Jethwa, Lindgren, and Pierce Take Home the Cash

Andy Jethwas, Sylver Ochoa, Referee Derrell Montgomery

It was a thrilling weekend at Houston's Sports Bar in Houston, Texas on July 9th -10th, during the $1,200 added Lone Star 9-Ball Open/Amateur billiard event. There were 57 players that featured local champions Mike Alonzo, Andy Jethwa, Sylver Ochoa, Waco's own Doug Young, and amateur division players J.J. Manley, Chuck Coignard, Steve Lindgren, Damion Manning, Steve Braswell and numerous others who competed in the one-day amateur, two-day open, and ladies divisions.

In the open division, Eric Renteria, William "Yoko" Joe, Leroy "Bull" Hawkins, and Jason Pearce all lost their bid for the winners' side final four which yielded Jethwa v. Alonzo, and Ochoa v. Young. Both Jethwa and Young defeated their opponents by the same score of 9-4. As ferocious as Young played to get there, Jethwa stole his thunder and stopped him cold, 9-2. On the west side, Ochoa made quick work of Joe 7-1 and Pearce fell to Alonzo 7-2. Ochoa went on to eliminate Alonzo 7-5, and dealt Young some payback, 7-6. In the true double elimination format, Ochoa came on strong the first set, 9-1. In overtime, it was a different story. Jethwa was determined not to let this one get away and he didn't. By a score of 7-4, he captured his third Lone Star title win.

The amateurs' side final four pitted Steve Lindgren v. Steve Braswell and J.J Manley v. Darryl Amos while the one-loss side matched Ron Robleski v. Robert Hitchcock and Mike Moody v. Abel Lara. When the smoke cleared on the east side, it was Lindgren over Braswell, 4-1, and Manley over Amos, 4-3, which paired Lindgren and Manley for the hot seat. On the one-loss side, Lara advanced past Braswell, Amos, and Manley, but was stopped short by Lindgren in the second set of the true double elimination final.

The $200 added ladies division drew 10 players and included Bastrop's Kim Pierce and locals Robyn Petrosino, Tiffany Boysen, and Angela Martinez. East side action in the ladies' event saw Robyn Petrosino defeat Kim Pierce 7-2 and Angela Martinez bested Natalie Smith. It was Martinez over Petrosino for the hot seat while Pierce fought her way back with wins over Diana Cardona 5-2, Natalie Smith 5-2, and finally Petrosino 5-1 to meet Martinez. The first set went to Pierce, 7-5. The second set was tied at 4-4 when Martinez missed a four ball in the side which cost her the set. Congratulations to Kim Pierce on her third Lone Star title win and all of the wonderful women who came out to play pool and have fun!

The Lone Star Tour would like to thank its sponsors; Poison by Predator products, Delta-13 Rack,, and the APA of North Harris County along with billiards philanthropist Bobby Rone and his great staff at Houston's Sports Bar who hosted a first rate event. Congratulations to Tabitha Auman who won the Poison Nitro 6 Cue raffle, Andy Jethwa who won the Poison VX Jump cue, and Kim Pierce who also won a VX Jump cue.

Eugene "Lonewolf" Lee hosted the Lone Star Live Stream all weekend long with guest host and billiards enthusiast Tabitha Auman who also participated in the amateur ladies division. Thanks to BCA referee Derrell Montgomery, the action ran quiet and smooth all weekend long. Lastly, "thank you" to Chuck Adams for his assistance in tournament direction and event support.

The next Lone Star event is $1,200 added on July 23rd-24th at Big Tyme Billiards in Spring, Texas and will host 5 different divisions; 9-Ball Open, 9-Ball Amateur, 9-Ball Amateur Ladies, One Pocket, and Juniors 17 & under division. There will be something for everyone, so join us in welcoming Big Tyme Billiards to the Lone Star Tour!

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