Fernandez Breezes Through Billiards Field
New England 9-Ball Series / Chelmsford, MA
by Marc Dionne
Country Club USA in Chelmsford, MA, played host to 22 of the strongest billard players in New England September 9. The New England 9-Ball Series offered $1,476 in prize money, and Dave Fernandez claimed the lion’s share at the series’ first event of the season.
This event was small but was not lacking in talent. Tournament favorite Mike Dechaine surprised all by dropping his first match to Randy Labonte 7-6, and another upset Mark Morgan defeating last year’s third-place finale finisher Roy Morgridge 7-3.
After coming back from a 6-4 deficit to defeat Morgan 7-6, Dechaine settled for fourth place after Joe Dupuis topped him 7-4. Dupuis also won a seesaw match against Ivo Petrov in the semifinals 7-5 to advance to the finals against Fernandez. The Player of the Year wasn’t afraid of Dupuis, though, and proceeded to win the match 7-3 for the first-place victory.