Ambi Estevez, Matt Klein, Matt Harricharan
and Troy Deocharran
Ambi Estevez, Matt Klein, Matt Harricharan and Troy
Troy Deocharran and Matt Klein battled twice during
the Predator Pro Am Tour’s stop on the weekend
of January 19-20. Both matches were determined by a
last, single game; one in the hot seat and one again,
in the finals. The $1,000-added event drew 45 entrants
to The Spot in Nanuet, NY.
They met first, once Deocharran had sent Carlos Ocheign
to the loss side 7-2 in one winners’ side semifinal,
and Klein had defeated Marisol Palacios 8-4 in the other
one. In their first of two, racing to 7, Deocharran
claimed the hot seat 7-6, and waited for Klein to return
from the semifinals.
On the loss side, Palacios ran into Ambi Estevez, who
was facing his third straight female opponent, after
downing Suzzie Wong and Erin Bechner, both 7-4. Ocheign
drew Matt Harricharan, who’d eliminated Abel Rosario
7-6 and Gary O’Callaghan 7-4. That segment of
the loss-side bracket was running a little long, and
it would cause a few delays leading up to the quarterfinals.
In two diametrically opposite ways, Harricharan and
Estevez advanced to the quarterfinals. Harricharan survived
a double hill fight against Ocheign, while Estevez was
chalking them up, one right after another, on his way
to a shutout over Palacios; the last woman standing.
Harricharan and Estevez then locked up in a double hill,
quarterfinal battle, eventually won by Harricharan.
Klein put a stop to Harricharan’s loss-side run
with an 8-5 win in the semifinals.
The Deocharran/Klein re-match was on in a battle to
claim the event title. For the second time, they fought
back and forth to double hill; this time, racing just
a little further, to 9. Deocharran closed it out to
complete his undefeated run through the field.
A Second Chance tournament drew 8 entrants, with Max
Watanabe defeating Rich Hourihan 7-4 in the finals.
Tour director Tony Robles (and yours truly, the author
of this piece) thanked Rhys and Lenore Chen, owners
of The Spot and their staff for their hospitality. The
next stop on the Predator Pro Am Tour will be the 8th
Annual George “Ginky” Sansouci Memorial
Tournament, scheduled for this coming Memorial Day weekend
(May 26-28). The Predator Tour will share production
responsibilities for the “Ginky” Memorial
with the Tri-State and Mezz Tours. The event will feature
both an Amateur and Pro Tournament, each with $2,000-added.
Story by Skip Maloney AZBilliards