Ochoa & Lee Clench LSBT Championship Event
Sylver Ochoa, Manny Chau
It was a weekend for celebration at the 2013 Lone Star Billiards Tour Championships where Sylver Ochoa bested an elite field of 32 players and Houston’s Danny Lee overcame 46 amateur players to clench Lone Star Tour titles. The 2013 Lone Star Tour Champions were crowned as well, with Swedish phenom Patrick Werren taking home the 2013 Open Division title and Danny Lee, the 2013 Amateur Division title. For their year-long efforts on tour, they received Poison by Predator VX jump cues, Delta-13 Racks with leather inserts, and Delta-13 Rack-and-Ball carrying cases. Ozone Billiards monogramed a special, 2013 Lone Star Tour Champion polo shirt which was also presented to the 2013 Open Division Champion. The tour would like to acknowledge and thank its group of distinguished industry sponsors; Poison by Predator Cues, Delta-13 Rack, Ozone Billiards, Improve Your Shot.com, and the APA of North Harris County.
The 2013 Lone Star Tour Championships were held this past weekend, October 12th-13th, 2013, at David Richardson’s Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar in Houston, Texas. Mr. Richardson added a generous $1,500 to the event which included amateur and open 9-ball, one pocket, and ladies 9-ball divisions. The event boasted the attendance of pros Shawn Putnam, Manny Chau, and Sylver Ochoa, along with Eugene Browning, Patrick Werren, Justin Whitehead, and Chase Rudder. This year’s championship doubled as a “warm-up” event for the $5,500 added Space City Open II, to be held December 5th-8th, 2013, at Bogies Billiards.
In the open division winner’s side final 8, Shawn Putnam was defeated by Manny Chau, 9-7, and Patrick Werren fell to Chase Rudder, 9-6. It was Lance Sullivan over Brent Thomas, 9-5, while Sylver Ochoa made his way to the final 8 with wins over Eugene Browning, 9-2, and Will Felder, 9-4. Rudder would upset Chau, 9-7, while Ochoa made quick work of Sullivan, 9-2. On the one-loss side, after a first round loss to Browning, David Parker won five consecutive matches including wins over Thomas and Felder, 7-3 respectively, until he was eliminated by Chau, 7-5. Browning, on a comeback streak of his own, eliminated Sonny Demetro, 7-5, Werren, 7-2, Putnam, 7-5, and finally Sullivan, 7-2. Browning met his fate with Chau, 7-2. Back on the east side, the hot seat match was a test of wills for both Ochoa and Rudder. A missed two-ball was among the few, unforced errors committed by Rudder, which would ultimately cost him the set, 9-6. It was difficult for Rudder to regroup after his hot seat loss and he was eliminated by Chau, 7-2. Chau was on a roll with 3 consecutive wins on the one-loss side, carrying his momentum into the finals. Chau stole the first set of the finals, 9-2, but Ochoa’s determination was unwavering. Prior to the start of the second set, each player took a short break and the second set commenced. Ochoa remained collected and focused during the second set. Chau’s demeanor was much the same as the two seasoned professionals battled it out. In the end, Ochoa would reclaim the throne, 7-5.
Danny Lee plowed through the amateur division with wins over Daniel Coffman, 7-6, and Sonny Demetro, 7-4. Marvin Diaz bested David Mendiola, 7-2, and Bobby Perez, 7-3, to meet Lee in the final four. Galveston’s Erik Renteria overwhelmed Danny Laird, 7-3, and Major Carter, 7-4, while Will Felder bested Jorge Sanchez and Brent Thomas, 7-5 respectively. The next round saw Lee defeat Diaz, 7-4, and Felder dominate Renteria, 7-6. Lee handily secured the hot seat over Felder, 7-4. On the west side, Demetro eliminated Laird, and Mendiola fell to Brian Rosenbaum by the same score, 5-3. Sonny Bosshamer defeated Thomas, 5-3, and newcomer Phillip Tieu was sent home by Coffman, 5-3. After an early round loss to Garett Sitz, Rosenbaum won five consecutive matches including a win over Coffman, 5-3, until Renteria ended his run, 5-2. Demetro eliminated Bosshamer, 5-4, and Diaz, 5-3. Renteria defeated Demetro, 5-3, but fell to Lee, 5-1. In the finals, Felder struck with a vengeance, securing the first set, 7-4. In the second set, Lee kept pace and defeated Felder, 5-4.
The Lone Star Billiards Tour would like to say “Thank You” to all of the players who participated in the 2013 tour season. The 2014 Lone Star Billiards Tour schedule will be coming out soon at www.LoneStarBilliardsTour.com. Practice up!
1st Sylver Ochoa $450/$675
2nd Manny Chau $310/$405
3rd Chase Rudder $185/$270
4th Eugene Browning $125
5th-6th David Parker, Lance Sullivan $60
7th-8th Shawn Putnam, Will Felder $30
1st Danny Lee $440/$370
2nd Will Felder $285/$225
3rd Erik Renteria $220/$150
4th Sonny Demetro $145
5th-6th Marvin Diaz, Brian Rosenbaum $70
7th-8th Sonny Bosshamer, Daniel Coffman $50
9th-12th Danny Laird, Brent Thomas, David Mendiola, Phillip Tieu $30
One Pocket Payout
1st David Parker $280/$500
2nd Chase Rudder $210/$300
3rd Sylver Ochoa $140/$110
4th Shawn Putnam $70
1st Gail Eaton $200/$30
2nd Kim Pierce $120
3rd Michelle Yim $80