Kennedy gets by Meglino twice to take SE Open 9-Ball Tour stop; Linares takes Amateur title

The Southeast Open 9-Ball Tour stop on the weekend of August 25-26 drew a field of 39 entrants to an Amateur event on Saturday, and only 10 for an Open event on Sunday. Raymond Linares captured the amateur event title on Saturday, while tour director Tommy Kennedy took the Open event, defeating Anthony Meglino twice to do it. The $700-added Open event and $300-added Amateur event was hosted by the Whiskey Lounge in Fort Myers, FL.

Linares, from the hot seat, won the Amateur event title with a 9-6 victory over Jose Ybarra in the finals.  Ybarra, having been sent west by David King, came back to defeat King in a double hill semifinal. King had defeated Frank Straim in the quarterfinals to earn his unsuccessful re-match against Ybarra. 

In the 10-entrant Open event on Sunday, Kennedy advanced to the winners' side final four to meet up with Danny Green. Meglino, in the meantime, squared off against Willie McBride. Down 8-5, Kennedy came back to defeat Green 9-8 and in the hot seat match, faced Meglino, who'd downed McBride, also double hill. Kennedy got into the hot seat with a 9-3 win and awaited Meglino's return.

Green moved west to take on Nathan Rose. McBride picked up Stephen Richmond (Amateur event winner, Linares, shared 9th place with Justin Jacobs). It was Rose and Richmond advancing to the quarterfinals; Rose with a 7-5 win over Green and Richmond, 7-1 versus McBride. 

Richmond and Rose battled to double hill, before Richmond prevailed to take on Meglino in the semifinals. Another double hill match sent Meglino back to face Kennedy a second time. Kennedy defeated Meglino again, this time 11-4, to capture the event title.

1st Tommy Kennedy $600
2nd Anthony Meglino $300
3rd Stephen Richmond $175
4th Nathan Rose $75

1st Raymond Linares $375
2nd Jose Ybarra $240
3rd David King $150
4th Frank Straim $100
5th Neil Martin $65
7th D. J. Wester $45
9th Shawn Jones $35
Willie McBride
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