Aquino’s A Sure Bet

Forty-five players turned up at Anastasia Billiards for the Fury North Florida tour's 5th event on April 10th, 2005 in St. Augustine. This tournament produced an exciting rematch between points-leader Julio Aquino and his closest threat, Tim Daniel.

Matches among the top contenders were close, beginning with a third round match-up between Aquino and last week's Fury Central stop winner, Adam Wheeler. Wheeler sent Aquino to the B side with a narrow 7-6 win and progressed through the winner's side until he met Daytona favorite Matt Beauris who handed him a 7-6 loss.

Meanwhile Tim Daniel was also making a move through the winner's side, capturing a spot in the hot seat match with five match wins. Daniel met Beauris in the hot seat and the two turned out another hill-hill match, this time with Daniel moving on to claim king of the hill. This placed Beauris on the B side, where Aquino had just won his 6th match to make it to the semifinals. Hill-hill seemed to be the theme of the day as Aquino added his fourth consecutive 5-4 win by defeating Beauris to move into the finals.

A final race to nine match up between Aquino and Daniel was set, looking reminiscent of the third tour stop where Daniel bested Aquino 9-8. This rematch was no let down and followed in suit as the player's matched rack for rack with strong breaks and solid outs. This time it was Aquino who took the match with a 9-8 win to capture his third North Florida win this season.

Other notable showings were Tracie Hines, capturing her second 5/6th finish and tournament director Elvis Rodriguez playing solid and taking a 4th place finish.

1st Julio Aquino $530
2nd Tim Daniel $340
3rd Matt Beauris $180
4th Elvis Rodriguez $100
5th/6th Adam Wheeler, Tracie Hines $75
7th/8th Bruce Choyce, John Tatum $50