Simonetti Slays Tri-State Field
Tri-State Tour / East Rutherford, NJ
Scott Simonetti took down all challengers at the May 15 stop of the Tri-State Tour, going undefeated to take the title. A field of 45 players showed up at Castle Billiards in East Rutherford, NJ, to participate in the $1,000-added 9-ball event.
In the winners’ side final four, Simonetti sent Ed Culhane to the one-loss side 7-4, while Tony Eglesias did the same to Paul Raval 7-4. The hot seat match was a close contest, but Simonetti edged out Eglesias 7-5 to wait for a finals opponent.
Once on the west side of the chart, Culhane foundered, going home in fifth place after being bested by John Trobiano 7-5. Raval bounced back, though, and was able to oust Sandie Paterino 8-4. However, Raval had trouble in the quarterfinal match against Trobiano and ended up in fourth place 7-2.
Trobiano went on to face Eglesias in the semifinals, which went hill-hill and saw Eglesias eke out a 7-6 win. But in the finals, it was all Simonetti, as he pushed forward to a strong 7-2 victory.
1st Scott Simonetti $930
2nd Tony Eglesias $560
3rd John Trobiano $365
4th Paul Raval $240
5th Ed Culhane $100
7th Ken Debroskie $90
9th Guy Iannuzzi $70