Bryant and Garland Tops in Port Arthur Billiards Event
Lone Star Billiards Tour / Port Arthur, TX
“Slim but mighty” describes the field of 35 who converged on Crazy 8’s Family Pool Hall in Port Arthur, TX, the weekend of October 16-17. Of the top players in attendance, Charlie Bryant took top honors in the $1,000-added open division, while Teresa Garland won the $350-added ladies’ event.
Saturday’s action elicited high live-stream numbers while players fought to get in the money. Ernesto Bayaua, Billy Boo, Ryan Ellis, and Tony Nguyen remained active Sunday, while T.J Davis, Shane Harvey, Bryant, and John Newsome battled on the winners’ side. Harvey and Newsome were sent west while Bryant secured the winners’ side over Davis. Bayaua lost his first match of the event 9-7 to Nguyen but then defeated Chuck Pham 7-2, Kim White 7-6, Boo 7-1, Harvey 7-4, Newsome 7-5, and Davis 7-4. But he was stopped just short of the goal line by Bryant in the finals.
The ladies’ event made for an exciting Sunday when Garland played for the hot seat against Stacy Decker and Marie Chhuon battled April Henley on the west side. Garland defeated Decker 7-2 and Chhuon eliminated Henley 5-1. Chhuon lost her first-round match to Decker but ousted her the second time around. This pitted Chhuon versus Garland in the finals, and it was intense. The first set of the true double-elimination match went to Chhuon 7-6, but Garland fought hard and defeated Chhuon the second set 5-1for her first big tournament win.
1st Charlie Bryant $590
2nd Ernesto Bayaua $424
3rd T.J. Davis $250
4th John Newsome $170
5th Ryan Ellis $85
7th Tony Nguyen $43
1st Teresa Garland $230
2nd Marie Chhuon $150
3rd Stacy Decker $100
4th April Henley $50