It has come down to the final three players at the Turning Stone Classic XII vying for the lion’s share of the $25,000-added prize fund. The event began February 19 and concludes today with a single race-to-13 final match.
Only eight players returned to Sunday’s matches. A determined Ralf Souquet took steps to secure his ticket to the finals with first a 9-4 victory over Shane Van Boening, recent winner of the Derby City Classic 9-ball division. In the other winners’ bracket match, Mario Morra was sent west by 2008 Player of the Year Mika Immonen 9-5. The match that followed was a completely one-sided battle for the hot seat, with Souquet dealing the Finn a 9-1 loss and a ticket to the left side of the chart.
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Dennis Hatch came through the one-loss side, first ousting England champ Daryl Peach 9-2 and then Mario Morra 9-4 before meeting up with Shawn “Big Bubba” Putnam. Putnam had survived seven matches on the west side before, including a 9-7 elimination of Van Boening. With Putnam on the hill with the score 9-7, Putnam missed the 9 ball. Hatch cleared that table and then broke and ran the final rack to advance to the semifinals against Immonen.
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