Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / Waterville, ME
by Lea Andrews
Shane Winters didn’t let an early loss to Ivaylo Petrov slow him down—instead he rebounded to make his way through the left side of the bracket to take first place at the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour season opener September 26-27. The $2,000-added event, which featured a total purse of $5,120, drew 39 players to TJ’s Classic Billiards in Waterville, ME.
Having come out on top of Winters despite being the underdog, Petrov went on to emerge as one of the final four on the winners’ side. A 9-6 win over Cleiton Rocha landed him in the hot seat match against Dave Grau, who’d just sent Ray McNamara west 9-5. McNamara’s score got flipped on him, though, as he fell to Petrov 9-5 and moved to the other side to try to earn a rematch.
But he’d have to get through Winters, and no man was up to that challenge, though Dave Fernandez came close, managing to get the match to hill-hill before landing in ninth place. Winters moved on to John Clark, who was coming off a 9-3 win over Tim Perry, and held him to two games. Meanwhile, Nelson Oliveira got past tournament director Mike Zuglan 9-7 and Joe Dupuis 9-4 to meet up with Rocha. A 9-5 victory over Rocha put Oliveira into a quarterfinal matchup with Winters, who’d put McNamara in fifth 9-5. Moving past Oliveira 9-7, Winters arrived in the semifinal match against Grau. Though both men were looking for a rematch with Petrov, it was Winters who earned it with a very decisive 9-1 score.
In the first set of the true double-elimination final match, the two stayed fairly even, with Winters coming out on top 9-7 to push the second set, and on equal ground, it was time for him to dominate. With the score at 2-0, Winters gave up ball in hand on the 7 ball to allow Petrov his only game. Taking rack after rack, Winters closed out the win 9-1.
1st Shane Winters $1,500
2nd Ivaylo Petrov $1,020
3rd Dave Grau $800
4th Nelson Oliveira $600
5th Ray McNamara $400
7th Joe Dupuis $200