Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour / Fuquay-Varina, NC
by Lea Andrews
Keith Bennett dominated the Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour last season, and though he shared the spotlight with some of the Carolinas’ other heavy hitters throughout this season, all eyes were back on him at the October 2-3 finale. The site of Bennett’s third victory of the year was On The Snap Billiards in Fuquay-Varina, NC, where a talented field gathered for the $1,000-added event.
Bennett forced his way into the hot seat match with a shutout win over B.J. Ussery, who topped four events this season. Two other past winners, Michael “Bulldawg” Fuller and Sam Monday, battled for the other spot, and it went to Fuller 7-5. Against Bennett, though, Fuller marked up just five games himself, and he moved over to the semifinals.
On the left side of the bracket, Cary Dunn got past Delton Howard 7-4 but then fell 7-4 to Ussery, landing in fifth. Meanwhile, Chris Turner suffered the same fate, ousting Peaches Fuller 7-4 only to run into Monday, who held him to two games. In the quarterfinal match, Monday took care of Ussery 7-4 to advance to a semifinal rematch with Fuller, but in a replay of their earlier match, Monday finished in third 7-5.
The single race-to-11 final match began evenly enough, with Fuller tying the score at one and three apiece. But after that, it was all Bennett, who notched up the final eight racks to earn his victory 11-3.
The weekend’s other winners were Solomon Pope, who took home $80 for his 7-2 win over Oliver Smith in the finals of the early bird tournament, and Cary Dunn, whose 9-3 win over Smith in the finals of the second chance event earned him $40. Dunn pocketed another $20 for topping the break contest, and Charlie Crowper went home with a $600 Limited Edition Jacoby Cue after his ticket was drawn in the raffle. BJ Ussery got a chance to line his pockets a little when his ticket was pulled for the break and run contest, which had grown to $114 per ball made after the break. Ussery’s pocketed a ball on the break, and after making the 1 ball and and a 2-7 combination, found himself straight in on the 2 ball. He made it, but was hooked on the 3 ball, ending his run at $342. The break and run pot will go to $94 per ball at the season opener in November.
1st Keith Bennett $1,000
2nd Michael Fuller $450
3rd Sam Monday $100