Kenneth Brisbon of Oxford, Mich., has won the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship. He defeated Jeff Abernathy of Hickory, N.C., 11-10 in the final.
Brisbon avenged his only loss of the tournament, suffered earlier in the day at the hands of Abernathy.
Early on, the match looked anything like the hill-hill nail biter it turned out to be.
Brisbon looked like he might make quick work of Abernathy opening up a 5-0 lead. But Abernathy capitalized on a miscue on the 8-ball by Brisbon, and took the final three games of the 8-Ball set.
Before anyone could update their mental scorecards, Abernathy had pulled within one game with an opening win in the 9-Ball set.
Brisbon took the next two games to push his lead to 7-4. Abernathy was tenacious though, winning four of the next five games and tying the match at 8-8.
Brisbon took the ninth game of the 9-Ball set to regain the lead, but Abernathy battled back again, winning the next two games and taking his first lead of the match.
As the crowd looked on, and needing only one more game for a victory, it appeared Abernathy would complete the comeback. But it was Brisbon who would mount a comeback of his own, tying the match at hill-hill.
In the 21st game overall, it was Brisbon coming up clutch with an impressive break and run to secure his place in U.S. Amateur Championship history.
After the match, Brisbon was presented with the first-ever Larry Hubbart Trophy by APA Founder Terry Bell and Hubbart’s widow Nancy Hubbart.
Brisbon moves on to compete in the 2015 U.S. Open, while Abernathy had to settled for Runner-up, his highest finish in U.S. Amateur Championship competition.