Turning Stone Classic Returns
Turning Stone Classic XVI / Verona, NY
The Turning Stone Classic XVI, produced by the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour, kicked off December 16 with a full field of 128 players vying for their share of the hefty $25,000-added prize fund. The event is hosted by the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY.
With the first round done, several key match-ups have aligned for Friday’s second round. All of the American players just returned from the Mosconi Cup won their matches. With his 9-1 routing of Carl Bailey, Thorsten Hohmann advanced to meet defending champion Johnny Archer, who bested Tony Antone 9-3 in the first round. Also just back from the Mosconi Cup is Corey Deuel, who won his first match against Bucky Souvanthong 9-2 and will play Marco Kam, who defeated John Babravich 9-5, in the next round.
“Rocket” Rodney Morris bested Jason Robichaud 9-3 and advances to face Matt Crawford, who just edged out Dave Ascolese in a hill-hill match. Shane Van Boening had no troubles with Holden Chin and walked through their match 9-1 to reach Paul Dreyden, who won a tight 9-7 match over Erik Hjorliefson, in the next round.
Dennis Hatch, a frequent winner on the Joss Tour but yet to win the Turning Stone title, breezed through his match with Manny Chau 9-2 and will play Willie Oney, who defeated Walter Szydlowski 9-3, in the next round.
A forfeit by Greg McAndrews advanced Charlie Williams to the second round with no trouble, and he will face off against Tom D’Alfonso, who just bested Hunter Lombardo 9-3. If Williams and Deuel win their second-round matches, they will meet in the third round.
Only two ladies opted to participate in the event this time. Canada’s Britney Bryant went hill-hill in the first round against Kevin Bauccio but succumbed 9-8, while Karen Corr, who is currently ranked fourth on the Women’s Professional Billiard Association, faltered in her match with David Grau and was sent west 9-4.
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