Rolling Stone Gathers no Loss
Lucasi Hybrid Straight Pool Champion, Thorsten Hohmann seemed to have a difficult time adjusting from straight pool to 10-Ball, as he lost his first match to 21-year-old Ozone Billiards U.S. Amateur Open champion Ryan Stone from Dayton, Ohio. Ineligible to compete in the Amateur 9-Ball event after winning the 8-Ball event, Stone jumped at the opportunity to contend with the pros in 10-Ball when a spot came available. Double-dipping Hohmann’s protégé Dominic Jentsch in the 8-Ball finals gave Stone the stones to defeat Hohmann 9-5.
Currently still on the winners’ side are Dennis Orcollo, John Schmidt, and Mika Immonen who is set to play Mike Davis. Highlight match of the evening features Johnny “The Scorpion” Archer against young Jentsch. Shane Van Boening narrowing escaped one earlier after being down 6-4 against Jacksonville’s own Sato Takuys, Japanese champion who relocated a couple years ago for the action.
Day two of 9-Ball action of the Ozone Billiards U.S. Amateur Open continues and so does the Dominic Jentsch Show. It seems the most unfortunate player would be the age 20 to 49 male as your options are limited to only the Open division or the pro event. Jentsch is the perfect example of maximizing his play time as he will be competing in a total of seven events in five days.
The women’s division finds 8-Ball champ Monica Riley and the stylish Texan Cristina De La Garza still undefeated. Runner up from the 8-Ball event, Samm Diep took an early exit with a fatal scratch on the 8 ball at hill-hill against junior champion Brianna Miller who is still alive in both the women’s and juniors’ divisions. Also still kicking of the juniors are the usual Nick Tafoya, Adam Behnke, Landon Shuffett, Austin Murphy, and of course, Jentsch. Tafoya, Shuffet, and Jentsch are leading the board in the open division as well.