Undaunted Seminole Billiards Tour Finish for Davis
Seminole Pro Tour / Goldsboro, NC
Mike Davis went undefeated to take first place at the August 8-10 stop of the Seminole Pro Tour, sponsored by the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Fast Eddie’s Billiards. Hosted by Fast Eddie’s Billiards, this was the tour’s second event outside of Florida this year and their first in North Carolina. The field boasted 39 top-notch billiard players and a $9,000-added prize purse.
As the field narrowed during Sunday’s matches, the matches became tighter. On the one-loss side of the chart, Keith Bennett eliminated David Vaughn 8-6, while former U.S. Open champion Gabe Owen bested Demetrius Jelatis 8-5, putting him into a seventh-place tie with Vaughn.
Larry “The Truth” Nevel took a break from winning first place on the Great Southern Billiard Tour and blew through the Seminole Tour field, defeating Bennett 8-2 to send him home with fifth place. Owen, meanwhile, ousted Tony “T” Watson 8-5 to deposit him in the same spot.
It was Owen versus Nevel in the quarterfinals, and though Nevel walked over his opponents throughout the event, Owen was a man on a mission and defeated Nevel in a swift match that lasted, at most, 45 minutes.
Davis’s opponent in the hot seat match turned out to be Mike Gulyassy. The two began the match by trading racks back and forth, but Davis ultimately caught a gear and raced ahead. With the help of some strong playing coupled with excellent defensive moves, Davis ended up the 8-5 winner.
Now in the west side of the chart, Gulyassy was faced with a determined Owen in the semifinals. Owen raced to a daunting 6-2 lead, but Gulyassy gamely fought back to come within a game at 6-5. It was too little, too late, though, for Owen won the next two games in a row to take the match 8-5.
The final match began fairly evenly, with the score reaching a 3-all tie between Owen and Davis. At that point, however, Owen, who had played six matches in a row to reach the finals, hit a brick wall. The next thing he knew, Davis was on the hill 8-3. Owen managed to claw to 8-5, but that was all he could muster, as Davis won the final game to win 9-5.
1st Mike Davis $3,100
2nd Gabe Owen $2,400
3rd Mike Gulyassy $1,800
4th Larry Nevel $1,400
5th Tony Watson $1,000
7th David Vaughn $650
9th Johny Ditoro $450