Nicholson Captures Inaugural Omega Billiard Stop
Omega Billiards Tour / Fort Worth, TX
Coy Lee Nicholson ended an eight-match winning streak by Jeremy “Double J” Jones, defeating him in the second set of the true double-elimination final match hill-hill to win the first event of the newly formed Omega Billiards Tour. Held the weekend of October 6-7 at Rusty’s Billiards in Fort Worth, TX, the $1,000-added inaugural event was limited to 64 players and was full two weeks before the event.
The Omega Billiards Tour is the first major tour in the Dallas / Fort Worth area and is handicapped to accommodate all levels of players. The brainchild of Melinda Bailey and Michael Hoang of Omega Billiards Supply, the tour will have two stops this year and is planning six stops and a season finale in 2013.
With Jones already at work on the one-loss side, Nicholson advanced to the winners’ side final four, where he met up with Crispian Ng and sent him to the one loss side 8-4. Daniel Herring squared off against Benny Scott and won 7-5 to meet Nicholson in the hot seat. Nicholson handled Herring with an 8-5 victory.
Ng and Scott placed a respectable fifth place. Jones won his next two matches against Erman Bullard in the quarterfinals and then Herring in the semifinals, both by the score of 9-5.
Jones won the opening set of the true double-elimination final 9-5. Nicholson battled better in the second set and won hill-hill to secure the event title and first-place prize.
Susan Raymond won first place in the separate $100-added ladies’ event, which drew 12 ladies. Raymond took home $180, while Orietta Strickland placed second and won $140. Melinda Bailey placed third and won $60, with Cindy Vansickle capturing fourth and $20.
1st Coy Lee Nicholson $750
2nd Jeremy Jones $450
3rd Daniel Herring $300
4th Erman Bullard $220
5th Benny Scott $175
7th Joey Barnes $145
9th Doug Winnett $90
13th Steve Game $50