Van Boening Leads Verona Billiards Tournament
Turning Stone Classic XI / Verona, NY
One-sided matches plagued the second round of play at the Turning Stone Classic XI, held this weekend at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY. Of the original 128 billiard players who stepped up Thursday, 96 remain to battle for their share of the $25,000-added prize fund.
Shane Van Boening was first through the second-round matches Friday, whizzing through Steve “Leapin’” Lillis without blinking an eye, handing his opponent a donut 9-0. Similarly, tournament director Mike Zuglan came through with flying colors in his match against Dave Deserio, defeating him 9-1. Jonathan “Hennessee From Tennessee” Pinegar, fresh off his 9-3 defeat of Shawn Putnam, is still going strong, besting Shayne Cote 9-1 to face Ronnie Wiseman in the next round. And Raj “Hitman” Hundal thoroughly defeated Mike Davis 9-3 to advance.
A couple of double-hill matches sprinkled the field—Gabe Owen went 8-8 with Matt Krah before winning the final rack. Also, Fiddlestix Café room owner Chris Szuter and Robb Saez went hill-hill with Szuter coming out ahead. Liz Ford, one of seven ladies participating in this event, took her opponent, Greg Atonakas, to the hill before she succumbed and headed west.
Karen Corr remains the only female player without a defeat as yet, having come through her match against Joe Kong the 9-6 winner. Julie “Motor Molly” Kelly, who bested Corey Deuel Thursday in a double-hill thriller, fought bravely against Kevin Ketz but ended up heading left when Ketz won 9-7.
The third round promises some excellent match-ups. Dennis Hatch, who defeated Shin Park 9-7, will meet Johnny “The Scorpion” Archer, fresh off a 9-5 defeat of Tony Crosby. Back-to-back Seminole Pro Tour winner Steve Moore will match up with former U.S. Open champ Gabe Owen. Hundal will face off against Zuglan, and Van Boening will play Ed Abraham.
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