Phil Davis became the 7th different player
to win the Amateur event of the Annual George "Ginky"
Sansouci Memorial Tournament, held this past weekend
- May 27-29 - at Steinway Billiards in Astoria (Queens),
NY. Held under the combined auspices of the Predator
Pro Am, Tri-State and Mezz Tours, the event featured
its usual array of amateur-status talent. Last year's
winner, Tony Liang, was out of this one early, leaving
the door open for Davis to go undefeated and follow
(in order) Raj Vannala, Daniel Dagotdot, Mike Yednak,
Kapriel Delimelkonoglu, Rhys Chen and Liang into the
Ginky Memorial history book.
Attendance at this annual event has grown steadily over
the years, although the numbers did drop a little this
year; from 190 to 165 in the $2,000-added Amateur event,
and from 54 to 44 in the $2,000-added Pro event, which,
by the way, was won by Jayson Shaw (see separate story).
Last year's winner, Zion Zvi, like Tony Liang in the
Amateur event, was knocked out early.
Both events were streamed live throughout the weekend
by AZBTv, sponsored by Blatt Billiards, and featuring
the commentary of Upstate Al and a host of guest commentators.
The 165-entrant Amateur tournament divided the players
up into two separate brackets of A players and B-D players.
They did not meet until the very end. Amy Yu won the
B-D bracket, while Ramon Rodriguez won the A bracket.
Davis, defeated early by Rodriguez, came back on the
loss side to defeat him and advance to the finals against
As the event moved into the 9/12 matches, only one previous
Ginky Memorial champion remained, Rhys Chen, who, after
a 7-5 victory over James Conn, was knocked out by Koka
Davladze 8-6. Davladze, who'd previously eliminated
James Stevens 9-6 advanced to meet Davis in the 5/6
matches. Junior Singh, in the meantime, having defeated
Neven Lipovac 7-4, and Benny Rosado 7-5, picked up Gary
Davis and Singh advanced to the quarterfinals; Davis
7-1 over Davladze, and Singh 7-5 over Bozigian. Davis
took the quarterfinal match over Singh 9-5, and then,
in a re-match against Rodriguez, downed him 7-5 for
a shot at Amy Yu.
He took full advantage. Giving six racks to Yu in a
race to 13, Davis completed his loss side run with a
13-8 victory to claim the 7th George "Ginky"
Sansouci Memorial title.
Event director Tony Robles, as he is every year at this
time, was demonstrably appreciative of the effort put
forth by representatives from the Tri-State and Mezz
Tours, as well as the ownership and staff at Steinway
Billiards. In addition to thanks offered to Blatt Billiards
(BlattBilliards.com) for their sponsorship of the live
stream, Robles also thanked sponsors Predator Cues,
Ozone Billiards, PlayNAPL.com, PoolOnTheNet.com, Cappelle
(BilliardsPress.com), and the DeVito team.
Story by Skip Maloney AZBilliards