Morris and Putnam Poised to Play for Hot Seat
Turning Stone Classic XVII / Verona, NY
“Rocket” Rodney Morris and Shawn Putnam are the final two undefeated players at the Turning Stone Classic XVII and will face off in the hot seat match this afternoon, while four other players remain in the west side of the chart. The $25,000-added event is held this weekend at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY, and attracted a full field of 128.
After dispatching tour promoter Mike Zuglan 9-4 to the one-loss side, Morris went on to face down Larry “The Truth” Nevel and dealt him a 9-3 loss. A 9-5 victory over Charlie Williams put Morris in the final four undefeated, where he bested Jose Parica 9-5 to reach the hot seat match.
Putnam escaped a double-hill match Fiddlestix Billiards Café owner Chris Szuter 9-8 to defeat Jeremy Sossei 9-4. Another 9-4 victory, this time over Josh Ulrich, saw Putnam meet up with Morris.On the west side, Alex Pagulayan, who suffered a second-round loss to Morris 9-6, has fought his way through eight matches, including wins over Bucky Souvanthong, Sossei, Mike Davis, and Dennis Hatch. His next opponent will be Parica, with the winner advancing to the quarterfinals.
Much like Pagulayan, Johnny Archer, winner of the Turning Stone Classic XV and XIV, also lost his second-round match, which was against Sossei, and has been able to stay alive. Archer’s victories in the one-loss side include wins over Jennifer Barretta, Williams, and Greg Antonakos.
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