Pagulayan Roars into First Place at Swannee
Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament / Bellflower, CA
Hot on the heels of his stellar performance at the 13th Annual Derby City Classic, Alex “The Lion” Pagulayan continued his winning streak by taking first place at the 15th Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament.
The event was held at the legendary Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, CA, February 12-13. The event celebrates the much-loved Southern California player Jay Swanson, who passed away June 1996 and was known as “The Gentle Giant.” The largest two-day 9-foot table event in the United States, the $4,000-added tournament drew 192 players.
The Swannee event has a history of a full field. However with CSI’s recently launched online registration function on its CueSports Tournament System (CTS), it was sold out for the first time the week before the tournament.
In addition to Pagulayan, the Swannee field was a literal who’s who of western U.S. players. “Mad Max” Eberle was shuttled to the one-loss side by Pagulayan in a nail-biter semifinal match. With the score hill-hill, Eberle dead hooked Pagulayan on the 5 ball. It seemed Eberle pretty much had the match in the bag, but Pagulayan is not a player to be ruled out. Imparting a little right spin, Pagulayan one-rail kicked in the 5, getting perfect on the 6 and calling it game, set and match.
In the finals, Pagulayan matched up against Arizona monster Mitch Ellerman, who won the event in 2009. The match was neck and neck, but the narrow hill-hill win ultimately went to Pagulayan.
1st Alex Pagulayan $3,000
2nd Mitch Ellerman $1,500
3rd Max Eberle $1,000
4th Tommy Tokoph $750
5thOscar Dominguez $535
7thJosh Ulrich $400
Santos Sambajon Jr.
9th Brian Parks $300
13th Johnny Kang $200
17th Louis Ulrich $175