Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / Clifton Park, NY

by Lea Andrews

Dennis Hatch, who missed the very Northern season opener of the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour, dominated the second—which was closer to his neck of the woods—for yet another tour victory. Hatch was among the field of 32 vying for the cash at the $1,500-added main event, which was held October 9-10 at Trick Shot Billiards in Clifton Park, NY.

Hatch, who missed the very Northern season opener of the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour, dominated the second—which was closer to his neck of the woods—for yet another tour victory.

Hatch, who missed the very Northern season opener of the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour, dominated the second—which was closer to his neck of the woods—for yet another tour victory.

Hatch stormed into the winners’ side final four, where he blew through Willie Oney 9-1, to reach the hot seat match. There he met Chance Chin, who’d just sent Jeff Smolen west 9-7. Unfortunately for Chin, Hatch marked up another 9-1 win to earn his spot in the finals.

On the left side of the bracket, Bucky Souvanthong made his way past Angelo Hilton 9-5 and Ron Casanzio 9-4 to face Smolen, while Dave Grau took care of Sean Martin 9-4 and tour director Mike Zuglan 9-6 to meet up with Oney. Grau nailed his match 9-5, but Souvanthong came up a little short against Smolen, who advanced to the quarterfinal match against Grau 9-7. Looking for the rematch against Chin in the semifinals, Smolen held Grau to six games, leaving him behind in fourth. The semifinal rematch went Smolen’s way and then some—Chin landed in third 9-4.

Riding the momentum of his vengeance, Smolen pushed the second set of the true double-elimination final match 9-6. But in the second set, Hatch, who’d had some uncharacteristic misses in the first set, left nothing to chance. After opening the set with five straight break and runs, Hatch went on to notch his first win of the season 9-2.

Sunday’s $500-added second chance non-pro event drew 16 players, and Kevin Ketz, who’d gone two-and-out in the main event, came back to take it all. In the true double-elimination final match against Angelo Hilton, Ketz delivered a 3-0 blow in the first set and then secured the victory, which was his second second-chance win on the tour, 3-1. The next tour stop is October 30-31 at Raxx Pool Room in West Hempstead, NY. For more information, please visit www.insidepoolmag.com/calendar.

The countdown to December’s $25,000-added Turning Stone Classic XVI has begun and the field is filling fast. Secure your spot by calling tour director Mike Zuglan at 518-356-7163.

Main Event Results:

1st Dennis Hatch $1,000
2nd Jeff Smolen $750
3rd Chance Chin $550
4th Dave Grau $400
5th Bucky Souvanthong $250
Willie Oney
7th Mike Zuglan $100
Ron Casanzio

Second Chance Results:

1st Kevin Ketz $320
2nd Angelo Hilton $220
3rd Bob Cunningham $160
4th Frank Sorriento $100