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Holmes/Lee return from hot seat loss to win Scotch Doubles on Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour

Jason Holmes and Sean Lee

They’re crowd pleasers, participating and watching crowds. No denying that, even though as scintillating top-notch pool action, they generally leave much to be desired. They tend, too, to bring people to the tables – husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, fathers and sons – who might not otherwise participate in the general atmosphere of a regional pool tour stop, featuring an area’s best players. It has a way of ‘seeding the field,’ so to speak. Engaging newcomers to the intrinsic enjoyment of sports competition in the hopes that it might lead to individual participation. Maybe not, but Herman Parker, tour director of the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour, “gets requests for them all the time,” so he schedules Scotch Doubles tournaments, most recently this past weekend (Jan. 15-16), when the tour held a $200-added event that drew 19 teams to Corner Pocket in Fayetteville, NC.

The team of Jason Holmes and Sean Lee prevailed, although their road to the finals and event victory took a side trip to the semifinals, when the team of Josh Shultz and Tanya Willaford downed them in the hot seat match. 

Holmes/Lee earned their place in that hot seat match with a 5-3 victory over Mike Soyka and Jason Williams in one of the winners’ side semifinals. Shultz/Willaford got there by sending Chad Weachter and Michael Shan to the loss side 5-2 in the other one. Shultz/Willaford punched Holmes/Lee’s ticket to the semifinals with a double hill victory in that hot seat match.

On the loss side, the Weachter/Shan team picked up the husband/wife team of Chris and Jacqui Rhoades, who’d recently eliminated Tyrone Davis and someone known only as “Lorenzo” in a double hill fight and then, defeated Chris Petoletti and Jason Rogers 5-4 (Petoletti/Rogers racing to 7). Soyka/Williams drew Justin Knuckles and Allie Tilley, who’d defeated Robert McDaniels and Kevin Williams, double hill, and Larry Moore and Lewis Croom 5-1.

The Rhoades family engaged their opponents in another double hill fight, but this time, their opponents – Weachter and Shan – won and advanced to the quarterfinals. Knuckles/Tilley joined them after handing Soyka/Williams their second straight loss, 5-1.

Knuckles and Tilley were able to advance one more step, downing Weachter/Shan 5-3 in those quarterfinals, but team Holmes/Lee had their sights set on a rematch and stopped Knuckles/Tilley 5-3 in the semifinals.

In what was reportedly their first outing as a team, Holmes and Lee moved on to the task of downing the hot seat occupants, Shultz and Willaford, twice. The opening set went double hill before Holmes/Lee finished it to even up the losses of the last two teams standing. Holmes/Lee won the second set 5-3 to claim the event title.

TD Herman Parker thanked the ownership and staff at Corner Pocket 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, and Federal Savings Bank Mortgage Division. The next stop on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour will be a one-day affair, scheduled for this weekend (Jan. 22). The $500-added event will be hosted by Overtime Billiards in Columbia, SC.

Hodges gets by Petoletti twice to go undefeated on the Q City 9-Ball Tour

More often than not, by the time a player manages to chalk up a win in a money tournament, he or she has 'cashed' in previous attempts. Oftentimes, you'll discover that a given player has been on a tour for quite a while, collecting the lower amounts of cash available in a given tournament, slowly working his or her way up an earnings ladder, progressing from a payout for the tie at 9th through 12th, or 7th and 8th, on up to 4th, etc. On the weekend of June 11-12, at a stop on the Q City 9-Ball Tour that drew 42 entrants to Brass Tap Billiards in Raleigh, the undefeated winner (Randy Hodges) and runner-up (Chris Petoletti) both earned their first-ever chunk of change on the tour.
 
They met twice in this 10-Ball event; once in the battle for the hot seat and again, in the finals. Hodges had sent Brandon Walton to the loss side 5-4 in one winners' side semifinal, while Petoletti was busy sending Frank Owens over 6-4. Just being a part of the winners' side semifinals guaranteed them their first look at prize money, since a loss would have put them into the first money round (the tie for 5th/6th) on the loss side. The two victories guaranteed the two of them a finish among the top three. Hodges made that a guarantee of first place or runner-up with a 5-2 win over Petoletti, who moved to the loss side with all three of the possibilities still in play.
 
On the loss side, Walton ran into Buddy Fisher, who'd gotten by Josh Williams 6-4 and Brian Floyd 6-5. Owens drew Steve Page, recent winner over Dave Brown 10-6, and Justin Martin 10-7.  Owens and Walton got right back to work, defeating Page (5-7; Page, racing to 10), and Fisher (6-1), respectively, and advancing to face each other in the quarterfinals.
 
Owens left Walton in fourth place with a 5-4 win, and had his short, loss-side run ended by Petoletti in the semifinals 6-2. Petoletti and Hodges squared off in the finals to compete for a $250 differential in their first Q City 9-Ball payday, along with, for the winner, free entry into a North Carolina State Championship in November. Hodges completed his undefeated run with a 5-4 win (Petoletti racing to 6) to claim his first Q City 9-Ball title, along with $600 in cash.
 
Tour director Herman Parker thanked the ownership and staff at Brass Tap Billiards in Raleigh, along with sponsors Viking Cues and Delta-13 racks. The next stop on the Q City 9-Ball Tour, scheduled for June 18-19, will be hosted by Breaktime Billiards in Cary, NC.