A very tough field, one shy of a full line up, came to Tracy Whitney’s High Pockets for the One Pocket division of the Memphis Open. Joey Gray took the bye as the rest of the field went to work. First round casualties included pre-tournament favorites Danny Smith, defeated by Chip Compton 4-1, and Tony Chohan, who was taken down by Billy Thorpe 4-0.
After defeating Smith in the first round, Compton defeated the always tough Josh Roberts and veteran Jeremy Jones while Hall defeated High Pockets house pro Robb Saez, young gun Billy Thorpe and former US Open One Pocket champ Corey Deuel to arrive at the hot seat match. Hall won the showdown 4-2 and sent Compton over to the west side to wait for an opponent.
Meanwhile, on the west side, Chohan mowed down Saez, Roberts, Johnathan Pinegar (“Hennessee”) and Deuel. After losing his second match, Thorpe took down Drake Niepoetter, Gray and Jones. It was time for a Chohan-Thorpe rematch and, again, Thorpe prevailed 4-2.
It was now the semi-finals and both players fought hard to go on to the finals but when it was over, it was Compton 4-2 leaving Thorpe in third place.
Since it would be true double elimination, Compton would have to defeat Hall twice to win the event. It was a neck and neck battle as both players fought hard. With the score knotted at 3-3, Compton missed a bank & Hall ran out to take the title.
Congratulations to Justin Hall for becoming the new Memphis Open One Pocket Champion – great showing by Chip Compton!
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Article by Mary Kenniston – AZBilliards