Chen Double Dips in Austin

Ilisa and Jui Lung Chen

Austin, Texas was the site for the Fast Eddie's Olhausen 9 Ball Tour Sponsored by Schuler Legacy Cues on July 16-17th. The event saw ninety-two open players and thirty-seven women enter the Tour's seventh event of the year.

Top picks in the open division were Jeremy Jones, Gabe Owen, Jui Lung Chen, Sylver Ochoa, David Henson, Leroy Mathis and Kenny Greer.

Finishing 17-24th were Gabe Owen, Candy Ramos, Steve 'Lizard' Smith, Javier Franco, Justin Cahoy, Jay Judd, Destry Ensley and Manny Guerra.

The 13-16th slots were owned by Corey Dordek, Robert Newkirk, Adam Jones, and Pat Briceno. Each played well.

Representing 9-12th was Phillip Villegas, Bill Kester, Kenny Green and James Davis Sr. A nice job by each player.

The 7-8th positions were filled by J. P. Lopez and Shane Harvey as both gentlemen performed solidly.

The 5-6th placements which are always hard to reach were filled David Henson and T, J. Davis. Both played well and are always tough to reckon with.

Jeremy Jones captured 4th place and is always a fierce competitor. The 2003 U. S. Open Champion sponsored by Schuler Legacy Cues is always a crowd favorite and a thrill to watch.

Sylver Ochoa of McAllen matures and improves with each outing. It is difficult not to root for a young man of such fine character. Sylver finished in third place in fine fashion.

Leroy Mathis of Waco is a straight shooter who now plays sparingly but managed to capture the hot seat. Meanwhile, Jui Lung Chen overcame a tough loss to Jeremy and battled through the field for the right to face Leroy in the finals.

Two things happened.

First, Leroy just ran out of steam. He rose at 3:00 a.m. and went to work. Then, he drove a hundred miles to the tournament. He played all day to win the hot seat. He then waited until 11:30 p.m. to play the finals.

Second, Chen got stuck on autopilot and cruised there to win two straight sets, 9-2 and 9-3.

Finally, during the second set with things in control, Chen misfired on a 6 ball. Leroy jumped up, smiled and asked, 'Are you alright'? The crowd chuckled at the good sporting gesture. Congratulations to Leroy for a valiant second place finish.

Jui Lung Chen won not only the seventh event of the year but also the largest event in the Tour's history. Congratulations!

A special thanks to Fast Eddie's Billiards, Olhausen Mfg. and Schuler Legacy Cues for being the cornerstone foundation on which the Tour is built. Thanks to Danny, Amy and your staff for hosting the event. Ron Geyer of the Custom Cue Connection, Jack Kompan of Mystick Cues, Tino Lopez of Teodora's Mini-Tacos, Joe Salazar of Connoisseur of Custom Cues and newcomer to the Tour, Lesa Moore of Hard 8 Clothing Co., we could not do this without you. Thank you ladies and spectators for an exciting event of marathon proportions.

See ya'll next month at N. W. Military in San Antonio on August 13-14th!

Complete Results:
1st Jui Lung Chen $3310
2nd Leroy Mathis $2300
3rd Sylver Ochoa $1520
4th Jeremy Jones $930
5th/6th David Henson, T. J. Davis $540
7th/8th J.P. Lopez, Shane Harvey $180
9th/12th Phillip Villegas, Bill Kester, Kenny Green, James Davis Sr. $130
13/16th Corey Dordek, Robert Newkirk, Adam Jones, Pat Briceno $90
17th/24th Gabe Owen, Candy Ramos, Steve Smith, Javier Franco, Justin Cahoy, Jay Judd, Destry Ensley, Manny Guerra $65