Bryant Makes Mark on Lone Star Billiards Tour
Lone Star Billiards Tour / Houston, TX
Charlie “Hillbilly” Bryant won his first Lone Star Billiards Tour event of 2010, defeating David Parker in the finals for the title. The tournament drew 57 players to battle for over $5,000 in prize money at Slick Willie’s in Houston, TX, which hosted the tour’s first ever men’s and ladies’ 9-ball open event.
Tour favorites on the open side included Bryant, James Davis Jr., Sylver Ochoa, Andy Jethwa, David Parker, and Doug Young. All of these accomplished players made it to the final twelve Sunday. Ochoa bested Jethwa 9-4, Bryant defeated Davis 9-3, and Parker served it up cold to Danny Tam 9-8. Fontenot and Bryant emerged as hot seat opponents, but it was Bryant who found himself in all too familiar territory once again.Fontenot patiently waited for the west side to play out. After Parker and Ochoa took a hit on the winners’ side, they met up with Jethwa and Tam, respectively. Parker bested Jethwa 7-3, while Ochoa slid by Tam 7-6. Again it was Parker who advanced two more rounds after he ousted Ochoa, then Fontenot, who finished a respectable third. Parker faced Bryant in the final match. Bryant commanded the set early on, while Parker struggled to gain ground. Though Parker wowed spectators with his dramatic shot-making, it proved no match for Bryant.
On the ladies’ side, it was tour regular Ricky Casper who finished the event undefeated to capture her very first tour title. Belinda Lee put up a great fight but was bested by Casper 7-6 in the final match. Texas State Open champion Kyu Yi finished third and also finished thirteenth in the open division, while tour rookie Geraldine Guinto took home fourth.Open Results:
1st Charlie Bryant $800
2nd David Parker $500
3rd Derek Fontenot $300
4th Sylver Ochoa $330
5th Andy Jethwa $225
7th Sonny Bosshamer $150
9th Danny Lee $100
James Davis Jr.
1st Ricky Casper $200
2nd Belinda Lee $110
3rd Kyu Yi $70
4th Kimmy Nguyen $55
5th-6th $35 ea. Heather Bryant, Teresa Garland
7th-8th Laura Hsu, Loretta Lindgren
9th-12th Michelle Prince, Geraldine Guinto