Simonetti Surges Past Competition
Tri-State Tour / East Rutherford, NJ
Scott Simonetti surged through the Tri-State Tour’s April 4 event unchallenged to take top honors over Wilfredo Albay in the final match. The tournament was hosted by Castle Billiards in East Rutherford, NJ, where 47 players came out to vie for a piece of the $500-added prize purse.
In the final four on the winners’ side, Simonetti clashed with Carl Sallo and bested him with a strong 7-2 score to advance to the hot seat match. Meeting him there was Tony Eglesias, who had just defeated Albay in a hill-hill match. Simonetti handled Eglesias easily, sending him to the one-loss side with another 7-2 win.
From the west side Albay made a recovery, eliminating Gary Murgia 7-5 in fifth place. Brian Hunter tied with Murgia after being ousted by Sallo in a double-hill battle. In the quarterfinals, it was Albay sending Sallo home in fourth place 7-1 to keep his streak going.
The semifinal match was a close one, but Albay managed to squeak past Eglesias 7-6 to advance to the finals against Simonetti. There his run was ended, as Simonetti had waited five hours to play and was fired up. The hill-hill match saw Simonetti end up in the winner’s circle with a 7-6 victory over Albay.
1st Scott Simonetti $800
2nd Wilfredo Albay $475
3rd Tony Eglesias $325
4th Carl Sallo $200
5th Brian Hunter $85
7th Rick Shellhouse $75
9th Richard Ng $65