KF Cues Open 9-Ball Tour / Fort Pierce, FL
by Skip Maloney
Richard Broumpton finished strong, allowing his finals opponent, Josh Lewis, only two racks in the match that completed an undefeated run and captured first place at the KF Cues Open 9-Ball Tour stop on the weekend of February 7-8. The $1,000-added event, with a total purse of $2,875, drew 47 entrants to Ultimate Billiards in Fort Pierce, FL.
From among the winners’ side final four, Broumpton moved into the hot seat match versus Eddie Cabrera with a 7-3 win over Curtis Kelley. Cabrea had sent Bill Dunsmore west 7-5, before following him over on the heels of a 7-4 win by Broumpton that left him in the hot seat.
Josh Lewis, in the meantime, after dropping his opening match was on a nine-game winning streak that eventually got him into the finals. Wins five and six came against Doug Johnson and tour director Tony Crosby and set him up to face Dunsmore. Jason Richko, after getting by Gail Grecar and Matt Coats, was waiting for Kelley. Lewis and Kelley dropped Dunsmore and Richko into the tie for fifth place and squared off against each other in the quarterfinals. On the hill at 6-4, Kelley watched as Lewis mounted a comeback that eventually brought the match to double-hill. Shortly after the final break, Kelley left Lewis a simple 2-9 combination that Lewis sunk to move into the semifinals against Cabrea. Another struggle ensued, but Lewis survived again 7-5 to make it eight wins in a row and earn his spot in the finals.
In the opening games of the single race to nine, it looked as though Lewis and Broumpton were headed for a long match. Tied at 2-2, however, Broumpton took command, and in spite of alternate breaks, which gave Lewis his share of opportunities, Broumpton won seven in a row to capture the first-place prize.
1st Richard Broumpton $800
2nd Josh Lewis $600
3rd Eddie Cabrea $450
4th Curtis Kelley $260
5th Bill Dunsmore $150
7th Tony Crosby $100
9th Doug Johnson $65