Day One in New Iberia
New Iberia, Louisiana – Day 1 of the Poison Dragon Promotions Pro Classic is done with the top names left on the winners side. Rodney Morris, Shane Van Boening, Johnny Archer and Charlie Williams are the four names that will face off today at Emerald Billiards in the 9-Ball pro open division. The events are in conjunction with the Ozone Billiards US Amateur Open.
The event started off on Wednesday night with a APA Team Up with a Pro Night. APA Acadiana and Emerald Billiards made this special event possible where fans joined a pro captain for some scotch doubles team 9-Ball. The event was streamed on Poolactiontv and had Team Shawn Putnam defeat Team Charlie Williams in the finals. The event was sponsored by Poison Cues by The Predator Group which supplied all the entrants with Poison products and the overall winner with a new Poison Cue.
“The fans watching online really enjoyed watching the amateurs play with the pro captain teaching and helping them shoot. It was educational and fun to watch”, said Ray Hansen, owner of Pool Action TV. The live stream for the entire event will be available throughout the weekend.
Thursday the hard action started with no early round upsets. Local favorite Jimmy Majors defeated ladies pro newcomer Erica Eunji Park of Korea 9-4 while Brandon Shuff handed Japan’slovely Kaori Ebe a 9-3 loss. The biggest upset of the day came with rising amateur star Tommy Najar defeating tour veteran Shawn Putnam. Najar almost pulled off back to back upsets with Rodney Morris edging him out 9-8.
Charlie Williams defeated former junior champion Josh Newman 9-5 which set up a marquee match with recent Philippines Open Champion Thorsten Hohmann. Hohmann made a few uncharacteristic errors which Williams capitalized on each time that ended in a 9-4 win for the Korean Dragon. Johnny Archer faced a tough Brandon Shuff and though Shuff kept it tight at the beginning, Archer pulled away in the middle for a 9-5 win. Shane Van Boening is keeping his hot streak alive with a 9-0 shutout in his first match and then a 9-3 trouncing of Jimmy Majors.
Today’s winner’s side final four matchups will be Williams vs Van Boening and Morris vs Archer. Putnam and Hohmann are still alive on the loser’s side.
Brackets can be followed online at Tournament Brackets