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Melrose, Applebee and Hicks split top three prizes on Tiger Southeast Open 9-Ball Tour

Rob Melrose, Nick Applebee and Bobby Hicks opted out of the semifinal and final matches on the Tiger Southeast Open 9-Ball Tournament on Sunday, May 10, and split the top three prizes. As the undefeated hot seat occupant, Melrose claimed the $1,000-added Tiger Greater Orange Park Classic title which had drawn 26 entrants to Park Ave. Billiards in Orange Park, FL.


It was Melrose and Applebee who locked horns in the hot seat match (Applebee is tour director for the Shark Billiards Tour, which had completed a stop the day before). Melrose had sent Dennis Fowler west 7-4, as Applebee was busy defeating Sean Mitchell 7-5. Melrose played what proved to be his last match and defeated Applebee 7-4.


Mitchell and Fowler moved to the loss side and were eliminated immediately. Anthony Meglino, who'd defeated David Byler and William C, both 7-3, ousted Mitchell 7-5.  Bobby Hicks, who'd survived a double hill match versus Will Carver and defeated Bobby Garza 7-5, shut Fowler out.


Hicks then chalked up the event's final win with a 7-5 victory over Meglino in the quarterfinals. The remaining three chose not to proceed and split the top three prizes.

Korean Dragon wins Florida Tour Opener

Charlie Williams

Charlie Williams may have gotten off to a slow start as he lost his second match of the tournament in Melbourne Florida on the first stop of the Florida Pro Open Nine Ball Tour, but that loss did not stop him. Charlie clawed his way thru the one loss side all the way to the final match with Rob Melrose and then defeated Melrose 13-11 for the tournament win. Williams collected $1600 for the win while Melrose settled for $1150 for second. John Ditoro and Steve Knoll filled out the top 4.