Turning Stone Field Narrowed to 32
Turning Stone Classic XVI / Verona, NY
The Turning Stone Classic XVI’s field has been whittled down from the original field of 128 to a mere 32, with 16 players who are undefeated and 16 who have only one bullet remaining. The winners’ bracket reads like a who’s who in the upper echelon of the pool world, with top players such as Earl Strickland, Johnny Archer, Dennis Hatch, and Rodney Morris in contention.
The feature match of the second round between Corey Deuel and Charlie Williams saw Deuel emerge the winner 9-6, but Deuel does not go on to easier pastures—in the fourth round he faces Mosconi Cup teammate Johnny Archer, who earlier felled former world champ Thorsten Hohmann 9-7. Above that match in the brackets is another great match-up between “Rocket” Rodney Morris and Raj Hundal. The winner of that match faces the winner of the Deuel/Archer showdown.
Earl Strickland is still alive and just bested Esbon Warden 9-1. His next match will be against Gary Lutman, who just faced off against Mark Ritter and won 9-3.
Another Mosconi player, Dennis Hatch, is also still undefeated, having just won his third-round match against Tom McGonagle 9-3. Hatch’s next opposition will be in the form of Beau Runningen, who defeated Mike Panzarella in a tight 9-7 match.
Shawn Putnam and Shane Van Boening are destined to meet in the fourth round—Putnam having gotten past Shane Morrow 9-6 and Van Boening past Marc “Spain” Vidal 9-2. The winner of that match goes on to face the winner of the Mike Dechaine/Jarrod Clowery bout.
Stevie Moore seems to lead the bottom half of the bracket, going through Earl Herring, Yesid Garibello, and Dustin Morris with little trouble. In the fourth round he faces Justin Bergman, who just defeated Dave Grau 9-3. The winner of their match will play the winner of the Gabe Owen/Mike Zuglan match.
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