Hatch’s Lucky Number 7
Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / Albany, NY
by Lea Andrews
Dennis “The Hatchet Man” outlasted a field of 43—35 of whom were taking advantage of the lower entry free offered to non-pros—in the $1,500 added Northeast 9-Ball Open XXIII, hosted by Golden Cue Billiards in Albany, NY.
Hatch sailed past Paul Rozonewski 9-2 to reach the hot seat match against Matt Tetreault, who’d had his own 9-2 win over recent winner Chris Orme. A smooth 9-3 victory left Hatch the sole undefeated player, while Tetreault moved over to the semifinals.
On the left side of the bracket, tour director Mike Zuglan was making a strong move through the field. Zuglan, who’d found himself on the west side despite getting up 8-5 against Hatch, took out Keith Lauer 9-1 and tour hotshot Bucky Souvanthong 9-4 to meet up with Orme. Zuglan suffered the same fate against Orme as he had against Hatch, though, and he landed in fifth 9-8. Meanwhile, Dave Fernandez, an early 9-6 victim of Zuglan’s, went on to oust Hal Hughes 9-4 and Brent Boemmels 9-3 before meeting up with Rozonewski. Fernandez earned his spot against Orme in the quarterfinals 9-6, and blasting through Orme 9-1, Fernandez reached the semifinals. He couldn’t get past Tetreault, though, who was looking for the rematch with Hatch, and while Tetreault eked out the chance at vengeance 9-8, he couldn’t capitalize on it.
In the true double-elimination final match, Hatch took control, and a second set was never an option. “The Hatchet Man” finished undefeated 9-4 for his seventh win this season on the Joss Tour.
In Sunday’s $500-added tournament—a race-to-3, double-elimination event offered to any non-pro knocked out of the main event on Saturday—25 hopefuls vied for their share of the $1,000 purse, but it was Hal Hughes who pocketed the $340 first prize. Hal, who arrived in the finals undefeated, suffered his first loss in the first set of the finals against John Rich, who shut him out 3-0. In the second set, though, Hughes pocketed the final 9 in their hill-hill match to earn the big win 3-2.
1st Dennis Hatch $1,100
2nd Matt Tetreault $800
3rd Dave Fernandez $600
4th Chris Orme $450
5th Mike Zuglan $350
7th Bucky Souvanthong $200