Blackmore Fends Off Korsiak at Joss Billiards Event
Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / West Hempstead, NY
by Lea Andrews
Bobby Blackmore made it to the finals of the April 2-3 stop of the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour undefeated, and though, thanks to Joe Korsiak, he didn’t finish that way, he won when it counted to clinch the ultimate prize. Blackmore and Korsiak were among the field of 39 gathered at Raxx Pool Room and Grill in West Hempstead, NY, for the $1,500-added main event.
Blackmore rode a decisive 9-5 victory over Sean Morgan into the hot seat match against Chris Lynch, who’d just edged out Korsiak 9-8. Another solid 9-5 win for Blackmore earned him the hot seat, while Lynch moved over to the semifinals.
On the other side of the bracket, Jeremy Sossei, who’d moved west after an early 9-2 loss to Korsiak, ousted Phil Davis 9-4 and Brian Hunter 9-5 to meet up with Morgan. Meanwhile, Jorge Rodriguez took care of Pete Ziemak 9-8 and Joey Kong 9-5 to face Korsiak. Rodriguez fell a couple games short, though, finishing in fifth 9-7 and setting up a quarterfinal rematch between Korsiak and Sossei, who’d gotten past Morgan 9-6. Sossei fared slightly better this time around, but his five games merely netted him fourth place, while Korsiak moved on to his own rematch against Lynch in the semifinals. Korsiak and Lynch once again went hill-hill, but it was Korsiak who marked up the final game and earned the spot in the finals against Blackmore.
In the first set of the true double-elimination final match, Korsiak led the way, pushing the second set convincingly 9-4. In the second set, though, Blackmore regained control, nabbing his first win this season 9-5.
In Sunday’s $500-added, second chance, non-pro event, Oscar Bonilla claimed the hot seat over Phil Davis 3-0. Davis faced Yesid Garibello in the semifinals, narrowly missing a chance at a finals rematch 3-2 and finishing in third. Garibello managed to shut out Bonilla 3-0 in the first set of the finals, but Bonilla came back in the second set to close out his victory 3-2. The final winner of the weekend was under-the-radar top player Bob Talbot, who went home with a custom, engraved, collectible Joss Cue valued at $1,200 after his ticket was drawn in the raffle.
The next $1,500/$500-added event will be held April 16-17 at Golden Cue Billiards in Albany, 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.
1st Bobby Blackmore $1,000
2nd Joe Korsiak $750
3rd Chris Lynch $600
4th Jeremy Sossei $450
5th Jorge Rodriguez $300
7th Joey Kong $125
Second Chance Results:
1st Oscar Bonilla $280
2nd Yesid Garibello $180
3rd Phil Davis $120
4th Dave Shlemperis $80
5th Scott Murphy $40