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Tournament Promoter Jim Lively
1998 Music City Open
Scores and Photos courtesy Lively Productions

Tournament staff (l-r): Team coordinator-Tad Taylor, producer - Sam Caldwell, promoter - Jim Lively, operations - Chip Herbert

April 17-19, 1998 Jim Lively returned as a tournament producer with the Music City Open.  This event features a Top Gun competition with 60 competitors, a quick draw competition, and a 7 player center flag tournament which drew 29 teams to Nashville Paintball Sports.  Paintballers weren't the only thing to come though - so did the winds.  Class five tornadoes ripped through Nashville and its surrounding areas, fortunately none touched down at the game site.  More than 4 inches of rain fell in less than 12 hours on the 18th.  The staging tents kept players and their gear protected between games.  The weather broke on Saturday night to partly cloudy skies for the 7 player finals.

Sponsorhip by Zap Paintballs, Scott USA, Worr Games Products, Tippmann Pneumatics, Paintball News, PCRI, Viewloader, National Paintball Supply, ADCO International, Palmer's Pursuit Products, Pro Team Products, Paintball 2 Xtremes, Unique Pro Gear, Air America, AirGun Designs, National Paintball Association, Kingman International, J&J Performance Products, Action Pursuit Games and Indian Creek Design helped make the event possible and provided the prizes.

Nashville Paintball Sports will also be home to the Zap International Masters in October.  Watch WARPIG for on-scene event coverage.

1998 Zap Music City Open - 7 Man Tournament
Team Captain Hometown Prelim Semis Finals Rank

The Squad
Paul Cummings Madison, AL 670 148 176 1st

Benchmark Warriors
Paul Bollenback Palm Coast, FL 520 160 150 2nd

Ronnie Howell Sunrise, FL 620 200 128 3rd

Tagg Team
Mike Hollowell Elizabeth City, NC 581 200 21 4th
Riptide Scott Brown Cookeville, TN 602 116 5th
Team Stingers Mark Henderson Louisville, KY 538 100 6th
Dixie Recon Jeff Dicks Nashville, TN 514 48 7th
No Quarter Jody Davis Dallas, GA 516 40 8th
Wildfire Josh Gil Loranger, LA 504 88 9th
Maximum Impact Hal Smedley Apison, TN 470 10th
Crush Steven Hawtsinger TN, GA, AL 464 11th
Instagators Joe Killion Indianapolis, IN 438 12th
Phantom Regiment Roy Hatch Birmingham, AL 430 13th
Paint Busters Thompson Harris Lafayette, GA 425 14th
NY Dogs Al Pennino Huntington, NY 364 15th
Surge Tom Boyer Orleans, TN 344 16th
TNT Rodney Roberts Blaine, KY 340 17th
Roadkill Will Grainger Franklin, TN 308 18th
Rebel Warriors Perry Chiveira Maryville, TN 292 19th
Thunderbirds George Matthews Mt. Juliet, TN 288 20th
Nervous Rex Dan Martin Memphis, TN 288 21st
Challenger Warriors John Kingery Collinsville, MS 286 22nd
4F Squad Toby Gilbreath Mountain Home, NC 284 23rd
Semiconscious Ken Barrett Travelers Rest, SC 220 24th
Tribe David Robinson Cookeville, TN 212 25th
Alley Cats Benny Baggott Nashville, TN 156 26th
Aggression Ty Kiser Conyers, GA 128 27th
War Wizards Dwayne Mardis Dexter, KY 120 28th

Team Speed
Recipients of the Sportsmanship award
Skeeter Mathis Hendersonville, TN 38 29th
Target Shoot

George Matthews
Jonathan Morrell 1st (tie)

Eric Dearman
Top Gun
Duncan LeFebre 1st

Paul Bollenback

Cha Cha
Quick Draw
Eric Dearman 2nd

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