Culhane Cashes on Tri-State Billiards Tour
Tri-State / East Rutherford, NJ
The first Saturday in June welcomed 29 players to the Tri-State Tour’s 9-ball event, with Ed Culhane coming through the one-loss side of the chart to win it all. The June 4 stop was hosted by Castle Billiards in East Rutherford, NJ, and featured a $500-added prize purse.
On the winners’ side final four, “Devil Dave” Ascolese matched up with Dave Jusis, while Shawn Dobson faced off against James Spinella. Ascolese won convincingly 7-3, while Dobson sent Spinella to the left side of the chart 7-4. In the following hot seat match, Ascolese eked out a 7-6 victory.
After an early loss to Jusis, Culhane went on a tear, besting Borana Andoni 7-5, Ray Marisette 8-6, and then earning revenge on Jusis 7-3 to reach the quarterfinal match. His opponent, Spinella, had just ousted Bogie Uzdejczyk 7-5. Culhane won that match 7-3 to advance to the semifinals.
A determined Culhane went on to meet Dobson for the right to face Ascolese in the finals, and it was Culhane who came out the 7-2 victor. Unstoppable in the finals, Culhane bested Ascolese 9-2 in the finals to claim the title.
1st Ed Culhane $550
2nd Dave Ascolese $320
3rd Shawn Dobson $200
4th James Spinella $120
5th Dave Jusis $80