Girl Power Prevalent at Turning Stone XI Billiard Event
Turning Stone Classic XI / Verona, NY
The majority of the female contestants at the Turning Stone Classic XI have experienced success in their first-round matches. Of the lucky seven ladies, four advanced to the second round undefeated, some having notched major upsets along the way.
Julie Kelly, originally from Ireland, showed up with road partner Karen Corr determined to make a mark. And she did, going toe to toe with recent Million Dollar 9-Ball Shootout victor Corey Deuel. “Cash Money” reached the hill first 8-6, but a poorly played safety gave Kelly one more shot. Deuel never got back to the table, as “Motor Molly” raced her way through that rack and the next two as well to win 9-8.
Corr won her match earlier 9-1 over James Roberts, and Canada’s Joanne Ashton also triumphed in a double-hill match against Jason Hutchins. Liz Ford followed suit in her match against Bobby Blackmore.
There was a small surprise in the outcome of the match between Jonathan Pinegar and Shawn “Big Bubba” Putnam. Putnam never seemed to catch a gear, and Pinegar was able to capitalize on his errors to win their match 9-3. Recent Seminole Pro Tour winner Mike Davis came through a hill-hill match with Andy Attard and will face England’s Raj Hundal in the second round. Hundal also went double-hill in his first-round match against Carmen Lombardo.
Robb Saez and Chris Szuter both advanced and will meet in the second round, Saez having routed Mark Northrup 9-1 and Szuter winning 9-3 over Chris Leal. Another featured second-round match-up will be between Ernesto Dominguez and Francisco Bustamante. Additionally, former U.S. Open champion Gabe Owen defeated Sal Marcello 9-1 in the first round and moves on to play Matt Krah, who won 9-2 over Damon Sobers.
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