Finn Finishes First with Flair

Immonen Survives San Souci
Tri-State Tour / Queens, NY

by Skip Maloney

Mika Immonen survived two strong challenges by George San Souci to capture first place on the Tri-State Tour’s March 7 stop. The $1,000-added event drew 35 entrants to Master Billiards in Queens, NY.

The first of their two hill-hill battles occurred after Immonen sent 18-year-old Michael Tosado west with a 9-3 win and San Souci sent Danny Cintron to join him 9-2. In their battle for the hot seat, Immonen took an early lead and was ahead by five racks at 7-2. Sansouci fought back to tie it but moved over to the semifinals when he scratched, handing Immonen the cue ball and, ultimately, the hot seat.

On the west side of the chart, Cintron jumped out to an early lead in the quarterfinals against Tosado that followed and was ahead by four when he reached the hill. Tosado came back to win the next four, but Cintron clinched it to move into the semifinals against San Souci. The fatigue evidenced in the quarterfinals versus Tosado came back to haunt Cintron, as he settled into third place after San Souci won 9-4 and advanced for a second match against Immonen.

San Souci took command early in the finals, jumping out to a quick 3-0 lead and then advancing to 5-0 with some key safety play, but Immonen turned the tables and brought the score to 6-5 in his favor. Though San Souci forced the match to a race to 11 by reaching 9, Immonen battled right back to knot things at double-hill, where for the second time in as many matches, San Souci scratched to hand Immonen the cue ball and the win.

Mika Immonen survived two strong challenges by George San Souci to capture first place on the Tri-State Tour’s March 7 stop. The $1,000-added event drew 35 entrants to Master Billiards in Queens, NY.

Results:
1st Mika Immonen $850
2nd George Sansouci $560
3rd Danny Cintron $350
4th Michael Tosado $210
5th Gary Murgia $130
Sean Morgan
7th Jorge Rodriquez $100
Michael Yednak
9th Mhet Vergara
Erin McManus
Scott Simonetti
Dave Jusis

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