Immonen Leads Charge in 14.1 Challenge at Derby City Classic
Appleton Launches Title Defense
The Derby City Classic continued Wednesday at the Horseshoe Casino in Elizabeth, IN. The 9-ball event kicked off as the One-pocket and 14.1 Challenge entered critical stages. Mika Immonen took charge of the 14.1 Challenge by putting in the high run of 156 balls.
Eight players of the forty six that entered advanced through the preliminary rounds to go into a single elimination bracket, which will begin play on Thursday.
The players ranked as follows:
1. Mika Immonen – 156
2. John Schmidt – 144
3. Alex Pagulayan – 141
4. Darren Appleton – 140
5. Niels Fiejen – 113
6. Dennis Orcollo – 112
7. Johnny Archer – 109
8. Ralf Souquet – 108
Thursday’s matches in the first round will be:
Immonen vs. Souquet
Schmidt vs. Archer
Pagulayan vs. Orcollo
Darren Appleton vs. Niels Fiejen
Notable players that missed the cut this year were Huidji See with 105 balls and Mats Schjetne with 102 balls. Defending champion Darren Appleton was the leader until the final few hours of qualifying, which saw Alex Pagaulayan, Schmidt and Immonen surpass his high mark. Alex Pagulayan and John Schmidt leap-frogged several players and subsequently eliminated Huidji See from the event in the finals minutes of qualifying.
The 14.1 Challenge enjoyed an $8,500 added purse that pays out $300 for the daily high run, $200 for second place daily and $100 for third place daily. The prize breakdown for the main event of the 14.1 Challenge are as follows:
1st – $2,600
2nd – $1,900
3rd-4th – $1,200
5th-8th – $700
Sponsors for the 14.1 Challenge include Diamond Billiard Products, Bob Jewett, Stu Mattana, Rich Klein, Jeff Mohl and Simonis Cloth. Patrons include James & Sons Jewelers, Arnold Kupec, Angel Levine, 14and1.com, America’s Straight Pool League, Stan Haines, Ted Antle, James Franklin, Larry Moy, Jay Helfert and Phil Capelle.
The free live stream is being broadcast by Inside POOL TV in HD at 1-year subscription to the online version of Inside POOL Magazine.
Sponsors that make the free live stream of the 14th Annual Derby City Classic include Diamond Billiard Products, Kamui Tips, Fury Cues, The Bankshot Calculator, Hammerhead Hustling Clothing, Sharks web series, Pool Player Excuses billiard towel, Definitive Synergy billiards management software and Tom Simpson’s National Billiard Academy.