Four Undefeated Players Remain in 14.1 Championships
Predator Straight Pool Championships / East Brunswick, NJ
by Skip Maloney
Johnny Archer, Mika Immonen, Nick Van Den Berg, and Niels Feijen advanced undefeated Thursday in the Predator Straight Pool Championships, held in East Brunswick, NJ, this week. The top four finishers in eight groups of eight players have advanced to Thursday’s double elimination round of 32.
Germany’s Oliver Ortmann, the reigning champion, was also among those who advanced, concluding his three days of round robin action with a 6-1 record and total ball count of 660. Ortmann ended up in first place in his group. Mike Dechaine came in second with two losses, and Allen Hopkins finished at 5-2 in that group to finish third.
Five players in Group 2 of the round robin pairings ended up with 5-2 records. Tournament founder Charlie Williams finished at the top of that group with a 663 total ball count and advances, along with Mike Sigel (644), Ignacio Chavez (599), and Thorsten Hohmann (597).
USA’s Dave Daya was at the top of his group with a 6-1 record, in spite of recording only the fourth highest total ball count (613). Advancing with him were John Schmidt (5-2; 688); Germany’s Dominic Jentsch ((4-3; 657); and number-three seed, Netherland’s Huidji See (5-2; 629).
Advancing with Feijen were Bob Maidhof (5-2; 621), Danny Harriman (5-2; 598) and Danny Barouty (4-3; 584). Francisco Bustamante and Ralf Souquet finished with 6-1 records in their group and tied at 667 for the second-highest ball total. Advancing with them were Tony Robles, who, though finishing at 4-3, recorded the highest ball total for that group – 677. Vincent Facquet (4-3; 555) of France also advanced.
Van den Berg will be joined in the round of 32 by Corey Deuel (5-2; 626), Thomas Engert (5-2; 568), and Raj Hundal (4-3; 554). Joining Immonen from his group will be Konstantin Stepanov (6-1; 648), Bobby Hunter (5-2; 571) and Ed Deska (4-3; 507). USA’s Mike Davis was edged out of contention in that group, scoring the fourth-highest ball total (522), but finishing with a 3-4 record.
The young Jasmin Ouchan managed to tally the fourth-highest ball total (546) in her group that included the undefeated Johnny Archer to advance even with a 3-4 record at the end of the round robin action. Archer and Ouschan will be joined by Poland’s Radislaw Babica (5-2; 624) and Steve Lipsky (4-3; 587).
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