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