Simonetti Slays Tri-State Billiards Field
Tri-State Tour / Clifton, NJ
Scott Simonetti came back from a late loss to wreak revenge on Ed Crespo in the finals of the March 23 stop on the Tri-State Tour, taking first place. The $750-added event took place at Clifton Billiards in Clifton, NJ, and drew a field of 40 A-D players.
Simonetti first faced off against Crespo in the winners’ side final four, where Crespo dealt Simonetti a 7-5 loss to advance to the hot seat match. Meeting him there was Mike Aro, who had just defeated Eddie Perez 6-3. Crespo was again triumphant, besting Aro 7-5 to reach the finals.
Simonetti rebounded on the one-loss side of the chart, eliminating Mike Zimmy in fifth place 8-5. Tying with Zimmy was Perez after his match with Karen Freire ended in Freire’s favor 6-2. Simonetti went on to send Freire home in fourth place with a 9-7 win.
Aro and Simonetti faced each other in the semifinals, with Simonetti coming out the 9-6 winner of that contest. In the finals, a rematch from their earlier match, Simonetti turned the tables on Crespo and took the win and the title 9-6.
1st Scott Simonetti $700
2nd Ed Crespo $430
3rd Mike Aro $270
4th Karen Freire $160
5th Mike Zimmy $100
7th Dave Shlemperis $75