BACK FROM QATAR AND BACK ON TEXAS’ RADAR…
HILLBILLY MAKES HIS FIRST MARK ON THE 2010 LSBT
The Lone Star Billiards Tour held its first ever Men’s & Ladies 9-Ball Open at the corporately owned Slick Willie’s dairy ashford location in Houston, Texas. Manager Gaylan Spreen was a fantastic host with his 27 Brunswick Medalist tables recently recovered with 860 Simonis cloth, re-leveled, and ready to go! Everyone was treated to a smoke free environment, polished pool balls, and the friendliest wait staff in Houston.
This event drew 57 players who battled for over $5,000 in prize money. Tour favorites on the men’s side included Charlie Bryant, James Davis Jr., Sylver Ochoa, Andy Jethwa, David Parker, and Doug Young. All of these accomplished players made it to the final 12 on Sunday including Lake Charles’ own Derek Fontenot who defeated Danny Tam 9-5 to reach the winner’s side final four. Ochoa bested Jethwa 9-4, Bryant defeated Davis 9-3, and Parker served it up cold to Danny Tam 9-8. Fontenot and Bryant emerged as hot seat opponents but it was Bryant who found himself in all too familiar territory, once again.
Fontenot patiently waited for the west side to play out. After Parker and Ochoa took a hit on the winner’s side, they met up with Jethwa and Tam respectively. Parker bested Jethwa 7-3 and Ochoa slid by Tam 7-6. Again, it was Parker who advanced two more rounds after he ousted Ochoa, then Fontenot, who finished a respectable third. It was Parker v. Bryant in the final. Bryant commanded the set early on, while Parker struggled to gain ground. Parker wowed spectators with his dramatic shot making but it proved no match for Bryant. Many congratulations and a debt of gratitude goes out to David Parker (Houston, Tx.), Derek Fontenot (Lake Charles, La.), and Charlie Bryant(Santa Fe, Tx.) for their outstanding play, sportsmanship, and personal friendship.
On the ladies’ side, it was tour regular Ricky Casper who finished the event undefeated and captured her very first tour title. Belinda Lee put up a great fight, but lost to Casper 7-6 in the final match. Texas State Open Champion Kyu Yi finished third and also finished 13th-16th in the Men’s Open event, while tour rookie Kimmy Nguyen took home fourth. Well done ladies!
We want to thank our tour sponsors: Poison Cues, Delta-13 Rack, James Barnett, and Eugene Lee. Special thanks go out to Gaylan Spreen and the Slick Willie’s Corporation, who hosted a first rate event. Also, congratulations to Ernesto Bayaua who won the AX5 Poison Cue Raffle!
Our next event is at Crazy 8’s Billiards in Port Arthur, Texas, 1250 Hwy 365, (409) 960-7399. For more information visit www.lonestarbilliardstour.com . Watch our live pool action at ustream.tv/channel/lonestarbilliardstour.
God Bless Everyone, and God Bless Texas.
OPEN 9-BALL PAYOUTS:
1st $800 Charlie Bryant
2nd $500 David Parker
3rd $300 Derek Fontenot
4th $330 Sylver Ochoa
5th 6th $225ea. Andy Jethwa, Danny Tam
7th-8th $150ea. Sonny Bosshamer, Doug Young
9th-12th 100ea. Danny Lee, Aaron Remijio, James Davis Jr., T.J. Ortiz
13TH-16TH 00. Rick Johnson, Ernesto Bayaua, J.C Torres, Kyu Yi
LADIES 9-BALL PAYOUT
1st $200 Ricky Casper
2nd $110 Belinda Lee
3rd $70 Kyu Yi
4th $55 Kimmy Nguyen
5th-6th $35 ea. Heather Bryant, Teresa Garland
7th-8th Laura Hsu, Loretta Lindgren
9th-12th Michelle Prince, Geraldine Guinto
OPEN AUCTION PAYOUT: