2012 USCA Southeast Regional Championships
Tournament preview (5/15/2012)
The Southeast Regional returns to the South Carolina “Lowcountry” for the first time since 2008. Forty-two players — including the USCA's top-ranked player and current national champion, Danny Huneycutt — will play in three flights of singles and doubles. Play will be at three clubs in the Bluffton area: Palmetto Bluff, Spring Island, and Sun City, moving to Dataw Island for the finals.
Day 1 (5/16/2012)
The tournament began with singles block play, most players playing three games today. Still undefeated -- Second Flight: Tony Young and Joe Ryan; First Flight: Conrad Haas; Championship Flight: Ken Scoggins, Tom Yates, Danny Huneycutt, and Robert Hurst.
Most interesting referee call: a Rashomon-like scenario in which the two players in the game and the two most reliable witnesses all had different stories. The Tournament Director applied an appropriately Solomonic ruling.
Day 2 (5/17/2012)
All flights played their doubles blocks today. Most blocks went more or less to form, except for Second Flight doubles where Carl Johnson and Dennis Koziol, the highest handicap players in the tournament, won two of three games and the #2 seed in the playoff.
Thunderstorms moved through in the afternoon, interrupting play in the last round of the First Flight doubles block, and later stopping play entirely in Championship singles. Alan Langley and Conrad Haas made the most of the lightning delay. Just before play stopped, they were five-ball dead and in all kinds of trouble. But once play resumed they made good shots to clear both balls, then went on to win by a comfortable margin.
Day 3 (5/18/2012)
Important notes for Championship Flight singles: there are still three pegged-down games in Block B. Scoggins vs. Yates will resume at 8:15 at Sun City. Summer vs. Saunders will resume at 8:30 at Sun City. Vaughan vs. Hartmann will remain unfinished unless time is found later in the day and both players wish to finish. All quarterfinals will begin at about 9:00 and will be double-banked -- this is a change from the times listed in the player handout.
Day 4 (5/19/2012)
Danny Huneycutt has reached both finals — the singles with convincing wins over doubles partner Steve Summer and then Bill Daigle (himself having an excellent tournament), and the doubles with scrappier wins over local favories Bill Escher & Simon Jenkins and then Horace Hayworth & John Curington.
Another local favorite — Robert Hurst — advanced to the singles final with wins over Hayworth and Ken Scoggins. Hurst managed this feat despite his 3.5 handicap, and an unprecedented workload of four games in a single day.
In First Flight, local player Ralph Moore edged out Conrad Haas to prevent a husband-wife final — he will play Marie Haas in the final. Marie reached both finals, she and partner Art Thomasson beating Conrad Haas and Alan Langley in one semi-final. Locals Stan Abrahamson & Ron Pollard are the other doubles finalists.
Both Second Flight finals will be Sun City affairs — Joe Ryan vs. Art Thomasson in the singles, and Ryan with Don Smith vs. Marilyn Long & Jo Abrahamson in the doubles.
Day 5 (5/20/2012)
Finals day started with intermittent showers due to an unseasonably early tropical storm just offshore, but ended in glorious crisp sunny weather. Having used Sun City, Palmetto Bluff, and Spring Island for the first four days, the finals were played at Dataw Island, where a good crowd of players and guests enjoyed the beautiful creekside setting and the excellent Dataw Island brunch.
The action started with First and Second Flight doubles. The Second Flight final was an all-Sun-City affair, Don Smith and Joe Ryan beating Marilyn Long and Jo Abrahamson 19-9.
Art Thomasson played in Second Flight singles, but, lacking a doubles partner, was bumped up to First Flight for doubles. There he and partner Marie Haas had little succes in the block, but developed into a team in time for the playoffs, advancing to the final and winning 16-14 over Stan Abrahamson and Ron Pollard.
Ryan also made the Second Flight singles final, where he showed good break-play skills in a 14-9 win over Thomasson.
The Championship doubles final featured enough errors, good shots, and unusual situations to keep the crowd entertained. Marc “Soup” Campbell and Jeff Soo beat Danny Huneycutt and Steve Summer 17-12.
In the First Flight singles final, Ralph Moore beat Marie Haas.
In the Championship singles final, Robert Hurst had the first error, under-cutting a scatter shot and leaving the spent ball at 2. But he immediately re-took the initiative with a long hit-in. A missed roquet after 2-back turned it into anyone’s game again, and after some back and forth Huneycutt played two clean breaks to win 26-10 and to retain the regional championship singles title.
Block scores will be posted here each day. Tournament players: please check that your scores are correct; report any errors to a tournament official using the contact info in the player handout.
Championship Singles block A
Championship Singles block B
First Flight Singles block A
First Flight Singles block B
Second Flight Singles block
Championship Doubles block A
Championship Doubles block B
First Flight Doubles block
Second Flight Doubles block
First Flight Doubles
First Flight Singles
Second Flight Doubles
Second Flight Singles