Sambajon Back in the Winners’ Circle
Blaze 9-Ball Tour / Levittown, NY
by Rick Davis
Santos Sambajon Jr. returned to the winners’ circle on the Blaze 9-Ball Tour to rack up his third first-place finish out of the twelve events held this season. Taking place at Leisure Time Billiards in Levittown, NY, this tournament attracted a 33-player field for this May 5-6 event.
Once the action reached the hot seat match Sambajon flew past Oscar Bonilla 7-3 to rest comfortably in the finals. Over on the one-loss side the incoming Bonilla was drilled 7-1 by Shin Park, who was looking for another tour win himself after taking two already this season. Back in the finals, Sambajon and Park fought tooth and nail until, at double-hill, Sambajon swept up the match with a break and run to claim top honors.
Also of note in the event were two powerful ladies entries, Liz Ford and Erin McManus. Ford, a consistent player on tour, defeated Earl “The Pearl” Strickland 7-4, while McManus worked up a commanding 6-2 lead over Park before the match slipped away from her double-hill.
Next, the Blaze 9-Ball Tour will fire up at the Atlantic City Billiard Club in Egg Harbor, NJ, May 20.
1st Santos Sambajon Jr.
2nd Shin Park
3rd Oscar Bonilla
4th Mhet Vergara
5th Liz Ford
7th Eddie Vasquez