Ozone Billiards Predator Tour / Edison, NJ

by Jerry Tarantola, NYCgrind.com

A field of 24 players came out to battle at Sandcastle Billiards in Edison, NJ, September 18-19 for the fifteenth stop of the Ozone Billiards Predator Tour’s 2010 season. This event featured both the amateur 9-ball division, won by Brenda Heras, and the open/pro 10-ball division, won by George SanSouci.

Brenda Heras won the amateur event at Sandcastle Billiards.  Pictured are Pat Dibuono, Brenda Heras and Daniel Dagodot.

Brenda Heras won the amateur event at Sandcastle Billiards. Pictured are Pat Dibuono, Brenda Heras and Daniel Dagodot.

Six strong aspiring female players clearly all wanted to make a statement, and one of them did. Heras delivered a breakthrough performance by not only going further than any other woman but also any other man. On that weekend, Heras earned the honor of becoming the first woman player to ever win a Predator Tour event.

Her road to the finals included wins over Soner Bulut 7-2, Daniel Dagodot 7-2, and Noel Bensurto 7-4 before Pat Dibuono sent her west 7-3. Heras came back to the finals with a buzzworthy 7-2 win over the previous week’s Predator Tour winner, Dagotdot.

Dibuono’s undefeated run to the finals included wins over Ramilo Tanglau 7-4, Gail Glazebrook 7-1, Roger Hanas 7-6, and ultimately Heras in the hot seat match.

After rolling over Dagotdot in the semifinals, Heras continued her momentum going into her rematch with Dibuono in the finals. In the finals, Heras’ play was dominant, as she won 7-3.

In the open/pro division, “Ginky” bounced back from a first-round 8-2 loss to Jeremy Sossei to win the event. SanSouci defeated Matt Krah 8-4, Neslihan Gurel 8-1, Jeremy Sossei 8-5, and Mustafa Dikilitas 8-5. In the finals SanSouci bested tour director Tony Robles hill-hill for the win.

SanSouci, pictured left, picked up the win in the pro event.  also pictured are Mustafa Dikilitas (middle) and Robles.

SanSouci, pictured left, picked up the win in the pro event. also pictured are Mustafa Dikilitas (middle) and Robles.

Amateur Results:
1st Brenda Heras $600
2nd Pat Dibuono $400
3rd Daniel Dagotdot $255
4th Alberto Lopez $155
5th Roger Hanos $100
Noel Bensurto

Pro/Open Results:
1st George SanSouci $500
2nd Tony Robles $300
3rd Mustafa Dikilitas $110