DeStefano and Crosby Take Down the Island

DeStefano and Crosby Take Down the Island
Poison 9-Ball Tour / Merritt Island, FL

by InsidePOOL Staff

The Poison 9-Ball Tour kicked off the new year with a stop at Island Breakers in Merritt Island, FL. Mike DeStefano came out on top of the 51 players who showed up for the $1,000-added amateur event, while tour director Tony Crosby took down the 25-player, $1,000-added open field.

DeStefano proved to be the man to beat as he made his way to the hot seat with strong wins over Allen Auman 7-5, Rick Hefelfinger 7-5, Glenn Miller 7-2, and Chip Dickerson 7-0. Another strong 7-1 win over James Adams saw him capture the hot seat. On the one-loss side Lincoln Seifert looked dangerous after taking a first-round loss to Mel Rowe 7-4. He went on to win six straight matches on the west side before running into Craig Horton, sent him home in fifth place 5-4. Horton then went on to eliminate Dickerson 5-2 to set up a semifinal rematch with Adams.

The Poison 9-Ball Tour kicked off the new year with a stop at Island Breakers in Merritt Island, FL.

The Poison 9-Ball Tour kicked off the new year with a stop at Island Breakers in Merritt Island, FL.

Adams was fully focused on getting to the final and cruised his way to a 5-0 win to set up his own rematch with DeStefano in the final. DeStefano proved to be too strong, though, as he took down Adams and his first Poison tour title.

Crosby made his way through the open field by taking down James Adams 7-2 and Mike DeStefano 7-1. He followed this up by scoring wins over Julio Aquino 7-3 and Carlos Torres 7-4 to earn the hot seat. On the one-loss side Aquino was taking down names as he made his way to the final with victories over David Dowdy 6-2, Jim Sandaler 6-1, and Carlos Torres 6-3. The final went all the way—both players traded racks to bring the score to 6-6, with Crosby eventually taking the final rack.

Amateur Results:
1st Mike DeStefano $600
2nd James Adams $400
3rd Craig Horton $300
4th Chip Dickerson $200
5th Lincoln Seiffert $140
Steve Howitt
7th Jeanie Seaver $100
Joe Scarborough
9th John Stucky $70
George Saunders
Glenn Miller
Jim Sandaler
13th Rick Hefelfinger $50
Mike Mallen
Carl Moxley
David Dowdy

Open Results:
1st Tony Crosby $550
2nd Julio Aquino $400
3rd Carlos Torres $300
4th Jim Sandaler $200
5th David Dowdy $100
Mike DeStefano

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