They are crowd pullers, participating and watching audiences. There’s no denying that, although as a sparkling top-notch pool action, they generally leave a lot to be desired. They also tend to draw people to the tables – husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, fathers and sons – who might not otherwise participate in the general atmosphere of a regional pool tour stop, featuring an area’s best players. It has a way of “sowing the field,” so to speak. Engaging newcomers in the intrinsic pleasure of sports competition in the hope that it can lead to individual participation. Maybe not, but Herman Parker, tour director of the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour, “gets requests for them all the time,” so he’s scheduling Scotch Doubles tournaments, most recently this past weekend (January 15-16), when the tour held an additional $200 event that drew 19 teams to Corner Pocket in Fayetteville, NC.
The team of Jason Holmes and Sean Lee was victorious, although their way to the final and event victory took a trip to the semi-finals, when the team of Josh Shultz and Tanya Willaford defeated them in the hot seat match.
Holmes/Lee earned their place in that hot seat match with a 5-3 victory over Mike Soyka and Jason Williams in one of the winners’ semifinals. Shultz/Willaford got there by sending Chad Weachter and Michael Shan to the loss 5-2 in the other. Shultz/Willaford beat out Holmes/Lee’s ticket to the semi-finals with a double hill win in that hot seat match.
On the losing side, the Weachter/Shan team picked up the husband/wife team of Chris and Jacqui Rhoades, who recently knocked out Tyrone Davis and someone known only as “Lorenzo” in a double hill fight, then Chris Petoletti and Jason Rogers 5-4 (Petoletti/Rogers race to 7). Soyka/Williams drew Justin Knuckles and Allie Tilley, who had beaten Robert McDaniels and Kevin Williams, double hill, and Larry Moore and Lewis Croom 5-1.
The Rhoades family took on their opponents in another double hill fight, but this time their opponents – Weachter and Shan – won and advanced to the quarter-finals. Knuckles/Tilley joined them after losing Soyka/Williams for the second time in a row, 5-1.
Knuckles and Tilley took it one step further, beating Weachter/Shan 5-3 in those quarter-finals, but team Holmes/Lee had their sights set on a rematch and stopped Knuckles/Tilley 5-3 in the semi-final.
In what was reportedly their first team outing, Holmes and Lee went on to take down the hot occupants, Shultz and Willaford, twice. The opening set went double uphill before Holmes/Lee finished it off to make up for the losses of the last two remaining teams. Holmes/Lee won the second set 5-3 to claim the event title.
TD Herman Parker thanked the owner and staff of Corner Pocket for their hospitality, as well as title sponsor Viking Cues, BarPoolTables.net, Dirty South Grind Apparel Co., Realty One Group Results, Diamond Brat, AZBilliards.com and Federal Savings Bank Mortgage Department. The next stop on Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour will be a one-day affair, scheduled for this weekend (January 22). The $500 value-added event is hosted by Overtime Billiards in Columbia, SC.