Delawder and Davis Earn Second KF Cues Tour Wins
KF Cues Tour / Palm Harbor, FL
by Lea Andrews
Mike Delawder and Mike Davis each arrived at Strokers in Palm Harbor, FL, the weekend of November 7-8 with one KF Cues Tour win under his belt this season, and each left with one more. Delawder topped the $1,000-added amateur event, which drew 52 players Saturday and Sunday, while Davis made a move through the left side of Sunday’s $1,000-added open event, which drew 43.
On Saturday evening, the final four winners of the amateur event battled it out for the right to play the hot seat match Sunday morning. Eddie Wheat earned his spot with a 7-4 win over Bill Stoll, while Delawder earned his by easing past Jason Bowen 7-1. On the one-loss side, Mark Wathen got by Dennis Long 5-4 and Wesley White 5-3 to meet Stoll, while Marc Shenandoah moved through Justin McNulty 5-4 and Mike Champagne 5-1 to face Bowen. In the final matches of the evening, Wathen and Bowen got their tickets to play on Sunday with a 5-2 win and a 5-3 win, respectively.
When Sunday’s play began, three of the final four players were present, and Delawder’s forfeit gave Wheat the hot seat. Better late than never, Delawder was there to play the semifinal match against Wathen, who’d held McNulty to three games. But Wathen managed only three games himself against Delawder, who went on to the single race-to-8 final match against Wheat. Delawder took control early and kept it, earning his second win 8-2.
In the open event, tournament director Tony Crosby faced John Morra, who’d sent Davis west earlier, and got by him 7-4 to play the hot seat match. Having spent Sunday afternoon playing the finals of one event, Wheat spent the rest of the day fighting to get to the finals of the other. After holding Richie Richeson to four games, Wheat held Crosby to five to claim his spot. Meanwhile, Davis was making his move to claim the other, backing up a shut-out win over Richard Broumpton with a 7-3 win over Justin Hall to face Richeson, who managed four games.
In the quarterfinals, Davis met up with Dan Lavoie, who’d gotten by Bobby Livrago 7-5, Mike Fieldhammer 7-6, and Morra 7-5. Davis’ 7-4 victory over Lavoie led to a 7-4 victory over Crosby to face Wheat in the finals in the early Monday hours. Because of the time, the normal race-to-9 final set was abbreviated to 7, and though Wheat didn’t fare any better in his second final set of the weekend, he’d done very well to get there. Davis cruised to his second KF Cues Tour win this season 7-1.Amateur Results:
1st Mike Delawder $650
2nd Eddie Wheat $450
3rd Mark Wathen $350
4th Marc Shenandoah $240
5th Jason Bowen $140
7th Wesley White $85
9th Justin McNulty $65