Schmidt a 14.1 Smash
Maryland Open Straight Pool Championship / Glen Burnie, MD
Right on the heels of his major victory at the Predator World 14.1 Tournament over none other than Efren Reyes in the finals, John Schmidt also claimed top honors at the Maryland Open Straight Pool Championship.
The August 18-19 event was hosted by Big Daddy’s in Glen Burnie, MD, and featured am $18,000-added prize purse. There were 32 players competing at the start, with a round robin format yielding 24 for the final single-elimination bracket, and the field was peppered with champions such as Johnny “The Scorpion” Archer, Mika Immonen, Thorsten Hohmann, Corey Deuel, Shaun “Get Some” Wilkie, Warren Kiamco, and Mike Davis.
Hohmann controlled the bottom half of the bracket, ousting Steve Lipsky 125-20 and then Deuel 125-42 to reach the semifinal round. His opponent, Immonen, notched the high run of the day with his 113-ball run against Germany’s Ralph Eckert to win 125-13. The day before, Mike “Fireball” Dechaine scored the high run of the tournament with his 125-and-out over Big Daddy’s owner, Rick Molineiro.
Archer was streaking toward the semis in the top bracket, eliminating Davis 125-60 and then Dave Daya 125-82 to reach Schmidt. “Mr. 400” had just won a close match with Kiamco 125-98, when Kiamco had recorded a 103-ball run in his previous match against Michael Yednak.
Both semifinal matches were lopsided affairs: Hohmann routed Immonen 150-1, while Schmidt won his bout with Archer 150 to -1. Schmidt went on to dominate the final match completely, taking first place with a well-deserved 150-21 score over Hohmann.
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1st John Schmidt $4,000
2nd Thorsten Hohmann $3,000
3rd Mika Immonen $1,800
5th Dave Daya $800
9th Steve Lipsky $400