Crevier Fends Off Corr for Joss Billiards Victory
Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / Clifton Park, NY
by Lea Andrews
In his first appearance at a regular Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour stop, Canadian Francis Crevier pushed aside several of the tour’s biggest names, including in the finals five-time winner Karen Corr, the tour’s only female winner to date. The $1,500-added main event drew 41 players to trick shot Billiards in Clifton Park, NY, the weekend of March 19-20.
Crevier cruised past Jeff Smolen 9-3 to reach the hot seat match against the always-dangerous Bucky Souvanthong, who’d sent Corr west 9-4. But managing just four games himself against Crevier, Souvanthong soon followed her, leaving Crevier awaiting his opponent for the finals.
On the left side of the bracket, one of Crevier’s big-name victims, Dennis “The Hatchet Man” Hatch, ousted Bruce Carroll 9-3 to meet up with Tim Parisian, who’d just put Corr’s road partner, Julie Kelly, into ninth place 9-3. Parisian was only able to mark up two games against Hatch, though, landing in fifth and sending Hatch on to face Corr. Meanwhile, Ron Casanzio, who’d fallen earlier to Souvanthong 9-4, was making a run through the field, taking care of Gary Poulton 9-2 and Martin Daigle 9-6 to face Smolen. Managing to hold Smolen to seven games, Casanzio advanced to the quarterfinal match against Corr, who’d dealt Hatch a rare, lopsided 9-3 blow. Both Corr and Casanzio were looking to avenge their 9-4 losses to Souvanthong, who was waiting for one of them in the semifinals, but it was Corr who earned the chance 9-6. And in the semifinals, she avenged her loss and then some, allowing Souvanthong just three games and moving on to the final match against Crevier.
In the first set of the true double-elimination final match, Corr maintained a lead, ultimately pushing the second set 9-5. In the second set, it was Crevier who got out to a strong lead, managing to pull ahead 7-2. Not one to stop fighting, Corr marked up five games in a row to tie the score at seven games apiece, but Crevier pushed back, taking the final two racks to secure his first tour win 9-7.
In Sunday’s $500-added second chance, non-pro event, Tom Acciavatti, who lost just one game in the entire tournament, shut out Bruce Carroll 3-0 in the finals to claim first.
The next $1,500/$500-added event will be held March 26-27 at Salt City Billiards in Syracuse, NY. Those interested in competing in the tour’s season finale, Turning Stone Classic XVIII, should contact tour director Mike Zuglan at 518-356-7163 as soon as possible. Please note that the Turning Stone date has been changed from August 11-14 to September 8-11.
Main Event Results:
1st Francis Crevier $1,100
2nd Karen Corr $800
3rd Bucky Souvanthong $600
4th Ron Casanzio $450
5th Jeff Smolen $300
7th Martin Daigle $150
Second Chance Results
1st Tom Acciavatti $340
2nd Bruce Carroll $230
3rd Julie Kelly $150
4th Pete Mitchell $80
5th Paul Picard $40