Chau Undefeated at Joss Billiards Event
Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / Levittown, NY
by Lea Andrews
Many tried, but no man managed to take down Manny Chau on his way to an undefeated victory at the first Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour stop of 2011. The $1,500-added event was held January 8-9 at Cue Nine in Levittown, NY.
Chau rode a strong 9-3 win over Lenny Savata into the hot seat match against Jeremy Sossei, who’d managed to edge out tour director Mike Zuglan 9-8. Sossei came up three games shy against Chau, though, moving over to semifinals 9-6.
On the one-loss side, Angelo Inness got past Holden Chin 9-3 to meet up with Zuglan, while Mike “Fingers” Badsteubner notched his own 9-3 win over Scott Murphy to face Savata. But both Inness and Badsteubner landed in fifth place as Zuglan and Savata advanced to the quarterfinals 9-6 and 9-4, respectively. Looking for the rematch against Sossei in the semifinals, Zuglan notched the final game in his hill-hill match against Savata, but he fell short against Sossei, who advanced to his own rematch in the finals 9-3.
The true double-elimination final match began evenly enough, but when Sossei missed a chance to tie it up at six games apiece, Chau took control, finishing up his undefeated weekend with a strong 9-6 win.
The next $1,500-added event, which will also feature a $500-added non-pro second chance event on Sunday, will be held at Diamond Eight Billiards in Latham, NY, the weekend of January 29-30. The date for the season finale, Turning Stone Classic XVIII, is already cemented, and the field has begun to fill. Those interested in competing at the August 11-14 event should contact Mike Zuglan at 518-356-7163 as soon as possible to secure a spot.
1st Manny Chau $900
2nd Jeremy Sossei $650
3rd Mike Zuglan $450
4th Lenny Savata $300
5th Angelo Inness $125