Davis Remains Undefeated on the Lone Star Tour

Davis Remains Undefeated on the Lone Star Tour

(Photo: Helen Hayes, James Davis, Jr., Michelle Cortez)

The Green Room in Temple, Texas hosted its first $1,000 added Lone Star Tour event this past weekend, March 27th-28th. It was the first bar box event of 2010 on tour, played on 10 beautiful Diamond Bar Tables at the pool room owned by Ted and Sheryl Sofge.  The superstars came out, 47 in all, including Al Mason, T.J. Davis, Doug Young, James Davis, Jr., and pro player Max Eberle to battle for over $5,500 in cash.

Play began around 2p.m. on Saturday narrowing the field down to the final 12 to be played on Sunday along with the start of the women’s event. Sunday afternoon produced some television worthy matches on the east side: Eberle v. Mason and James Davis v. T.J. Davis. The winner’s side also pitted Noel Torres v. Young, and Corey Dordek v. Nash Peterson. The west side produced veteran Roger Allen v. T.J. Davis, Eric Brown v. Al Mason, Robert Clark v. Doug Young, and Eric Aicenena v. Corey Dordek.

When the smoke cleared, it was James Davis, Jr. against Temple’s own Noel Torres for the hot seat. On the west side Al Mason bested T.J. Davis and Robert Clark won six consecutive matches, including a 7-6 win over Max Eberle to meet up with Mason. Clark made Mason his seventh consecutive match win on the one loss side and earned himself a chance at Davis and the title.

Both players burned up the felt, trading racks until the score was 8-7 Davis’ favor. Clark broke and left himself a shot at the one ball then a shot at a two-nine flyer. Clark missed and gave up control of the table. A safety battle ensued where Clark ultimately ran out to the six ball and hooked himself. Clark gave up ball in hand and Davis put him away 9-7. Bastrop jumped up and shouted “YES!!!” with a bent arm and clenched fist. The crowd went wild. This was Davis’ second consecutive win on the Lone Star Tour, undefeated in both. Congratulations James!

Sunday, 25 women converged on the Green Room to battle for over $1,500 in prize money. The final four on the winner’s side included Heather Bryant v. Michelle Cortez and Helen Hayes v. Kim Pierce.  Bryant bested Cortez 7-5 and Hayes overcame Pierce 7-5. On the west side, Austin’s own Kim Sanders, was on a five match winning streak. Cortez bested Melinda Bailey 5-1 then ended Sander’s winning streak. In the semi finals, Cortez squeaked by Bryant 5-4 then matched up with Hayes in the final. Cortez held Hayes at bay, 6-2. After a few unforced errors, Hayes came back to make it 6 all. In the final game, Hayes broke and made the nine ball. Congratulations to Helen for her second Lone Star Tour victory, and Michelle Cortez for a well played event!

Special thanks to The Green Room, owners Ted and Sheryl Sofge, and our Tour Sponsors, Poison Cues, the Delta-13 Rack, and James Barnett.  Our next event will be Open 9-Ball, One Pocket and Ladies 9-Ball, April 24th-25th at Casper’s Billiards in San Leon, Texas. The Lone Star event at Bogies April 10th-11th has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict. For up to date information visit www.lonestarbilliardstour.com.

Tournament Payout: $2,410

1st $800 James Davis, Jr.

2nd $500 Robert Clark

3rd $300 Noel Torres

4th $200 Al Mason

5th- 6th $125ea Nash Peterson, Max Eberle

7th– 8th $80ea T.J. Davis, Eric Aicenena

9th-12th $50ea Roger Allen, Eric Brown, Corey Dordek, Doug Young

Ladies Payout:

1st $350 Helen Hayes

2nd $175 Michelle Cortez

3rd $100 Heather Bryant

4th $70 Kim Sanders

5th-6th $40ea. Kim Pierce, Melinda Bailey

JAMES DAVIS, JR. SCORES FIRST CAREER WIN EVER

ON THE LONE STAR TOUR

(PHOTO: Ladies TD Chuck Adams; James Davis Jr.; Kim White; Ernesto Bayaua)

James Davis, “Junior”, formerly of Bastrop, Texas now calls Houston “home”.  Junior is well known throughout the pool world, following in the footsteps of his famous player father, James Davis Sr. Davis,  along with 57 other Texas sharpshooters converged on Q Stix Billiards to duel for the cash, not only in 9-Ball, but One Pocket too!s The Lone Star Tour yielded a total of 97 players this weekend with 21 entrants in the One Pocket and 18 in the Ladies 9-Ball. The total added money was $1,850, our largest added money event to date!

