Top Finish for Fitzpatrick on Tri State Tour
Tri-State Tour / East Rutherford, NJ
by Jeff Williams
Twenty-six billiard players entered Castle Billiards in East Rutherford, NJ, with one goal in mind: to win this Tri State Tour C-D event held October 6. However, Dave Fitzpatrick was the only one up for the task.
Fitzpatrick’s first victim was Teddy LaPadula, whom Fitzpatrick took down 7-4. He then took on a confident Steven Brush, winning by virtue of a 1-9 carom shot. Fitzpatrick’s next match was a true test, playing tour newcomer Emily Duddy. The score was knotted at 3 when Fitzpatrick left the next two 9 balls hanging in the pocket, allowing Duddy to reach the hill. With better then normal safety play, Fitzpatrick fought his way back to a strong hill-hill finish.
After winning the hot seat from Alex Borukhovich, Fitzpatrick was afforded a break while he waited for his next opponent, and Dave Shemperis was happy to oblige. Shemperis took a 5-3 lead, needing to win one more rack to send the race to 8, but Fitzpatrick on the alert with tricky and strong defensive play, winning rack after rack. In the last rack, there was a great safety battle, with Fitzpatrick emerging the victor.
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