Richard Sweet Memorial

Cliff Joyner

Tommy Kennedy

July 1st-4th, 2010— In honor of Richard Sweet The Viking Cue-Olhausen Billiards Classic Tour and Mr. Cues II in Atlanta, GA hosted the 1stAnnual Richard Sweet Memorial the event drew in 414 entries and paid out $8000 in the three event series.

The event kicked off Thursday night with a $500 Guaranteed Prize Fund 8-Ball Mini Tournament with a field of 124 players which would be won by Cliff Joyner.  Ike Runnels took 2nd Place and Shawn Putnam would claim 3rd.    Friday night’s $500 Guaranteed Prize Fund 9-Ball Mini Tournament hosted a field of 146 players.  Keith Brinton from Florida defeated Larry Nevel in the finals to take 1st place.  John Maikke claimed 3rd place in the event.

Payouts Thursday
1st Cliff Joyner $500
2nd Ike Runnels $100
Payouts Friday
1st Keith Brinton $500
2nd Larry Nevel $100
3rd John Maikke $50

The $4000 Guaranteed Richard Sweet Memorial 9-Ball Tournament kicked off on Saturday and finished up late Sunday night with a field of 144 players.  The 2 day event was a race to 7 on both sides of the chart.

Tommy Kennedy would be victorious in his bid for first place making his way to the finals undefeated.  Kennedy defeated the following on his trek to the finals:  Alan Wong 7-3; Tim Miller 7-3; Don Dennis ; Travis Dorn; Jesse Middlebrook; Shawn Putnam; Larry Nevel 7-6; and in the first set of the true double elimination format that is standard for The Viking Cue-Olhausen Billiard Classic Tour Kennedy defeated Paul Song 7-2.

Paul Song would work his way back thru the one loss side after a loss in round one to Amy Chen 7-5; once on the one loss side Song defeated Brian Davis 7-3; Juan Espinoza 7-3; Alan Taylor 7-1; James Alverez 7-1; Craig Houghton 7-2; Travis Dorn 7-5; Jeff Crawford 7-1; Cliff Joyner 7-6; Dennis Spears 7-3; Jordan Grubb 7-3; Shawn Putnam 7-6; and Larry Nevels in the semi finals 7-5.

On November 3th 2009 The billiards community lost a long-time member and supporter of our sport.  Mr. Richard “Rich” Sweet, age 68, of Buford, GA.

Richard Sweet was born July 1, 1941 in Blytheville, AR. He was a 1958 graduate of Memphis Michigan High School and a veteran of the U. S. Army.  Richard owned and operated Mr. Cues Billiards in Atlanta, GA

Richard was a true supporter of the sports of Billiards and showed a great love for the sport. Richard is greatly missed by all who knew him.  He was always a joy to be around and a friend to all that patroned Mr. Cues II.

The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour would like to thank Susan, Rick and Mandy Sweet for carrying on the legacy of Mr. Richard Sweet.  Mr. Cues II Billiards in Atlanta, GA has always been the greatest room in the Atlanta area and it is obvious that nothing is going to change as The Sweet family carries on the tradition.

Rick Sweet also added he looks forward to carry on the tradition of hosting The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour at Mr. Cues II he added it is one of the most organized and well run events as well as always a pleasurable event for himself, his staff and the players.

Thanks to all the players that came out this weekend.  We are currently working on the details and finalization of the 2nd Annual Memorial Tournament for Richard Sweet the Dates will be June 30th – July 3rd, 2011.   If you are not on the Viking Tours email list please go to and submit your email in the right upper corner of this website.

Payouts 9-Ball
1st Tommy Kennedy $2400
2nd Paul Song 1250
3rd Larry Nevel 750
4th Shawn Putnam 450
5/6th Jesse Middlebrook

Jordan Grubb



7/8th Dennis Spears

Wes Davis



9/12th Jason Stemen

Cliff Joyner

David Cantrell

Randy Jordan



13/16th Wes White

Jeff Crawford

Helena Thornfeldt

Horace Godwin



17/24th Randy Couey

Travis Dorn

Aaron Frady

John Maikke

Isaac Runnels

Daniel Plumber

Matt Hardeman

JR Rossman



Song Prevails at Viking Cue Billiard Event

May 1-2, 2010–The Viking Cue “Handicapped” Open Event kicked off on Saturady at Mr. Cues II in Atlanta, GA as players from around the region including Paul Song, Shawn Putnam and Brian White battled their way thru the the field for a shot at the first place prize.    Paul Song would be the last man standing with a Handicap of 11 he would make his way thru the bracket defeating Danny Smith (11) 11-1;  Greg Nodine (7) 11-3;  Jeff Hook (9) 11-6;  Tim Orange (11) 11-5; Brian White (11) in the match for the Hot Seat.  Song would remain consistent with his game as he defeated Brian White in the first set of the true double elmination finals 11-1 to take home first place. Brian White (11) defeated Desiree Furlough (7) 11-1; Xiu Zheng (7) 11-5;  Jeff Crawford (9) 11-4;  Jason Stemen (9) 11-2 before he was sent to the left side of the chart by Song.  White with and adjusted handicap of 9 would battle Stemen (7) in the semi finals for a trip back to the winner side of the chart.  White prevailed 9-3 sending him back to face off with Song once again.


1st Paul Song  $1180

2nd Brian White  $500

3rd Jason Stemen $300

4th Jeff Crawford $200

5/6th Jeff Hook / Tim Orange $100 each

7/8th Wayne Thompson / Joe Kim $60 each

The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour donated a cue for raffle during this weekend’s event.  The proceeds benefited Oscar Cerone who was a victim of a random shooting. We are pleased to announce the raffle raised over $500 for Oscar. Thanks to everyone that participated.
The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour would like to thank the Sweet family and Mr. Cues II for hosting this event and their contiuned support of our sport.  We will be at The Green Room in Jackson, MS for the $5000 Added Viking Cue-Olhausen Billiards Tour event May 6-9th.
We will be returning to Mr. Cues II  July 1st-4th for the Richard Sweet Memorial Tournament.  We hope to see everyone there.  View our schedule at