Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour / Greensboro, NC
by Skip Maloney
Steve Moore came back to take the top prize away from B.J. Ussery in the finals of the Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour stop the weekend of March 28-29. The $1,000-added open event drew 37 entrants to Gate City Billiards in Greensboro, NC.
Moore moved into the hot seat match of the tour’s open event after a 7-3 victory over Jeff Abernathy. Ussery, in the meantime, battled to hill-hill versus Scott Lewis before advancing to face Moore for the hot seat. Ussery made short work of Moore, dispatching him to the semifinals 7-1 to gain the hot seat.
For a while, the one-loss side was playing host to Earl Strickland and Mike Davis before Davis shut out Strickland and then went home himself on the heels of a hill-hill battle versus Jeff Bean. Bean advanced among the tournament’s final 12 but fell to Keith Bennett, who went on to face Lewis. Lay Thammavong, who faced Abernathy, dropped into the tie for fifth when Abernathy shut him out. Bennett advanced to the quarterfinals against Abernathy with a 7-5 win over Lewis. Bennett and Abernathy then battled to hill-hill before Bennett prevailed to take on Moore in the semifinals.
Bennett took an early lead, but Moore fought back to tie it. At hill-hill, Bennett missed a shot on the 3 ball and conceded the win to Moore, who turned back for a rematch versus Ussery in the finals. Moore opened the proceedings with a 2-9 combo, but Ussery came back right away to tie it. Moore ran two racks and so did Ussery, knotting them at 3-3, then traded single racks to tie it at 4. Moore won the next two to go up 6-4. Ussery made it 6-5, and Moore closed it out by winning the next three to capture the first-place prize.
The break contest, with a $150 first prize, was won by James Blackburn. Derek Leonard defeated Mike Maurer in the hot seat match 5-4 and finals 7-1 of the early bird tournament to bring home the first-place, $140 prize there. It was Bob Strandberg winning the last chance tournament, bringing home $110 with a 7-4 win in the finals over Ira Leonard. Jason Prevo won the four-entrant juniors’ event over Palmer Richardson. Prevo and Zach Leonard qualified for the Junior Nationals during the event. The five-entrant ladies’ tournament saw Becca Felds take home the $40 first prize, with a double-hill win over Shannon Forrester in the finals.
1st Steve Moore $1,000
2nd B.J. Usssery $500
3rd Keith Bennett $325
4th Jeff Abernathy $225
5th Scott Lewis $150
7th Jeff Bean $100
9th Todd Nelson