Strickland Sticks it Out for Jacoby Victory

Strickland Sticks it Out for Jacoby Victory
Jacoby Custom Cues Carolinas Tour / Mooresville, NC

by Lea Andrews

Five-time U.S. Open champion Earl Strickland has had more than his share of Jacoby Custom Cues Carolinas Tour wins, and he got another one the weekend of September 11-12. Though B.J. Ussery made him work for it, Strickland went undefeated through the field at the $1,000-added event, which was held at 150 n Out in Mooresville, NC.

Strickland has had more than his share of Jacoby Custom Cues Carolinas Tour wins

Strickland has had more than his share of Jacoby Custom Cues Carolinas Tour wins

After getting past Chris Turner 7-5, Strickland moved on to the hot seat match against Jeff Abernathy, who’d sent Ussery west 7-4. Abernathy managed just two games against Strickland, though, and he moved over to the semifinals.

On the left side of the bracket, Ron Park put John Burdick in seventh 7-4 to face Turner, while Lee Steelman did the same to Danny Owensby 7-5 to meet up with Ussery. Both Park and Steelman landed in fifth, though, as they fell 7-5 and 7-2, respectively. In the quarterfinal match, Ussery ousted Turner 7-4 to advance to a semifinal rematch with Abernathy, and he eked out his revenge 7-5.

Strickland won the first game of the single race-to-11 final match, but it was his only lead until much later. Up 9-7, Ussery broke and ran to the 7 ball, but when he left it hanging, Strickland made it 9-8, and two consecutive break and runs gave him the lead 10-9. Strickland’s fumble on the 2 ball allowed Ussery to make it hill-hill with a 3-9 combination in the next rack, but when he missed the 3 ball in the final rack, Strickland pocketed what was left to earn his win 11-10.

Results:

1st Earl Strickland $1,000
2nd B.J. Ussery $375
3rd Jeff Abernathy $75

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