J. Pechauer Southeast Open 9-Ball Tour / Spring Hill, FL
by Lea Andrews
Although Tony “The Sniper” Crosby took down just about everyone in his path during the season finale of the$2,000-added J. Pechauer Southeast Open 9-Ball Tour, one man eluded him not once, but twice: international player Marco Tschudi. Rocky McElroy, owner of Capone’s Billiards in Spring Hill, FL, hosted Tschudi, Crosby, and the 33 other players who were vying for the win August 1-2.
Crosby and Tschudi first met each other in the winners’ side final four, and Tschudi moved on 9-7 to the hot seat match to meet Jerry Calderon, who was coming off his own 9-7 win over Steve Moore. With yet another 9-7 win, Tschudi emerged the winner of the A-side.
Over on the B-side, Corey Deuel, who’d just won over Mike Davis, met up with Rodney Morris, who’d gotten past James Roberts. Deuel moved on 9-7 to welcome Moore over from the winners’ side. Moore’s stay was brief, though, as Deuel notched up another 9-7 win to land in the quarterfinals against Crosby, who’d just put Donnie Mills in fifth with a score of 9-5. Although Deuel reached the hill against Crosby, “The Prince of Pool” didn’t get crowned this time around, instead getting gunned down 9-8.
Next up for Crosby was Calderon, whom he held to six games to earn the rematch with Tschudi. In the finals, a single race to 11, it was Tschudi who started off strong, getting up 7-3 only to have Crosby bounce back to tie it at 7. The two then traded off, with Tschudi leading 8-7 and 9-8, but Crosby managed to notch an extra game to reach the hill first, 10-9. Tschudi, though, returned the two-game favor with his own, clinching the win 11-10.Results:
1st Marco Tschudi $1,400
2nd Tony Crosby $1,100
3rd Jerry Calderon $700
4th Corey Deuel $520
5th Steve Moore $300
7th Rodney Morris $200