Florida Pro Tour Kicks Off

April 15th, 2006 by Billiard News by Inside POOL Magazine Leave a reply »

Florida Pro Tour Kicks Offby Rick DavisThe second stop of the Florida Pro Tour saw a huge opening at Player’s Billiards in Melbourne, FL. The event had a full field of players and had to turn away those on a waiting list in order to not run over the 64-player cap. A wide array of entrants from local tour regulars to those who are nationally known came to battle it out for their share of the $8000-added purse. Early-round action showcased some excellent play from Hunter Lombardo, “Rocket” Rodney Morris (pictured right), Ron Wiseman, Adam Wheeler, and others who cruised through their opening rounds. Tournament director John DiToro lost to Ben Conway Jr. in a tough match and noted, “It was a great match that went double-hill,” adding, “Ussery played a beautiful masse, which led to a safety battle that led to a tough shot on the ten ball, which I missed.” At the same time, Robb Saez defeated Nick Varner, and former U.S. Open champion Gabe Owen defeated Florida player Neil Fujiwara. Saez said that he and Varner played aggressively in their match. “Varner miscued in rack eight, which made a huge difference being 5-3 instead of 4-4,” said Saez afterwards.

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