Grau Grabs Second Straight CNY Tour Billiards Stop
Central New York 9-Ball Tour / Syracuse, NY
by Skip Maloney
Dave Grau took two from John McConnell to finish an undefeated performance on the Central New York 9-Ball Tour stop the weekend of October 25-26. It was Grau’s second straight win on the tour, having won the opener on October 11. A full field of 64 entrants was on hand for the $790-added, A-B handicapped event at Cap’s Cue Club in Syracuse, NY.
Grau first met McConnell among the final four on the winners’ side and defeated him 8-6 to move into the hot seat match. He was joined by Mike Cumberledge, who’d bested Dick Cappotto 7-2. Grau sent Cumberledge west with an 8-3 win.
Cappotto and McConnell met Brian Lipes and Gary Empey on the one-loss side and dropped them into a tie for fifth place before meeting each other in the quarterfinals. With a slight handicap advantage, McConnell battled to hill-hill before advancing to the semifinals against Cumberledge.
Working again with a handicap advantage that proved to be unnecessary, McConnell defeated Cumberledge 7-3 and had himself a second chance against Grau. In the true double-elimination final, Grau avoided a second set with an 8-5 win over McConnell that completed his undefeated weekend.
1st Dave Grau $650
2nd John McConnell $450
3rd Mike Cumberledge $325
4th Dick Cappotto $265
5th Brian Lipes $200
7th Joe Giancarelli $$130
9th Danny Heidrich $65