Davis Demolishes Jacoby Field
Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour / Greensboro, NC
by Lea Andrews
While the $1,000-added Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour’s season opener turned out to be a bittersweet finale for the patrons of the host location, Shooters Bar & Grill in Greensboro, NC, which closed its doors November 1, it was also another undefeated victory under Mike Davis’ belt. Davis was among the talented field of 15 who descended on the poolroom for its last hurrah on October 31-November 1.
Davis met up with Scott Lewis on the winners’ side final four, getting through him 7-2 to face Eddie Little, who’d had his own 7-2 win over Arnold Hamlet. Little managed just three games against Davis in the hot seat match, though, and moved west.
On the left side of the bracket, Jeff Abernathy backed up a 7-3 win over Delton Howard with a shut-out win over Jerry Hilton to face Hamlet, while B.J. Ussery breezed by Adam Stanton 7-2 to edge out Paul Mullins 7-6 and face Lewis. Both Hamlet and Lewis earned their spots in the quarterfinals with 7-5 wins, and it was Hamlet who advanced over Lewis to the semifinals 7-4. Earning his revenge over Little by taking the final rack in their hill-hill battle, Hamlet moved on to the single race-to-11 finals.
Game one of the final set went to Davis, but game two went to Hamlet after Davis hung up the 9 ball. The score knotted again at 3 and at 4, but Davis got up 6-4 and 7-5, and a break and run put him up 8-5. Hamlet came out on top of a safety battle in the next to make it 8-6, but when he didn’t make anything on the break in the next rack, Davis made it 9-6, then 10-6 following a safety-riddled game. After Hamlet overcut the 9 ball in the next game and Davis missed a bank, Hamlet played safe, but Davis made the long, thin cut to earn first place 11-6.
In the early bird tournament on Friday night, Kris “Chavez” Bowers earned first place and $100 for his narrow 7-6 victory in the finals over Kevin Boggs, who took home $25. The ladies’ tournament on Saturday came down to a mother-and-daughter finals, with Adrianna Cody getting by her mother, Trish Cody, 7-2, while the juniors’ division win went to Zach Leonard. In the second chance tournament on Saturday, Scott Lewis earned $100 for his 7-2 win in over Carey Nealey, who earned $60. Delton Howard earned $115 for coming out on top of eight other entrants in the break contest, while the break and run jackpot, which started out at $500 but went unattained at this stop, will grow for the next stop. The final big winner of the weekend was Johnny Miller, whose winning raffle ticket sent him home toting a Jacoby cue worth $600.
1st Mike Davis $1,000
2nd Arnold Hamlet $500
3rd Eddie Little $175
4th Scott Lewis $75