Turning Stone Classic XIII / West Hempstead, NY
Oscar Dominguez won his first major title at the Turning Stone Classic XIII, defeating Israel native Zion Zvi in the finals to take home the $8,000 first-place prize. The four-day, $25,000-added event was hosted by the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY, and attracted a full 128-player field.
Dominguez went unchallenged through the field, defeating players such as Shawn “Big Bubba” Putnam 9-6 and Corey Deuel 9-7 to reach Sunday’s matches. In the day’s first round he went up against 2007 Player of the Year, Shane Van Boening, and sent him packing 9-5 to reach the hot seat match. There he first met Zvi, and in their lopsided match, Dominguez dealt him his first loss 9-2.
New York’s Oscar Bonilla, having lost his first-round match, was working his way back through the west side of the chart and ended up winning 10 matches in a row to make the final four, eliminating Karen Corr, who was the highest-finishing lady with seventh place, Gabe Owen 9-4 and Van Boening 9-4. But fourth place was as far as he could go, as he ran into a brick wall in the form of Deuel, who ousted him with a 9-1 victory. But Deuel was not to go any further, either, for Zvi was determined to earn a rematch with Dominguez and sent Deuel home in third place 9-4.
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Having played solid pool throughout the tournament, Dominguez wasn’t going to stop in the finals. Both players employed excellent defensive play and strong kicking skills, but Dominguez had the edge throughout the match. The extended race came to an end when Dominguez sank the final 9 ball to win 13-5.
1st Oscar Dominguez $8,000
2nd Zion Zvi $5,000
3rd Corey Deuel $3,600
4th Oscar Bonilla $2,600
5th Robb Saez $2,000
Shane Van Boening
7th Dave Grau $1,600
9th Joey Korsiak $1,200
13th Ernesto Dominguez $850
17th Jeremy Sossei $550
Yu Ram Cha