Jui Lung Chen wins Fast Eddie’s Season Opener

Fast Eddies Olhausen 9 Ball Tour kicked off its sixth season January 19-20th in San Angelo Texas, the friendliest town in Texas.

The players list included 68 players from the state and region and they were ready to play for the $1750 added money.

Top picks for the event were Jui Lung Chen the 2006-07 Player of the Year, Charlie "Hillbilly" Bryant, San Angelo's own Johnny Escalante, Robert Stewart, David Gutierrez, and Eric Aicinan. Each and every event is highly competitive.

Finishing in the 13-16 positions were, Rodney Vickers, Daniel Herring, Eric Aicienena, and Nick Tofoya. Each received $125.00 for his efforts.

Filling in the 9-12 positions were Pat Soto, Charlie Bryant, Clarence Farmer, and Robert Stewart. They played hard and earned every penny of the $160.00.

Getting to the 7-8th spots were, Jimmy Davis and Sean Black. Both these young men have bright futures and continue to play better and better each month. They took home $480.00 each. They will be heard from again.

The 5-6th spots were claimed by Jon Rawlins and Chase Rudder of the Dallas Ft. Worth area. Both these two young men play real well and conduct themselves in a very fine manner. They took home $690 for their weekends work.

Finishing 4th place and always a force on the tour was Shane Harvey of the Lubbock area. Shane took home $1140 for his work.

Third place is a great finish, but can often leave one feeling as if he should have done better. David G is one of the better players in the state and proved so , again this weekend with a fine 3rd place finish. It is the first event he played in and didn't win since December 2006. David took home $1530 for his fine performance.

Meanwhile Johnny Escalante from San Angelo had won the hot seat and waited patiently for Jui Lung Chen. The crowd was in full support of their home town boy and it is understandable as Johnny is one class act. Johnny doesn't play much these days, but, the knowledge is obviously there. He put up a tremendous fight but, Chen won two consecutive sets and struggled to win the first event of the year.

Johnny took home $2480 for his weekends work and made his hometown very proud of him.

What else can be said about the ever straight shooting Chen. The young man is relentless and goes about his business in such a loose way. He seems to have not a care in the world.

For his 1st win of the year, Chen. took home $3815. It was a good event.

There are always many to thank after an event, but firstly we would like to thank the people of San Angelo. It is the friendliest place we have been yet and we appreciate it.

A big thanks goes out to Olhausen Billiards the Tour's primary sponsor. They are just great.

Next, our newest sponsor Carolina Cues of Denver North Carolina. Trevor and his people are just great and we appreciate their product and generosity. They sent us a cue to help with the Add-on which was won by Jeff Ridel of Lubbock.

A special thanks to Jack Kompan of Mystick Cues, Robbie Timms Behind the 8 Ball, and Paul Summerall of S&S Cues. You guys compliment each event with great products and the fairest of dealings.

Last but hardly least to Fast Eddies of San Angelo. Kassy and her staff did a whale of a job and will forever be our favorites.

We look forward to seeing everyone February 2-3 at Fast Eddies NW Military location In San Antonio.