Ng Nabs First Tri-State Title
Tri-State Tour / Edison, NJ
Richard Ng went unchallenged to take his first title on the Tri-State Tour, defeating James DeGiosafatta in the final match. The February 26 event was hosted by Sandcastle Billiards in Edison, NJ, and drew a field of 30 to vie for a piece of the $750-added purse.
After a close match with Daniel Dogodot in the winners’ side final four 8-6, Ng moved on to the hot seat match. There he faced off against DeGiosafatta for the first time in the tournament, delivering him to the one-loss side of the chart 6-4.
Dogodot went on to meet Serrafin Serrano on the west side and advanced 7-4, while Serrano took fifth place. Tying with Serrano was Michele Li, who had been eliminated by Andrew Cleary 6-5. Dogodot then matched up with Cleary in the quarterfinal match and came out on top 10-7, with Cleary taking home fourth place.
In the semifinal match Dogodot was turned away 8-5 by DeGiosafatta, who wanted a second chance at Ng in the final match. However, it was a one-sided match, with Ng triumphing 6-2 to earn his first tour title.
1st Richard Ng $540
2nd James DeGiosafatta $310
3rd Daniel Dogodot $200
4th Andrew Cleary $130
5th Michele Li $75