CNY 9-Ball Tour / Yorkville, NY
by Skip Maloney
Lynn Wechsler parlayed a strong start, a single double-hill battle, and a steady set of five more wins to go undefeated at the Central New York 9-Ball Tour stop February 7-8. The $420-added, B-D handicapped event, hosted by Hippo’s House of Billiards in Yorkville, NY drew 47 entrants.
After opening with a 7-1 win and surviving a 7-6 struggle versus Ed Yero, Wechsler settled in. He moved among the winners’ side final four and stepped into the hot seat match with a 7-5 win over John McConnell. Rick Manzi defeated Paul Enslin 7-5 to meet him and moved west on the heels of a 7-4 win that left Wechsler in the hot seat.
On the one-loss side, Mike Houppert was engaged in a 7-match struggle that would eventually propel him into the finals against Wechsler. After an opening-round bye and a single victory on the winner’s side, Houppert moved west and won his opening two matches there 7-5. His next two wins set him up to meet Enslin. Bruce Carroll waited for McConnell. It was McConnell versus Houppert in the quarterfinals, with Houppert facing and surviving his only hill-hill battle of the tournament. As though he’d seen all he wanted to see of anything resembling a match that close again, he dropped Manzi into third place 7-3 and moved to take on Wechsler.
Wechsler wasn’t interested in a prolonged struggle either. He took command of the finals, allowing Houppert only two racks to complete his undefeated weekend.
1st Lyn Wechsler $365
2nd Mike Houppert $250
3rd Rick Manzi $175
4th John McConnell $140
5th Bruce Carroll $105
7th Ralph Wilde $70
9th Frank Wolak $35