Kong is King on Joss Billiard TourJoss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / Parsippany, NJ
by Rick Davis
The Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour streaked into Comet Billiards in Parsippany, NJ, over the October 27-28 weekend where Joey Kong was crowned king after earning his first tour win and going undefeated in the process besting the 39-player field.
Clearing up the late action on the winners’ side Kong slipped past tournament director Mike Zuglan 9-8 to earn a rest in the hot seat. On the one-loss side the remaining players were fighting for the right to stay alive. Past winner Marc Vidal eliminated Jeremy Sossei double-hill while WPBA pro Karen Corr ousted Tom Walter 9-3. Corr stayed in gear, knocking out Vidal 9-3 in the quarterfinals and then Zuglan 9-5 in the semifinals to reach the final showdown.
Kong shocked the crowd by opening with a 7-0 lead giving the pro whiplash. Corr, however, started to climb back and in no time had leaped to only an 8-6 deficit. The problem for Corr was that Kong was on the hill, and he capitalized in the very next game to claim the set and earn his first tour stop win.
1st Joey Kong
2nd Karen Corr
3rd Mike Zuglan
4th Marc Vidal
5th Tom Walter
7th Steve Lillis