Mike Davis Coasts to Win on Jacoby Tour

Mike Davis and Cary Dunn

Pastime Billiards and Pub of Kinston, NC hosted the 2nd stop on the 2007-2008 Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour November 17-18, drawing a field of 27 players for the Main Event. Mike Davis took first place over Cary Dunn, earning $1000 plus entry into the 2008 Carolina Open, courtesy of Fast Eddie's in Goldsboro, NC.

The weekend began with an Early Bird Tournament on Friday night. Younger Chapman defeated Terry Champion 7-1 in the final match. Results for this event were: 1st Younger Chapman $100; 2nd Terry Champion $65; 3rd Cary Dunn $35.

The Junior Tournament on Sunday saw Mac Harrell besting Justin Ward (7-5) in the final match. Junior players score points which accumulate for the first 10 events on the tour. The top point winners in each division will qualify for the 2008 Junior Nationals.

Also on Sunday, a Second Chance Tournament was won by Larry Faulk. Faulk finished 7-2 over Mac Harrell, who squandered chances on three 9-balls. Final results: 1st Larry Faulk $110; 2nd Mac Harrell $60; 3rd-4th Marion Edwards and Jackson Jeffries, $25 each.

In the Main Event, Davis had a relatively smooth road to the hotseat, defeating Joe Hawkins (7-3), Wayne Sutton (7-2), Charles Jones (7-5), Paul Mullins (7-2) and Cary Dunn (7-4).

Dunn struggled early with David Brown, but emerged the winner in a hill-hill match (7-6). After making quick work of Ty Bissett (7-1) and Eddie Little (7-2), Dunn headed west after a loss to Davis (7-4). Dunn earned his rematch with Davis by defeating Mullins, who was the underdog of the tournament.

The final match – a single race to 9 – started out with unforced errors and missed opportunities on the part of both players. Snookered and down 3-1, Dunn made a good hit on the 1-ball and left Davis safe. Davis made a good hit, but Dunn ran out nevertheless.

Rack seven proved to be the turning point. After making the 7-ball on the break, Davis made the 1 and 2, then shot a safety on the 3-ball. Rewarded with ball-in-hand, Davis ran out. Davis stretched his lead to 8-2, thanks to a 9-ball on the break and back-to-back break-and-runs.

Dunn's last chance was in the eleventh rack. After an empty break by Davis, Dunn made the 1-ball and missed a desperate 2/9 combination. Davis missed a 7-ball late in the rack, but a fortunate roll left Dunn snookered. Davis won the final game and the match (9-2).

Gene Hooker was the lucky winner of a $500 raffle cue from Jacoby Custom Cues.

Special thanks go to Michael Eubanks, owner of Pastime Billiards and Pub, along with his entire staff, including manager Joe Hawkins for the southern hospitality. Also, Kings Restaurant provided a feast for the players that included North Carolina pork barbecue, fried chicken, barbecued chicken, green beans, brunswick stew, potato salad, cole slaw, hushpuppies, pumpkin pie, pecan pie and sweet tea.

The next stop on the Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour will be December 8-9 at Fast Eddie's in Goldsboro, NC. The event will guarantee $1000 added with $1000 for 1st place plus entry into the 2008 Carolina Open, courtesy of Fast Eddie's.