Vernon Vies for First Place
Dominiak Cues Northeast Amateur 10-Ball Tour / Clifton Park, NY
by Kevin Vidal
Norm Vernon took down the January 31 stop of the Dominiak Cues Northeast Amateur 10-Ball Tour, besting a 28-player field to take first place. The stop was hosted by trick shot Billiards in Clifton Park, NY.
Vernon went undefeated through the winners’ side, besting Mike Laboissire, Ryan Durnberg, Scott Winchell, and Gene Hunt to reach the hot seat match. His opponent was John Rich, who defeated Tom Hebert, Mark Swirsky, and Mike Fitch to reach Vernon. The hot seat match went hill-hill, with Vernon prevailing and sending Rich to the one-loss side of the chart.
After being sent west, Fitch started working his way back, winning over Kevin Ketz and Gene Hunt. Fitch then met up again with Rich in the semifinals. Another hill-hill match ensued, with Rich once again winning over Fitch.
In the race-to-5 finals, Vernon took an early 2-0 lead, but Rich battled back to knot the score at 2. Vernon grabbed the next game after Rich missed the 10 ball, and from there it seemed Rich ran out of gas, for it was all Vernon who went on to win the match and title.
1st Norm Vernon $250
2nd John Rich $150
3rd Mike Fitch $100
4th Gene Hunt $75
5th Doug Wabnig $40
7th Paul Picard $20