins was well rewarded for his troubles after he made the lengthy trip to Cornelius, NC, for the Great Southern Billiard Tour’s July 31-August 1 stop. The GSBT first-timer, who’s rebounding from a one-year hiatus from pool, went undefeated through the 46-player field that gathered at Kylie’s Sports Bar and Grill for the $1,500-added event, which was sponsored by Nick Varner Cues and Cases.

Ohio resident Lucas Hawkins was well rewarded for his troubles after he made the lengthy trip to Cornelius, NC, for the Great Southern Billiard Tour’s July 31-August 1 stop.

Ohio resident Lucas Hawkins was well rewarded for his troubles after he made the lengthy trip to Cornelius, NC, for the Great Southern Billiard Tour’s July 31-August 1 stop.

Hawkins edged out fellow A-player Glenn Russell 9-8 to reach the hot seat match against recent winner Josh Newman, who’d just sent B-ranked David Stewart west 9-6. Against Hawkins, Newman took a strong lead and got up 8-3, but he started to falter, and a miscue on the 7 ball at 8-5 seemed to seal his fate. Hawkins kept the string to himself, claiming the hot seat 9-8.

On the left side of the bracket, where the races were shortened by two games, last week’s winner, AA-ranked Brian White, ousted A-ranked Marty Free 9-2 and AA-ranked Sam Monday to face Russell. Meanwhile, A-ranked Ron Park took care of AA-ranked BJ Ussery 7-6 and A-ranked Alex Olinger 7-5 to meet up with Stewart. Park and White met up in the quarterfinals after putting Stewart and Russell into fifth 7-3 and 9-6, respectively, and it was Park who moved on to the semifinals after planting White in fourth 7-7 in the weighted race. Against Newman, Park continued his streak, advancing to the finals 7-4.

The true double-elimination final match was a battle of persistence, as neither player was able to really reach his comfort zone. But Hawkins was comfortable enough, and he ground out his first GSBT victory 9-5.

Results:
1st Lucas Hawkins $1,000
2nd Ron Park $500
3rd Josh Newman $250
4th Brian White $150
5th David Stewart $100
Glenn Russell
7th Alex Olinger $60
Sam Monday
9th Luis Tovar $35
B.J. Ussery
Darren Blitch
Marty Free