Strickland Sweeps Jacoby Billiards Event
Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour / Fuquay Varina, NC
Earl Strickland snapped off the January 8-9 installment of the Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour, besting Michael Fuller in the finals to take the $1,000 first-place prize. The event was hosted by On The Snap Billiards in Fuquay Varina, NC.
On the winners’ side, Fuller was on a headlong course to collide with Strickland as he defeated Chris Vollmar 8-4 in the final four. After Strickland bested Sidney Champion 8-5, the two met in the hot seat match. There it was all Strickland, as he sent Fuller to the west side with an 8-4 victory.
Champion rebounded on the left side to whitewash Chase Campbell 8-0 but fell soon thereafter to B.J. Ussery 8-4 in the quarterfinals. Before that Ussery had eliminated Vollmar 8-3 to tie with Campbell for fifth place. But Ussery was edged aside in the semifinal match by Fuller in a double-hill match that saw Fuller head to the finals for a rematch with Strickland.
In the extended single race to 11, Strickland won the lag, broke, and ran out. Fuller managed to take a 2-1 lead after getting ball in hand in the third rack, but he scratched on the following break, allowing Strickland to clear the table. Strickland then put together a three-pack and won the next game as well to make it 6-2. At that point he scratched, and Fuller ran out to win another game. It was his last, though—Strickland won the next five racks in a row to win the title 11-3.
1st Earl Strickland $1,000
2nd Mike Fuller $400