Monday Unstoppable at Jacoby Event
Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour / Goldsboro, NC
by Lea Andrews
Sam Monday, who earned his first Great Southern Billiard Tour win this season earlier in November, made an undefeated run through a tough field to earn his first Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour win this season the weekend of November 21-22. The $1,000-added open event drew 14 competitors to Greentop Billiards in Rocky Mount, NC.
Sam Monday and B.J. Ussery came out on top of hill-hill matches over Delton Howard and Michael “Bulldog” Fuller, respectively, to meet up in the hot seat match. There Ussery managed just two games in the race to 7 and moved west to try for a rematch.
On the one-loss side, Steven Page notched a 7-1 win over Jason Rader to face Mike Turner, who’d had his own 7-1 win over Nigel Francis. Holding Turner to four games, Page moved on to Fuller. Meanwhile, Charles “Boots” Patrick marked up 7-2 victories over Chad Pike and Chris Turner to face Howard. Howard kept Patrick to five games, advancing to the quarterfinals against Fuller, who’d breezed by Page 7-3. After another 7-5 victory, Howard faced Ussery in the semifinals, where both men were vying for the rematch with Monday. It was Howard who earned it, marking up game after game to earn his spot 7-1.
In the single race-to-11 final match, Howard got on board first after topping a safety battle on the 1 ball, but when the cue ball landed on the floor on his next break, Monday ran out to make it 1-1. The two traded racks until it was 3-3, but it was then that Monday made his move, taking the next seven racks to reach the hill 10-3. Although Howard managed one more game after his safety on the 5 ball gave him ball in hand, it was his last. In the final rack, Howard played safe on the 1, and Monday chose an intentional foul to tie up the 4 and the 5. His plan was successful—Howard made the 1 through 4 but missed the 5, leaving Monday a short run to the 9 and the win.In the early bird tournament Friday, Mike Turner took home $100 for his 7-6 win in the finals over Tommy Briscoe, who took home $55. Willie Odom earned $25 for third. On Sunday, Angela Delcorpo topped the ladies’ division, while Dylan Letchworth topped the juniors’. In the winner-takes-all second chance event, Ira Jenkins won $80 for his 7-4 victory over Odom. Michael Fuller earned $105 for first in the break contest, and in the break-and-run contest, the balls lined up just right for B.J. Ussery, who pocketed them all to pocket the $504 jackpot, which will reset at $50 per ball at the next event. This event’s raffle winner was Leo Kearney, whose ticket won him an $850 limited-edition Jacoby cue.
1st Sam Monday $1,000
2nd Delton Howard $425
3rd BJ Ussery $200
4th Michael Fuller $75