2009 Mezz Classic
Only eight players returned to the Mezz Classic 10-Ball Invitational August 9 to vie for top honors. Corner Pocket Billiards in Orlando, FL, is hosting the Second Annual Mezz Classic, in which the 10-ball division began with 48 players.
2008 World Cup dutch double partners Rodney Morris and Shane Van Boening are set for one match in the winners’ side final four. After event promoter Charlie Williams sent Jennifer Barretta to the west side 8-3, he then was ushered to the left side himself by Morris 8-3. Morris’ previous match saw him best Marco Tschudi 8-6. Van Boening had no easier of a time, having to get through Northeast threat Manny Chau 8-5 and then “Iron Man” Mike Davis in a hill-hill squeaker.
Thorsten Hohmann, who was defending champion at the straight pool division earlier this week, bested the man who won the 14.1 division this year: Johnny Archer. Before sending Archer west 8-4, Hohmann had to face off against Yu Ram Cha and engaged in a tight hill-hill bout with her, coming from behind to win. Hohmann will play Mika “Iceman” Immonen in the other winners’ side match. Immonen delivered Dan Dennis to the one-loss side 8-3 and then sent Shawn Putnam there as well 8-4.
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In the one-loss side, only four players remain as well. Steve Moore had worked his way through some tough opponents, including James Roberts and Chau, only to be ousted by Archer in a close 8-6 match. Archer’s opponent in the final four will be Tschudi, who eliminated Putnam 8-6. After his loss to Putnam on the right side, Corey Deuel is still alive. He trumped Williams in a hill-hill match to face off against Davis in the next round. Davis recovered from his loss to Van Boening in order to oust Florida’s Donnie Mills 8-6.
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