Jethwa, Lindgren, and Pierce Take Home the Cash
Lone Star Billiards Tour / Houston, TX
A field of 57 billiards players gathered at Houston’s Sports Bar in Houston, TX, the weekend of July 9-10 for the $1,200-added Lone Star 9-Ball Open/Amateur billiard event. Local champions Mike Alonzo, Andy Jethwa, Sylver Ochoa, Waco’s own Doug Young, and amateur division players J.J. Manley, Chuck Coignard, Steve Lindgren, Damion Manning, Steve Braswell and numerous others competed in the one-day amateur, two-day open, and ladies’ divisions.
In the open division, Eric Renteria, William “Yoko” Joe, Leroy “Bull” Hawkins, and Jason Pearce all lost their bid for the winners’ side final four, which yielded Jethwa versus Alonzo and Ochoa against Young. Both Jethwa and Young defeated their opponents by the score of 9-4. As ferocious as Young played to get there, Jethwa stole his thunder and stopped him cold 9-2. On the west side, Ochoa made quick work of Joe 7-1 and Pearce fell to Alonzo 7-2. Ochoa went on to eliminate Alonzo 7-5 and dealt Young some payback 7-6. In the true double-elimination format, Ochoa came on strong the first set 9-1. In overtime, it was a different story. Jethwa was determined not to let this one get away, and he didn’t. By a score of 7-4, he captured his third Lone Star title win.
The amateurs’ side final four pitted Steve Lindgren versus Steve Braswell and J.J. Manley against Darryl Amos, while the one-loss side matched Ron Robleski versus Robert Hitchcock and Mike Moody against Abel Lara. When the smoke cleared on the east side, it was Lindgren over Braswell 4-1 and Manley over Amos 4-3, which paired Lindgren and Manley for the hot seat. On the one-loss side, Lara advanced past Braswell, Amos, and Manley but was stopped short by Lindgren in the second set of the true double-elimination final.
The $200-added ladies division drew 10 players and included Bastrop’s Kim Pierce and locals Robyn Petrosino, Tiffany Boysen, and Angela Martinez. East side action in the ladies’ event saw Petrosino defeat Pierce 7-2 and Angela Martinez best Natalie Smith. It was Martinez over Petrosino for the hot seat, while Pierce fought her way back with wins over Diana Cardona 5-2, Natalie Smith 5-2, and finally Petrosino 5-1 to meet Martinez. The first set went to Pierce 7-5. The second set was tied at 4-4 when Martinez missed the 4 ball in the side, costing her the set.
1st Andy Jethwa $530
2nd Sylver Ochoa $330
3rd Doug Young $200
4th Mike Alonzo $100
5th William Joe $70
1st Steve Lindgren $250
2nd Abel Lara $165
3rd J.J. Manley $100
4th Steve Braswell $50
1st Kim Pierce $200
2nd Angela Martinez $120
3rd Robyn Petrosino $80