Fast Eddie’s Olhausen 9-Ball Tour / Houston, TX
by Lea Andrews
Andy Jethwa let no man stand in his way as he strolled undefeated to first place at the tenth stop of the Fast Eddie’s Olhausen 9-Ball Tour. The $1,000-added event drew 47 players August 22-23 to Fast Eddie’s Billiards in Houston, TX.
Jethwa got past Dalton Riley 9-7 to reach the hot seat match, where he met Hunter Blackwell, who’d just sent Nick Hood west 9-6. Holding Blackwell to five games, Jethwa earned his spot in the finals and waited in the hot seat for an opponent.
On the left side of the bracket, Jason Brown was making his move, taking down Tom Wallace to meet Raul Escobedo, where he found himself battling to hill-hill. Marking up the final 9, Brown welcomed Hood over from the winners’ bracket by dealing him a 7-4 loss. Meanwhile, James Davis, Jr. eased by Michael Alonzo to meet Ernesto Bayuad, whom he put in seventh 7-5. After squeaking past Riley 7-6, Davis arrived in the quarterfinals, where he was soon hill-hill with Brown, but this time, he couldn’t get the final rack. Brown, continuing into the semifinals, marked up a 7-5 win over Blackwell to get a crack at Jethwa in the finals.
Brown got off to a good start in the finals, getting to within two games of pushing a second set while Jethwa still needed five for the win. But Jethwa hadn’t lost a set the whole weekend, and he wasn’t about to. Winning four of the next five games, Jethwa got the score to hill-hill, and he took the final rack for the set and the tournament.
On Sunday, 15 ladies vied for first in the $150-added ladies’ event. Kyu Ye went undefeated through the field to earn $200 for the win, edging out Terry Ptrisino 7-6 in just one set of the true double-elimination finals. Ptrisino took home $150 for her second-place finish, while Helen Hayes in third and Deanna Henson in fourth earned $100 and $50, respectively.
1st Andy Jethwa $1,000
2nd Jason Brown $650
3rd Hunter Blackwell $500
4th James Davis, Jr. $300
5th Dalton Riley $240
7th Ernesto Bayuad $160