Davis Defeats Chohan for Top Tiger Billiards Stop

Davis Defeats Chohan for Top Tiger Billiards Stop
Tiger Pool Tour / Midlothian, VA

by Andy Lincoln

Davis snapped off the Tiger Planet Pool Tour stop at Diamond Billiards in Midlothian, VA.

Davis snapped off the Tiger Planet Pool Tour stop at Diamond Billiards in Midlothian, VA.

The Tiger Tour returned to the new Diamond Billiards in Midlothian, VA, for their October 25-26 stop. With this being a post-U.S. Open event, many players made the short drive from Chesapeake, VA, to shoot at the $2,500-added purse provided by Diamond Billiards, but tour regular Mike Davis took home the gold.

An extremely tough field of 52 players signed up Saturday with top names such as John Schmidt, Mike Davis, Charlie Bryant, Tony Chohan, and Ronnie Wiseman. There were two first-round power match-ups of note. Current Tiger Tour points leader Brandon Shuff defeated 2006 U.S. Open champion Schmidt 9-5, and Mexican veteran Rafael Martinez stopped high-stakes gambler Johnathan Pinegar 9-5.

However, Shuff and Martinez had short-lived victories as they lost to Chohan 9-8 and David Vaughn 9-7, respectively, in the third round. Local Richmond native Larry Kressel took down room owner Thomas Dorsey and DC area superstar Manuel Chau with a pair of 9-5 scores. Joining Chohan, Vaughn, and Kressel on the winners’ side going into Sunday were Andy Lincoln, Brian White, Leonardo Andam, Davis, and Bryant. Another eight top players remained on the one-loss side.

Sunday play began with Chohan, Davis, and Kressel easily advancing and Vaughn recovering to defeat Brian White 9-8. Chohan and Davis reached the hot seat with little fanfare over Vaughn and Kressel. The hot seat match was close, with Chohan escaping with a 9-8 win.

The story in the elimination bracket was a pair of runs by Pinegar and Josh Roberts. After losing his first match, Roberts strung together seven wins, including over strong players such as Jeff Abernathy, White, Wiseman, and Kressel. Pinegar’s run was equally impressive, defeating Scott Rabon, Shuff, Shane Harvey, Bryant, Andam, and Vaughn. Pinegar continued his run, placing Roberts into the fourth-place spot, but then Davis shook off his disappointing hot seat loss by defeating Pinegar 7-3. The rematch between Chohan and Davis was close the whole way, with Davis taking an 11-10 win in the single-set final.

Results:
1st Mike Davis $1,500
2nd Tony Chohan $1,000
3rd Johnathan Pinegar $700
4th Josh Roberts $500
5/6th David Vaughn $350
5/6th Larry Kressel
7/8th Ronnie Wiseman $225
7/8th Leonardo Andam
9/12th Rafael Martinez $125
9/12th Charlie Bryant
9/12th Andy Lincoln
9/12th Brian White
13/16th Jeff Abernathy $75
13/16th Sam Monday
13/16th Shane Harvey
13/16th Chris Adams

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