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Team Wyatt goes undefeated to win 2nd Annual Ron Park Memorial Tournament

Ron Park

The annual Ron Park Memorial, originated and held under the auspices of the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour, is shaping up to be something of a ‘moveable feast,’ in that each year could (although this is somewhat unofficial) see a new format.

“Who knows?” said Tour Director Herman Parker. “We’ll see.”

Last year, it was a straightforward 9-Ball event, while this year’s version of the memorial was a Scotch Doubles Tournament. The father/son Team Wyatt (Evan/Nate) went undefeated to claim the title, downing the team of Jason Blackwell and Mallory Walters twice, in one of the winners’ side semifinal and finals. The $250-added event drew 36 teams of two to the site of the first Ron Park Memorial – West End Billiards in Gastonia, NC.

Team Wyatt and Blackwell/Mallory met up in that winners’ side semifinal as Team Seeley (father David and son Sean) squared off against Kris Brower and Joey Fox. Team Wyatt prevailed 5-2 over Blackwell/Mallory and in the hot seat, met Team Seeley, who’d sent Brower and Fox to the loss side 5-4 (Brower/Fox racing to 7).

On the loss side, Blackwell/Walters picked up the team of Lisa Cossette and Chris Wrigley, who’d defeated Jimmy Tanner and Brian Goodson 5-3 and Ricardo Carcamo and (room owner) Josh Newman 5-4 to reach them (Carcamo/Newman racing to 8). Brower/Fox drew Lance Davis and Thomas Sansone, who’d recently eliminated the husband/wife team of Sidney and Gene Foard 7-3 and Mackie Lowery and Chad Vinesett 5-3.

Blackwell/Walters and Brower/Fox got right back to their winning ways, both teams advancing to the quarterfinals; Blackwell/Walters downing Cossette/Wrigley 5-3 and Brower/Fox defeating Davis/Sansone, double hill (5-4). With Brower/Fox racing to 7, Blackwell/Walters eliminated them 5-5.

Blackwell/Walters got their second shot at Team Wyatt with a 5-1 victory over Team Seeley in the semifinals. As the sun began its work of lightening the sky on Mother’s Day, at around 5 a.m. on Sunday, Team Wyatt finished a second win over Blackwell/Walters, this time 5-3, to claim the 2nd Annual Ron Park Memorial Tournament title.

Tour director Herman Parker thanked Josh Newman and his staff for their hospitality, as well as title sponsor Viking Cues, BarPoolTables.net, Dirty South Grind Apparel Co., Realty One Group Results, Diamond Brat, AZBilliards.com, Ridge Back Rails, and Federal Savings Bank Mortgage Division.

The next stop on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour, scheduled for this weekend, May 14-15, will be a $500-added, 9-Ball event, hosted by the Clubhouse in Lynchburg, VA.

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Jordan takes two out of three over Chapman to win stop on Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour

Jeff Jordan

You’d have thought, given a 9-2 score in the hot seat match, that the finals between Jeff Jordan and Michael Chapman might have been a single, one-sided match. The occasion was a stop on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour on the weekend of November 25-26; a $500-added event that drew 27 entrants to Cue Time in Spartanburg, SC. Jordan claimed the hot seat, and while Chapman came back from a win in the semifinals and took the opening set of the true double elimination finals, Jordan won the second set to claim the title. All of the event’s final three matches went double hill.
 
They got into their first of three after Jordan had sent Chad Vinesett to the loss side 9-2 in one winners’ side semifinal, and Chapman had defeated Justin Clark 7-3 in the other one. Jordan chalked up the aforementioned 9-2 win to claim the hot seat, and waited for Chapman to get back and engage him in a grueling, two-set final.
 
On the loss side, Vinesett picked up Tyler Mayfield, who’d recently defeated Dalton Messer 7-4 and Matt Lucas 7-5 to reach him. Clark drew Jennifer Polik, who’d gotten by Josh Crow 5-1 and Brian Pyle, double hill.
 
Mayfield and Clark advanced to the quarterfinals; Mayfield 7-4 over Vinesett and Clark 7-2 over Polik. Clark took the quarterfinal match 7-4 over Mayfield, and then engaged Chapman in his first of three double hill matches. Chapman won the first one, over Clark, to earn himself a second and third shot against Jordan in the hot seat.
 
With Jordan racing to 9, and Chapman racing to 7, Chapman took the first set of the finals 7-8, which forced a second set. It went double hill a third time for Chapman, but Jordan won it to claim the event title.
 
Tour directors Herman and Angela Parker thanked the ownership and staff at Cue Time for their hospitality, as well as title sponsor Viking Cues, Delta 13 Racks, AZBilliards and Professor Q Ball. The next stop on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour, scheduled for this weekend (December 2-3), will be hosted by Gate City Billiards Club in Greensboro, NC.