Culhane’s Come-From-Behind Billiards Victory
Tri-State Tour / Edison, NJ
Sixteen 9-ball players braved the wintry conditions to reach the Tri-State Tour’s December 26 stop, held at Sandcastle Billiards in Edison, NJ, during a blizzard. Coming through the one-loss side was Ed Culhane, who bested the undefeated Brian Cap in the finals to take the title.
After a close 8-6 win over Rick Shellhouse, Cap advanced to the hot seat match. His opponent was Mike Strassberg, who had just notched a 6-4 victory over George Osipovitch. Cap was able to handle Strassberg quite easily and sent him to the one-loss side 9-5 to await his final opponent.
A 7-2 win over Mike Davie and then a 7-4 score over Christian Smith put Culhane in the final four on the west side. Meeting him there was a determined Osipovitch, and their match went all the way to the hill before Culhane triumphed, eliminating Osipovitch 7-6. Richard Ng tied with Osipovitch for fifth place after being ousted by Shellhouse in another hill-hill match 6-5.
Culhane forged ahead in the quarterfinal match, sending Shellhouse home with a strong 7-2 win and going on to face Strassberg. Both players wanted to move on to the final match to challenge Cap, but Culhane wanted it more, edging out Strassberg 9-7 and relegating him to third place. The final match saw Culhane ride him momentum through to the finish, winning over Cap 9-5.
1st Ed Culhane $410
2nd Brian Cap $220
3rd Mike Strassberg $110