Murgia Unmarked on Tri-State Billiards Tour
Tri-State Tour / Edison, NJ
It was a good day for Gary Murgia, who went undefeated January 22 to claim the first-place prize on the Tri-State Tour. The tour stopped in at Sandcastle Billiards in Edison, NJ, for a 32-player, B-D 9-ball tournament that featured a $502-added prize fund.
Murgia escaped a hill-hill bout against Peter Brennan in the winners’ side final four and moved on to the hot seat match. Challenging him there was Pat DiBuono, who had fought off Serrafin Serrano and sent him to the west side of the chart 7-4. It was a fairly easy victory for Murgia, and he advanced 7-3 while DiBuono headed to the semifinals.
Once on the left side, Brennan and Serrano did not have much luck and were eliminated in fifth place by Teddy Lubis 7-2 and Richard Ng 7-4, respectively. However, Lubis and Ng fought tooth and nail for the right to advance to the semifinals and meet DiBuono. Their score seesawed to hill-hill, with Lubis eking out a 7-6 win.
But DiBuono was determined to have another run at Murgia and eliminated Lubis in the quarterfinals 7-3 to earn a rematch. It was neck and neck through the race, but up 6-5, Murgia managed to win the next and deciding rack to take the title.
1st Gary Murgia $530
2nd Pat DiBuono $330
3rd Teddy Lubis $210
4th Richard Ng $120
5th Peter Brennan $80
7th Kyle Bubet $60