The 9-Ball event kicked off at 1pm on Saturday, and the final 16 returned on Sunday “in the cash”. Tour regulars Andy Jethwa, Dennis Strickland, Ernesto Bayaua, John Newsome, and Danny Tam were just a few who made the cut.

The final four on the winner’s side paired Davis v. Newsome and Tam v. Bayaua. Davis v. Newsome was a hill hill thriller but Newsome scratched on the 4 ball in the final game and it was all over. Tam also played like a pro and defeated Bayaua. The hot seat match pitted Davis v. Tam. Davis staked his claim over Tam and awaited his west side opponent.

On the one-loss Mike Alonzo bested Aaron Springs, and Doug Young finished David Mendiola.  In the next round on the one-loss side, Bayaua bested Young in a hill hill thriller and Newsome finished Alonzo 7-5.  In the end, it was Newsome v. Bayaua on the west side. Bayaua played impeccable, and emerged the victor 7-3 to meet up with Tam. Tam succumbed to Bayaua’s drive and he paired up with Davis for the final. Both players displayed utter determination and conviction. Even though it was a great match, Davis finished undefeated by a final score of 9-7. Davis also finished second to Doug Young in the One Pocket event and Joe McNamara finished a respectable third. Congratulations to all of our players, but especially James Davis, Jr. , who we are proud to say, captured his first ever  career “win” on the Lone Star Tour. That’s exactly what we are all about!

Ming Ng, Terry Petrosino

On the ladies side, 18 tour regulars along with former winners Jillian Valles and Terry Petrosino of the OB1 Tour fiercely  competed for over $1,000 in prize money along with former touring pro and Lone Star newcomer Ming Ng.  Courtney Peters, vying for her first win, made it to the hot seat match with Ng only to be ousted taking a 3rd place finish after Terry Petrosino bested her for a chance at first place. It was Petrosino over Ng 7-6 the first set, but the second went Ng’s way 5-2.  Congratulations to all of our Lone Star Guys & Gals, who are all ranked as semi pros on the tour’s website.

Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors Poison Cues, the Delta-13 Rack, The Billiard Factory, Bobby Rone & Q Stix Billiards, and James Barnett of Cameron, Texas. Our stream is brought to you by Eugene Lee, LSBT Web Tech, and you can watch live pool action, and recorded matches at www.ustream.tv/channel/lonestarbilliardstour . Our first 2010 Bar Table 9-Ball Event is March 27th-28th, at The Green Room in Temple, Texas. For more information and a complete schedule, visit www.lonestarbilliardstour.com. God bless everyone and God Bless Texas.

9-Ball PAYOUTS:

1st James Davis Jr. $800

2nd Ernesto Bayaua $550

3rd Danny Tam $350

4th John Newsome $250

5th-6th Mike Alonzo, Doug Young $160

7th-8th Aaron Springs, David Mendiola $85

9th-12th Dalton Riley, Andy Jethwa, Jason Abate, Leroy Hawkins $60

13th -16th Sonny Demetro, Dennis Strickland, J.C. Torres, Jacob Pena $40

LADIES PAYOUTS  9-BALL

1st Ming Ng $350

2nd Terry Petrosino $250

3rd Courtney Peters $125

4th Belinda Lee $55

5th-6th Rebecca Riley, Kim Pierce $20

7th-8th Courtney McClure, Robyn Petrosino

9th-12th Teresa Garland, Jillian Valles, Michelle Prince, Laura Hsu

13th-16th Kyu Yi, Loretta Lindgren, Diona Cardona, Tisha Hay

17th-24th Michelle Yim, Amanda Stephens

ONE POCKET PAYOUTS:

1ST Doug Young $425

2nd James Davis Jr. $225

3rd Joe McNamara $155

4th Aaron Springs

5th-6th Aaron Salinas, Shonn Ballew

7th-8th Coby Rabourn, Danny Lee

9th-12th Ernesto Bayaua, Eugene Epstein, Jerald Jackson, Jimmy Neal

13th-16th Mike Alonzo, Ryan Holley, Dennis Strickland, Jim Walker

17th-24th Raymond Cardenas, Cesar Arechiga, Hunter Blackwell, Tony Guidry, Eddie Legg