Troisi and Kennedy Lay Down the Hammer
KF Cue Tour / Holiday, FL
Jerry Troisi and Tommy Kennedy took home the gold at the April 24-25 stop of the KF Cue Tour. Hosted by Hammerheads Billiards Lounge in Holiday, FL, the stop drew in 38 players for the open and amateur divisions, which both featured $1,000-added prize funds.
Troisi showed his skills and looked strong as he made his way to the hot seat match with wins over George Saunders 7-5, Bill Delisle 7-3, Floyd Reasons 7-3, and Wesley White 7-6. Troisi had to play Glen Olson, who also was looking good on the day with wins over Dave Adams 7-1, Jay Beckingham 7-4, Bill Dunsmore 7-4, and Jose Del Rio 7-4. This match looked like it would go to the wire, but Troisi had other ideas and came out a 7-4 winner to take the hot seat.
The one-loss side saw Del Rio best Reasons 5-4 and then White 5-2 to set up a semifinal rematch with Olson, who took it 5-4 to leave Del Rio in third place. In the finals, Olson was slow out of the gates and Troisi made him pay, leading this match all the way to come out an 8-5 winner and take his second KF Cue title of the season.
Sunday kicked off with last stop winner Tommy Kennedy and Mike Davis both proving that they are the men to beat on tour, as they made their way to the hot seat match for the second event in a row. Kennedy’s route to the finals was achieved with wins over Han Berber 7-2, Stephanie Mitchell 7-0, Alex Pemberton 7-1, and Justin Hall 7-5. Davis made his way there with wins over Jerry Troisi 7-3, Glen Olson 7-5, Jose Del Rio 7-2, and then a 7-5 win over Joe Scarborough. Davis earned the hot seat with a 7-4 victory over Kennedy.
Josh Degler and Tony Crosby were on a collision course on the west side. Each had lost his first match of the day and then won seven matches in a row to face each other in the quarterfinals. At hill-hill, Degler moved past Crosby to Kennedy, who subsequently took out Degler 6-3 to set up a repeat final from last week’s event. Davis looked strong early in the finals, but Kennedy proved himself yet again in the end, taking the final match 9-7.
1st Jerry Troisi $550
2nd Glen Olson $400
3rd Jose Del Rio $300
4th Wesley White $200
5th Floyd Reasons $130
7th George Saunders $80
Jimmy B. Dean
9th Lincoln Seiffert $60