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Mike Davis Jr. wins the Annual Andy Grubbs Memorial Emerald Coast Open at Starcade Billiards in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Mike Davis

After almost a three year hiatus, Starcade Billiards returned to the tournament scene this past weekend and hosted their largest field to date. This year 113 players were in attendance vying for a slice of the biggest prize fund in Starcade's history. Several touring pros and top regional talent were present, as well as some from afar, such as Mike Davis Jr., Cliff Joyner, Scotty Townsend, Pablo Matheu, Jeff Abernathy, Justin Ledford, Tommy Kennedy, Jesse Middlebrook, Denny Singletary, Mike Delawder, Nick Applebee, Denny Singletary, Rick Howard, Jamie Baraks, JR Rossman, Kris Pitts, to name a few…
The purse was $1,500 added, $50 entry, 100% payout, no hidden fees, with $2,000 reserved for the king of the hill. Starcade Billiards does it right every single time. Robert Harris, Harris Cues, co-sponsored the event and raffled off a beautiful $1,500 cue and awarded another cue to the Champion, as well.
This event proved to be a tough one, as some top players were upset with an early exit on the first day. Cliff Joyner and Scotty Townsend didn’t make it to the money. Winner’s brackets were races to nine and loser’s bracket matches were races to seven on both days.
Mike Davis was sent to the one-loss side by Jeff Abernathy. However, Mike worked the left side like a pro and avenged his early loss to Jeff by handing him a 4th place envelope.
Meanwhile, Jamie Baraks was in dead stroke and made it to the hot seat by defeating Nick Applebee. Mike was waiting for Nick and had momentum, setting up a final match with Jamie. The final match was a single race to 12. Mike took the crown by pocketing the last nine ball.