Chau Undefeated at Joss Billiards Event
Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / Levittown, NY

by Lea Andrews

Many tried, but no man managed to take down Manny Chau on his way to an undefeated victory at the first Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour stop of 2011. The $1,500-added event was held January 8-9 at Cue Nine in Levittown, NY.

joss 720 Chau Undefeated at Joss Billiards Event

Many tried, but no man managed to take down Manny Chau on his way to an undefeated victory at the first Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour stop of 2011.

Chau rode a strong 9-3 win over Lenny Savata into the hot seat match against Jeremy Sossei, who’d managed to edge out tour director Mike Zuglan 9-8. Sossei came up three games shy against Chau, though, moving over to semifinals 9-6.

On the one-loss side, Angelo Inness got past Holden Chin 9-3 to meet up with Zuglan, while Mike “Fingers” Badsteubner notched his own 9-3 win over Scott Murphy to face Savata. But both Inness and Badsteubner landed in fifth place as Zuglan and Savata advanced to the quarterfinals 9-6 and 9-4, respectively. Looking for the rematch against Sossei in the semifinals, Zuglan notched the final game in his hill-hill match against Savata, but he fell short against Sossei, who advanced to his own rematch in the finals 9-3.

The true double-elimination final match began evenly enough, but when Sossei missed a chance to tie it up at six games apiece, Chau took control, finishing up his undefeated weekend with a strong 9-6 win.

The next $1,500-added event, which will also feature a $500-added non-pro second chance event on Sunday, will be held at Diamond Eight Billiards in Latham, NY, the weekend of January 29-30. The date for the season finale, Turning Stone Classic XVIII, is already cemented, and the field has begun to fill. Those interested in competing at the August 11-14 event should contact Mike Zuglan at 518-356-7163 as soon as possible to secure a spot.

Results:
1st Manny Chau $900
2nd Jeremy Sossei $650
3rd Mike Zuglan $450
4th Lenny Savata $300
5th Angelo Inness $125
Mike Badsteubner

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