Francisco Taylor Ropes A Texas Victory

Three Cushion Champion Francisco Taylor Ropes A Texas Victory

(photo: Francisco Taylor, Megan Smith)

It was another successful event this past weekend at Q Stix Billiards in Houston where 56 Open 9-Ball, 9 One Pocket, and 11 Open Ladies 9-Ball competitors battled it out for over 6k in cash which included $1,550 in added money. Players ranged from Nicaraguan three cushion champion Francisco Taylor, Texas State Champion David Gutierrez, and WPBA Touring Professional Megan Smith. Tour champion Charlie “Hillbilly” Bryant, Doug “Waco” Young, James Davis “Jr.”, and Sylver Ochoa were also in attendance.

Saturday’s matches played down and brought back the final 12 Open players on Sunday. Final four winners’ side included Francisco Taylor, David Gutierrez, Sylver Ochoa and Megan Smith. The west side saw Ernesto Bayaua v. Brent Thomas and Young v. Bryant. While Bryant cleaned up out west, 5 in a row, Taylor clenched the hot seat over Ochoa 9-3. Gutierrez and Bryant made quick work of it and reached one another. Bryant escaped 7-6 for an all too familiar semi with Ochoa, but was put away 7-1. In the Taylor v. Ochoa final, the Nicaragua  native came on strong and secured his first LSBT win, undefeated,

9-7.

In the One Pocket event it was Bryant over Ochoa for the cat bird’s seat and Gutierrez over Alonzo on the one loss side. Gutierrez then took down Ochoa for a shot at first, but fell to Bryant in the final 3-1.

The ladies’ side saw Megan Smith, Ming Ng, Kyu Yi, and others who competed for a chance at the $550 added, $1,080 total purse.  The final two on the winners’ side pitted Smith and Yi, while Ng and Rose McCrory dueled on the west side final two. It was Yi over Smith 7-5 while Ng fell to McCrory 5-4.  Smith persevered over McCrory 5-4 in the semis then defeated Yi both sets in the true double elimination format.

Congratulations to all of our winners and we extend many thanks to our sponsors; Poison Cues, Delta-13 Rack, Leagueshirts.com and James Barnett.  Because of you, POOL PAYS in the great state of Texas. God Bless everyone, and God Bless Texas.

Payouts

9-Ball Open

1st $800 Francisco Taylor

2nd $540 Sylver Ochoa

3rd $410 Charlie Bryant

4th $270 David Gutierrez

5th-6th Megan Smith, Ernesto Bayaua $130 ea.

7th-8th Doug Young, Brent Thomas $90 ea.

9th-12th Jerald Jackson, David Parker, Mike Alonzo, Leon Contreras $55 ea.

One Pocket

1st $550

2nd $350

Ladies 9-Ball

1st Megan Smith $315

2nd Kyu Yi $200

3rd Rose McCrory $100

4th Ming Ng $50

5th-6th Robyn Petrosino, Ricky Casper $25 ea.

7th-8th Teresa Garland, Loretta Lindgren

9th-11th Kim Nguyen, Deanna Kniola, Jaime Campos

Megan Smith Wins NY State Championships

Megan Smith Wins the New York State Championships to Claim Back to Back State Titles!

Megan Smith

After going through her career without a single state title, in the JPNEWT’s 2010 season, Megan Smith has now won back to back State Championships in Maryland and now in New York. On June 19-20, 2010, Megan went undefeated through a field of 23 players hailing from across the East Coast, making this her third win out the four stops so far in 2010.

On the first day of the event, Megan drew a first-round bye, and in the second round came out of the gate firing on all cylinders, with a break and run in the first rack vs Gail Glazebrook, followed by two more in that match, winning 7-3. In the third round, Megan defeated Neslihan Gurel to move into Day 2. Gurel, who is in her 2nd season on the JPNEWT, would go on to finish tied for 5th in this event.

To start off Day 2, four players remained in the winner’s bracket. In this round, Megan Smith would defeat tour director Linda Haywood-Shea 7-4, while Kim Jones knocked junior phenom Briana Miller to the one-loss side by a 7-5 scoreline. In the match for the hot seat, Megan Smith stayed strong to defeat Kim Jones 7-4.

On the one-loss side, New York’s Emily Duddy came through to the quarterfinal to face Briana Miller, who eliminated Emily in a close 7-5 set. This bumped Briana up to to the semifinal, where her run at the title was ended by Kim Jones, also 7-4.

Kim Jones then had another shot at Megan Smith in the final match, but Megan kept right in the groove that sent her undefeated through this event, to win 7-4. “I was really pumped up for the finals, and I knew I was ready to win.” said Megan.

Congratulations to Megan Smith on another great performance, as well as to runner-up Kim Jones, who received an entry into the 2010 WPBA US Open, which will be held on July 28-August 1 at the Riverwind Casino in Norman, OK.

results

$750    Megan Smith

500      Kim Jones

350      Briana Miller

240      Emily Duddy

150      Neslihan Gurel / Linda Shea

100      Borana Andoni / Shanna Lewis

9-12th        Gina Lipky, My Hanh Lac, Erin McManus, Gail Glazebrook

The next stop on the JPNEWT will be the New Jersey State 9-ball Championships on July 17-18 at Primetime Billiards in South Amboy, NJ.

– by Allison Fischer of NYCGrind.com