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.
1st Donny Mills
2nd Richie Orem
3rd Jason Richko
4th Tony Crosby
5th Dave Ross
7th Butch Croft