CNY 9-Ball Tour / North Syracuse, NY
by Skip Maloney
Bruce Carroll went undefeated to take first place in the Central New York 9-Ball Tour the weekend of January 10-11. The $360-added, A-B handicapped amateur event drew 41 entrants to Salt City Billiards in North Syracuse, NY.
Carroll started his final surge with an 8-2 victory over Paul Merluzzi from among the winners’ side final four. Jay Brotherton, in the meantime, shut out Nick Evans 7-0 to face Carroll in the hot seat match. Brotherton was westbound after an 8-3 victory that left Carroll in the hot seat.
Three out of four of the matches to determine the tie for ninth place were hill-hill affairs, including a 7-6 victory by Aaron Greenwood, which started his final push to the finals against Carroll. It was Dominic Martoccia and Greenwood who advanced to take on Merluzzi and Evans. Merluzzi dropped Martoccia into the tie for seventh place 7-1, as Greenwood did likewise to Evans 7-3. Greenwood shut out Merluzzi in the quarterfinals and got by Brotherton 7-4 in the semifinals for a chance at Carroll.
Carroll, with an A+ handicap, was forced to win an extra game to secure a victory, and in the true double-elimination final that followed, he might have needed to do it twice. He didn’t, though. He took the first set 8-3, capturing his second CNY victory.
1st Bruce Carroll $425
2nd Aaron Greenwood $285
3rd Jay Brotherton $210
4th Paul Merluzzi $140
5th Dominic Martoccia $110
7th Ed Yero $70
9th Dan Heidrich