Egeln Undefeated in Edison Billiard Event
Tri-State Tour / Edison, NJ
by Skip Maloney
In what came within a single match of pitting two brothers against each other in the finals, Jason Egeln defeated George Osipovitch to capture the first-place prize at the Tri-State Tour’s August 2 stop. The $500-added, B-D handicapped event drew 24 entrants to Sandcastle Billiards in Edison, NJ.
The brothers, Egeln and Dave Fitzpatrick, started the day among the winners’ side-final four and after defeating Osipovitch and Gary Murgia, respectively, faced each other in the hot seat match. It was elder brother Fitzpatrick, with a slightly lower rating (C), who entered the match with a game in hand against his higher-rated (C+) sibling. That single game at the start was the only lead Fitzpatrick held in the match. Egeln sent his brother to the semifinal match with a 6-3 victory and waited for him to return.
On the one-loss side, Tony Iglesias defeated Phil Carr 7-4, as Mario Sahatjian ended Chris Giannakouros’ tournament 7-5. Ossipovitch and Murgia, over from the winner’s side, then dropped Iglesias and Sahatjian into fifth place before facing each other in the quarterfinals. Ossopovitch advanced on the heels of an 8-6 victory to meet Fitzpatrick in the semifinals. In a match that featured a lot of safety play, Ossipovitch denied Fitzpatrick the opportunity to meet his brother in the finals by defeating him 6-4.
In the extended-format finals that would have gone to 8 games had Ossipovitch reached 6 games first, Egeln took command early and won it 6-4 to finish the tournament undefeated.
1st Jason Egeln
2nd George Ossipovitch
3rd Dave Fitzpatrick
4th Gary Murgia
5th Tony Iglesias
7th Phil Carr
9th Ed Liddawi