“Bulldawg” Blasts Jacoby Field
Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour / Raleigh, NC
by Lea Andrews
One of the Southeast’s most dominant forces, Michael “Bulldawg” Fuller added another notch to his belt when he went undefeated through the March 27-28 Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour stop. The $1,000-added event drew a talented field to Babineau’s Billiards in Raleigh, NC.
A 7-5 win over Brad Shearer put Fuller into the hot seat match against Chris Turner, who’d just sent Johnny Griffin west 7-5. Turner found himself on the flip side of another 7-5 match, and he moved to the other side to vie for a rematch.
On the left side of the bracket, two tour hotshots were fighting for the right to go on. Recent winner B.J. Ussery, who’d taken a first-round loss to Shearer, earned the right to continue by holding Sam Monday to three games. Meanwhile, another former winner, Arnold Hamlet, ousted Keith Crawford 7-4 to meet up with Griffin. A 7-4 victory put Griffin into the quarterfinals against Ussery, who’d earned his revenge on Shearer 7-6. Ussery’s 7-5 win over Griffin pushed him into the semifinals, and after edging out Turner 7-6, Ussery moved on to the single race-to-11 final match against Fuller.Ussery broke the first rack but missed his first shot after the break, allowing Fuller to clean up and mark up the first game, and though Ussery managed to take the next rack, Fuller notched four in a row to take the lead 5-1. Ussery fought back, managing to get within two at 6-4, but Fuller finished strong to take his first Jacoby win this season 11-4.
1st Michael Fuller $1,000
2nd BJ Ussery $400
3rd Chris Turner $100