Walk in the Park for Deweese
Poison Tour / Orange Park, FL
Local Matt Deweese proved to be too strong for the field that gathered for the May 19-20 stop on the Poison Tour, winning the title over Don Griffin. Park Avenue Billiards in Orange Park, FL, attracted 26 players.
Deweese made his way to the finals with wins over Matt Wilson 7-6, Cal McGann 7-4, Jason Wells 7-0, and Dave Pencar 7-1. A 7-0 whitewashing of Griffin then gave him the hot seat.
After a second-round loss to Deweese, Cal McGann went on to oust Luke Collins 5-1, Dave Ross 5-1, Mike Delawder 5-1, Bobby Garza 5-4, Dave Pencar 5-1, and then Jason Bowen 5-0 to set up a semifinal match with Griffin. With a place in the final at stake, both players made the most of their chances. The match went all the way, with Don Griffin eventually coming out a 5-4 winner.
The final match proved to be close call, with both players trading racks early on. Deweese eventually ended up taking it down with a strong 7-5 win.
The 10-ball event drew 21 players with another hometown player, Dave Grossman, proving to be too strong, as he made his way to the hot seat match with wins over Ramel Brown 7-4, Warren Sandifer 7-6, Griffin 7-3, and Tom Mittnight 7-6. A 7-3 victory over Tony Crosby earned him the hot seat.
After taking a 7-3 loss to Crosby, Stoney Stone went on to defeat Brown 6-5, Bowen 6-4, Deweese 6-3, Mittnight, and then Crosby 6-4. Grossman was not feeling well at that point and, as the time was approaching 1 a.m., both players agreed to split first place.
1st Matt Deweese $600
2nd Don Griffin $400
3rd Cal McGann $300
4th Jason Bowen $200
5th Dave Pencar $100
1st Dave Grossman $500
2nd Stoney Stone $500
3rd Tony Crosby $300
4th Tom Mittnight $100
5th George Mclanahan $75