Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar, along with tour sponsors Poison by Predator Cues www.poisonbilliards.com, Delta-13 Rack www.delta-13.com, Ozone Billiards www.ozonebilliards.com, www.ImproveYourShot.com, and the APA of North Harris County www.facebook.com/apanorthharriscounty, facilitated another successful event for Houston’s thriving pool community with a generous $1,000 added to the event, and owner David Richardson couldn’t have been more pleased with the turnout. Currently, Bogies (located at 3040 FM 1960 E. in Houston) is undergoing some long-awaited renovations. New carpet, pub chairs, countertops, and black top in the parking lot are just a few of the latest additions. Bogies’ moniker, “Family Pool Hall”, painted in bright yellow and red on the outside of the windows, rang true as families gathered for the weekend’s festivities. Richardson says, “I’m very proud of the changes and our customers are really enjoying the new amenities.”
There were nearly 60 players in attendance and 86 division entries at the Lone Star Tour 9-Ball Event held this past weekend, June 20th-21st, 2015 at Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar in Houston, Texas. Open division action saw Kenneth Price defeat Jason Byrd, David Richardson, Jeff Williams, 9-4, and Jesse Langston, 9-7, on his way to meet Chase Rudder for the hot seat match. Rudder bested Scott Mackenzie, 9-4, Joe Heinaman, 9-6, David Parker, 9-5, and Bill Fuller, 9-2. Price handily won the hot seat, 9-1. On the one loss side, Bill Fain eliminated Genaro Flores, and it was Joey Torres over Parker, 7-3. Heinaman ousted Williams, 7-2, while Bobby Pacheco conquered Bobby Perez, 7-3. After a third round loss to Williams, 9-5, Joey Torres came back to win six consecutive matches, including wins over Marc Garza, 7-1, Val Charles, 7-3, Flores and Langston, by the same score of 7-3. Meanwhile, Pacheco made his way past Fuller, 7-2, but was stopped short by Torres, 7-5. Rudder ended Torres’ run, 7-3, to meet Price for another round. In the finals, Price forged past Rudder, securing the set, 9-7, and his first open division title. Congratulations to Kenneth Price for finally breaking through in the open division!
In the amateur division, newcomer Jeff Williams was on fire! His victims included Anthony Authorlee, Will Felder, 7-4, Bill Fuller, 7-6, and Bill Fain, 7-4, while Bobby Perez blew through first-time competitor Ayham Shaddeh, Sonny Bosshamer, 7-6, Jeff Harris, 7-2, and finally Bobby Pacheco, 7-4. Williams and Perez battled it out for the hot seat, with Williams emerging victorious, 7-5. On the top of the one loss side, after losing his first match to Mark Cardenas, Port Lavaca’s own Joe Heinaman secured six consecutive matches, including wins over David Chow and Will Felder by the same score, 5-3, Joe Fagan, 5-4, and Jeff Harris, 5-0. After losing his first match to Williams, tour newbie Jim “The Pilot” Tomassoni also won six consecutive matches with victories over Joe Pelayo, 5-2, Anthony Gepayo, 5-1, J.C. Torres, and Rick Castillo, 5-4. Tomassoni took out Heinaman, 5-4, and Bill Fain ended Tomassoni’s run, 5-1. On the bottom of the one loss side, after suffering a 7-4 loss to Pacheco in the third round, Kenneth Price eliminated Jim Bishop, 5-2, while Bill Fuller overwhelmed Sonny “The Boss” Bosshamer, 5-3. Price slipped by Fuller, 5-4, only to be defeated again by Pacheco, 5-2. Pacheco went on to eliminate Fain, 5-3, and Perez, 5-2, to meet Williams in the finals. To say that Pacheco was on point would be a massive understatement. The long-time, Texas competitor, well-known in Houston for his affinity for bar table play (although this event was on 8’ tables), took down the undefeated Williams in the first set, 7-0. It wasn’t over yet. The ever-so-steady Williams made his bid for the second set, but Pacheco raged on, proving too much for Williams. Pacheco closed out the second set, 5-2. Congratulations to Bobby Pacheco who fought hard to win his first-ever Lone Star Tour title, with his son, Romeo, by his side the entire weekend!
Pacheco and son, Romeo
There were four, beautiful and talented ladies who participated in the Lone Star amateur 9-ball division; Tangela Hunt, Marie Rodriguez, Yvonne Ramirez, and Regine Delores. A definitive “Top Lady” finisher could not be determined, therefore, each of these women will receive a discount on their next Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour event entry!
Many thanks to the entire Bogies staff for hosting another first-rate event! Special thanks to room manager Adam “Coop” Cooper for his part in tournament direction and long-time resident player Chuck Adams for his role in the players’ meeting. During the Poison Raffle on Saturday, first-time event goer Jason Byrd took home a beautiful pearl, Poison Strychnine 1 playing cue, compliments of Poison Billiards.
There were many new players at this event and at least a half dozen cities across the state of Texas were well-represented. For several players, this was their very first tournament experience! The Tour would like to encourage everyone who loves to play pool and compete in a friendly atmosphere, to attend a Lone Star Tour stop. The next opportunity to participate will be August 22nd-23rd, when the Lone Star Tour will descend on Round Rock, staging its 6th Annual Lone Star Tour Texas Open Warm-Up Event hosted by Skinny Bob’s Billiards. There will be a Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour 9-Ball Event on Sunday, August 23rd, players’ meeting beginning at 11:00am. Following the Gulf Coast event at Skinny Bob’s, the Gulf Coast Tour will stage it’s first-ever, $1,000 added women’s 10-ball event at Bogies Billiards (3040 FM 1960 E., Houston) on September 12th-13th. For more information on the Gulf Coast Tour, visit www.Facebook.com/GulfCoastTour.
