Sam Monday Takes Jacoby Tour Season Opener

Doug Ennis, tournament director; Sam Monday, Michael Fuller, Mike Frowein, manager (Fast Eddies)

Fast Eddie's in Goldsboro, North Carolina hosted the first stop on the 2008-2009 Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour November 8-9.  Sixteen players battled it out in the $1000 guaranteed added Main Event.  Sam Monday defeated rival and 2007-2008 Player of the Year, Michael Fuller, in the final match, earning $1000 for first place.

To kick things off, an Early Bird Tournament was held on Friday night.  Wade Crane defeated Mike Frowein (7-6) in the final match.  Results for this event were:  1st Wade Crane $100; and 2nd Mike Frowein $60.

On Sunday, there were three mini-tournaments.  First place in the Junior Tournament went to Palmer Richardson, who white-washed PatRick Leonard (7-0) in the final match.  Tops honors in the Ladies' Tournament went to Rachel Eliazar, who blanked Tiffany Leonard (7-0).  Finally, Matt Reed took first place in the Second Chance Tournament, defeating Russell Sasser (7-4).

In the Main Event, Fuller took the hotseat with wins over David Powell (7-3), Russell Sasser (7-3), Sam Monday (7-5), and Sidney Champion (7-4).

Meanwhile, Monday edged Arnold Hamlett (7-5) and Wade Crane (7-5) before being sent to the one-loss side at the hands of Fuller (7-5).  Monday trounced Hamlett (7-1) but had difficulty with Russell Sasser (7-6) and Sidney Champion (7-5) before sending them both home.  This set up a Monday/Fuller rematch in the final.

The final match began with Monday winning the lag.  This would prove crucial, as Monday proceeded to break and run four straight racks.  A miss late in the fifth rack ended the run for Monday and he conceded the last three balls.

The sixth rack was riddled with safeties, jump shots and missed 9-ball combinations.  Monday snookered Fuller twice with 2-rail kick shots, but conceded after making a bad hit on a 7/8 carom.

Fuller managed to get as close as 5-3, but was unable to get much else going.  After 3-fouling Monday to trail 7-4, Fuller shot safeties four times in the twelfth rack but couldn't stop Monday from taking the hill.

Monday came up dry on the break and it seemed Fuller might clear the table.  However, Fuller's cue ball found the side pocket after sinking the 8-ball and he conceded.  Final score:  9-4.

Congratulations to Elvis Summerlin who was the lucky winner of the Limited Edition $750 cue raffle from Jacoby Custom Cues.

Rock City Promotions wishes to extend special thanks to the staff and ownership of Fast Eddie's and to OB-1 Cues for supporting the Jacoby Tour.

The next stop on the Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour will be December 6-7 at Family Billiards in Burlington, NC.  The event will guarantee $1000 added with $1000 for 1st place.