Ussery comes back to defeat Monday in Jacoby Custom Cues final

Six of the seven total matches that B.J. Ussery played on the Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour on the weekend of July 31-August 2 were decided by identical 7-3 scores. One of those seven matches was a 7-3 defeat at the hands of Sam Monday in the battle for the hot seat. The race-to-9 format of the finals precluded the possibility of a complete 7-3 day, as Ussery returned from the semifinals to take home the first place prize.The $1,000-added event drew 30 entrants to Fast Eddie's in Goldsboro, NC.

All of the matches among the winners' side final four were decided by 7-3 scores, as well. Ussery defeating Jeff Abernathy, Sam Monday versus Earl Strickland and finally, for the hot seat, Monday sending Ussery to the semifinals.

Cary Dunn and Delton Howard were waiting for Strickland and Abernathy on the one-loss side; Dunn, having ousted Ronnie Wiseman 7-4 and Eddie Little 7-5, as Howard was taking care of Mac Harrell 7-1 and Dustin Wiley 7-3. Dunn then survived a hill-hill struggle versus Strickland, while Abernathy started his march to the semifinals with a 7-5 win over Howard. Dunn ended up on the wrong end of his second straight hill-hill battle in the quarterfinals versus Abernathy that followed.

Ussery got his chance at a re-match against Monday in the finals with his last 7-3 win of the day, over Abernathy. The final matchup wasn't as easy. Ussery and Monday battled back and forth, one game a time, to a 6-6 tie, before Ussery finished it by winning the final three games.

In a nine-entrant Early Bird Tournament on Friday, Cary Dunn took top honors and a $100 with a defeat over Steven Page in the finals. Page earned $60 for his efforts, while Jeff Abernathy took home $20 in third place. A five-entrant Second Chance Tournament on Sunday saw Russell Sasser take home $70, after a 7-1 win in the finals over Justin Ward, who pocketed $30.