Turning Stone Classic XII Begins
Another installment of the much-anticipated $25,000-added Turning Stone Classic began February 19, bringing a full field of 128 out through a snowstorm to compete for first-place honors. Hosted by the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY, this event is put on twice a year by the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour.
Defending champion and a four-time winner of this event, Johnny “The Scorpion” Archer has already moved one step closer to claiming another title with his first-round victory over Paul Dreyden 9-2. His next match will be against Tony Robles, who just came through his match against Derrick Pogirski the 9-1 victor.
Frequent Joss Tour victor Dennis Hatch dealt his first opponent, Sean Martin, a donut to advance 9-0, while Charlie “Hillbilly” Bryant also won his first match against Edward Hugh 9-1.
View the Turning Stone Classic brackets updated after each round
There are several women who entered the tournament, including top WPBA pros Karen Corr, Allison Fisher, and Sarah Rousey. Corr dealt her first victim, David Wetmore, a stunning 9-0 loss to advance, while Fisher came through 9-6 against Kean Thomas. Rousey also won her first match, advancing 9-3 over Bob Cunningham.
The European contingent is doing nicely so far. Former world champion Thorsten Hohmann survived a hill-hill bout against Joe Tucker 9-8, while 2008 InsidePOOL Player of the Year Mika “Iceman” Immonen dusted Jonathan Gilbert 9-1 in the first round. Darren Appleton and Daryl Peach, reigning 10-ball and 9-ball champions, respectively, are also both in attendance. Appleton won 9-2 over Damian Sobers, while Peach sent Marco Kam to the one-loss side with an identical 9-2 score.
Visit InsidePOOL for the latest news in the sport of billiards and pool.