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Olinger comes from the loss side to double dip Roney at 12th Annual Bobby Wells Memorial

Tama Collins wins short-field Ladies event
Following a series of third place finishes, earlier this year, including the Derby City Classic's 9-Ball Banks event, Alex Olinger must have figured it was time to move up. On the weekend of June 11-12, he joined 63 competitors in Wichita, KS for the Midwest 9-Ball Tour's $2,600-added, 12th Annual Bobby Wells Memorial, hosted by Side Pockets in Wichita. After winning five on the loss side, Olinger double dipped hot seat occupant, Marshal Roney, to claim the title.
In a concurrently-run, $400-added Ladies event that drew 11 entrants, Tama Collins went undefeated to claim that title. Collins had narrowly defeated Taelor Parish in the hot seat match, double hill. On the loss side, Paula Goulden downed Debra Jennings 7-5 in the quarterfinals to face Parish in the semifinals. Goulden defeated Parish 7-2, and then, in the finals, fell to Collins in a single set 7-4.
In the Open event, Olinger was sent to the loss side in a winners' side quarterfinal by Sean King. King advanced to meet Terry Young in a winners' side semifinal, as Roney faced Cody Myers. Roney survived a double hill battle versus Myers, and in the hot seat match, met King, who'd sent Young over 9-5. Roney claimed the hot seat 9-4 and waited for Olinger to complete his five-match march on the loss side.
It was Myers who had the misfortune of picking up Olinger, three matches in to his loss-side run. Olinger had eliminatEd Scott Brown 9-1 and David Matlock 9-6. Young drew Manny Perez, who'd defeated Jason Sisler and Ken Jennings, both 9-4, to reach him.
Olinger moved into the quarterfinals after defeating Myers 9-4. Perez joined him with a 9-6 win over Young. Olinger's 9-7 win over Perez in those quarterfinals gave him a second chance against King, and he took full advantage. He defeated King 9-5 and moved into a double elimination final against Roney.
Olinger took the opening set 9-4. He repeated that score in the second set to claim the 12th Annual Bobby Wells Memorial title.

James goes undefeated to capture his first win at 9th Annual Bobby Wells Memorial

Most of the time, Jesse James works in Dewey, Oklahoma, as the principal of their middle school. He's played on the Midwest 9-Ball Tour, off and on, for about seven years (according to available data on the number of times he's finished in the money). On the weekend of June 15-16, with his son in attendance on Sunday, Father's Day, James broke through and went undefeated to claim his first Midwest 9-Ball Tour title in the 9th Annual Bobby Wells Memorial Tournament. The Open portion of the $2,300-added event drew 36 entrants to Side Pockets in Wichita, KS. A $200-added Ladies event drew a (very) short field of three entrants, and was won by Stephanie Winkler, who defeated Jenny Shafer, double hill, in the finals. 

From among the winners' side final four, James faced a multi-winner, Midwest 9-Ball veteran in Shane McMinn. Terry Young, in the meantime, squared off against Sam Cole in the other winners' side semifinal. James sent McMinn west 9-6, and in the battle for the hot seat, faced Young, who'd defeated Cole by the same score. James pretty much dominated the hot seat match, winning 9-3, and waited for Young to get back from the semifinals.
McMinn moved over and met up with Glen Atwell, who'd given up only three racks total in his previous two matches against Dave Witten (2) and Jason Sisler (1). Cole came up against Joey Gray, who, after falling to McMinn among the winners' side final eight, had defeated Taylor Anderson 9-6 and Brad Hussman 9-7.
Gray downed Cole 9-7, earning himself a re-match against McMinn, who'd eliminated Atwell 9-3. Gray took the quarterfinal match 9-4 over McMinn, and then had his four-match, loss-side streak ended in a double hill semifinal match, won by Young. James, though, with his son looking on, completed his undefeated run with a commanding 9-1 victory in the opening set of what could have been, but wasn't, a double elimination final.