#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