Rozonewski Skates to First Place
Dominiak Cues Northeast Amateur 10-Ball Tour / Amsterdam, NY
by Kevin Vidal
The November 22 stop of the Dominiak Cues Northeast Amateur 10-Ball Tour attracted a strong field of 29 players to Main Street Billiards in Amsterdam, NY. Many tour regulars such as Tom Acciavatti, Mike Wheeler, and Chuck Hill were present, but it was tour newcomer Paul Rozonewski who walked away with top honors.
Rozonewski made his way to the hot seat match with wins over Jared Zimmerman, Gene Hunt, Tom Hebert, and Chris Smith. On the bottom half of the winners’ bracket, local player Keith Lauer was playing steady and got by Acciavatti in the first round and continued to the hot seat match with scores over Hill, Edy Pazillo, and Tim Blancha. The hot seat match went to Lauer after a couple of miscues by Rozonewski led to ball in hand for Lauer.
Hill was the one who made the long trek through the one-loss side after an early-round loss to meet up with Rozonewski and play for a spot in the single race-to-5 finals. Hill had been sent to the west side earlier by Lauer and wanted a rematch. Rozonewski took the early lead, but Hill clawed his way back into the match to make it hill-hill. Faced with a long 10 ball shot, Hill could not get it done.
The first couple of games of the final match between Lauer and Rozonewski went back and forth, but with the score knotted at 2-2, Rozonewski put it in gear after a couple unforced errors by Lauer and went on to victory, taking home the title by the score of 5-3.
1st Paul Rozonewski $300
2nd Keith Lauer $150
3rd Chuck Hill $100
4th Chris Smith $75
5th Tim Blancha $35