Mills Heroic at Hammer Heads

J. Pechauer Southeast Open 9-Ball Tour / Holiday, FL
Donny Mills turned all heads the weekend of June 23-24 when he wrested the top-place finish from Reno Open champion Richie Orem. The J. Pechauer Southeast Open 9-Ball Tour was hosted by Hammer Heads Billiards in Holiday, FL, and saw 38 players come out to the Sunshine State.
Fighting through the one-loss side, Orem was faced with Tony “The Sniper” Crosby in the quarterfinals. He was able to face him down and advanced with a narrow 9-7 win. In the hot seat match, Mills met Jason Richko, skating by 9-6 to earn a break. Richko was no match for Orem in the semifinals, ending up going home with third place after a 9-5 defeat.
In the true double-elimination format, Orem was faced with the task of besting Mills twice in the finals. The first match went smoothly for “The Alaskan Assassin,” as he rolled over Mills 9-5. But the second set saw something unexpected come up: Mills was trailing in the match 8-3, while Orem was comfortably on the hill. Mills won the rack to make it 8-4 and then broke and ran the next five racks for an amazing victory.
Results:
1st Donny Mills
2nd Richie Orem
3rd Jason Richko
4th Tony Crosby
5th Dave Ross
Prescott Buckwold
7th Butch Croft
Bobby Livrago