Henson and Sanders Claim Round Rock

(pictured: Kim Sanders, Jennifer Kraber)

Skinny Bob’s Billiards in Austin, Texas drew 52 entries at the latest Lone Star extravaganza held November 6th-7th. The $1,350 added stop featured Open 9-Ball, Ladies 9-Ball, and One Pocket events all sponsored by Poison Billiards, Delta-13 Rack, Leagueshirts.com, Poolwebsites.com, and Barnett Ranching. The new white delta-13 rack with rack-n-ball carrying case made its Lone Star Tour debut complete with personalized leather inserts. It was a huge hit!

Saturday’s main event produced few upsets and pitted David Henson v. Casey Crews and James Davis Sr. v. Jason Hunt on the winners’ side for Sunday. On the one-loss side, Doug Young faced off with John Neumann and Brian Sanders met Drew McCoy. From the winners’ side emerged Henson v. Davis and Hunt v. Sanders on the one-loss side.  Davis lost the hot seat 9-6 to Henson while Hunt fell prey to Sanders 7-4.  Sanders ousted Davis 7-5 for a shot at Henson. Both men played a speedy final where Henson jumped to a 3-1 lead, then 5-2 over Sanders. The final score favored an undefeated Henson, 9-7.

The ladies event drew 17 players along with Jennifer Kraber, Nicole McDaniel, Kim Sanders, and Loretta Lindgren, who all made it to the final four winners’ side.  Kraber defeated McDaniel and Sanders bested Lindgren for a Kraber v. Sanders hot seat match. On the west side, it was Rapp over Bartz 5-4 while Sanders sent Kraber west 7-4. Kraber advanced to meet Sanders in the final. It was 6-3 Sanders when Kraber came alive and made it hill hill. In the final game, Kraber missed a crucial 7-ball which ultimately cost her the set 7-6.  Congratulations to Kim Sanders and David Henson who won their first Open event titles and James Davis Sr. who captured the One Pocket event.

Open Payouts:

1st David Henson $680

2nd Brian Sanders $480

3rd James Davis Sr. $290

4th Jason Hunt $190

5th-6th Doug Young, Casey Crews $100

7th-8th David Neumann, Drew McCoy $45

Ladies Payouts:

1st Kim Sanders $260

2nd Jennifer Kraber $180

3rd Julia Rapp $110

4th Jasmine Bartz $55

One Pocket:

1st James Davis Sr. $260

JETHWA JOINS THE WINNERS’ CIRCLE

(Photo: David Gutierrez & Andy Jethwa)

The first Lone Star Event held at the brand new Houston’s Billiard Saloon drew Texas’ “cream of the crop” players including Charlie Bryant, David Gutierrez, Doug Young, Brian Rosenbaum, Andy Jethwa, Ernesto Bayaua, Marc “Mighty Mouse” Garza and junior champion brothers J.C. and Joey Torres. There were 51 entrants in all, with 11 women, who turned out to play for almost $4,000 in cash.

Saturday’s play whittled the field down to 12 for Sunday. Winners’ side final 8 match-ups included an “All Louisiana” shoot-out between Robert Dorsey and Derrick Cantu, Grady Cooper v. Jethwa, Brent Thomas v. Bryant, and Gutierrez v. Rosenbaum. On the west side, it was Sonny Bosshamer, Yoko Joe, Young and Garza. Winners’ side yielded Dorsey v. Jethwa, and Bryant v. Gutierrez; Cantu v. Garza and Thomas v. Rosenbaum on the one loss side. Ultimately, east side action saw Jethwa and Bryant face-off for the hot seat. Jethwa played perfect and defeated Bryant 9-3 while Dorsey and Gutierrez bested Rosenbaum and Garza respectively. Gutierrez then eliminated Dorsey 7-2, Bryant 7-5, and met Jethwa in the final. The first set went to Gutierrez 9-6, but the second set was game for game. In the final hill hill game, players traded shots on a 6-ball safety until Gutierrez made a crucial mistake that left Jethwa out. It was a thrilling finale that had fans and live stream viewers on the edge of their seats!

Shaun Inscoe, Derrick Cantu, GM Glenn Thompson, Robert Dorsey

On A Special Note: Who says the same players always win? Andy Jethwa has been a Lone Star Tour Player since its early beginnings in 2009.  The path he has adhered to, and playing regularly on the Lone Star tour, has helped propel him to his first win on the Lone Star tour  which is a significant win in the sport of billiards.  He became the 10th title winner this year. We applaud him for his perseverance and dedication to improving his game and becoming a true champion.

The ladies event drew 11 top Texas women that included Terry Petrosino, Ming Ng, Courtney Peters, Ricki Casper, Teresa Garland and Austin favorite Jasmine Bartz. It was a mother-daughter hot seat match between Robyn Petrosino and mother Terry who ultimately bested daughter 7-2. After she suffered an initial final four blow by T. Petrosino 7-4, Ng fought back with wins over Casper, Peters, R. Petrosino, and finally T. Petrosino for the win.

Kim White, Junior Player Michael Fain

Congratulations to Kerry “The Panther” Ganther and Leroy Hawkins who finished top 16, their highest finishes to date. Ricki Casper won a Poison Strychnine Redline Cue and junior player Michael Fain took home a Poison VX Jumper in the Lone Star raffles which help support the venues.

Finally, many thanks to Bobby and Chris Rone and their Houston’s Billiard Saloon staff for providing yet another first rate tournament room in Houston. LSBT thanks its sponsors, Poison Cues, Delta-13 Rack, Leagueshirts.com, and Barnett Ranching for their continued support.

The next tour stop will be October 9th-10th at Slick Willie’s in Houston, Westheimer @ Dairy Ashford. There will be 4 events at this stop: Open 10-Ball, Ladies 9-Ball, Open One Pocket, and a Junior Tournament.

Open Payouts:

1st David Gutierrez $700

2nd Andy Jethwa $500

3rd Charlie Bryant $300

4th Robert Dorsey $200

5th-6th Brian Rosenbaum, Marc Garza $100 ea.

7th-8th Brent Thomas, Derrrick Cantu $80 ea.

9th-12th Sonny Bosshamer, Doug Young, Yoko Joe, Grady Cooper $45 ea.

13th-16th Kerry Ganther, Leroy Hawkins, Joey Torres, Jason Bacon

Auction:

$800

$600

$250

Ladies Payouts:

1st Ming Ng $230

2nd Terry Petrosino $135

3rd Robyn Petrosino $90

4th Courtney Peters $50

5th-6th Loretta Lindgren, Ricki Casper

7th-8th Teresa Garland, Heather Bryant

9th-12th Belinda Lee, Jasmine Bartz, Bobby Nguyen

Auction:

$80

$25