Zvi Zings Mezz Billiards Field
Mezz Pro-Am Tour / West Hempstead, NY
by Jose Burgos
Zion Zvi narrowly escaped a late charge by Frankie Hernandez at the July 10 stop of the Mezz Pro-Am Tour to take top honors. The event was hosted by Raxx Bar and Grill in West Hempstead, NY, and featured a field of 34 players, including Matt Krah, Joey Testa, Oscar Bonilla, Michael Wong, and Ramon Mistica.
Hernandez suffered a loss to Dan Dagotdot in the third round 7-4, while Dagotdot went on to best Mistica hill-hill to reach the hot seat match. Meeting him there was Zvi, who had scored wins over Samantha Miskevich 7-0, Tony Tjioe 7-3, Bob Madara 7-3, and Bonilla 7-3. Their match turned out to be a one-sided affair, with Zvi taking control of the match from the start and winning easily 7-2.
Awaiting Dagotdot on the one-loss side was Hernandez, who wanted revenge for his earlier loss. This, too, was a lopsided match as Hernandez dominated Dagotdot and won 7-2 to reach the finals. In the true double-elimination format, Hernandez had to best Zvi twice in order to win the event. The first set saw Hernandez triumph 7-4. However, the second match came down to double-hill before Zvi eked out the 7-6 victory.
1st Zion Zvi $875
2nd Frankie Hernandez $570
3rd Daniel Dagotdot $370
4th Ramon Mistica $200
5th Matt Krah $150
7th Michael Wong $100