Four of the final five players competing
in the Open/Pro event of the November 2-3 stop on the
Predator Pro Am Tour had drifted north from participating
in the International 9-Ball Open in Norfolk, VA. Can
you guess which four, among Hsu Kai-Lun, Fu Che-Wei,
Liu Cheng-Chieh, Ko Ping-Han and Tony Robles?
Hsu Kai-Lun and about half a dozen fellow Taiwanese
players signed on to the $500-added event, with Kai-Lun
going undefeated through the field of 19, hosted by
The Spot in Nanuet, NY. Kai-Lun defeated separate opponents
in the hot seat (Robles) and finals (Fu Che-Wei) to
claim the title.
Kai-Lun had to defeat Fu Che-Wei twice; the first time
in a winners’ side semifinal, as Tony Robles squared
off against Liu Cheng-Chieh in the other one. Kai-Lun
downed Che-Wei 7-4 and was joined in the hot seat match
by Robles, who’d sent Cheng-Chieh to the loss
side 7-3. Kai-Lun claimed the hot seat 7-3 over Robles.
On the loss side, Che-Wei picked up Lin Ta-Li, who’d
defeated Mike “Fingers” Badsteubner 7-2,
and Max Watanabe 7-4. Liu Cheng-Chieh drew Ko Ping-Han,
who’d eliminated Chang Yu-Lung 7-4 and Joey Korsiak
Ping-Han downed Cheng-Chieh 7-2, and in the quarterfinals,
faced Che-Wei, who’d eliminated Ta-Li 7-4. Che-Wei
then defeated Ping-Han to face Robles in the semifinals.
Che-Wei got a second shot at Kai-Lun in the hot seat,
with a 7-4 win over Robles in the semifinals. The second
meeting between Kai-Lun and Che-Wei was a double hill
battle for the event title. Kai-Lun won it 7-6 to claim
Dayrit goes undefeated through field of 62
Ryan Dayrit and Keith Guenzel battled twice to claim
the $1,000-added Amateur event title that drew 62 entrants.
They met twice, hot seat and finals, to claim the title.
They advanced to their respective winners’ side
semifinals; Dayrit, facing Carlos Duque and Guenzel,
squaring off against Levie Lampaan. Dayrit moved into
the hot seat match with a 7-4 victory over Duque. Guenzel
joined him after downing Lampaan 7-2. Dayrit took the
first of two against Guenzel 8-4 and waited in the hot
seat for the second to happen.
Lampaan and Duque moved to the loss side where they
picked up Jaydev Zaveri and Nick Croce, respectively.
Zaveri had survived two straight double hill matches
versus Bud Robideau and Ocheign Carlos to reach Lampaan.
Croce had eliminated Jay Choi 7-3 and Nicole Monaco
Zaveri advanced to the quarterfinals 7-4 over Lampaan
and was joined by Duque, who’d defeated Croce,
double hill. Duque took the quarterfinal match that
Duque started the semifinals against Keith Guenzel with
‘4 on the wire’ in a race to 9. He managed
to chalk up the four he needed to force a single deciding
game, which Guenzel won for a second shot at Dayrit
in the hot seat.
Dayrit and Guenzel then locked up in a double hill final,
which Dayrit finally won to claim the event title.
A Second Chance drew nine entrants and was won by Julie
Ha. She took home $110 for her efforts, which included
her final 7-5 victory over Mike Harrington ($70).
Tour director Tony Robles thanked Rhys Chen and his
staff at The Spot for their hospitality, as well as
title sponsor Predator Cues, Ozone Billiards, PlayNAPT.com,
The DeVito Team, Poolonthenet.com, Capelle (BilliardsPress.com),
AZBilliards, Pool & Billiard Magazine, Billiards
Digest and his own Predator Pro Am team, to include
his lovely wife, Gail. The next stop on the Predator
Pro Am Tour, scheduled for the weekend of November 16-17,
will be a Double Points, $1,000-added event, hosted
by Cue Bar in Bayside (Queens), NY.
Story by Skip Maloney AZBilliards