Coats and Mabry Tops on Pechauer Billiard Tour
J. Pechauer Southeast 9-Ball Tour / Fort Pierce, FL
by Skip Maloney, InsidePOOL Staff
Mark Coats completed an undefeated weekend at the J. Pechauer Southeast Open 9-Ball Tour stop on November 8-9 with a finals victory over Josh Lewis. In the concurrent amateur event, Jeff Mabry took top honors over Steven Nevins. The $1,000-added open event drew 44 entrants, while the $500-added amateur tournament drew 46 to Ultimate Billiards in Fort Pierce, FL.
Working from among the winners’ side final four in the open event, Coats defeated Randy Epperson 9-6 to move into the hot seat match. His opponent for the hot seat, Curtis Kelley, had defeated Lewis 9-6. Coats sent Kelley west with a 9-7 victory to gain the hot seat.
On the one-loss side, John Rouse and Richard Broumpton emerged from the final 12 to meet Epperson and Lewis. Lewis and Broumpton advanced on the heels of identical 9-6 scores to meet each other in the quarterfinals. Lewis then dropped Broumpton into fourth place 9-5 and turned to face Kelley in the semifinals. Lewis was stepping up his game and downed Kelley 9-3 for the right to meet Coats.
In the race-to-11 finals, Coats and Lewis battled back and forth until Coats moved ahead to reach the hill at 10-8. Lewis jumped the cue ball off the table on the subsequent break, and with two more opportunities, Coats three-fouled him and captured the first-place prize.
In the amateur event, Mabry was among the final four and faced Nevins for the first time in the hot seat match. Nevins defeated Mabry 5-1, sending him to the semifinals against Steve Bristow, who’d defeated Greg Deaton in the quarterfinals. Mabry then defeated Bristow 4-1 and headed for the finals rematch against Nevins. In the finals, Mabry took command early, avenging his earlier loss and captured first place 7-3.
1st Mark Coats $865
2nd Josh Lewis $600
3rd Curtis Kelley $400
4th Richard Broumpton $300
5th John Rouse $150
7th Neil Fujiwara $100
9th Nathan Rose
1st Jeff Mabry $510
2nd Steven Nevins
3rd Steve Bristow $225
4th Greg Deaton $175
5th Tony Groza $150
7th Damien Dominicis $70
9th Chrissy Nevins $30