Big Bubba Scores Big Win on Jacoby Tour
Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour / Goldsboro, NC
by Lea Andrews
Shawn Putnam may not be familiar with the Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour, but he’s no stranger to the winner’s circle, which is exactly where he found himself at the tour’s season finale. The $2,000-added event, held October 3-4 at Fast Eddie’s Sports Bar in Goldsboro, NC, drew a field of 19 that was heavily saturated with big names gearing up for the upcoming Carolina Open.
Following a 7-5 victory over tour hotshot Keith Bennett, Putnam faced Delton Howard in the hot seat match, who was coming off a 7-5 win over Cary Dunn. Another 7-5 victory landed Putnam in the hot seat, while Howard went west to try for a rematch.
On the left side of the bracket, Earl Strickland, who’d fallen to Howard 7-3 in the first round, met up with Larry Nevel, who’d found himself on the one-loss side after coming up short 7-6 against Dunn. Strickland held Nevel to four games to face Eddie Little, who’d allowed Shane Winters just two games. Meanwhile, Jeff Abernathy got past Sam Monday 7-4 to face B.J. Ussery, who’d just blown by Mac Harrell 7-1. It was Strickland and Ussery who forged ahead 7-4 and 7-1, respectively, to greet Bennett and Dunn over from the winners’ side. Managing just three games against Bennett, Strickland landed in fifth, as did Dunn, who got just two against Ussery. Both victims of Putnam’s, Bennett and Ussery, whom Putnam had sent west 7-2, were vying for a finals rematch, and as Ussery dropped Bennett in fourth 7-5, he was one step closer. After edging out Howard 7-6, he was there.
In the single race-to-9 final set, Putnam jumped to a 6-1 lead, but a scratch on the break in rack 8 left Ussery out, and Ussery’s break and run in rack 9 put the score at 6-3. Putnam made it 7-3 after Ussery missed a 2-9 combination, but Ussery navigated a tricky rack after Putnam made nothing on the break in the next game to make it 7-4. The two traded games to get Putnam on the hill 8-6, and in rack 15, after Putnam played safe on the 2 ball, Ussery, who mistakenly thought he could see the very edge of the ball, gave up ball in hand, and Putnam ran out to take first 9-6.
An early bird tournament on Friday drew 16 players, with Nevel earning first and $150 with his 7-3 win over Winters, who took home $90. Abernathy earned $50 for third, while Howard got $30 for fourth. On Sunday, Heather Thompson edged out Jamie Frowein 7-6 in the finals of the ladies’ division, while Dylan Letchworth took first in the juniors’ division. The final set of the second chance tournament was a blowout, with Nevel coming out on top 7-0 over Sean Frowein. Another big winner was Roger Harper, who won the raffle and walked away with a limited-edition Jacoby Cue worth $850.
1st Shawn Putnam $1,500
2nd B.J. Ussery $750
3rd Delton Howard $400
4th Keith Bennett $150
5th Earl Strickland $75