Price and Tabet Combine on J. Pechauer Stop
J. Pechauer Southeast 9-Ball Tour / Atlanta, GA
by Skip Maloney
Larry Price returned to the winning ways he’d established earlier this year with a January win in Louisville at the Derby City Classic Banks Division by completing an undefeated trip among 20 entrants in the $1,000-added open division of the J. Pechauer Southeast 9-Ball Tour, held December 13. On Sunday, December 14, in the $500-added amateur division of the same event, Jeff Tabet, who finished in a tie for fifth in the open event, completed his own undefeated journey through 20 amateur entrants. The event was hosted by Mr. Cues II in Atlanta, GA
From among the winners’ side final four on Saturday, Price started the final three legs of his journey to victory by shutting Tabet out and sending him to the one-loss side battle for fifth place. Tommy Kennedy, in the meantime, was busy sending Jesse Middlebrook to the same fate 7-2. By the same score, Price sent Kennedy to the semifinals.
It was Clint McCullough who ended Tabet’s open bid with a 7-5 win, as Cliff Joyner defeated Middlebrook 7-3. In the quarterfinal match that followed, Joyner had a 6-3 lead going into the tenth game, but McCullough took command and won the next four to move into the semifinals against Kennedy. Kennedy and McCullough struggled back and forth through the early stages of that semifinal match, until a few missed shots sealed Kennedy’s fate and McCullough turned his attention to Price.
Like Kennedy, McCullough battled in the finals but missed some critical shots near the end of the match. Price won it 9-7 to capture the first-place prize.
In the amateur event, Tabet was among the final four there, as well. He shut out Evan Beeson to move into the hot seat match and then sent Duane Bourgeois to the semifinals. David Shannon, who’d been sent west by Bourgeois from among the winners’-side final four defeated Beeson 4-2 in the quarterfinals but fell in his rematch against Bourgeois by the same score. Tabet wasted little time in the finals, finishing ahead by four racks and capturing the first-place prize.
1st Larry Price $680
2nd Clint McCullough $500
3rd Tommy Kennedy $300
4th Cliff Joyner $200
5th Jeff Tabet $40
7th Paul Song
1st Jeff Tabet $500
2nd Duane Bourgeois $320
3rd David Shannon $220
4th Evan Beeson $120
5th Wayne Thompson $45
7th David McNown
9th John Wilson