Jethwa holds off one-loss challenge to take Fast Eddie’s stop

Andy Jethwa withstood a strong challenge from the one-loss side by Jason Brown to complete an undefeated weekend at the Fast Eddie's Olhausen 9-Ball Tour stop in Houston, TX. The $1,000-added event on the weekend of Aug. 22-23 drew 47 entrants to Fast Eddie's in Houston.

Jethwa sent Dalton Riley west 9-7 from among the winners' side final four, as Hunter Blackwell advanced on a ‘delayed arrival' forfeit by Nick Hood to meet him in the hot seat match. Jethwa gained the hot seat with a 9-5 win and watched as his eventual finals opponent, Brown, finished up his journey to get there.

Brown moved into the money rounds with a 7-4 win over Tom Wallace and then hung on to take a hill-hill battle against Raul Escobeda. In the meantime, James Davis, Jr. was having his own hill-hill problems; two of them. He moved into the money rounds by prevailing in one over Michael Alonza and then got by Ernesto Vayuada for the right to meet Riley. Davis moved into the quarterfinals with a 7-5 win over Riley, as Brown was dropping Nick Hood into the tie for fifth place with a 7-3  win. Brown got to the semifinals with a 7-5 victory over Davis and then, dispatched Blackwell 7-4.

With momentum on his side, and the usual long wait for the player in the hot seat, Brown got out to a 7-4 lead, but would win only one game in the next six. “Andy (Jethwa) just played solidly and came back to win it,” said Tour Director Lewis Jones.

In a $150-added Ladies tournament that drew 15 entrants, Kyu Yi defeated Terry Petrosino in a back and forth contest decided by a 13th game and took home the $200 first place prize. Petrosino earned $150 as the runner-up. Helen Hayes finished third ($100) and Deana Henson took fourth place ($50) hill-hill contest