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