BROWN BECOMES NEWEST LSBT CHAMP

(photo: Jason Brown)

It was another outstanding Lone Star event held at the ever so accommodating Slick Willie’s Family Pool Hall on Westheimer @ Dairy Ashford in beautiful Houston, Texas. All in all there were 66 entrants in four divisions who played for over $5,000 in prize money.  Among the Open 10-Ball and One Pocket Divisions were Jason Brown, Andy Jethwa, David Gutierrez, Nick Hood, Marc Garza, and Charlie Bryant along with touring regulars Rodney Stewart, Will Felder, Kerry Ganther and Grady Cooper, just to name a few.

Saturday’s first 3 rounds of play yielded a new look for the winners’ side with  APA Champion Don Bullard v. Grady Cooper, Alex Cardenas v. North Carolina’s Jason Brown, Danny Lee v. Andy Jethwa and Victor “Champion” Rojas v. David Gutierrez. Charlie Bryant found himself in unfamiliar territory when he was eliminated on Saturday by Brown 9-6 and Marc Garza 7-4.  On Sunday, Garza, Sonny Bosshamer, Blaine Barcus and Rodney Stewart waited in the wings while the east side produced Bullard v. Brown, and Lee v. Rojas.  Jethwa, Gutierrez, and Cardenas advanced on the left along with Barcus who was the only one of the original four who made it another round.  On the east side, Bullard fell to Brown 9-3 and Lee bested Rojas 9-5. Ultimately it was Jethwa v. Gutierrez and Barcus v. Cardenas on the west side. Gutierrez bested Jethwa then Bullard to reach Rojas who was on a streak of his own. Rojas sent Gutierrez west earlier 9-8 but Gutierrez exacted his revenge 7-1.  Meanwhile Jason Brown’s determination landed him in the hot seat 9-4 over Lee. Gutierrez made quick work of Lee but fell in the final to the undefeated Brown 9-5.

There were 12 ladies who appeared in full force on Sunday. Tournament hopefuls included, Ricki Casper, Tisha Hay, Robyn Petrosino, Yvette Reyes, and former pros Deanna Kniola and Ming Ng. It was Ng over Kniola 7-6 for the hot seat and on the west side, Belinda Lee over Casper. Kniola finished a respectable third while Ng took down Lee in the final 7-3.

Congratulations to David Gutierrez who captured the One Pocket event and Robyn Petrosino who won the 17 and under Juniors event.

LSBT extends many thanks to its sponsors; Poison Cues, Delta-13 Rack, PoolWebsites.com, LeagueShirts.com, and Barnett Ranching.

The next event will be held at Crazy 8’s Family Pool Hall in Port Arthur, Texas October 16th-17th.

Open Payouts (44 Entrants)

1st Jason Brown $700

2nd David Gutierrez $460

3rd Danny Lee $350

4th Victor Rojas $230

5th-6th Don Bullard, Alex Cardenas $120

7th-8th Andy Jethwa, Blaine Barcus $80

9th-12th Marc Garza, Sonny Bosshamer, Grady Cooper, Rodney Stewart $45

13th-16th Wally Escobar, Rauli Parvala, Nick Hood, Gerson Zelizondo

Auction

1st $700

2nd $500

3rd $350

4th $100

5th-6th $50

Ladies Payouts (12 Entrants)

1st Ming Ng $230

2nd Belinda Lee $150

3rd Deanna Kniola $100

4th Ricki Casper $50

5th-6th Robyn Petrosino, Yvette Reyes

7th-8th Loretta Lindgren, Jasmine Bartz

9th-12th Tisha Hay, Mandy Wood, Cindy Parvala, Judy Alvarez

Auction

1st $85

2nd $35

One Pocket Payouts (5 Entrants)

1st David Gutierrez $225

2nd Jason Brown $100

Auction

1st 60

Junior Payouts (5 Entrants)

1st Robyn Petrosino $50

2nd Nicholas Calderaro $25

Bryant Bests Port Arthur Field

Bryant Bests Port Arthur Field

(Photo: Charlie Bryant, Sylver Ochoa, Ming Ng, Marie Chhuon, and Owner Tony Nguyen in the background)

Crazy 8’s Family Pool Hall in Port Arthur, Texas played host to the Lone Star Tour’s twelfth stop of the year on August 28th-29th.   The $1,350 added event not only drew 43 open players and 13 women with almost $6,000 in cash up for grabs, but local Channel 4 News coverage as well. Charlie “Hillbilly” Bryant, Sylver “Cho-Uh” Ochoa, David Gutierrez, Steve Lenz, and Louisiana’s own Troy Woodard were all in attendance. LSBT’s Houston crowd represented as well with Rodney Stewart, Will Felder, Viet Do, Charles Crouch, Brent Thomas, Brian Rosenbaum, Chuck Adams, Eric Renteria, Thomas Juarez and Mike Alonzo.

Match play wrapped up on Saturday evening and brought the final twelve back on Sunday, in the money! On the winners’ side final 8, Bryant bested Will Felder 9-3, Gutierrez dusted Dalton Riley 9-4, Ochoa ousted Brian Rosenbaum 9-2, and it was Mike Alonzo over Viet Do 9-5. After being down by a deficit of 5-1, Gutierrez sent Bryant west by a score of 9-7, and Ochoa stopped Alonzo cold. In the hot seat match, Ochoa sent Gutierrez west 9-0 while the one loss side played out. It was David Heinz over Rosenbaum and Do over Stewart, Woodard bested Felder, and Riley eliminated Chuck Pham. Rosenbaum took down Do to meet up with Bryant, and Riley eliminated Woodard to meet up with Alonzo. One round later, it was Bryant v. Riley but the “Hillbilly” made quick work of him 7-0 then eliminated Gutierrez 7-4. In the final Ochoa came on strong 4-1 then 6-4 but Bryant gave his final answer 9-7.  In overtime, Bryant wasted no time and defeated Ochoa 7-3.  Also, congratulations to Dalton Riley (4th), Viet Do (7th-8th), Rodney Stewart (9th-12th), and Chuck Pham (9th-12th) who had their best finishes to date.

In the ladies event, Ming Ng played near flawless with wins over Love Nguyen, Belinda Lee, Marie Chhuon, and Loretta Lindgren.  It was Chhuon who made her way out of the woods and into the finals, but was out gunned by Ng 7-1.

LSBT recognizes its Official Cue, Poison Cues; Official Rack, Delta-13 Rack; Leagueshirts.com; and Barnett Ranching. LSBT would like to thank Jerry Jordan, Managing Editor of the Examiner in Port Arthur along with Channel 4 local news for their coverage of this event.

The tour debuts at Skinny Bob’s Billiards (formerly G Cue Billiards) in Round Rock, Texas on September 11th-12th.  Join LSBT “on the road”, accept the challenge, and take your game to the next level! See you on the Lone Star Trail!

Open Payouts

1st $800 Charlie Bryant

2nd $400 Sylver Ochoa

3rd $300 David Gutierrez

4th $200 Dalton Riley

5th-6th $125 Mike Alonzo

7th-8th $80 Viet Do, Troy Woodard

9th-12th $45 Chuck Pham, Will Felder, Rodney Stewart, David Heinz

Auction

1st $1,400

2nd $910

3rd $510

Ladies Payouts

1st $265 Ming Ng

2nd $170 Mary Chhuon

3rd $70 Loretta Lindgren

4th $40 Belinda Lee

Ladies Auction

1st $185

2nd $80