KF Cues 9-Ball Tour / Longwood, FL
by Skip Maloney
The KF Cues 9-Ball Tour stopped at Fast Break in Longwood, FL, the weekend of March 28-29. The $1,000-added event, which drew 57 entrants, included 7 women, 2 juniors, and a host of top players, including Corey Deuel, Ronnie Wiseman, Neil Fujiwara, and Jason Richko. When the dust of the open portion of the event settled, however, at around 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning, it was Charlie Williams concluding an undefeated trip through the field with a victory over 74-year-old Dave Ross, who’d battled through the one-loss side to meet him.
Williams had a fairly easy trip down through the opening rounds of play to emerge among the winners’ side final four, where he defeated Richard Murray 7-3 to move into the hot seat match. James Roberts, in the meantime, sent Julio Aquino west 7-5 to meet him. Williams dominated the hot seat match that followed, defeating Roberts 7-1.
Ross, in the meantime, from among the event’s final 12, took out tour director Tony Crosby in a hill-hill match and defeated Josh Lewis 6-3 for the right to meet Aquino. Justin Hall got by Travis Moore 6-1 and Jesse Bradley 6-4 to square off against Murray. It was Ross and Murray advancing to the quarterfinals; Ross with a 6-3 win over Aquino and Murray with a commanding 6-1 victory over Hall. Ross continued his march to the 3 a.m. finals with two straight double-hill wins. He defeated Murray first in the quarterfinals and then, after falling behind to allow Roberts to reach the hill first in the semifinals, he fought back to tie and then win it.
Though the 74-year-old Ross had struggled mightily to reach the finals against Williams, where Williams took and maintained control of the open event’s final match. He won it 7-3 to capture the first-place prize.
Prizes were awarded to Yu Ram Cha as the event’s top female, who, though defeated by Williams in the early going of the tournament, advanced to meet and defeat Fujiwara before dropping into the tie for ninth place. Eleven-year-old Bryce Lepak, whose parents own the Fast Break facility in Longwood, received recognition (and $20) as the event’s best junior.
1st Charlie Williams $1,000
2nd Dave Ross $500
3rd James Roberts $400
4th Richard Murray $300
5th Julio Aquino $200
7th Josh Lewis $150
9th Yu Ram Cha $80