Hatch Hews Joss Competition
Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / North Syracuse, NY
Dennis Hatch cut through the competition at the March 24-25 installment of the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour, going undefeated to take the title over Nelson Oliveira in the final match 9-4. The $1,500-added open event was held at Salt City Billiards in North Syracuse, NY, and attracted a field of 27 players.
Buzzing through the winners’ side of the chart, Hatch sliced down Spencer Auigbelle 9-5 to reach the hot seat match. His opponent there was Bucky Souvanthong, who had just sent Oliveira to the west side 9-3. In the hotly contested winners’ side final, it was Hatch who came away with the close 9-7 win.Auigbelle was soon ousted at fifth place by Russ Philp after a tough hill-hill battle 9-8, while tour promoter Mike Zuglan joined him courtesy of Oliveira 9-4. Oliveira went on to send Philp home in a fourth-place finish after their quarterfinal match ended with Oliveira the 9-3 winner.
Waiting in the semifinals, Souvanthong soon felt Oliveira’s determination and was ousted in third place 9-3. In the final match, though, “The Hatchet Man” took control, cutting through Oliveira to win 9-4.
The $500-added second chance tournament drew a dozen players. Jerry Crowe defeated Ed Saur for the hot seat 3-1, but Saur fought his way back through Tim Parisian 3-2 to earn a rematch. In the double-elimination finals, Saur whitewashed Crowe in the first set, but Crowe rallied to win the second set 3-1. Crowe earned $300 for first, while Saur took $200 for his runner-up finish. Parisian won $140, and Marko Clarke took home $100 for fourth place.
The Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour’s next stop will be March 31-April 1 at Raxx Pool Room and Grill in West Hempstead, NY. Also, Mike Zuglan is currently accepting entries for the season finale, the $25,000-added Turning Stone Classic XIX 9-Ball Open, which is scheduled for August 23-26. Please contact Mr. Zuglan at 518-356-7163 as soon as possible to reserve your spot.
1st Dennis Hatch $1,000
2nd Nelson Oliveira $700
3rd Bucky Souvanthong $500
4th Russ Philp $400
5th Spencer Auigbelle $250