Filipino Billiards Players Lead U.S. Open Charge
U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships / Chesapeake, VA
Monday evening saw the bottom half of the massive 256-player bracket in play, with many of the players moving on hailing from the Philippines. The 35th installment of the U.S. Open began Sunday and will run throughout the week at the Chesapeake Conference Center in Chesapeake, VA.
BCA Hall of Fame member Efren “Bata” Reyes has won his first two matches over Nick Tafoya 11-3 and Ben Judge 11-7, remaining undefeated as yet. Joining him on the winners’ bracker is Francisco Bustamante, who is to be inducted into the Hall of Fame later this week. Bustamante has notched victories over Shawn “Big Bubba” Putnam 11-9 and Michael Yednak 11-1.
However, their fellow countrymen haven’t let them down. Warren Kiamco has scored impressive wins over Richard Burns 11-2 and Chris Bartram 11-7, while Ramil Gallego defeated both Belinda Beardon-Calhoun 11-7 and Germany’s Ralf Eckert 11-3.
“The Leader of the Filipino Invasion,” Jose Parica, has won both of his matches so far, sending Jason Johann and Dave Bollman west 11-4 and 11-8, respectively. Lee Van Corteza, who placed fourth in last year’s Open, is also on a roll, having bested Alexander Fitzgerald 11-2 and Amy Chen 11-3. Former world champion Ronnie Alcano also remained unscathed, with his victories over Justin Hall 11-6 and Jason Richko 11-7.
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Mike “The Mouth” Sigel is going strong with two victories as yet over Walter Blacker 11-5 and Ray Reyna 11-4. Right below him, Earl Strickland is also undefeated. If the two of them win their next match, they will meet in Round Four.
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