Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / Rochester, NY
by Skip Maloney
Chris Orme survived a strong, one-loss side bid by Chance Chin to complete an undefeated weekend at the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour the weekend of March 28-29. The $2000-added purse event drew 39 entrants to Classic Billiards in Rochester, NY.
Orme gained the hot seat after a 9-6 win over Bucky Souvanthong and a 9-7 victory over John Morra. Morra had sent Dave Grau west 9-5.
On the one-loss side, it was Chin and Shane Winters from among the final 12 who emerged to face Grau and Souvanthong. Winters dropped Tim Wendt 9-3 for the right to meet Grau as Chin dispatched tour director Mike Zuglan to the tie for seventh place with his first of three hill-hill wins that put him into the finals. It was Grau and Chin advancing to the quarterfinals; Grau with a 9-4 win over Winters and Chin with his second hill-hill victory, this time over Souvanthong.
Chin got a reprieve from his double-hill struggles with a 9-7 win over Grau in the quarterfinals but stepped right back into the fray with a hill-hill battle against Morra in the semifinals. He survived that third straight double-hill struggle and turned to face Orme in the finals.
Seemingly tired of matches that kept coming down to the wire, Chin opened the finals by taking a commanding 6-1 lead. He watched those as Orme battled back to tie it at 6 and move out in front by a single rack at 7-6. Chin tied it at 7, and then Orme reached the hill. It was Orme’s break on the last rack, and he sunk the 9 ball to win it.
1st Chris Orme $1,300
2nd Chance Chin $920
3rd John Morra $750
4th Dave Grau $550
5th Shane Winters $400
7th Tom Wendt $200
9th Eric Hjorleifson $100