Tri-State Tour / East Rutherford, NJ
by Skip Maloney
Andrew Kane survived two strong challenges by Gary Murgia to take top honors in the Tri-State Tour’s stop March 21. The $500-added, B-D handicapped event drew 31 contestants to Castle Billiards in East Rutherford, NJ.
Kane moved past Ted Lapadula 6-4 to get into the hot seat match against Murgia, who’d just sent Tony Eglesias west with a 7-2 win. Kane reached the hill first in that hot seat match, only to see Murgia battle back to tie it. Kane prevailed, though, and Murgia moved over to the semifinals.
Guy Iannuzzi and Rhio Anne-Flores were waiting for Kane and Lapadula on the one-loss side. Ianuzzi had survived two hill-hill battles of his own versus Dennis Quinn and John Trobiano. Flores got by Christian Smith 7-5 and her own hill-hill contest over Teddy Lubis to face Eglesias. Lapadula and Eglesias dropped Ianuzzi and Flores, respectively, into the tie for fifth place and faced each other in the quarterfinals, won by Lapadula 7-5.
Murgia gave Lapadula a taste of his own 7-5 medicine in the semifinals and turned back for a second chance at Kane. In the first set of a true double-elimination final, Kane recorded the event’s third straight 7-5 win to capture the first-place prize.
1st Andrew Kane $550
2nd Gary Murgia $300
3rd Ted Lapadula $200
4th Tony Eglesias $140
5th Guy Iannuzzi $80
7th John Trobiano
9th Dennis Quinn