Laha Latches Onto Great Southern Billiards Win
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Marietta, GA

by InsidePOOL Staff

Duke Laha narrowly escaped Rod Rentz to take top honors at the August 11-12 stop on the Great Southern Billiard Tour after having gone undefeated to the finals. The amateur 9-ball tournament featured a $1,500-added prize purse and hosted a full field at Johnny Archer’s Marietta Billiard Club in Marietta, GA.

gsbt7 Laha Latches Onto Great Southern Billiards Win

Duke Laha narrowly escaped Rod Rentz to take top honors at the August 11-12 stop on the Great Southern Billiard Tour after having gone undefeated to the finals. The amateur 9-ball tournament featured a $1,500-added prize purse and hosted a full field at Johnny Archer’s Marietta Billiard Club in Marietta, GA.

Unchallenged until his final match with Rentz, Laha easily handled Toppy Athakhanh in the winners’ side final four 9-2, as Rentz took down Tommy Najar 9-3 in the other bracket. Laha then rolled over Rentz to take the hot seat 9-3 and await a finals opponent.

Najar scrambled to stay alive on the west side of the chart, whitewashing Clay Fisher 9-0. Athakhanh ended up tied with Fisher after being eliminated in fifth place by Josh Roberts 11-5. Najar then nudged aside Roberts in the quarterfinals 9-6.

Rentz put an end to Najar’s day in the semifinals, ousting him 9-4 to earn a rematch with Laha for the title. The first set of the double-elimination final match was tooth and nail, as Rentz eked out a 9-8 victory to force a second set. Laha, though, had had enough and quickly put an end to the bout 9-4 for the win.

Results:
1st Duke Laha $1,000
2nd Rod Rentz $600
3rd Tommy Najar $400
4th Josh Roberts $200
5th Clay Fisher $150
Toppy Athakhanh
7th Mike Langley $125
Dylan Letchworth
9th Woodie Ochle $100
Mark Rochester
Jeff Hooks
Steve Cox

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