Zimny and Flores Split Tri-State Billiard Title
Tri-State Tour / East Rutherford, NJ
Mike Zimny and Annie Flores chose to split first place at the Tri-State Tour’s May 5 stop because of the lateness of the hour. The event hosted 30 players at Castle Billiards in East Rutherford, NJ, and featured a $500-added prize purse.
Zimny went undefeated through the field, besting Ed Culhane in the winners’ side final four 7-1 to reach the hot seat match. His opponent there was Kim Meyer-Gabia, who had just eked out a hill-hill win over Mike Aro 6-5. It was another nail-biter, but Zimny took the hot seat 7-6.
Flores was working her way through the west side, whitewashing Ed Culhane 8-0 to make it to the quarterfinals. Pat Mareno squeaked past Aro 7-6 to reach Flores, who sent Mareno home in fourth place with an 8-5 win.
It was yet another close call in the semifinals, with Flores edging out Meyer-Gabia 7-6. In the final match, both Zimny and Flores decided to split first place.
1st Mike Zimny $475
3rd Kim Meyer-Gabia $200
4th Pat Mareno $100
5th Ed Culhane $75