Sam Monday Makes Quick Work of Michael Fuller on Jacoby Tour

Sam Monday, Doug Ennis, tournament director; Michael Fuller

Sharks-N-Shooter in Rocky Mount, North Carolina hosted the 6th stop on the Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour February 9-10, drawing a field of 23 players for the $1000 guaranteed added Main Event. Sam Monday defeated Michael Fuller in the final match, earning $1000 for first place plus entry into the 2008 Carolina Open, courtesy of Fast Eddie's in Goldsboro, NC.

To kick things off, an Early Bird Tournament was held on Friday night. Montez Lloyd held off Younger Chapman 7-6 in the final match. Results for this event were: 1st Montez Lloyd $140; 2nd Younger Chapman $85; 3rd Ray Vines $50; 4th Phillip Richardson $35; 5th-6th Delton Howard and Stephen Bishop $25 each.

In the Junior Tournament on Sunday, Mac Harrell defeated Trey Sprye 9-5 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 Phillip Richardson, who defeated Steven Page (7-6) in the final match. Final results: 1st Phillip Richardson $120; 2nd Steven Page $60; 3rd-4th Cary Dunn and Ray Vines $20 each.

In the Main Event, Monday began his quest for the title down 2-0 to junior player Andrew Coley. Monday quickly righted the ship and defeated Coley (7-2) and two other junior players Mac Harrell (7-2) and Trey Sprye (7-1). Monday then faced Sidney Champion, having to come from behind to take the hill-hill match (7-6). This set up the hotseat match in which Monday sent Fuller to the one-loss side (7-3).

Fuller's tournament began with victories over Scott Crandall (7-4), Jim Faircloth (7-1), Jeff Pruitt (7-3) and Eddie Little (7-1). After Fuller's loss to Monday in the hotseat match (7-3), he defeated Little for a second time (7-4) to set up a rematch with Monday.

In the final match, both players stumbled coming out of the gate. Missed shots and bad position led to a 2-1 lead for Monday after three games. In the fourth rack, Fuller returned a pushout back to Monday who shot safe on the 2-ball. Fuller's only chance to make a good hit was a three-rail kick that he almost pulled off. Monday took ball-in-hand and ran out.

Fuller and Monday split the next two games to make the score 4-2. Fuller broke the seventh rack and from there it was all Monday. It took exactly eight minutes for Monday to run the table, break and run twice, make the 9-ball on the break, and break and run a third time for the win (9-2).

Congratulations to Ronnie Greer who was the lucky winner of a $550 cue raffle from Jacoby Custom Cues.

Special thanks to room owner James Gray and the entire staff of Sharks-N-Shooters for their hospitality. Also, Rock City Promotions wishes to thank OB-1 Cues for supporting the Jacoby Tour.

The next stop on the Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour will be March 8-9 at Break Time Billiards (Jonestown Rd. location) in Winston-Salem, NC. The event will guarantee $1000 added with $1000 for 1st place plus entry into the 2008 Carolina Open, courtesy of Fast Eddie's.