Gonzalez Grasps Great Southern Billiards Title
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Myrtle Beach, SC

by InsidePOOL Staff

Steven Gonzalez narrowly escaped a late onslaught by Josh Roberts from the one-loss side of the chart to grab the title at the Great Southern Billiard Tour’s September 1-2 event. The $1,200-added amateur event attracted a field of 40 to Shore Thing Billiards and Bar in Myrtle Beach, SC.

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Shannon Daulton, Steven Gonzalez, Josh Roberts, & James Carroll, Manager at Shore Thing Billiards

Gonzalez took the right side of the chart by storm, besting David Styers in the winners’ side final four 9-4 before meeting Jeff Abernathy, who had just defeated Greg Dix 11-7. Gonzalez went on to give Abernathy his first loss 9-6 and await an opponent in the final match.

A fourth-round loss to David Styers deposited Roberts in the west side, where he sent Dix home in fifth place 11-5. Wendell Thompkins tied with Dix after being ousted by Styers 7-3. Meeting Styers for the second time yielded better results for Roberts, who relegated him to fourth place 11-3.

Roberts advanced to face down Abernathy in the semifinals, winning their match 11-4. He almost overcame Gonzalez in the double-elimination finals, dominating the first set 11-3. But Gonzalez eked out a 10-9 victory in the second set to win top honors.

1st Steven Gonzalez $750
2nd Josh Roberts $500
3rd Jeff Abernathy $300
4th David Styers $175
5th Wendell Thompkins $100
Greg Dix
7th David Slaughter $50
Stevie McClinton

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