Immonen Wins Masters 10-Ball Championship
Masters 10-Ball Championship / Chesapeake, VA
Mika Immonen, winner of two U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships, triumphed at the Masters 10-Ball Championship by cruising to an undefeated victory in the finals over Ralf Souquet. The $25,000-added Masters was hosted by the Chesapeake Conference Center in Chesapeake, VA, March 1-5.
Surviving a featured match-up against Earl Strickland that went double-hill put Immonen into the final four on the winners’ side facing Souquet for the first time in the event. Immonen swept the German aside 8-2 by taking the lead from the start to advance to the hot seat match.
His opponent there was Mike Davis, who had been responsible earlier for the 8-4 defeat of Shawn “Big Bubba” Putnam. After facing down Putnam Davis went on to play Mike Dechaine, and their match went neck and neck before Davis finally edged ahead to an 8-6 win. Against Immonen, though, Davis was quickly pushed to the west side of the chart 8-2 while the Finn awaited a finals opponent.
Strickland was not down for the count yet and went through the one-loss side, eliminating Dennis Hatch 8-6 and Rodney Morris 8-6 before being stopped by Dechaine 8-2. Dechaine moved on to the quarterfinal match, where he faced Souquet, who had just ousted Putnam at fifth place 8-2. Dechaine met with a similar fate, as Souquet forged ahead and relegated him to fourth place.
Davis put up more of a fight against Souquet, as the two battled back and forth for control in the semifinals. Souquet was the one left standing at the end of it, and he earned his rematch with Immonen 9-7, with Davis taking third. Immonen played excellently in the finals against Souquet, and he was able to secure the title 10-4.
Per the press release dated March 5 on AZBilliards.com, Barry Behrman has paid out the players who came in 9th through 24th in cash and has issued eight post-dated checks for the balance, each dated one week apart, to the remaining eight players.
1st Mika Immonen $15,000
2nd Ralf Souquet $7,000
3rd Mike Davis $5,000
4th Mike Dechaine $4,000
5th Shawn Putnam $3,000
7th Rodney Morris $2,000
9th Alex Pagulayan $1,500
13th Tommy Kennedy $800
17th Gabe Owen $600
Shane Van Boening
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