By Ed Liddawi
Edison, NJ – For their third consecutive year, Sandcastle Billiards hosted a qualifier
event for the World Tournament of 14.1 Continuous Straight Pool. Only one slot
remained available in the 16 man double-elimination qualifier tournament. The top 2
finishers were to be awarded a seat in the prestigious main event being held this year in
New York from August 4th.A very talented and bloodthirsty field came out from various neighboring states to
compete on this 12th with players by Noon time as they began practicing till the first round was called at 1pm.
Fans and players can attend the once a year special event August 4th-9th, 2014 at Steinway Billiards Cafe or watch online at www.worldstraightpool.com . $50 All Event Pay Per View special for the ANDY CLOTH World Tournament of 14.1 !! Price goes up on Aug 2. It will be a star studded gala with billiard super stars such as Mika Immonen, Shane Van Boening, John Schmidt, Stephan Cohen, Johnny Archer, Darren Appleton & many more with Charlie Williams as the event MC. The ANDY CLOTH World Tournament of 14.1 is sponsored by ANDY CLOTH, Kamui Brands, OB Cues, Amsterdam Billiard Club, Realrealcool.com, Pool & Billiard Magazine , Aramith Balls, and George Beckman Kinetic Sculptures. Official patron 14.1 aficionados are Stu Mattana, Tom Gleich, Harold Siegel, and Dr. Greg Diehl Plastic Surgery. Dragon Promotions and Dr. Michael Fedak are pleased to also bring the 4th Annual Straight Pool Hall of Fame inducting “King” James Rempe and Frank “Sailor” Stellman. Since 1912, this will be the 74th production of the oldest billiard event in the world.
The pills had been drawn at random and the first round matchups were as follows;
Holden Chin vs. Sean Leinen
Sean “Alaska” Morgan vs. Gene Ok
Gerard Soriano vs. Flaco Rodriguez
Don Montalvo vs. Robert Madenjian
Dominic Noe vs. Jeff Crawford
Jim Heller vs. Eddie Culhane
Geovani Hosang vs. Dennis Spears
Although any one of these competitors were very capable of winning this event, only two
of these cue proficient warriors would be awarded the honors to advance and compete in
the 74th World Tournament of Straight Pool.
The first to receive those honors by ripping through the field undefeated for the 3rd
in a row was Sandcastle’s very own house player, Dennis Spears aka “Spider”.
With victories over NJ local player, Geovani Hosang 100-19, then 100-32 over Eddie
Culhane also from NJ, then a close one over a very impressive Dominic Noe 100-87 and
finally over World Tournament veteran and solid player Bob Madenjian 100-39, Spears
once again defended his home turf and rightfully claimed the 1st spot.
See the best of the best play to become one of the legends of straight pool and a shot at getting their name on the World 14.1 Cup
The other valiant contender took a very scenic route with a first round loss. After getting
sent to the one-loss side of the charts by Dominic Noe, Jeff Crawford originally from
Elkhart, Indiana and currently residing in Parkesberg, Pennsylvania clawed his way
through a gauntlet of skillful and commendable opponents.
Crawford’s first round loss to Noe was followed by a 2nd
battle began. First taking down the fierce Sean “Alaska” Morgan of NY with a score of
100-60, then Sandcastle’s own Gerard Soriano 100-41, he went on to defeat Raxx Pool
Room owner, Holden Chin 100-45, then the well revered NY player, Flaco Rodriguez
100-34 and finally being victorious over the unyielding Bob Madenjian, Crawford
claimed the 2nd year slot into the main event.
Andy Cloth, OB Cues, Excelsior Graphics, Pool & Billiard Magazine, Amsterdam Billiard Club, Kamui, www.Realrealcool.com , Aramith Balls, and host Steinway Billiards are the Official Sponsors of the event
Special recognition goes out to Sean Morgan and Holden Chin as they had a nail biting
final score of 100-95 in their match. Congrats to Michael Franzyshen, Sandcastle In-
House 14.1 handicapped league 3 –Time Champion for stepping up to the big leagues
and also squeaking out a 100-95 victory over Sean Leinen. Acknowledge Gerard Soriano,
long overdue for getting his feet wet. It’s not the last time you’ll see his name for sure.
Thank you Sean Leinen and Bob Madenjian for making those long trips out to compete
once again, Don Montalvo for doing what it took to make it possible to come out,
Geovani Hosang and Jim Heller for your continued support and improved games as you
entered the battlegrounds, the well respected Flaco Rodriguez, always a pleasure to have,
Gene Ok and Dominic Noe, such a pleasure meeting you. I hope to see you all at the
Sandcastle Billiards would like to thank all those who came out to compete this year and
all of its loyal regular patrons that continue to work to improve their game and share the
same passion for the game enjoying the beauty of its complexity, poetry, high demand
for focus and freedom of individual expression and style of play. “We’re not here just to
make a dollar- we’re here to make a difference!” Good luck and play well.