Tommy Kennedy Takes The Mississippi Open

Tommy Kennedy

The J. Pechauer Custom Cues Southeast Open 9 Ball Tour held its fifth stop of the season the weekend of August 18th and 19th at Skeeters Billiards in Gulfport, Mississippi. This was a $1000 added event entitled The J. Pechauer Mississippi Open, which drew a strong playing field of fifty-one competitors.

The devastation of last year's hurricane Katrina is but a memory – showing that she could blow them down, but could not keep them down. The entire area is filled with dedication to fast recovery and building back bigger and better than they once were prior to the storm.

During the tournament, Skeeters was open twenty-four hours. The room provided nine-foot Diamond tables. On Saturday, the race was to seven on both sides, but Sunday the races went to nine, with a true double elimination finals format.

Some of the highlights for the weekend were as follows: day one of this two day event awarded highest senior, Mike Trawick, $50.00; highest junior finisher, Daniel McKenney, received $25.00; and highest female finisher was $50 and was split between Bettina Yurkos, Beth Edicicco, and Mara Whitfield.

On day two, the money matches showed Tommy Kennedy defeating Dale Sellers in the quarters one-loss side 9-2; the hot seat match pitted Davis Walters against Jay Bird, with Walters winning 9-6; the semi-finals were between Tommy Kennedy and Jay Bird, Bird lost 9-6; and the finals reflected Kennedy taking out Walters 9-5, 9-4 for the event win.

There were a total of twelve places paid out for this event and a total purse of $2825.00. In addition, a local non-profit charity of Gulfport, Mississippi received $45.00 for their cause.