Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / Clifton Park, NY
by Lea Andrews
Dennis “The Hatchet Man” Hatch cut through each of his opponents on his way to undefeated victory at the October 3-4 Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour stop. The $2,000-added event drew 41 players to trick shot Billiards in Clifton Park, NY.
Having given up just five games total in his earlier matches, Hatch arrived in the winners’ side final four to meet Dave Grau, who’d just edged out tournament director Mike Zuglan 9-8. Hatch gave up four games to Grau to face in the hot seat match Chris Orme, who was coming off a 9-3 win over Jeff Smolen. Although Orme managed more games against Hatch than anyone else had, seven was only enough to earn him a ticket to the semifinals.
Over on the left side of the bracket, Chance Chin planted Zuglan in ninth 9-3 to face Dan Hewitt, while Bruce Carroll did the same to Paul Rozonewski 9-7 to face Adam Kielar. While Chin and Carroll both moved on 9-7 and 9-8, respectively, it was Carroll’s last win, as he fell 9-2 to Grau in the next round. Chin, who’d breezed past Smolen 9-3, notched up just four games against Grau, who moved on to fight Orme for the rematch with Hatch, but it was Orme who earned it 9-3.
In the true double-elimination final match, Orme needed to fight hard to push the second set, but Hatch was unstoppable, and he took first with a decisive 9-3 victory.
1st Dennis Hatch $1,400
2nd Chris Orme $980
3rd Dave Grau $750
4th Chance Chin $550
5th Jeff Smolen $400
7th Dan Hewitt $200
9th Ron Casanzio $100