Seminole Pro Tour / Palm Harbor, FL
“Rocket” Rodney Morris, who won the Seminole Pro Tour’s Memorial Day weekend stop in Hollywood, CA, took another title with his October 10 victory at Strokers Billiards in Palm Harbor, FL. The tour’s penultimate stop brought out a field of 51 to vie for the hefty $7,000-added prize purse.
Morris went undefeated through the field but had a tough run to make it to the finals. He defeated players such as Robb Saez 7-5, Josh Burbel 7-0, Tony Crosby 7-6, and Jake Jacobsen 8-2 to reach the hot seat match. There he faced off against Corey Deuel, his opponent in the finals of the Hollywood event. Deuel had previously dispatched ACUI champion Raymond Linares 7-3, Travis Croft 7-6, Han Berber 7-4, Jesse Ingall 8-2, and Steve Foster 7-1. Against Morris he put up a good fight, but he was ultimately sent to the west side of the chart 8-6.
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Making his move on the one-loss side, though, was Justin Hall, who won his first-round match against Jerry Calderon 7-4 but lost his second to Donny Mills 7-3. Undeterred, Hall began the long trudge through the left side, eliminating Linares 7-5, Tommy Kennedy 7-6, David Roth 7-1, Jeanette Lee 8-2, Ronnie Park 8-6, Gabe Owen 8-3, and Steve Foster 8-1.
This put Hall in the quarterfinals against Mills, who had dealt him his first loss. He wreaked his revenge in fine style, eliminating Mills 8-3 to face Deuel in the semifinals. Apparently spent, Deuel only won one rack for every two Hall won, and the match ended with Hall advancing to the finals 8-4. The Cinderella story ended there, though, as Morris took his second Seminole Pro Tour title of the season 9-6.
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