Bustamante Wins First-Round Match at U.S. Open 9-Ball
U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships / Chesapeake, VA
Francisco Bustamante has won his first-round match at the 35th U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships, held this week at the Chesapeake Conference Center in Chesapeake, VA. The event kicked off Sunday with a full field of 256 players.
Bustamante arguably had one of the toughest first-round matches in the event, playing Shawn “Big Bubba” Putnam, who just won his fifty-fifth Ozone Billiards Tour two weeks prior. Halfway through the match, Putnam held a one-rack lead at 6-5, 7-6, and 8-7. However, the tables were turned when “Django” pulled ahead by a small margin. Bustamante won the next two racks in a row to make it 9-8 and then reached the hill. Putnam only won one more rack before Bustamante took their match 11-9. The recently crowned world champion will be inducted into the BCA Hall of Fame later this week.
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Two more ladies have made it through the first round unscathed. Amy Chen triumphed over Edmundo Ambrose, while Gerda “G-Force” Hofstatter went hill-hill with Holden Chin and eked out an 11-10 victory.
BCA Hall of Fame members Mike “The Mouth” Sigel and Earl Strickland both won their first-round matches, besting Walter Blacker 11-5 and Mike Delaner 11-4, respectively.
Father-and-son team Ernesto and Oscar Dominguez sailed through their first-round matches. Dominguez the elder bested Dwayne Guillory 11-4, while the younger delivered a first loss to Edward Richardson 11-6.
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