Turning Stone Classic XV / Verona, NY
The Turning Stone Classic XV has played down to the final 16 undefeated billiards players in the winners’ bracket at the end of Friday’s matches, with numerous matches left to go on the one-loss side. The four-day event is hosted by the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY, and features a $25,000-added purse.
Dennis “The Hatchet Man” Hatch, who, despite his copious first-place finishes on the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour, has never won a Turning Stone title—yet. He has survived his first three matches with ease, sending top players such as Earl Herring 9-4, Matt Krah 9-1, and Manny Chau 9-5 to the west side of the chart. His next competitor will be the only female left in the field, Liz Ford. Ford has also skated through the first three rounds, besting Damian Provost 9-5, Jerome Rockwell 9-2, and Dave Fernandez 9-5.
Germany’s Ralf Souquet is untouched as yet, having defeated Allen Laidler 9-0, Hunter Lombardo 9-2, and Jorge Rodriguez 9-7. His next opponent will be Brian Holmes. However, Souquet’s fellow countryman Thorsten Hohmann suffered his first loss in the third round when Mike Dechaine won their match 9-7.
InsidePOOL’s Player of the Year, Mika Immonen, hasn’t had an easy time of it but is still alive. He defeated Victor Conte Jr. 9-5 and Brent Boemmels 9-4 before facing off with a former Player of the Year, Shane Van Boening. Immonen was in command in this match and took it 9-5. Shawn “Big Bubba” Putnam will be his next opponent. Putnam has so far bested Greg McAndrews 9-4, Dan Heidrich 9-2, and Dave Daya 9-2.
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Still alive but on the west side of the chart are Hohmann; Corey Deuel, who was defeated Friday evening by Quebec player Danny Normandin 9-5; Van Boening; Chau; Al Lapena of the Philippines; Oscar Dominguez, who just eliminated Stevie Moore 9-7; and Mhet Vergara.
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