Ochoa Notches Second Fast Eddie’s Billiard Win
Fast Eddie’s Olhausen 9-Ball Tour / San Antonio, TX
by Skip Maloney
Forget the $1,200 first prize at stake at the December 6-7 stop of the Fast Eddie’s Olhausen 9-Ball Tour. The real prize was a $3,200 Olhausen pool table, which was raffled off among the tournament’s 67 entrants at Fast Eddie’s in San Antonio, TX. The tickets for this raffle were handed out to participants of the tour who’d played in at least four of the stops; one ticket for each stop. Chuck Adams of Houston, with seven to his credit, walked away with the table. So to speak. Having been knocked out of the $1,750-added tournament early, Adams was back in Houston when tour director Lewis Jones called to inform him of the prize.
Meanwhile, on the competition pool tables, Sylver Ochoa notched his second win on the tour, defeating Jui Lung Chen twice to take home the aforementioned $1,200 first prize. From among the winners’ side final four, Ochoa defeated Danny Almaraz 9-6 to face Chen for the first time in the hot seat match. Chen, who’d won in Houston back in October, had barely survived a hill-hill struggle versus James Davis, Sr. to get to the hot seat match. Ochoa sent him to the semifinals 9-5.
Over on the one-loss side, James Davis, Jr. was battling his way toward a showdown with his dad in the quarterfinals. Junior got by Lee Rosa, Rick Stanley, and Almaraz to do it. Ismael Ramirez, in the meantime, dropped Charlie “Hillbilly” Bryant into the tie for ninth place and Frank Ferrer, Jr. into seventh place, before Davis, Sr. finished his tournament bid and it was time for father and son to go at it.
Davis, Sr. sent Davis, Jr. home 7-4 and then followed him when Chen took the semifinal match by the same score. Chen moved back to face Ochoa a second time. In the double-elimination final, Ochoa wasted no time taking command. He got out early and stayed there for a 9-4 win that brought home the first-place prize.
1st Sylver Ochoa $1,200
2nd Jui Lung Chen $800
3rd James Davis, Sr. $550
4th James Davis, Jr. $400
5th Danny Almaraz $245
7th Rick Stanley $200
Frank Ferrer, Jr.
9th Bob Pyles $165
13th Tom Giddens $125