Thomas and Lee Capture Lone Star Billiard Titles
Lone Star Billiards Tour / Houston, TX
Houston player Brent Thomas fought his way through a 41-player field of top contenders in order to capture his first Lone Star Billiards Tour title, claiming the open 9-ball division. Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar in Houston, TX, hosted another fine event, with a total of 61 players in attendance and a $1,000-added prize purse.
In town for his upcoming nuptials, Swiss pro Marco Tsudi, along with cohorts Patrick Werren, Oliver Heeb, and Jonny Stojanovic, amplified an already intense field. Thomas’ impressive run yielded six consecutive wins with exceptional victories over Tschudi 9-7, and Joey Torres 9-6. Euro Tour player Werren made his play for the hot seat as well, with wins over Bob Guzik 9-8, and Blaine Barcus 9-8. After a 9-2 loss at the hands of Barcus, Killeen’s Eric Brown tore through the one-loss side, eliminating Brian Rosenbaum 7-3, Victoria’s Durango Duran 7-6, Torres 7-6, and Tsudi 7-6.
On the east side, Thomas and Werren faced off for the hot seat. A seasoned Thomas continued his steady stream of play, which proved too much for the 19-year-old Swiss phenom. Thomas secured the hot seat 9-3, and Brown made quick work of Werren on the one-loss side 7-1. Thomas found a formidable counterpart in Brown. As Thomas struggled with a few unforced errors, Brown’s momentum increased, as he drove it home 9-5. In the second set Thomas found his footing and came out firing, taking an early 5-2 lead. Brown continued to lose contention, as his answers came all too late. A confident Thomas pulled out of sight to end the match 7-4.
Danny Lee took the 56-player amateur 9-ball division by storm with wins over Eric Hsu 7-4, Daniel Johnson 7-3, and Raul Escobedo 7-3. Eric Brown, the open division runner-up, showed true resolve and stamina as he blazed a trail through Mark Fusina 7-4, Lance Sullivan 7-5, and finally Victor Rojas 7-6 to reach Lee and his second hot seat match.
In the wake of their destruction, it was Sullivan who emerged on the west side, winning four consecutive matches to face Victoria’s Alex Cardenas, who won an astounding six consecutive matches after a third-round loss to Joey Torres. Cardenas made Sullivan his sixth and final victim by a score of 5-3. On the east side Lee took the hot seat over Brown, who then eliminated Cardenas. Brown played a spectacular first match, becoming the first person to defeat Lee in the event 7-4, but Lee came back to win the second set and his first Lone Star Amateur title.
Teresa Garland took home top lady honors in the open division and split the same award with Angela Martinez in the amateur division. Junior players Joey Bourgeois Jr. from Pasadena, TX, and Joey Torres of Houston, TX, cashed in the top 12 and also split the top junior award.
1st Brent Thomas $490
2nd Eric Brown $270
3rd Patrick Werren $170
4th Marco Tsudi $105
5th Blaine Barcus $60
7th Durango Duran $40
9th Brian Rosenbaum $35
1st Danny Lee $510
2nd Eric Brown $320
3rd Alex Cardenas $240
4th Lance Sullivan $160
5th Victor Rojas $80
7th Durango Duran $50
9th Joey Bourgeois Jr. $35