Newton Nabs Jacoby Victory
Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour / Wilmington, NC
by Lea Andrews
Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour newcomer John Newton suffered a late loss to tour top dog B.J. Ussery at the August 14-15 stop, which was held at Break Time Billiards in Wilmington, NC, but it didn’t slow him down long. Newton rebounded, coming back in the finals of the $1,000-added event to earn his first Jacoby victory in his first appearance.Newton met up with Ussery in the hot seat match after sending Hindu Williams west 7-5. Ussery, who’d had his own 7-5 win over Jarvis Miller, handled Newton easily in their first encounter, delivering him to the semifinals 7-2.
On the one-loss side, Jeremy Snyder faced Williams after ousting junior player Gabe Grissom 7-3, but he wasn’t able to notch a single game against Williams and landed in fifth. Meanwhile, Milton Smith took care of Joe Nichols 7-3 only to have Miller flip the score over on him, and he settled in fifth, as well. In the quarterfinals, Jarvis held Williams to four games to earn the right to meet Newton in the semifinals, but there, he managed only four games himself, allowing Newton a rematch with Ussery in the finals.
The single race-to-11 final match started off conservatively—together, Newton and Ussery played 17 safeties in the first rack. It was Ussery who finally hit the string, but it was his only lead in the set. Newton notched five straight and then stretched his lead to 9-4. Though Ussery battled back at that point, marking up four in a row to get within one at 9-8, Newton had his eye on his goal and didn’t let anything get in the way, taking the next two racks to announce his presence on the tour with an 11-8 victory.
In Friday’s early bird tournament, Hindu Williams earned $130 for his 7-5 victory in the finals over B.J. Ussery, who earned $75, while Terry Faulk took home $35 for third. The finals of the juniors’ division was a best of three, race-to-five format, and Gabe Grissom emerged the victor over Ian Thackrah 5-1 and 5-1, pocketing $40. Falon Farleigh topped the ladies’ division, and Lupe Fernandez earned $80 when he topped the second chance event with a 7-5 victory in the finals over Tim “TBO” Johnson. Lynn Aycock was the final winner of the weekend—he went home with a $600 limited edition Jacoby cue after his ticket was drawn in the raffle.
1st John Newton $1,000
2nd BJ Ussery $400