#4: McGee comes back to take down Souvanthong on Tiger
SE Open 9-Ball Tour stop
|Tour director Tommy Kennedy had no idea who Jared McGee
was until he faced him in the quarterfinals of the July
20-21 stop on Kennedy's Tiger Southeast Open 9-Ball Tour.
Kennedy knows who he is now, because McGee, in the midst
of a five-match, loss-side streak when they met, defeated
Kennedy and went on to defeat hot seat occupant, Bucky
Souvanthong, to claim the event title. The $1,000-added
event drew 34 entrants to Pockets in Dothan, AL.
McGee and Kennedy were moved to the loss bracket in the
same, winners' side final eight round; McGee, by Scotty
Townsend and Kennedy, by Max Oliver. Townsend moved on
to face Souvanthong, as Oliver drew Matt Bulfin. Souvanthong
sent Townsend west 9-5, and in the battle for the hot
seat, met Bulfin, who'd defeated Oliver 9-7. Souvanthong
got into the hot seat 9-6 over Bulfin, and waited on McGee.
Townsend drew Kennedy, who'd defeated Stoney Stone, and
then, Scotty Townsend's son, Michael; thus denying father
(Scotty) and son (Michael) an opportunity to compete.
Oliver had the misfortune of picking up the man he'd sent
west, one match before - McGee, who'd gotten by Josh Hillard
and Denny Singletary.
Kennedy followed his defeat of the Townsend son, by defeating
the Townsend father 9-7. He was introduced, in the quarterfinals,
to McGee, who'd eliminated Oliver 9-2. Kennedy learned
all he needed to know about McGee, when the younger man
allowed him only a single rack in the quarterfinals.
McGee moved on and defeated Bulfin in the semifinals 9-5.
In the single, race-to-11 final, Souvanthong put up a
fight, but McGee edged ahead to win it by two, 11-9, and
claim the event title.
1st Jared McGee $730
2nd Bucky Souvanthong $470
3rd Matt Bulfin $380
4th Tommy Kennedy $280
5th Scotty Townsend $180
5th Max Oliver $180
7th Denny Singletary $80
7th Michael Townsend $80
Highest Lady Finisher $25 Tracie Majors
Highest Senior Finisher $50 David Macon
Highest Junior Finisher $25 Split Brad Dykes/Eli White
#3: Kennedy goes undefeated on his Tiger SE Open 9-Ball
|Tommy Kennedy brushed aside a near miss in the hot seat
match to claim the hot seat from John Gore, and then,
in the finals defeat him a second time to capture the
April 6 event on his own Tiger SE Open 9-Ball Tour. The
$500-added event drew 23 entrants to The Corner Pocket
in Green Cove Springs, FL
As Kennedy was busy sending Jesse Engel to the west bracket
7-4, among the winners' side final four, Gore had his
hands full with his first of three double hill matches.
He prevailed in the first against David Grossman to face
Kennedy, but dropped the second, leaving Kennedy in the
Engel moved over to pick up Mark Coats, who'd gotten by
Jason Clark and defeated Bobby Garza 7-5. Grossman drew
Trevor Moore, who'd been sent to the loss side by Engel,
and defeated Larry Warf and Tomo Ito 7-4. Coats and Moore
handed Engel and Grossman their second straight loss,
both by 7-4, and moved on to face each other in the quarterfinals.
Moore then downed Coats by the same 7-4 score, and locked
up in a double hill battle against Gore (his third in
a row) in the semifinals. Gore dropped the final 9-ball
for a second shot at Kennedy in a single, extended race-to-11
final. No double hill struggle for Gore this time, as
Kennedy took the single match 11-5 to claim the event
Kennedy thanked room owners, Laurie and David Rigsby,
and their staff for their hospitality, as well as sponsors
Tiger, Mueller Products and Simonis Cloth.
