Williams Wins KF Cues Tour Tampa Stop
KF Cues 9-Ball Tour / Tampa, FL
by Skip Maloney
Charlie Williams survived a comeback run in the finals by Richie Richeson to complete an undefeated day at the KF Cues 9-Ball Tour stop April 11. The open, $1,000-added portion of the event drew 23 entrants to Strokers II in Tampa, FL.
Williams started his last three steps to the winners’ circle from among the winners’ side final four, where he defeated Dan LaVoie 9-5. Richeson, in the meantime, was being sent west by Adam Wheeler in a hill-hill match that set Wheeler against Williams vying for the hot seat. It was Wheeler moving over to the semifinals after a 9-6 Williams win.
Ronnie Wiseman and Richard Broumpton were waiting for LaVoie and Richeson on the one-loss side. Wiseman survived a second hill-hill struggle in a win over LaVoie, as Richeson handled Broumpton 7-2. In the quarterfinal match that followed, Richeson was picking up speed and dropped Wiseman into fourth place 7-1.
Richardson won the double-hill semifinal match against Wheeler in the semifinals that that may have taken a little more out of him than he expected. When the finals started, shortly after 11 p.m., Williams stepped up to the table and took an immediate 6-0 lead. Richeson finally broke through with a single game, and the two traded racks until Williams reached the hill at 9-3.
At that point, capitalizing on a series of Williams’ mistakes, Richeson strung together a gutsy run of four racks that brought him within two at 9-7. But Williams settled down, and when Richeson missed a shot mid-game, Williams cleared the table and took home the first-place prize.
The $700-added amateur event kicked off with 26 players, and repeat performer Bobby Moore, who had won the last event in Orlando, proved again to be the man to beat on the day. He made his way to the hot seat match with wins over Valerie Dukich 7-1, room owner Jose Del Rio 7-4, and Albert Howe 7-5 before taking a loss to Jesse Langston. Langston had made his way to the hot seat with wins over Taz Naravane 7-0, Jimmy Bird 7-6, and tour points leader Mark Wathen 7-3.
Jarred Schlauch made his way through the west side with wins over Mike Delawder 5-2, Jimmy Bird 5-3, Albert Howe 5-2, and Mark Wathen 5-4 until reaching Moore, who took this match 5-4 to earn his rematch with Langston.
The final match was a cagey affair with both players trading racks. Langston reached the hill first with an 8-5 lead, but several missed opportunities saw Moore claw his way back and tie the match 8-8. Langston missed a tricky 8 ball in the last rack, and Moore took the match and his second event in a row.
1st Charlie Williams $650
2nd Richie Richeson $450
3rd Adam Wheeler $300
4th Ronnie Wiseman $200
5th Dan LaVoie $100
7th Yu Ram Cha
9th Julio Aquino
1st Bobby Moore $460
2nd Jesse Langston $300
3rd Jarred Schlauch $225
4th Mark Wathen $130
5th Albert Howe $70
Jose Del Rio