Fast Eddie’s Olhausen 9-Ball Tour / College Station, TX
by Lea Andrews
Charlie “Hillbilly” Bryant, who topped several Fast Eddie’s Olhausen 9-Ball Tour stops last year and split first at the last stop, went undefeated at the August 8-9 event to score his first solo win on the tour this year. Bryant was among the field of 43 who arrived for the $1,000-added event, held at Fast Eddie’s Billiards in College Station, TX.
After sending Raul Escobedo west 9-6, Bryant faced Sylver Ochoa in the hot seat match, who’d had his own 9-6 win over Aaron Springs. Against Bryant, though, Ochoa couldn’t get the games on the string, and he moved to the other side of the bracket to try to make his way back to Bryant.
On the one-loss side, James Davis, Sr. was making his own run for the finals. Having notched up wins over Grady Cooper 7-4 and Jason Bagby 7-5, Davis greeted Escobedo from the winners’ side and put him promptly into fifth. Also landing in fifth was David Henson, who’d taken down Frank Ferrer 7-5 and Jason Stewart 7-2 before falling 7-5 to Springs. The quarterfinal match between Springs and Davis ended in Davis’s favor 7-4, putting him into the semifinals against Ochoa, the very person who’d earlier put him on the left side of the bracket. This time, Davis was the one who came out on top, punching his ticket to the finals 7-4.
In the true double-elimination finals, Davis got off to a strong start, finding himself on the hill 8-5, one game away from pushing the second set. Bryant, though, had other plans, taking four straight games to close out first in one 9-8 set.
1st Charlie Bryant $1,000
2nd James Davis, Sr. $620
3rd Sylver Ochoa $460
4th Aaron Springs $300
5th David Henson $220
7th Jason Stewart $140