1st Tommy Kennedy $485
2nd John Gore $350
3rd Trevor Moore $250
4th Mark Coats $150
5th Jesse Engel $75
#2: Meglino and Kennedy split top prizes on Tiger SE Open
|Afterwards, Tommy Kennedy admitted that had he played
a final match against Anthony Meglino, he would likely
have been defeated. Meglino had defeated him in the opening
round of the February 23 stop on the Tiger SE Open 9-Ball
Tour, and though Kennedy had fought his way back through
eight matches on the loss side to meet him again in the
finals, both agreed that it had grown a little too late
to test Kennedy's loss-side streak or Meglino's undefeated
run. They opted out of a final match and split the top
two prizes. The $500-added event had drawn 34 entrants
to Cunningham's Pool and Darts in Vero Beach, FL.
As Kennedy toiled away on the loss-side, Meglino advanced
among the winners' side final four to match up against
Devin Brown. Curtis Kelley and Jason Sheerman met in the
other winners' side semifinal. Meglino got into the hot
seat match with a 7-3 win, while Kelley survived a double
hill battle versus Sheerman. Kelley got into his second
straight double hill match, vying for the hot seat, but
Meglino held on to win it.
It was Sheerman who picked up the streaking Kennedy, who'd
won his fourth and fifth match on the loss side, against
Mark Coats (a 7-5 struggle, which, according to Kennedy,
came within a ball of double hill), and Sam Kantar 7-2.
Brown drew Adam Wheeler, who'd gotten by Raul Alvarez
7-2 and John DiToro 7-3. Kennedy dropped Sheerman 7-5,
and in the quarterfinals, met up with Wheeler, who'd ended
Brown's day 7-3.
Kennedy then defeated Wheeler 7-3, and was afforded the
opportunity for a re-match against Meglino, by taking
the semifinal match against Kelley 7-4. Kennedy and Meglino
took stock of the situation at that point, and decided
against a final match. Undefeated in the hot seat, Meglino
was declared the event winner.
As tour director, Kennedy thanked Cunningham's owner,
Chris Davila, for his support of the tour, as well as
sponsors Tiger Cues, Mueller Recreational Products, Simonis
Cloth, Cliff Manning, Andy Gilbert Custom Cues, Robert
Harris, and Marshall, for assisting him with the conduct
of the tour stop. The tour is scheduled for a hiatus,
while Kennedy prepares for his role as a member of the
World Professional Billiard League, whose inaugural season
is scheduled for late March/early April. Kennedy, along
with Scott Frost and Manny Chau, will be a member of the
league's Phoenix Fire team.
1st Anthony Meglino $555.00
2nd Tommy Kennedy $550.00
3rd Curtis Kelly $300.00
4th Adam Wheeler $200.00
5th Jason Sheerman $100.00
5th Devin Brown $100.00
7th Sam Kantar $80.00
7th John Ditoro $80.00
#1: Rentz goes undefeated to win Tiger SE Open 9-Ball
stop in Dothan, AL
|Rod Rentz stopped a seven-match, loss-side winning streak
by Denny Singletary to claim the Tiger Southeast Open
9-Ball Tour's event title on the weekend of February 16-17.
The $1,000-added event drew 32 entrants to Pockets Billiards
in Dothan, AL.
It was Rentz and Stoney Stone battling for the hot seat.
Rentz had just sent Tony Watson to the loss side 9-3,
as Stone was busy with a 9-7 win over J.R. Rossman. Rentz
then defeated Stone 9-4 and waited in the hot seat for
With two notches already on his loss-side belt, Singletary
defeated Michael Townsend and Joe Davis to meet up with
Watson. Rossman drew tour director Tommy Kennedy, who'd
sent Singletary west and gotten by Mark Shimelman 9-3
and Dewayne Logan 9-6. A 9-4 win by Singletary over Watson,
and 9-2 win by Kennedy over Rossman, set up a quarterfinal
re-match between Kennedy and Singletary.
Singletary won that quarterfinal re-match 9-5, and then,
dropped Stone into third place 9-7. In a single race to
11, though, Rentz gave up only two racks to end Singletary's
loss-side streak, complete his undefeated run and claim
the event title.
1st Rod Rentz $800.00
2nd Denny Singletary $500.00
3rd Stoney Stone $340.00
4th Tommy Kennedy $220.00
5th Tony Watson $150.00
5th JR Rossman $150.00
7th Joe Davis $75.00
7th Dewayne Logan $75.00