Van Boening Vies to Defend Turning Stone Title
Turning Stone Classic XIX / Verona, NY
Shane Van Boening is fighting a top field of 127 other players to retain his Turning Stone Classic this weekend. The twice-annual $25,000-added event is back at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY.
The tournament is well underway, and Van Boening has already put two W’s under his belt with a first-round victory over Tim Parisian 9-2 and a second-round win over Josh Ulrich 9-3. Runner-up to Van Boening at the December 2011 event, Raj Hundal is also going strong with a 9-2 win over Chris Simon, followed up with a 9-5 score over Dany Normandin.
A handful of ladies are competing, including this year’s Hall of Fame inductee, Karen Corr, as well as Jennifer “9MM” Barretta, Emily Duddy, and Borana Andoni. Corr whitewashed her first opponent, Walter Szydlowski, and will face Warren Kiamco of the Philippines in the second round. Barretta scored a 9-5 win over Kevin Bauccio but then was delivered to the one-loss side by Jeremy Sossei 9-3.
Recurrent Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour winner Dennis Hatch is still chasing this title but will have to do so from the west side of the chart. His 9-1 victory over Scott Murphy in the first round put him against Mike “Fireball” Dechaine in the second round. Dechaine earlier routed Canada’s Jason Klatt 9-0. Their match was close, but it was Dechaine who advanced 9-6.
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