Gutierrez Undefeated at Second Omega Billiards Tour Stop
Omega Billiard Tour / Richardson, TX
Over the past decade David Gutierrez has consistently been among the top five finishers in many of the events in which he’s participated. Gutierrez appeared to make up for some lost time the weekend of February 23-24 when he went undefeated to claim the event victory on the newly inaugurated Omega Billiard Tour’s second stop of its 2013 season. The $1,000-added event drew 64 entrants to The Billiard Den in Richardson, TX.
Gutierrez prevailed in two tough double-hill matches Saturday, and his path went a little smoother Sunday, concluding with a 27-7 record over his final three matches. In the first of those three, among the winners’ side final four, he defeated Amos Bush 9-1, as Coy Lee Nicholson was busy sending Douglas Pitts west 9-5 in the other winners’ side semifinal. In the next round Gutierrez sent Nicholson to the semifinals with a 9-3 win and waited in the hot seat.
Alberto Nieto made it back to the finals, but the more compelling loss-side story concerned Jeff Georges. Georges had been dispatched to the loss side by Nieto in the opening round of play and fought back through nine matches to meet Nieto a second time in the quarterfinals. With six wins behind him, Georges defeated Bobby Diggs and Steve Raynes, both 7-2, to pick up Bush. Nieto, sent to the west side by Bush from among the winners’ side final eight, got by Greg Sandifer and Brian Anderson to pick up Pitts.
The quarterfinal rematch between Georges and Nieto was set up with a double-hill win by Nieto over Pitts and a 7-2 victory by Georges over Bush. Nieto ended Georges’ impressive nine-win streak with a 6-3 victory and then downed Nicholson in the semifinals by the same score.
Gutierrez, in turn, ended Nieto’s five-match winning streak. He won the first of what could have been two sets 9-3 to claim the event title and stand in a Texas tour winning circle for the first time in a long while. In addition to the $560 first-place prize, Gutierrez’ victory earned him a Lucasi Hybrid Custom Cue valued at $380.
1st David Gutierrez $560
2nd Alberto Nieto $450
3rd Coy Lee Nicholson $300
4th Jeff Georges $200
5th Douglas Pitts $170
7th Brian Anderson $135
9th Greg Sandifer $90
13th Gordy Vanderveer $50