Lone Star Staff
1 Kenneth Price $500/$525
2 Chase Rudder $380/$350
3 Joey Torres $200/$200
4 Bobby Pacheco $125/$120
5/6 Bill Fuller, Jesse Langston $50 ea
7/8 Joe Heinaman, Genaro Flores $35 ea
1 Bobby Pacheco $520/$450
2 Jeff Williams $340/$280
3 Bobby Perez $200/$120
4 Bill Fain $120/$70
5/6 Kenneth Price, Jim Tomassoni $50 ea
7/8 Bill Fuller, Joe Heinaman $35 ea
9/12 Jeff Harris, Jim Bishop, Sonny Bosshamer, Rick Castillo $25 ea
Lone Star Firsts for Felder and Thomas
Rudder and Diaz Win LSBT Spring Event
Chau and Nguyen Capture 2015 Lone Star Kick-Off
Hailing from Peru, professional player Manny Chau (pictured left) fought his way through an elite field of open 9-ball division players, taking home the title at the Lone Star Billiards Tour Kick-Off event held January 24th-25th at Bogies Billiards & Sports Bar in Houston, Texas. Chase Rudder made a big splash with a short-lived hot seat victory over Houston south-sider Nick Hood, until meeting Chau in the finals. Destroying the amateur 9-ball field was up-and-comer Kevin Nguyen who faced off with tour newcomer Horacio Cortez for the amateur title. Nguyen captured his first-ever, long awaited, tour victory.
Sunday afternoon, matches went into overtime as 71 competitors grinded to the bitter end. In the open division, Chase Rudder (above right) flew undefeated to the hot seat with wins over Marvin Diaz, 9-1, Danny Lee, 9-6, Ernesto Bayaua, 9-6, and Chau, 9-6. Nick Hood devoured Mike Liang, 9-4, Yoko Joe, 9-6, John McDowell, 9-3, and finally Masahiro “Hiro” Nakahara, 9-6. Early upsets included Kevin Nguyen over professional player Shawn Putnam, 9-5, and Andy Jethwa over world champion Rafael Martinez, 9-5. On the one loss side, Putnam staged a comeback with 5 consecutive wins over Rudy Sanchez, 7-2, Eric Hsu, 7-3, Jethwa, 7-3, Bayaua, 7-3, and Nakahara, 7-4. Nguyen eliminated Martinez, 7-5, and in turn was eliminated by McDowell. Winners’ side hot seat action saw Rudder take an early lead over Hood, 4-0. Hood returned fire, but it was too little, too late, as Rudder secured the win, 9-6. Back on the west side, Putnam secured 7th-8th position defeating Nakahara, 7-4, while Chau eliminated McDowell, 7-1. Putnam overcame Chau, 7-1, and Hood, 7-2, to meet Rudder. Chau decimated Rudder both sets, 9-3, 7-1.
Kevin Nguyen had an incredible run in the amateur division defeating Scott White, Jason Bagby, 7-5, Mike Nguyen, 7-3, and Bobby Perez, 7-3. New to the tour, Horacio Cortez defeated K.G. McCormmick, Sonny Bosshamer, 7-4, Wayne Stephens, 7-6, and Chuck Adams, 7-3. On the one loss side, Stephens defeated Masahiro Nakahara, 5-2, and Jeff Corona eliminated Garett Sitz, 5-3. It was Rudy Sanchez over Jeffrey Chen, 5-3, and Abel Laura over Mike Nguyen by the same score. Nakahara defeated Sitz, 5-2, and it was Laura over Chen, 5-3. After suffering his first blow to Nguyen, Perez came out swinging, besting Nakahara, 5-0, and Laura, 5-4.In the hot seat match, Nguyen took down Cortez, 7-3, pairing Cortez and Perez in the next round. Both players fought for every shot until a crucial hill hill mistake cost Perez the set. In the finals, Cortez proved a more-than-worthy opponent, taking the first set from Nguyen, 7-4. After a short break, the players flipped the coin and began the second set. Nguyen did an excellent job regrouping, as he took the lead, and the final set, 5-3.
This year the Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour (www.facebook.com/gulfcoasttour) will stage a women’s 9-ball event at each Lone Star Tour stop. There were 22 ladies competing in Saturday’s 9-ball event, with Ricki Casper emerging undefeated with a final 7-2 win over 2014 Gulf Coast Tour Champion, Belinda Lee. For more information, visit www.gulfcoasttour.wordpress.com.
The next event will be March 7-8 at the all-new Bogies Billiards West located at 9638 Jones Rd., Houston, Texas.
1st Manny Chau $440/$500
2nd Chase Rudder $290/360
3rd Nick Hood $205/$230
4th Shawn Putnam $145/$140
5th-6th Masahiro Nakahara, John McDowell $65 ea.
7th-8th Ernesto Bayaua, Kevin Nguyen $45 ea.
1st Kevin Nguyen $400/$400
2nd Horacio Cortez $260/$260
3rd Bobby Perez $180/$130
4th Abel Laura $120
5th-6th Masahiro Nakahara, Chuck Adams $65 ea.
7th-8th Garett Sitz, Jeffrey Chen $45 ea.
9th-12th Wayne Stephens, Jeff Corona, Rudy Sanchez, Mike Nguyen $25 ea.