Houston’s own Kenneth Price, player and father, fought his way through an elite, 37-player open 9-ball division, besting Chase Rudder in the finals, 9-7, while Deer Park’s Bobby Pacheco, a father as well, took care of business in the 49-player amateur 9-ball division, overcoming Ft. Worth’s Jeff Williams in the true double elimination final, 7-0, 5-2. Price and Pacheco captured their very first Lone Star Billiards Tour titles this past Father’s Day, at Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar, where over a half dozen father-son duos came out to enjoy a weekend of pool fun!
Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar, along with tour sponsors Poison by Predator Cues www.poisonbilliards.com, Delta-13 Rack www.delta-13.com, Ozone Billiards www.ozonebilliards.com, www.ImproveYourShot.com, and the APA of North Harris County www.facebook.com/apanorthharriscounty, facilitated another successful event for Houston’s thriving pool community with a generous $1,000 added to the event, and owner David Richardson couldn’t have been more pleased with the turnout. Currently, Bogies (located at 3040 FM 1960 E. in Houston) is undergoing some long-awaited renovations. New carpet, pub chairs, countertops, and black top in the parking lot are just a few of the latest additions. Bogies’ moniker, “Family Pool Hall”, painted in bright yellow and red on the outside of the windows, rang true as families gathered for the weekend’s festivities. Richardson says, “I’m very proud of the changes and our customers are really enjoying the new amenities.”
There were nearly 60 players in attendance and 86 division entries at the Lone Star Tour 9-Ball Event held this past weekend, June 20th-21st, 2015 at Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar in Houston, Texas. Open division action saw Kenneth Price defeat Jason Byrd, David Richardson, Jeff Williams, 9-4, and Jesse Langston, 9-7, on his way to meet Chase Rudder for the hot seat match. Rudder bested Scott Mackenzie, 9-4, Joe Heinaman, 9-6, David Parker, 9-5, and Bill Fuller, 9-2. Price handily won the hot seat, 9-1. On the one loss side, Bill Fain eliminated Genaro Flores, and it was Joey Torres over Parker, 7-3. Heinaman ousted Williams, 7-2, while Bobby Pacheco conquered Bobby Perez, 7-3. After a third round loss to Williams, 9-5, Joey Torres came back to win six consecutive matches, including wins over Marc Garza, 7-1, Val Charles, 7-3, Flores and Langston, by the same score of 7-3. Meanwhile, Pacheco made his way past Fuller, 7-2, but was stopped short by Torres, 7-5. Rudder ended Torres’ run, 7-3, to meet Price for another round. In the finals, Price forged past Rudder, securing the set, 9-7, and his first open division title. Congratulations to Kenneth Price for finally breaking through in the open division!
In the amateur division, newcomer Jeff Williams was on fire! His victims included Anthony Authorlee, Will Felder, 7-4, Bill Fuller, 7-6, and Bill Fain, 7-4, while Bobby Perez blew through first-time competitor Ayham Shaddeh, Sonny Bosshamer, 7-6, Jeff Harris, 7-2, and finally Bobby Pacheco, 7-4. Williams and Perez battled it out for the hot seat, with Williams emerging victorious, 7-5. On the top of the one loss side, after losing his first match to Mark Cardenas, Port Lavaca’s own Joe Heinaman secured six consecutive matches, including wins over David Chow and Will Felder by the same score, 5-3, Joe Fagan, 5-4, and Jeff Harris, 5-0. After losing his first match to Williams, tour newbie Jim “The Pilot” Tomassoni also won six consecutive matches with victories over Joe Pelayo, 5-2, Anthony Gepayo, 5-1, J.C. Torres, and Rick Castillo, 5-4. Tomassoni took out Heinaman, 5-4, and Bill Fain ended Tomassoni’s run, 5-1. On the bottom of the one loss side, after suffering a 7-4 loss to Pacheco in the third round, Kenneth Price eliminated Jim Bishop, 5-2, while Bill Fuller overwhelmed Sonny “The Boss” Bosshamer, 5-3. Price slipped by Fuller, 5-4, only to be defeated again by Pacheco, 5-2. Pacheco went on to eliminate Fain, 5-3, and Perez, 5-2, to meet Williams in the finals. To say that Pacheco was on point would be a massive understatement. The long-time, Texas competitor, well-known in Houston for his affinity for bar table play (although this event was on 8’ tables), took down the undefeated Williams in the first set, 7-0. It wasn’t over yet. The ever-so-steady Williams made his bid for the second set, but Pacheco raged on, proving too much for Williams. Pacheco closed out the second set, 5-2. Congratulations to Bobby Pacheco who fought hard to win his first-ever Lone Star Tour title, with his son, Romeo, by his side the entire weekend!
There were four, beautiful and talented ladies who participated in the Lone Star amateur 9-ball division; Tangela Hunt, Marie Rodriguez, Yvonne Ramirez, and Regine Delores. A definitive “Top Lady” finisher could not be determined, therefore, each of these women will receive a discount on their next Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour event entry!
Many thanks to the entire Bogies staff for hosting another first-rate event! Special thanks to room manager Adam “Coop” Cooper for his part in tournament direction and long-time resident player Chuck Adams for his role in the players’ meeting. During the Poison Raffle on Saturday, first-time event goer Jason Byrd took home a beautiful pearl, Poison Strychnine 1 playing cue, compliments of Poison Billiards.
There were many new players at this event and at least a half dozen cities across the state of Texas were well-represented. For several players, this was their very first tournament experience! The Tour would like to encourage everyone who loves to play pool and compete in a friendly atmosphere, to attend a Lone Star Tour stop. The next opportunity to participate will be August 22nd-23rd, when the Lone Star Tour will descend on Round Rock, staging its 6th Annual Lone Star Tour Texas Open Warm-Up Event hosted by Skinny Bob’s Billiards. There will be a Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour 9-Ball Event on Sunday, August 23rd, players’ meeting beginning at 11:00am. Following the Gulf Coast event at Skinny Bob’s, the Gulf Coast Tour will stage it’s first-ever, $1,000 added women’s 10-ball event at Bogies Billiards (3040 FM 1960 E., Houston) on September 12th-13th. For more information on the Gulf Coast Tour, visit www.Facebook.com/GulfCoastTour.
Lone Star Staff
1 Kenneth Price $500/$525
2 Chase Rudder $380/$350
3 Joey Torres $200/$200
4 Bobby Pacheco $125/$120
5/6 Bill Fuller, Jesse Langston $50 ea
7/8 Joe Heinaman, Genaro Flores $35 ea
1 Bobby Pacheco $520/$450
2 Jeff Williams $340/$280
3 Bobby Perez $200/$120
4 Bill Fain $120/$70
5/6 Kenneth Price, Jim Tomassoni $50 ea
7/8 Bill Fuller, Joe Heinaman $35 ea
9/12 Jeff Harris, Jim Bishop, Sonny Bosshamer, Rick Castillo $25 ea