Stemen Sweeps 7-Ball Event
NGB Amateur Billiards Tour / Atlanta, GA
by Mike Bidwell
Jason Stemen came back through the one-loss side of the chart to win the NGB Amateur Billiards Tour’s 7-ball event. Held February 6 at Mr. Cues II in Atlanta, GA, the tournament drew a full 64-player field.
At the end of a long, grueling day, Stemen worked his way through the B-side to face an undefeated Paul Song in the final match. In match one of the two-match series, Stemen and Song went back and forth, exchanging wins in the alternating-break format. Stemen persevered, winning the hill-hill match to continue on to the final set.
Both players were close to flawless through the first half of the second set. Stemen finally made an unforced error that Song jumped on, winning the next three racks and arriving first on the hill. Stemen came back to win the next two racks to join Song on the hill. Stemen had the break in the last rack, and he calmly broke and ran out to win the tournament.
1st Jason Stemen $1000
2nd Paul Song $500
3rd Randy Jordan $400
4th Billy Tyler $175
5th Kris Diaz $50