Dufresne wins seven on the loss side to down Dayrit and win Amateur Tour Championship
L-R Alberto Estevez (3rd), Ryan Dayrit (2nd), Jose Kuilan (4th),
and Pascal Dufresne (1st)
L-R Russell Masciotti (3rd/4th), Amir Uddin (2nd), Max Watanabe (3rd/4th), and Kevin Shin (1st)
L-R Stephen Motilal (3rd/4th), KC Clayton (1st), Jason Goberdhan (2nd), and Carlos Duque (3rd/4th)
L-R Bianca Martinez (2nd) and Miguel Laboy (1st)
Complete ABCD Payouts
1 CAN DUFRESNE Pascal 6,000
2 USA DAYRIT Ryan 3,500
3 USA ESTEVEZ Alberto 2,000
4 KUILAN Jose 1,000
5 USA GUTIERREZ Jim 700
5 USA HA Julie 700
7 USA SHLEMPERIS Dave 400
7 USA LEE Ray 400
9 USA AVALLONE Corey 300
9 ZAVERI Jaydev 300
9 USA LYONS Paul 300
9 USA HARRICHARAN Matthew 300
13 USA KLEIN Matt 250
13 USA CARPENTER Paul 250
13 WATANABE Max 250
13 USA GANLEY Chris 250
17 USA RAMIREZ Lidio 175
17 USA GOMEZ Ernesto 175
17 DOM GUZMAN Juan 175
17 PATRICK Demain 175
17 USA KELLY Chris 175
17 USA TANIYAMA Akiko 175
17 USA CALLAGHAN Dave 175
17 USA KIM Irene 175
2nd Chance Finishers
2nd Chance - Upper Bracket
1 Kevin Shin $250
2 Amir Uddin $180
3/4 Max Watanabe $110
3/4 Russell Masciotti $110

2nd Chance - Lower Bracket
1 KC Clayton $300
2 Jason Goberdhan $230
3/4 Stephen Motilal $150
3/4 Carlos Duque $150
3rd Chance Mixed
1 Miguel Laboy $150
2 Bianca Martinez $70
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It’s been a good year for Pascal Dufresne, his best to-date, capped this past weekend (December 14-15) with a come-from-the-loss-side win at the 2019, $9,930-added Predator Pro Am Amateur Tour Championships, which drew 93 entrants to the event’s annual host, Raxx Billiards in West Hempstead, NY. Dufresne cashed in seven events this year; three on the Tri-State Tour, including two wins (April and September) and four on the Predator Pro Am Tour, including victories in March and this most recent event in the tour’s season finale. He also made an appearance at the 14:1 American Straight Pool Championships in October and though he failed to cash in the event, he was responsible for a computer program, utilized by the Billiards Sports Network that ran the event’s live stream that analyzed the performance of the event’s competitors.

Dufresne’s path to the winners’ circle began with back-to-back wins over Hector Torres and Chris Kelly, both 7-3, before he ran into Julie Ha, who moved his trip to the loss-side of the tracks with a 7-4 win. Ha moved on to a double hill win over Matthew Harricharan, which brought her to a winners’ side semifinal match against Alberto Estevez. Meanwhile, Ryan Dayrit, who’d gotten by Erick Carrasco 7-3, Brandonne Alli 7-1 and Ray Lee 7-4, chalked up two straight double hill wins over Pauls Carpenter and Lyons to arrive at a winners’ side semifinal match against Jim Gutierrez.

Ha locked up in a second straight double hill fight, against Estevez, but it was Estevez who moved on to the hot seat match. He was joined by Dayrit, who’d defeated Gutierrez 7-3. Dayrit claimed the hot seat and what proved to be his last win 7-4 over Estevez.

Ha moved to the loss side and ran into an immediate rematch against Dufresne, who’d chalked up loss side wins #3 and #4 against Matthew Harricharan, double hill, and Dave Shlemperis 7-2 to reach her. Gutierrez drew a rematch, as well, against Jose Kuilan, whom he’d sent to the loss side in a double hill, third round battle and who’d subsequently gone on to win three, almost four straight, loss-side double hill matches; against Irene Kim (6-5), Chris Ganley (6-5), Corey Avallone (6-5) and Ray Lee (6-4).

Dufresne and Kuilan mounted successful rematch campaigns and eliminated Ha and Gutierrez; Dufresne 7-3 over Ha and Kuilan 6-3 over Gutierrez. Dufresne then won the subsequent quarterfinal battle against Kuilan 7-4.

A double hill semifinal followed, with Dufresne prevailing over Estevez to earn his spot in the finals against Dayrit. In the extended race-to-9 battle, Dufresne reached his target ‘7’ ahead of Dayrit, extending the race, and added the two he needed to win it.

Robles thanked Holden Chin, Matthew Harricharan, Troy Deocharran, and Joshua Friedberg’s Raxx staff for their hospitality, his own Predator Pro Am staff (to include his lovely wife, Gail) and title sponsor Predator Cues, Ozone Billiards, PlayNAPL.com, The DeVito Team, PoolOnTheNet.com, Cappelle (BilliardsPress.com), AZBilliards, Pool & Billiard Magazine and Billiards Digest. The Predator Pro Am Tour will open its 2020 season at Steinway Billiards with an event scheduled for the weekend of January 18-19, 2020.

Story by Skip Maloney AZBilliards

 
 
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