Mills and Martin Make Their Mark on Diamond Billiards
Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour / Cape Coral, FL
by InsidePOOL Staff
The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour returned to Diamond Billiards Sports Bar and Grill in Cape Coral, FL, March 15-16 for a double event. A grand total of 99 players showed up to vie for the $5,110 prize fund, with Donnie Mills and Ronnie Martin walking away with top honors in the open and amateur divisions, respectively.
Mills swept through the bottom half of the bracket undefeated, besting Todd Vail 9-1, Dale Howland 9-2, Glen Olson 9-5, Nathan Rose 9-6, Anthony Meglino 9-2, and Chad Vilmont 9-2. Mills faced Vilmont again in the finals, where Vilmont lost a lead of 5-2 to be overcome by Mills 9-6.
Runner-up Vilmont started in the top half of the bracket, where he went undefeated to the hot seat match, winning over Ted Lepak 9-5, Jim Herron 9-6, Dave Ross 9-2, Neil Young 9-4, and Troy Frank 9-8 before he lost to Mills in the hot seat match. On the one-loss side he ousted Frank 9-5 in the semifinals before facing off against Mills again.
In the amateur division, Martin faced down Elisha Mullen 5-3, Ron Gravel 5-1, Shelly Harrison 5-2, Wayne Agnew 5-2, and Ken Coulter 5-2. Martin was sent to the one-loss side by Ted Lepak 5-2, where he faced Paul Bramwell in the semifinals, winning the set 5-3 and returning to face Lepak again the finals, where he double-dipped Lepak 5-0, 5-2 to win.
Lepak worked his way through the bottom half of the bracket, sending anyone in his way to the left side of the chart, starting with Tom Johnson 5-1, Bob Herrera 5-1, Johnny Cole 5-4, Jake Cox 5-4, James Oswalt 5-3, and Martin 5-2 before meeting Lepak in the finals.