DeFranzo Goes Undefeated on Dominiak Tour
Dominiak Cues Northeast 10-Ball Tour / Windsor Locks, CT
by Kevin Vidal
Bruce DeFranzo took home the title at the October 24 stop of the Dominiak Cues Northeast Amateur 10-Ball Tour, defeating Steve Parise in the final match. The stop was hosted by Pool Table Magic in Windsor Locks, CT, and hosted a strong field of 29 players.
Regular tour players Tim Haley, Brandon Charin, Jonah Okun, Mike Wheeler, Gene Hunt, and Pete Brown were in attendance, as well as many new faces, including Steve Parise, Bruce DeFranzo, Eli Schallhorn, and Lou Roy. This stop also saw three female players in the field taking advantage of the free entry for all women, with Janet Tycks took home the top female finisher honors over Renee and Mary Lou Hunchak. Brandt Davies was the lone junior, also taking advantage of the free entry for junior players under 18.
The top half of the winners’ side brackets saw tour newcomer Parise make his way to the hot seat match with closely contested matches over Lou DaSilva, Lou Roy, Brown, and Lee Lemieux. DeFranzo was going steadily through the bottom half of the winners’ side chart and continued to the hot seat match with wins over Chuck Hill, Rich Andle, and Brandon Charin. DeFranzo displayed his shot-making skills in the hot seat match, coming out on top of Parise to advance to the finals.
Former tour stop winner Charin made his way through the west side to meet up with Parise and play for a spot in the single race-to-5 finals. Charin had been sent to the one-loss side earlier by DeFranzo, so both he and Parise were looking to avenge that earlier loss. This match went back and forth with Parise coming out on top, setting up the rematch between DeFranzo and Parise in the finals.
Both players showed excellent shot-making and safety skills from the start of the match, but with the score at 3-3 Parise left himself a thin cut on the 10 ball and could not control the cue ball on the shot, scratching in the side pocket. This opening left DeFranzo with ball in hand on the 10 ball. Now leading 4-3 he smoothly ran out the final game when he had the opening and took home the title.
1st Bruce DeFranzo $225
2nd Steve Parise $140
3rd Brandon Charin $100
4th Mike Wheeler $70
5th Lee Lemieux $30