Charlie Bryant wins the Omega Tour Stop at Speed’s Billiards
The Omega Billiards Tour held their second stop of the year at Speed’s Billiards in Arlington, TX over Thanksgiving weekend. Their Inaugural stop was held in October. This is the first Tour in the Dallas-Fort Worth area metroplex and next year will be the first FULL season with six stops scheduled in 2013, including a $2,000-added Season Finale event. The first stop of the year will be a $1000-added event (plus prizes) on the weekend of January 19-20 at Rusty’s Billiards in Arlington.
Charlie “Hillbilly” Bryant defeated Tony Barrington in a double elimination final of the $1,000-added event that drew 64 entrants to Speed’s Billiards in Arlington, TX.
“Hillbilly” advanced to the hot seat where he met Barrington for the first time. Bryant missed a tough two-ball hill-hill against the tour’s first event winner, Coy Lee Nicholson. Nicholson was on his way to the hotseat but a brutal miss on a 4-5 combo allowed HillBilly back to the table for the runout. Barrington was busy sending Mike Voelkering west 8-3. Bryant then defeated Barrington 9-4 in the hotseat and waited for the finals.
Nicholson and Voelkering got right back to work in the left bracket. Nicholson met up with Tony Sulsar, who’d defeated Robert Clark 8-4, and Crispian Ng 8-3. Voelkering drew Steve Sheppard, who’d survived a double hill match versus Brian Anderson and defeated Greg Sandifer 7-5. Nicholson eliminated Sulsar 8-5, and in the quarterfinals, faced Voelkering, who’d dropped Sheppard into the fifth place tie 7-4.
Nicholson edged closer to a second straight tour victory with an 8-4 win over Voelkering. Barrington, though, ended that bid with an 8-6 semifinal win that gave him a second shot at Bryant.
Barrington took the opening set of the true double elimination final pretty squarely at 8-5. Bryant though came back in the second set to win it 9-3 and secure the event title.
Tournament Director Melinda Bailey thanked the ownership and staff at Speed’s Billiards for their hospitality and reiterated her appreciation for tour sponsor Omega Billiards Supply, especially Michael Hoang. We wouldn’t be here without them,” she said. She also thanked the other sponsors: Omega Billiards Supply, ACME Cases, Lucasi Cues, AZBilliards.com, BilliardsPress.com, CSI – CueSports International, BCAPL, Irving Ink and Thread, OB Cues and Speed’s Billiards.
Tourney payouts and results:
1st Charlie Bryant $750.00
2nd Tony Barrington $450.00
3rd Coy Lee Nicholson $300.00
4th Mike Voelkering $220.00
5th/6th Steve Sheppard and Tony Sulsar $175.00
7th/8th Crispian Ng and Greg Sandifur $145.00
9th-12 Charlie Smith, Brian Anderson, Joseph Olivarez, Robert Clark $90.00
13th-16th Doug Winnett, David Favor, Benny Scott, Angelo Barrio $50.00