Maidhof Grabs Mezz Billiards Title
Mezz Pro-Am Tour / Drexel Hill, PA
by Jose Burgos
Bob Maidhof took down all challengers at the March 18 installment of the Mezz Pro-Am Tour to take first place over Shaun “Get Some” Wilkie. Drexeline Billiards in Drexel Hill, PA, hosted 36 players at the $1,000-added event.
Maidhof took charge of the top half of the bracket, notching victories over Bob Burt 7-5, Mark Nanashee 7-0, England’s Jayson Shaw 7-6, Eric Perry 7-2, and Shaun Dobson 7-5. Wilkie commanded the bottom half, with wins over Matt Krah 7-1, Adam Kiear 7-1, Kenny Rutman 7-6 , and reigning U.S. Open champion Darren Appleton 7-5.
When Wilkie and Maidhof collided in the hot seat match, it was a one-sided affair that saw Maidhof easily handle Wilkie 7-1. Waiting for Wilkie in the semifinals was Appleton in a rematch from earlier that day. The score reached double-hill before Wilkie, for the second time, defeated Appleton and reached the finals.
In the double-elimination final match, Wilkie had the daunting task of defeating Maidhof twice to earn the title. However, the event clearly belonged to Maidhof, who claimed the first and only set 5-1 to win the event.
1st Bob Maidhof $800
2nd Shaun Wilkie $500
3rd Darren Appleton $360
4th Joey Testa $200
5th Rob Hart $150
7th Eric Perry $100