Hertz and Zvi Snap off Predator Tour Wins

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.

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.

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.

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.

Amateur Results:
1st Mike Hertz $800
2nd Jack Smith $600
3rd Diana Rojas $400
4th Raphael DaBreo $300
5th Gail Glazebrook $200
Shawn Sookhai
7th Ron Mason $125
Eric Grasman
9th Sandie Patarino $75
Charles Young
Lionel Rivera
Robert Gipp

Open Results:

1st Zion Zvi $700
2nd Oscar Bonilla $400
3rd Joey Korsiak $215
4th Tony Robles $100

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