Murgia Scoops Comet Billiards Field
Tri-State Tour / Parsippany, NJ
Gary Murgia topped the 35-player field that came out to play October 10 on the Tri-State Tour, taking home first place over Steve Thomas. The tour was hosted by Comet Billiards in Parsippany, NJ, and offered a $500-added prize purse.
While Murgia eked out a 7-6 nail-biter over Jason Hunt to advance to the hot seat match, his opponent there, Thomas, cruised to a 6-3 win over Ted Lapadula. In the hot seat match, it was all Murgia, as he sent Thomas to the one-loss side of the chart 7-4.
Also on the west side, Hunt and Lapadula were soon sent packing, as Ben Sadowski ousted Hunt 7-5 and Emerson Verano took care of Lapadula 7-5. Verano and Sadowski then met up in the quarterfinal match, and it was a tight race, with Verano emerging the 7-6 victor.
Verano was soon given walking papers of his own, though, as he faced off against Thomas, who wanted his rematch with Murgia and won the close match against Verano 7-5. His momentum was stopped short in the finals, however, when a well-rested Murgia was able to claim the first-place prize 7-4.
1st Gary Murgia $700
2nd Steve Thomas $450
3rd Emerson Verano $270
4th Ben Sadowski $165
5th Ted Lapadula $100
7th Raj Vannala $75