Dominiak Cues Northeast Amateur 10-Ball Tour / Windsor Locks, CT
The 2009 season of the Dominiak Cues Northeast Amateur 10-Ball Tour concluded with its finale July 18, with Tom Acciavatti coming out on top to take first place. The 40-player field was hosted by Pool Table Magic in Windsor Locks, CT, where owner Mark Kulungian also hosted his annual cue show.
Acciavatti steadily made his way through the top half of the winners’ side with wins over Mike Wheeler, Josh Lerner, Kevin Blackstock, then 13-year-old junior sensation Kevin Sun to reach the hot seat match. On the bottom half of the winners’ side Chris Grader made his way to the hot seat match accumulating wins over Scott Winchell, Eric Tang, Roger Lakotko, and lastly Richard Barrett. The hot seat match went hill-hill, with Acciavatti coming out on top to take a seat in the finals.
On the one-loss side there were several close battles. The top half saw Ryan Bijur battling his way through after an early loss, taking down wins in five matches until he ran into Roger Lakotko. Bijur came out on top and then quickly got called to his next match with Shen. Bijur’s day ended in seventh place as Shen pulled this one out to move on to Sun. With steady shot-making and brilliant safeties Sun kept this match in control and ended Shen’s day in fifth place.
The bottom half of the one-loss side saw Drew Smith rolling along with seven wins in a row after a first-round loss to meet up with Sun. Both players played brilliantly, but Smith was able to send Sun home in fourth place. Waiting for Smith in the semifinal match was Grader. Another hill-hill battle ensued between Grader and Smith, with Smith coming out on top for a clean sweep of the one-loss side.
The finals between Acciavatti and Smith were a single race to 5. Both players had been playing strong all day, and they both carried it into the finals. The match stayed close until a couple small errors from Smith opened the door for Acciavatti to take advantage late in the match. Acciavatti went on to win 5-3 in the finals and takes home the title of tour finale champion.
1st Tom Acciavatti $240 + cue
2nd Drew Smith $140 + cue
3rd Chris Grader $100
4th Kevin Sun $70
5th Shen $45
7th Roger Latotko $25