G-Force Last Female Standing at U.S. Open Billiards Event
U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships / Chesapeake, VA
The elimination rounds continue at the 35th U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships in Chesapeake, VA, and fewer players are left to vie for the title and the $40,000 first-place prize.
Gerda Hofstatter is the only female left in the field, Jennifer Barretta having been eliminated by Scott Higgins 11-5. On the one-loss side today Hofstatter withstood John Timmermans. She held the lead in their match from the start and reached the hill when Timmermans was at 6. But Timmerman began to climb back into the game, taking four racks to bring it to hill-hill. It was touch and go, but Hofstatter pulled off the 11-10 win.
Local hope Chris Futrell is still alive and kicking, having made it through his double-hill match against Craig McPartlin. Futrell’s next challenge will be making it past Shane Winters, who just eliminated Joshua Newman 11-6.
Scott “The Freezer” Frost was eliminated after a hill-hill loss to Bahram Lotfy, with Lotfy’s next match being against Gregg McAndrews, who bested Shane Norris 11-4. Ohio’s Chris Szuter handed Edwin Montal his walking papers 11-5 and will advance to fight Montal’s countryman Dennis Orcollo in the next round. Orcollo just ousted Jerome Rockwell 11-4.
Former champ Shane Van Boening eliminated Steve Sones 11-3, while Chris Bartram ousted the flamboyant Roberto Gomez in a tight 11-9 match. Also, Hunter Lombardo pulled off a nice victory over Shaun Wilkie 11-6 and will next face Jeff Abernathy, who eked out a hill-hill win over Richard Burns.
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