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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.

Tony Piazza wins All American Tour Stop

Roy Yamane, Sam Cordova and Tony Piazza

The 2011-2012 Lucasi Hybrid Cues All American Tour – presented by the American CueSports Alliance (ACS) – conducted its nineteenth stop at Greenfields Pool & Sports Bar in Lakewood, CO, Saturday, January 28. The $1,000-added 8-ball scratch tourney on 7-foot Dynamo bar boxes drew 49 players. On the A-side, Tony Piazza (Lakewood, CO) and Roy Yamane (Littleton, CO) met for the hot seat after Piazza dispatched Andrew Pettinger (Denver, CO) 5-2 and Yamane upended Sam Cordova (Pueblo, CO) 5-4 in the semi-finals. Piazza then remained the lone undefeated player by outpointing Yamane 5-2.

On the B-side Jim Fraser (Westcliffe, CO) and Ed Borrego (Denver, CO) were eliminated at 7th place to the cues of Kevin Williams (Pueblo, CO) 5-0 and Ron O’Meara (Colorado Springs, CO) 5-2 respectively. But in the next round both Williams and O’Meara were ousted, courtesy of Andrew Pettinger 5-4 and Sam Cordova 5-1 respectively. Cordova kept up his momentum in the next round by stopping Pettinger at 4th place by a 5-1 margin. Sam then avenged his only loss by taking down Roy Yamane in the B-side finals by a 5-3 score. Cordova had to defeat Tony Piazza two sets for the title, but Piazza was having nothing of that – dispatching Cordova 5-2 for the title! 

By virtue of Roy Yamane being the highest-finishing ACS member in the event, he qualified for a free 8-Ball singles entry into the 2012 Lucasi Hybrid ACS Nationals at the Tropicana Las Vegas – courtesy of the ACS. The ACS wishes to thank sponsors Lucasi Hybrid Cues, Championship Billiard Fabric and Nick Varner Signature Cases for their support in donating “Value-In-Kind” product for this and all stops on the Lucasi Hybrid All American Tour. Sponsorship opportunities and tour stop openings are still available for the 2011/2012 All American Tour by contacting the ACS at www.americancuesports.org.

The Tour showcases one stop this Saturday, February 4: a $500 added 8-Ball Tourney [not open to Elite, Advanced or A players] at Cue Masters Billiards in Dubuque, IA (contact Bill Kramer at 563-599-7884).