Seminole Pro Tour / Palm Harbor, FL
The Seminole Pro Tour’s penultimate billiards event this season kicked off this weekend at Strokers Billiards in Palm Harbor, FL. A total of 51 players came out to vie for their share of the $7,000-added prize purse, with only 16 returning for Sunday’s matches.
A couple of surprises showed up for play Saturday, notably the husband-and-wife pair of George “The Flamethrower” Breedlove and Jeanette Lee. Breedlove, a former Camel Pro Tour member, was defeated in the first round by Columbia’s Dario Woodside 7-5 and went west. Meanwhile, Lee had a bye in the first round and then went on to face Woodside in the second, besting him 7-3 and avenging Breedlove.
Over on the left side of the bracket, Breedlove was faced with Gabe Owen, who had suffered a first-round loss to Chris Gentile 7-5. Determined to move on, Owen whitewashed Breedlove 7-0. Lee lost her third-round match to Louis Altes 7-5 but is still alive after a 7-4 defeat over Robb Saez. Lee will return Sunday as the highest-finishing woman on the tour to date.
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Saez did in fact have a difficult day. A first-round win over John Foster 7-4 set him up against Rodney Morris, who sent him left after a close 7-5 match. There Saez faced Hunter Lombardo, who reached a 6-2 lead over him before he turned the tables and won the match 7-6. In the next round he played Rocky McElroy, and when the match was double-hill, Saez scratched on the 9 ball. By a fluke, McElroy dropped the 10 ball but also scratched, moving Saez on to face Lee.
Corey Deuel is one of eight players who will return Sunday undefeated. His first match of the day will be against Jesse Ingall. Steve Foster and Louis Altes will match up, as will Jake Jacobsen and Ronnie Park. The fourth match on the winners’ side will be between Rodney Morris and Tony Crosby.
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