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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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Lilly chalks up third (almost) straight win on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour

Don Lilly

He took a week off from the winners’ circle. Don Lilly won two straight stops on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour, going undefeated through one (January 28) and winning seven on the loss side to dethrone Mark Tademy in the next (February 4). Though he competed last week (February 10-11) he failed to cash in the tournament. He returned to compete on the February 17-18 stop on the tour, which drew 50 entrants to The Clubhouse in Lynchburg, VA. Apparently preferring the undefeated route, Lilly chalked up his third (almost) straight win on the tour.
 
Lilly faced separate opponents in the hot seat and finals of this one. He advanced to a winners’ side semifinal against Chris Bush, while Scott Roberts and Lance Davis squared off in the other one. Lilly sent Bush to the loss side 7-1, and in the hot seat match, faced Roberts, who’d defeated Davis 9-2. Lilly and Roberts battled to double hill, before Lilly closed it out 7-8 (Roberts racing to 9) and waited on the return of Collin Hall.
 
Sent to the loss side by Davis in a winners’ side quarterfinal, Hall opened his trek back to the finals against Randy Tate. He defeated both Tate and Bernie Kirby 7-5 to draw Bush. Davis picked up Michael Wyatt, who’d eliminated Chuck Cuneo, double hill, and Bo Blakely 5-4 (Blakely racing to 6).
 
Davis and Hall advanced to a rematch in the quarterfinals, Davis downing Wyatt 6-2, as Hall shut Bush out. Hall then gave up only a single rack to Davis, before facing Roberts in the semifinals and defeating him 7-6 (Roberts racing to 9). Lilly completed his undefeated run with a 7-1 victory in the finals over Hall.
 
Tour directors Herman and Angela Parker thanked the ownership and staff at the Clubhouse, 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 the weekend of February 24-25, will be hosted by Pal’s Bar & Grill in Piedmont, SC.