More than $3,000 in cash was at stake when 24 professional pool players gathered for a Southeastern 9-Ball Tournament this past weekend at the Candlelight Family Billiard Parlor in Brooksville. Tommy Kennedy of Orlando emerged as the big winner, pocketing $1,000.
Dennis Searing of Hollywood won $700 for finishing second, followed by Steve Tomlinson of Stuart ($500), Ocala's Ken Tucker ($350), Orlando's Mike Mauney ($235), Orlando's Ted Robinson ($235), C.M. Lee of Seminole ($190) and Bob Yahrling of DeLand ($190).
The tournament in Brooksville included more than 12 hours of play, starting Saturday afternoon and concluding Sunday night. The first player to win nine games won his match and advanced in the double-elimination tourney.
Kennedy played more than 100 games before winning the tournament, Candlelight co-owner Frank Kovar said.
Kennedy is the top-ranked player on the 25-event Southeastern 9-Ball circuit, which began its season in January in Orlando and concludes later this month in Naples. When the tour played at the Candlelight hall for the first time last October, Kennedy also was the winner.
The tour's next stop is Saturday in Fort Myers.
_ TIM BUCKLEY