Grossman Crowned Florida State 10-Ball Champion
Florida State 10-Ball Championships / Tallahassee, FL
Dave “Doggin” Grossman scored the Florida State 10-Ball Championships title over Donny Mills the weekend of December 1-2. Zingales Billiards in Tallahassee, FL, hosted the $4,000-added event, which drew 43 players.
Grossman made his way to the hot seat match, where he matched up against road man Chris Bartram. It looked like it was going to be a stroll in the park for Bartram as he moved swiftly to lead 8-5. Grossman had other ideas, though, as he ground out five racks in a row to capture the hot seat.
Mills made his way through the one-loss side with a 8-2 win over Jason Richko, followed by a 8-3 win over James Roberts to set up a semifinal revenge match with Bartram, who had earlier dispatched Mills 9-4. Mills avenged this loss with a hard-fought 8-7 win over Bartram to give himself a shot at Grossman.
The Poison Tour has a sudden death format, which meant Mills had to defeat Grossman in the first race to 9 to force a one-rack shootout. Both players were nervous with the Florida State title and $2,000 for first place up for grabs. Grossman managed his nerves a little better, even after a miss on a simple 10 ball, and won the match 9-7 after running a nervy final rack.
There was also a $1,000-added second chance event to give the traveling players that extra chance of making some money. James Davis Jr. from Texas managed to take first place down with two wins over Nick Applebee.
1st Dave Grossman $2,000
2nd Donnie Mills $1,200
3rd Chris Bartram $800
4th James Roberts $600
5th Jason Richko $350
7th Ke Wu $200
9th Ronnie Wiseman $100