Souquet Scores Turning Stone Title
Ralf Souquet is taking top honors at the Turning Stone Classic XII home with him to Germany when he returns Monday. Souquet took first place for the first time at this event—and the $8,000 to go with it—when he bested Dennis Hatch in the single-set final match.
The semifinal match between Hatch and Finland’s Mika Immonen was a close one with the score going back and forth. When Immonen scratched on the 2 ball, it made for a turning point in the match. Hatch was able to capitalize and win the match 9-7 to advance to the finals against Souquet.
Souquet was in complete control of the race-to-13 finals all the way. He remained steady and didn’t make mistakes, and a couple of 9 balls on the break helped, too. Though Hatch played well, he was no match for Souquet then, and it wasn’t long before Souquet notched a 13-6 victory, his first at the Turning Stone Classic.
Afterward a pleased Souquet relayed, “I had a couple of nine balls on the break, which certainly helped in the beginning of the match. From there on, things went my way. I had a better break and ran things out, and he didn’t. That’s why I won comfortably.”
View the Turning Stone Classic brackets updated after each round
Souquet returns to Germany Monday but will be back for the pro tournament at this year’s Super Billiards Expo, he reported.
1st Ralf Souquet $8,000
2nd Dennis Hatch $5,000
3rd Mika Immonen $3,600
4th Shawn Putnam $2,600
5th Shane Van Boening $2,000
7th Charlie Bryant $1,600
9th Thorsten Hohmann $1,000
13th Johnny Archer $850
17th Darren Appleton $550
Peter Tascarella Sr.
25th Dave Grau $300
George San Souci