Houston local Jonathan Poon (pictured left) took the Lone Star Tour amateur 9-ball division by storm this past weekend, July 5th-6th, at the Lone Star Billiards Tour “Firecracker” Event held at Bogies Billiards in Houston, Texas, sponsored by Poison by Predator Cues, Delta-13, Ozone Billiards, Improve Your Shot.com, and the APA of North Harris County.
The 46 amateur player field featured top contenders including Sonny Bosshamer (pictured right) who reached the hot seat effortlessly with wins over newcomer Bobby Comegys, 7-4, and Brian Rosenbaum, 7-2. Poon came close with wins over Jack Cavalier, 7-2, and Bob Hayes, 7-4, but lost his hot seat bid to Steve Williams. Williams’ run included wins over Kenny Lucio, 7-6, newcomer Ray Lambeth, 7-3, and finally Poon, 7-4. This pitted Williams and Bosshamer for the hot seat, sending Poon to the west side where his work was cut out for him. He made his way through Comegys, 5-2, and squeezed by Hayes, 5-4, while Bosshamer handily secured the winners’ side over Williams, 7-1. Williams fell to Poon in the semi-finals, 7-2, but earned himself a respectable third place and his highest finish to date. Bosshamer was chomping at the bit as Poon made his way to the final table. The finals were a fight to the bitter end as Poon secured the first set, 7-2. Overtime cranked up and Bosshamer came alive. The score was tied at 4 when Poon broke and ran out to secure his second Lone Star Tour amateur division title.
The open division saw 37 entries featuring the toughest around. Main attractions included Billy Sharp, Chase Rudder (pictured right), Manny Chau, Danny Lee, Sylver Ochoa (pictured left), and Ernesto Bayaua. Bobby Perez was a final four surprise, facing off with Sylver Ochoa, while Chau teed off with Rudder on the bottom side. After suffering a 9-7 loss to Rudder, Sharp made his way through the crowd with wins over Chuck Adams, 7-1, and Danny Lee, 7-1. After early round losses, Brian Rosenbaum and John Newsome crossed paths on the one loss side, the outcome favoring Rosenbaum, 7-6. On the east side, Ochoa ousted Perez, 9-4, while Rudder escaped Chau, 9-8. On the one loss side, Chau narrowly escaped Rosenbaum, 7-6, while Sharp eliminated Perez, 7-3. Hot seat action saw Rudder defeat Ochoa, 9-6, while Chau overwhelmed Sharp, 7-2. It was Ochoa over Chau, 7-5, staging a rematch with Rudder. Ochoa came out firing, quickly ending the first set, 9-2. Rudder maintained his position, answering back in the final set, 7-4.
Congratulations to Stephanie Verron and David Watson, the winning raffle ticket holders in this past weekend’s Poison cue raffle. Stephanie took home a Poison Bolt cue and David won a Poison VX Jump and a Poison VX Break/Jump cue.
The next Lone Star Event will be the Lone Star Texas Open 9-Ball Warm-Up, August 23rd-24th at Skinny Bob’s Billiards in Round Rock, Texas. For more information, please visit www.LoneStarBilliardsTour.com.
1st Jonathan Poon $500/$490
2nd Sonny Bosshamer $310/$300
3rd Steve Williams $190/$180
4th Bob Hayes $120/$90
5th-6th Bobby Comegys, Brian Rosenbaum $60/$40
7th-8th Yoko (William) Joe, Ray Lambeth $40 ea.
9th-12th Varun Raheja, Tony Scott, Will Felder, Bobby Perez $25 ea.
1st Chase Rudder $500/$640
2nd Sylver Ochoa $350/$430
3rd Manny Chau $210/$280
4th Billy Sharp $145/$120
5th-6th Bobby Perez, Brian Rosenbaum $70/$70
7th-8th Danny Lee, John Newsome $40 ea.
Torres, Take Two!
Joey Torres, Masahiro "Hiro" Nakahara
Once again, junior player Joey Torres wowed the crowds as he breezed to his second, consecutive victory in the amateur division of this past weekend’s Lone Star Billiards tour event. Torres topped a field of 47 including tour newcomer Masahiro “Hiro” Nakahara in the final, 7-5. On his way to victory, Torres annihilated Jack Cavalier, 7-0, Bill Fain, 7-1, and Sonny Bosshamer, 7-1, before meeting Hiro for the hot seat. Nakahara took down Chuck Adams, 7-5, Scott Mackenzie, 7-2, and tour veteran Erik Renteria, 7-4, for a shot at winning his first Lone Star tour title. Action on the one loss side saw Brian Rosenbaum eliminate Kenny Lucio, and it was Kevin Nguyen over Scott Mackenzie, by the same score, 5-2. Austin player Cielo Velasquez who took an early hit from Bosshamer, was ousted by Jonathan Poon who secured 6 consecutive wins after suffering a second round loss to Rich Rodriguez. Bosshamer went on to beat Nguyen, 5-2, while Poon fell to Renteria, 5-4. Hot seat action saw a composed Torres pull ahead of Nakahara for a 7-5 win, while Renteria stream rolled Bosshamer, 5-1. Nakahara pushed through Renteria, 5-3, to meet up, once again, with Torres. These two young guns displayed incredible calm and focus, but Hiro couldn’t make it happen. Torres overcame Hiro in the final set, 7-5.
The open division boiled down to Chase Rudder and Rafael Martinez, locking horns for the cat bird’s seat. Rudder’s victims included Curt Bovenzi, 9-3, Rich Rodriguez, 9-4, and Hiro Nakahara, 9-5. Martinez showed no mercy as he dealt blows to Rich Droste, 9-4, Sonny Bosshamer, 9-3, and Cielo Velasquez, 9-4. On the one loss side, Joey Torres overcame Mike Evans, 7-2, while Kevin Nguyen slipped by Bovenzi, 7-6. Nakahara bested Nguyen, 7-2, and Velasquez eliminated Torres, 7-6. Nakahara forged on, slipping by Velasquez, 7-6, while Rudder captured the hot seat over Martinez, 9-6. Martinez made quick work of Nakahara, 7-2, but fell to Rudder in the final.
Many thanks to our sponsors Poison by Predator cues, www.PoisonBilliards.com, Delta-13 Rack, www.delta-13.com, Ozone Billiards, www.OzoneBilliards.com, www.ImproveYourShot.com, APA of North Harris County, www.facebook.com/apanorthharriscounty and Bogies Billiards & Sports Bar for hosting another successful Lone Star Event. The tour would also like to thank all of the Lone Star Tour fans at home who tuned in to watch the live action on Ustream! For tour and event information, please visit www.LoneStarBilliardsTour.com.
1st Joey Torres $500/$400
2nd Masahiro Nakahara $300/$280
3rd Erik Renteria $225/$145
4th Sonny Bosshamer $155/$60
5th-6th Kevin Nguyen, Jonathan Poon $75 ea.
7th-8th Brian Rosenbaum, Cielo Velasquez $55 ea.
9th-12th Kenny Lucio, Scott Mackenzie, Chuck Adams, Bill Fain $25 ea.
1st Chase Rudder $420/$350
2nd Rafael Martinez $295/$275
3rd Masahiro Nakahara $140/$120
4th Cielo Velasquez $95
5th-6th Joey Torres, Kevin Nguyen $65 ea.
7th-8th Mike Evans, Curt Bovenzi $35 ea.