Foster and Kennedy split SE Open prize

Tommy Kennedy and John Foster opted to forego a final race-to-11 and share the first and second place prize on the Southeast Open 9-Ball Tour, held on Sunday, December 5. The $500-added event drew 18 entrants to Sharpshooters in Miami, FL.

Both of the races among the final four winners were 7-3 affairs; Kennedy over Randy Epperson and Jerry Calderon over Foster. Kennedy then gained the hot seat with a 9-3 victory over Calderon and waited for what turned out to be Foster's return.

On the one-loss side, Raul Alvarez was mounting a run that would get him into the quarterfinals. He defeated a player called just “Felix” and survived a double hill battle versus Anthony Meglino to meet Epperson. Hunter Lombardo got by Ed Cabrera 7-1 and John Ditoro 7-4 to pick up Foster. Foster advanced to the quarterfinals with a 7-3 victory over Lombardo, as Alvarez downed Epperson 7-2.  Alvarez' one-loss side run ended right there, as Foster got a second chance against Calderon with a 9-5 victory in those quarterfinals.

Foster made the best of his second chance against Calderon, defeating him 9-6 in the semifinals for a chance against Kennedy. That chance never occurred. As Sunday rolled into Monday, Foster was tired, requested the split, and Kennedy complied.