Dagotdot and Bonilla Best Predator Field
Predator Pro-Am Tour / Lindenhurst, NY
by Alison M. Fischer, NYCgrind.com
Daniel Dagotdot won the Predator Pro-Am Tour’s amateur division the weekend of September 17-18, while Oscar Bonilla closed a win in the open/pro division. The tour held its eleventh tour stop of the season at the Lindenhurst, NY, poolroom Mr. Cue Billiards on Long Island.
With a field of 56 players for both events, the $1,000-added tournament got underway early Saturday afternoon, and by Sunday evening, only two players remained in the winners’ bracket. Two of the area’s strongest young amateur players faced off in the hot seat match to see who would lock down a spot in the finals.
Long Island player Erin McManus, who had not competed all summer since the WPBA U.S. Open in June, faced off against Dagotdot in the hot seat match. McManus and Dagotdot had a close battle, which ended in Dagotdot’s favor 8-5.
Victor Nau, the Predator Tour’s current number-one-ranked player in the A+ class, fought through the one-loss side to take on McManus in the semifinals after he defeated Andrew Waggoner in the quarterfinals 10-5. McManus continued her strong play to win 9-7 and earn her spot in the finals for a rematch with Dagotdot. It was another close match between Dagotdot and McManus in the finals, but Dagotdot again prevailed, with the final score ending at 8-6.
In the one-day open/pro 10-ball event, Joey Korsiak earned the hot seat with a win over Justin Muller 8-5, Scott Murphy 8-4, and Tony Robles 8-6.
Oscar Bonilla fell into dead stroke after a first-round loss to Jorge Rodriguez 8-6 and went through the one-loss side to meet Tony Robles in the semifinals. With the score 5-4 in Bonilla’s favor, Robles came up dry on the break, and Bonilla calmly proceeded to run three racks and out for the right to play Korsiak for the championship. Bonilla was not to be denied as he soundly defeated Korsiak 11-7 in the finals to win the day.
1st Daniel Dagotdot $900
2nd Erin McManus $600
3rd Victor Nau $400
4th Andrew Waggoner $300
5th Luis Novas $200
7th Dan Cintron $150
Marvin St. John
9th Gail Glazebrook $90
Jerry Tarantola – $90
1st Oscar Bonilla $500
2nd Joey Korsiak $300
3rd Tony Robles $180
4th Jorge Rodriguez $100