It had been a month or so since Gary Bozigian's
father passed away, when he signed on to the March 4-5
stop on the Predator Tour; a $1,000-added event that
drew 51 entrants to Cue Bar in Bayside (Queens), NY.
He'd competed in events since his father had died, and
before this particular stop on the tour, but it wasn't
until he got into the hot seat of this one that the
possibility of winning it led him to speak to Tour Director
Tony Robles. Bozigian asked that in the event of his
completing an undefeated run through the field of entrants,
that his victory be dedicated to the memory of his father.
Bozigian chalked up two, back-to-back double hill victories
(hot seat and finals) over Matthew Harricharan to claim
the event title. The memory of his father will now live
on in his memories of a first tour victory.
Bozigian got into the hot seat match, following a 7-2
victory over Troy Deocharran in a winners' side semifinal,
as Harricharran was downing Dan Faraguna 7-3. Bozigian
claimed the hot seat over Harricharan in their first
of two straight double hill battles.
Deocharran moved over and picked up Kevin Shin on the
loss side. Shin had defeated Irene Kim 8-6 and Carmine
Andujar 8-3 to reach him. Faraguna drew Miguel Laboy,
who'd eliminated Lidio Ramirez 7-3, and Max Watanabe
Two 7-4 wins sent Deocharran and Faraguna to the quarterfinals.
Two 7-5 wins sent Faraguna (over Deocharran) to the
semifinals, and Harricharan (over Faraguna) to a re-match
against Bozigian in the hot seat. For the second time,
Bozigian and Harricharran locked up in a double hill
fight, with the same result. Bozigian won it to claim
his first Predator title, and an ever-lasting tribute
to his Dad.
Story by Skip Maloney AZBilliards