Tour Championship Event
Jethwa and Peters
Capture Tour Championship Event
The $3,000 added Lone Star Billiards Tour Championships were hosted by Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar this past weekend, December 11th-12th, and sponsored by Poison Billiards, Delta-13 Rack, James Barnett, LeagueShirts.com, PoolWebsites.com, APA of North Harris County, and Roger Allen Cue Repair. Players from all over the South competed for over $13,000 in prize money with a record number of entries that totaled 111.
There were 72 entries in the Open 9-Ball division which included Jason Brown, T.J. Davis, Brian Sanders, David Henson, James Davis Sr., James Davis Jr., Derek Fontenot, Ernesto Bayaua, Sylver Ochoa, Andy Jethwa, and Raul Escobedo. The One Pocket division drew a mighty 18 players while the women’s side drew a full field of16 that boasted Ming Ng, Courtney Peters, Terry Petrosino, Teresa Garland, Kim Pierce and others. Local juniors Joey Torres, J.C. Torres, Michael Fain, James Parvala, and Johnny Lopez also competed in their division for $150 in prize money.
Sylver Ochoa, Andy Jethwa
and Raul Escobedo
Saturday’s play reduced the Open 9-Ball field to 16 for Sunday, the One Pocket division to 12, while the women’s event commenced. The main event winners’ side saw Raul Escobedo v. Sonny Bosshamer, T.J. Davis v. Barry Strickland, Victor Rojas v. David Henson, and Andy Jethwa v. Ernesto Bayaua. On the one loss side it was Brent Thomas v. Sylver Ochoa, Jason Brown v. Bobby Perez, Roy Payton v. Denis Strickland, and Brian Sanders v. Brian Hickman.
When the dust settled, it was T.J. Davis and Andy Jethwa who battled for the hot seat, while Sylver Ochoa was eliminated by Jason Brown 7-1 and Dennis Strickland eliminated Ernesto Bayaua 7-6. This pitted Brown v. Escobedo on the one loss side where Brown fell 7-5. Brown, who lost his second match, won 9 consecutive matches and finished in 4th place. T.J. Davis, who lost his bid for the hot seat 9-7, was also eliminated by Escobedo 9-5. In the final, Jethwa defeated Escobedo 9-5 and secured his second tour win of 2010. Congratulations to Raul Escobedo on his highest finish to date, and Bobby Perez on his first top16 finish.
The ladies’ event was full of heated competition and a few surprises. Courtney Peters defeated Amanda Hill 7-2, Kim Pierce 7-4, Terry Petrosino 7-3, Ming Ng 7-6, and secured the winner’s side. Belinda Lee and Deanna Kniola finished an honorable 5th-6th. Angela Martinez upset Terry Petrosino 5-4, but was eliminated by Ng 5-3. The final match was a real nail biter. Ng missed a crucial 8-ball at 6-5 to tie the match. Peters then pocketed the 8-ball but ran into the 9-ball which forced her into a bank shot. She fired the ball cross-side in to win 7-5. Congratulations to the undefeated Courtney Peters on her first tour win and Angela Martinez on 3rd place and her highest finish to date!
Jason Brown took the One Pocket division by storm. He defeated Derek Fontenot, Sonny Bosshamer, Denis Strickland, and won his bid for the hot seat against James Davis Sr. who was on a roll of his own. On the one loss side, Strickland eliminated David Henson but fell to Davis Sr. who in turn lost to Brown in the final 3-1. Congratulations to Jason Brown for his excellent play and sportsmanship.
The Tour acknowledged several contributors and accomplished players through an awards ceremony held on Sunday. Brian Rosenbaum and Teresa Garland received the Most Improved Player award; Loretta Lindgren received the Perfect Attendance award; James Barnett, Carlos Ledson Miller, and Eugene Lee all received special awards for their continued support of the Lone Star Tour.
This event paid TRIPLE POINTS, so it was a race to the finish line. The Tour recognized its top point leaders in each division with plaques at the close of the event. Charlie Bryant retained his #1 ranking and became the 2010 Tour Champion; Sylver Ochoa, Andy Jethwa, and Ernesto Bayaua followed in the rankings. Ming Ng retained her #1spot; Terry Petrosino and Courtney Peters followed her respectively. All of these players received Poison Cues, Delta-13 Racks, and other products for their year-long efforts. Congratulations to these 7 outstanding competitors!
The APA of North Harris Country contributed 8 beautiful trophies for Sunday’s ceremony and became the newest sponsor of the Lone Star Billiards Tour along with Roger Allen Cue Repair who also donated product for this event. LSBT extends many heartfelt thanks to these gentlemen.
The Tour extends its deepest appreciation to Bobby Rone, owner of Bogies Billiards & Sports Bar, for his tireless efforts to enrich the world of billiards, especially through Lone Star events. The General Manager, Glenn Thompson and the entire Bogies’ Staff, provided unmatched hospitality and professionalism throughout the weekend. Thanks to a concerted effort, the event ran flawlessly and was undoubtedly the best of 2010.
We hope you will join us back at Bogies on January 22, 2011 for our first 8-Ball Bar Table event. The tables will be open.
The Lone Star Billiards Tour wishes all of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and a prosperous 2011.
1st Andy Jethwa $1,000
2nd Raul Escobedo $700
3rd T.J. Davis $450
4th Jason Brown $320
5th-6th David Henson, Denis Strickland $210
7th-8th Sylver Ochoa, Ernesto Bayaua $175
9th-12th Sonny Bosshamer, Barry Strickland, Victor Rojas, Brian Sanders $140
13th-16th Brent Thomas, Bobby Perez, Roy Payton, Brian Hickman $90
1st Courtney Peters $300
2nd Ming Ng $220
3rd Angela Martinez $150
4th Terry Petrosino $80
1st Jason Brown $560
2nd James Davis Sr. $420
3rd Denis Strickland $288
4th David Henson $144
1st Joey Torres $60
2nd James Parvala $40
3rd J.C. Torres $25
4th Johnny Lopez $15
5th Michael Fain $10