Mezz Pro-Am Tour / Lindenhurst, NY
by Jose Burgos
Matt Krah dominated the small but strong field that attended the Mezz Pro-Am Tour’s August 1 event, taking first place over Oscar Bonilla. The $1,000-added tournament was hosted by Mr. Cue Billiards in Lindenhurst, NY.Krah led the top half of the bracket, taking wins over Victor Nau 7-5, Paul Johnson 7-6, and Diana Rojas 7-5. Racing to meet Krah was Mhet Vergara, who notched victories over Zion Zvi 7-6 and Jeremy Sossei 7-5. When these two players collided in the hot seat match, it was hard to predict a winner, but Krah prevailed 7-5 to advance to the finals, while Vergara went west.
Making his move on the one-loss side, meanwhile, Oscar Bonilla rolled through Johnson 7-3, Jose Soto 7-3, Sossei 7-3, and Blair Lavandowski 7-3 to reach Vergara. Their semifinal match was an epic struggle that saw Bonilla continue after winning 7-6. In the double-elimination finals, Bonilla took the first set with little struggle 7-4. But in the second, Krah showed his skills by defeating Bonilla 7-2 to take the title.
1st Matt Krah $500
2nd Oscar Bonilla $275
3rd Mhet Vergara $170
4th Blair Lavandowski $70