Bennett Defeats Monday in Finals of Jacoby Tour
Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour / Goldsboro, NC
by Skip Maloney
Keith Bennett held off a one-loss side challenge from Sam Monday to take first place in the open portion of the Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour on the weekend of April 17-19. The $1,000-added event drew 26 entrants to Fast Eddie’s Sports Bar in Goldsboro, NC.
Bennett first faced Monday on Sunday among the winners’ side final four, defeating him 7-2 to get into a hot seat match versus Larry Pierce, who’d just sent 17-year-old D.J. Outlaw west by the same score. Bennett sent Pierce to the one-loss side 7-1 and waited for Monday’s return.
Over on the one-loss side, Phillip Richardson and Russell Sasser lay in wait for Monday and Outlaw. A hill-hill victory for Outlaw over Richardson advanced the teenager into the quarterfinals against Monday. Monday, who worked his way back to the finals while giving up only 3 racks in 24 games, shut Sasser out and sent Outlaw to join his hometown friends with a 7-2 win. A 7-1 victory over Pierce in the semifinals sent Monday back for a second match-up versus Bennett with momentum on his side.
Bennett, who’d given up only three racks himself in the two matches that had left him in the hot seat, was not to be denied, however. The two battled back and forth in the race-to-9 finals, with Bennett ahead by only one when he reached the hill. Bennett made it two in a row and completed his undefeated weekend.
Richardson emerged as the winner of the 13-entrant early bird tournament, defeating Russell Sasser 7-2 in the finals of that event. It was Delton Howard over Sasser in the hill-hill final of the 11-entrant, second chance tournament on Sunday. Justin Ward bested Patrick Pipkin in the finals of the five-entrant juniors event and qualified for the junior nationals in the 18+ division. Also qualifying for the junior nationals was Patrick Sasser in the 14-and-under division. Two women—Belinda Calhoun and Karen Webb—competed in a single race to 7 in a ladies’ tournament, won by Calhoun 7-2.
1st Keith Bennett $1,000
2nd Sam Monday $500
3rd Larry Pierce $300
4th D.J. Outlaw $150
5th Phillip Richardson $100
7th Larry Pittman $75
9th Michael Whisnant