Cohen Captures All-American Title in Chicago
J. Pechauer All-American Tour / Dundee, IL
by Skip Maloney, Inside POOL Magazine
Though it looked to be easy going for Scott Cohen on the J. Pechauer All-American Tour stop in the suburbs of Chicago October 4, he had to deal with a strong challenge from Ike Runnels among the winners’ side final four and, later, in the finals. He dealt with that challenge twice successfully to go undefeated and win the $500-added event, which drew 28 entrants to Hammerheads in Dundee, IL.
Earlier in the day, Cohen defeated Runnels 5-3 to send him over to the battle for fifth place. He then faced Tommy Hernandez, who’d sent Henry Brodt west with a 5-2 victory, in the hot seat match. Hernandez was dispatched to the semifinals and Cohen waited for his final opponent.
On the one-loss side, Duane Tuula and Eddie Balderas were waiting for Runnels and Brodt. Balderas advanced with a hill-hill victory over Brodt, as Runnels dropped Tuula into the fifth place tie with a shutout victory. Runnels then moved Balderas into fourth place 5-2 and entered into what turned out to be a two-and-a-half-hour marathon in the semifinals against Hernandez. Hernandez took a commanding 4-0 lead into the fifth game of that match and then watched as Runnels tied and then passed him to earn a second chance at Cohen.
For the second time, Runnels watched his opponent jump out to an early lead—this time a 3-0 lead that included a run-out of the opening rack. Runnels battled back to win two and then joined Cohen on the hill. Cohen prevailed in the ninth and final game to capture the first-place prize.
1st Scott Cohen $336
2nd Ike Runnels $228
3rd Tommy Hernandez $156
4th Eddie Balderas $120
5/6th Duane Tuula $96
5/6th Henry Brodt
7/8th Kassy Werner $84
7/8th Gil Hernandez
9/12th Greg Chavera
9/12th Billy Jones
9/12th Dave Slaten
9/12th Marlon Angeles