Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour / Rocky Mount, NC
by Lea Andrews
Steven Page, who last reached the finals of a Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour event in May, made a return trip at the September 12-13 event, this time with better results. Page went undefeated through the field of 17 that arrived at Sharks-N-Shooters in Rocky Mount, NC for the $1,000 added event, which was missing a few regulars, including Earl Strickland and Keith Bennett, because of the inaugural Galveston World Classic.
Following wins over Steve Wiggam 7-1 and B.J. Ussery 7-2, Page faced in the winners’ side final four Chris Vollmar, whom he held to four games to face Eddie Little in the hot seat match. Little, who’d just edged out Jeff Abernathy 7-6, managed only five games against Page, moving west to try to earn a rematch.
On the left side of the bracket, Cary Dunn put Younger Chapman in fifth 7-5 only to fall 7-5 himself to Abernathy. Meanwhile, Sam Monday, who’d fallen in an early match to Abernathy, made his way back to him with wins over Philip Richardson 7-2, Mike Cone 7-4, and Vollmar 7-1. In the Abernathy/Monday quarterfinal rematch, Abernathy marked up just four games, and Monday advanced to the semifinals against Little. Allowing Little only a single game, Monday was off to the finals.
In the single race-to-9 final match, Monday got off to a strong start, leading 3-0 and 5-1, but Page used ball in hand on the 3 ball in the seventh rack to mount his comeback. After Monday left a 4 ball hanging in the next game, Page ran out and broke and ran the next rack to make it 5-4. Monday’s miscue on the 6 ball in rack 10 allowed Page to tie it up, and a 1-9 kick-carom in the next gave him the lead 6-5. He won the next and came out on top of a safety battle to reach the hill 8-5. At that point, Monday started to make a bit of his own comeback, getting the score to 8-7. In the next rack, Page returned Monday’s push after the break and got the first shot on the 1 after the safety battle that ensued. When Page missed the 5, it looked to be a hill-hill match as Monday navigated the table, but a hanging 8 ball turned the match and the tournament over to Page for his first win on the tour this season.
In the 13-entrant early bird tournament Friday night, Jeff Abernathy took home $120 for his 7-6 win in the finals over Steven Page, who took home $80. On Sunday, Karen Webb took first in the ladies’ division, while Palmer Richardson took first in the second chance tournament as well as in the juniors division, where he held Dylan Letchworth to two games in the race-to-7 finals. Eddie Little came away a big winner when his ticket was drawn for the raffle for a limited edition Jacoby Cue valued at $850.Results:
1st Steven Page $1,000
2nd Sam Monday $400
3rd Eddie Little $200
4th Jeff Abernathy $100
5th Cary Dunn $75