Jones works from the west to take Southeast Open

Jason Jones fought back from the one-loss side of the Southeast Open 9-Ball Tour on the weekend of October 3-4 to defeat Jeff Jordan in the finals and capture the first place prize. The $1,000-added event drew 23 entrants to Players in Columbus, GA.

As Jones was busy working his way through the west bracket, Jordan and Jim Rushing were meeting in the hot seat match. From among the winners' side final four, Jordan had dispatched Leon Whately to the one-loss side 9-1 as Rushing moved past Preston Corely 9-7. Jordan gained the hot seat with a 9-6 win and waited for Jones.

Jones, in the meantime, moved past Jimmy Lewis and Erbe Luna to meet up with Corely, while Randy Lee advanced against Whately, after wins over Marcus Goins and Clay Medlock. Jones dropped Corely into the tie for fifth place, as Whately was doing the same to Lee 7-2. Jones handled Whately easily enough in the quarterfinals, defeating him 7-1 and moving against Rushing in the semifinals.

Jones gave up only two racks in those semifinals and turned his attention to the man in the hot seat, Jordan. Jones won the single race to 11 and took home the first place prize.