Seminole Gem City Underway in Atlanta
Seminole Pro Tour / Gem City Open / Marietta, GA
The Seminole Pro Tour Gem City Open kicked off July 9, with a full field of 64 fine players vying for their share of the $20,000 pot. The $11,500-added event is being hosted by the Marietta Billiard Club in Marietta, GA, through July 11.
Many of the tour’s regular players are attending and still alive after the first round, while there are some new faces as well at the tour’s first trip to Hotlanta. Room owner and BCA Hall of Fame member Johnny Archer won his first match smartly against Jerry Grooms 9-5 and will next play Rocky McElroy, who just defeated Bill Dunsmore 9-4. Previous stop winner Donny Mills scored an easy 9-2 win over his first opponent, Eddie Little. Corey Deuel had no problems in his first match, besting Cleiton Rocha 9-2 and going on to face James Roberts, who dealt Tommy Najar a 9-0 donut, next. Stevie Moore handled Ronnie Park easily 9-1, and his next opponent will be Helena Thornfeldt, who earlier defeated Joey Aguzin 9-4. Of the handful of women who joined the men this weekend, Thornfeldt and Allison Fisher, who defeated John DiToro 9-3, are the only ones who survived the first round undefeated.
However, there are some early upsets. “Rocket” Rodney Morris was sent to the one-loss side after a nail-biting hill-hill match with John Visotsky 9-8, and he will next face another tour favorite, Mike Davis, who suffered a loss to Paul Song 9-6.
View the Gem City tournament brackets (updated frequently)
Shaun Wilkie, who recently was runner-up at the Maryland State 14.1 Championships and then topped that off with a Mezz Pro-Am Tour victory, is visiting from the East Coast, as is Mike Dechaine. Wilkie won his first-round match over Hunter Lombardo 9-7, while Dechaine defeated Louie Smith 9-7. Sylver Ochoa is visiting from Texas, winning his first match against Amy Chen 9-2.
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