Davis and Whit Win Dallas Billiard Event
Lone Star Billiards Tour / Dallas, TX
The Lone Star Billiards Tour visited Hawley’s Billiards in Dallas, TX, the weekend of October 13-14 for its $1,000-added stop. The tour pulled in 57 players that filled two 32-player brackets for the open and amateur divisions, as well as 8 ladies. T. J. Davis, Mark Whit, and Orietta Strickland all walked away winners in their respective events.
The open 9-ball winners’ bracket saw Dallas’ T. J. Davis defeat Robert Clark 9-6, as Al Mason passed Walt Anderson 9-2. It was a classic Davis versus Mason hot seat match for the Dallas pool fans. Mason pulled ahead 4-1, but Davis capitulated in the sixth rack when he kicked in a 4 ball then took off to secure a 9-6 win.
Chris “Woody” Smith made his way through the one-loss side, eliminating Walter Hawley and Somner, until he met up with Crispian Ng, who ended his run 7-4. Clark overcame Ng 7-3 to meet a streaking Emerson, who took out Clark 7-6, then Mason, 7-3, for a total of seven consecutive matches to reach Davis in the final. Davis defeated Emerson 9-6, going undefeated in the star-studded Lone Star Open division.
In the amateur division, Mark Whit defeated Joseph Pruiett 7-3, while Eric Renteria ousted Ng 7-5. Whit then eked out a hill-hill hot seat win over Renteria 7-6.
On the one-loss side, Doug Pitts won an astounding eight consecutive matches after a first-round loss to Tovar to meet Whit in the finals. The first set went to Pitts 7-6. In the final race to 5, both players ground it out till the very end. At 2-2, Pitts won two more games, which placed him on the hill first. Whit responded with three straight racks, winning the final set and his first Lone Star Tour title.
In the ladies’ 9-ball division, Orietta Strickland secured wins over Trisha Abadilla 7-0, Monica Anderson 7-4, and finally Courtney Molina for the hot seat 7-0. After a second-round loss to Molina, Cindy Cole came back to face Amber Stone, who was making a play of her own. Cole took a 4-1 lead but failed to close, and Stone took 5-4. Molina bested Stone but fell to Strickland in the final 7-3.
1st T. J. Davis $470
2nd Barry Emerson $300
3rd Al Mason $220
4th Robert Clark $110
5th Walt Anderson $65
7th Chris Smith $35
1st Mark Whit $400
2nd Doug Pitts $290
3rd Eric Renteria $200
4th Chris Smith $100
5th Crispian Ng $50
7th Coner Chinan $25
1st Orietta Strickland $100
2nd Courtney Molina $75
3rd Amber Stone $25