Hertz and Zvi Snap off Predator Tour Wins
Predator 9-Ball Tour / Lindenhurst, NY
by Jerry Tarantola, NYCgrind.com
The Predator 9-Ball Tour’s April 16-17 stop was hosted by Mr. Cue Billiards in Lindenhurst, NY, where 46 top amateur players from around the area came out to play in the 9-ball event, along with a number of top open and pro players for the one-day 10-ball event Sunday. Mike Hertz won his first tour title in the amateur division, while Zion Zvi took home the open title.
Veteran tournament player and grinder Diana “Snooky” Rojas brought her A-game to the table throughout the two-day event, defeating Andy Schorr 8-4, Jim Jennings 7-3, Mike Ettl 7-5, and Sandie Patarino 7-5 before being defeated by Hertz 7-3. Rojas then made a statement by defeating current BCAPL women’s open 8-ball champion Gail Glazebrook in dominant fashion 7-3, which Rojas followed up with a gritty 7-5 win over Raphael Dabreo. She was poised to snap off her first Predator Tour event, but Hertz proved that he has the ability to bounce back after a tough loss.
After getting edged out by Jack Smith in the hot seat match, Hertz shut out Rojas 7-0 for a dominant win in the semifinal, followed up by a hill-hill rematch with Smith in the finals. By the time the final ball was pocketed, Hertz earned his first Predator 9-ball Tour win in impressive fashion.
The open/pro 10-ball event that runs alongside the amateurs featured several big sticks. Top Long Island player Oscar Bonilla started off with two gritty hill-hill 8-7 wins over Justin Muller and “Flaco” Tony Rodriguez, before catching an impressive gear to defeat Joey Korsiak 8-1. In the hot seat match, Bonilla’s opponent was breakout player Zion Zvi, who is starting to come into his own. Zion came out of the gate with dominant back-to-back wins over Bob Mammarella 8-0 and Ed Culhane 8-2.
Zvi then edged out Tony Robles 8-7 before an impressive hot seat match win over Bonilla 8-3. Bonilla returned for another meeting with Zvi in the finals after a hill-hill 8-7 win over Korsiak in the semifinals. In the finals it was all Zvi as he defeated Bonilla 9-6 for his first win this season.
1st Mike Hertz $800
2nd Jack Smith $600
3rd Diana Rojas $400
4th Raphael DaBreo $300
5th Gail Glazebrook $200
7th Ron Mason $125
9th Sandie Patarino $75
1st Zion Zvi $700
2nd Oscar Bonilla $400
3rd Joey Korsiak $215
4th Tony Robles $100