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Davis Defeats Chohan for Top Tiger Billiards Stop

Posted by insidepoolmag on November 1, 2008

Davis Defeats Chohan for Top Tiger Billiards Stop
Tiger Pool Tour / Midlothian, VA

by Andy Lincoln

Davis snapped off the Tiger Planet Pool Tour stop at Diamond Billiards in Midlothian, VA.

Davis snapped off the Tiger Planet Pool Tour stop at Diamond Billiards in Midlothian, VA.

The Tiger Tour returned to the new Diamond Billiards in Midlothian, VA, for their October 25-26 stop. With this being a post-U.S. Open event, many players made the short drive from Chesapeake, VA, to shoot at the $2,500-added purse provided by Diamond Billiards, but tour regular Mike Davis took home the gold.

An extremely tough field of 52 players signed up Saturday with top names such as John Schmidt, Mike Davis, Charlie Bryant, Tony Chohan, and Ronnie Wiseman. There were two first-round power match-ups of note. Current Tiger Tour points leader Brandon Shuff defeated 2006 U.S. Open champion Schmidt 9-5, and Mexican veteran Rafael Martinez stopped high-stakes gambler Johnathan Pinegar 9-5.

However, Shuff and Martinez had short-lived victories as they lost to Chohan 9-8 and David Vaughn 9-7, respectively, in the third round. Local Richmond native Larry Kressel took down room owner Thomas Dorsey and DC area superstar Manuel Chau with a pair of 9-5 scores. Joining Chohan, Vaughn, and Kressel on the winners’ side going into Sunday were Andy Lincoln, Brian White, Leonardo Andam, Davis, and Bryant. Another eight top players remained on the one-loss side.

Sunday play began with Chohan, Davis, and Kressel easily advancing and Vaughn recovering to defeat Brian White 9-8. Chohan and Davis reached the hot seat with little fanfare over Vaughn and Kressel. The hot seat match was close, with Chohan escaping with a 9-8 win.

The story in the elimination bracket was a pair of runs by Pinegar and Josh Roberts. After losing his first match, Roberts strung together seven wins, including over strong players such as Jeff Abernathy, White, Wiseman, and Kressel. Pinegar’s run was equally impressive, defeating Scott Rabon, Shuff, Shane Harvey, Bryant, Andam, and Vaughn. Pinegar continued his run, placing Roberts into the fourth-place spot, but then Davis shook off his disappointing hot seat loss by defeating Pinegar 7-3. The rematch between Chohan and Davis was close the whole way, with Davis taking an 11-10 win in the single-set final.

Results:
1st Mike Davis $1,500
2nd Tony Chohan $1,000
3rd Johnathan Pinegar $700
4th Josh Roberts $500
5/6th David Vaughn $350
5/6th Larry Kressel
7/8th Ronnie Wiseman $225
7/8th Leonardo Andam
9/12th Rafael Martinez $125
9/12th Charlie Bryant
9/12th Andy Lincoln
9/12th Brian White
13/16th Jeff Abernathy $75
13/16th Sam Monday
13/16th Shane Harvey
13/16th Chris Adams

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McCreesh and Meraglio Win on Tiger Pool Stop

Posted by insidepoolmag on October 6, 2008

McCreesh and Meraglio Win on Tiger Pool Stop
Tiger Pool 9-Ball Tour / Winchester, VA

by Skip Maloney

Ryan McCreesh took the long road to the title at the Tiger Planet Pool held at Blue Fox Billiards in Winchester, VA.

Ryan McCreesh took the long road to the title at the Tiger Planet Pool held at Blue Fox Billiards in Winchester, VA.

Ryan McCreesh took two from Brandon Shuff to go undefeated in the open division of the Tiger Pool Tour stop the weekend of October 4-5, while Tina Meraglio bested Ming Ng in the finals of the women’s event. The $1,500-added open event drew 35 entrants, and 9 competed in the $500-added women’s event, hosted by Blue Fox Billiards in Winchester, VA.

McCreesh took more of a labored road to the hot seat match against Shuff, giving up 19 racks over the 4 matches it took to get there. Shuff, on the other hand, playing 5 matches, gave up only 12 racks. Among the final four on the winners’ side, McCreesh sent Manny Chau west 9-7, as Shuff sent Chris Bruner over 9-5. In what turned out to be the easiest match of his weekend, McCreesh sent Shuff to the semifinals with a 9-2 victory.

On the one-loss side, a father and son battled for the right to meet Chau, as Matt Clatterbuck and Scott Tollefson fought to meet Bruner. Brian Deska defeated his dad 7-4, with Tollefson ending Clatterbuck’s tournament bid 7-5. Deska then eliminated Chau in a double-hill struggle as Tollefson shut out Bruner. It was Tollefson moving on to the semifinals with a 7-4 victory over Deska. He met a determined Shuff, who dropped him into third place for a second chance at McCreesh.

Shuff opened the finals by jumping out to a 3-0 lead. McCreesh fought back to tie it. They battled back and forth to a tie at 8, when McCreesh took two in a row to reach the hill first. Shuff matched him with two games of his own to knot it at 10. Breaking the final rack, Shuff came up empty. McCreesh sunk the first two balls and then lined up a 3-9 combination that finished the tournament.

In the women’s final, Tina Meraglio defeated Ming Ng to capture the first-place prize. Rachel Eliazar and Pauline Mattes finished third and fourth, respectively.

Open Results:
1st Ryan McCreesh $900
2nd Brandon Shuff $550
3rd Scott Tollefson $380
4th Brian Deska $225
5/6th Manny Chau $150
5/6th Chris Bruner $150
7/8th Ed Deska $100
7/8th Matt Clatterbuck $100
9-12th Richard Barney $55
9-12th Kent Pipkin $55
9-12th Phil Kearns $55
9-12th Danny Bell $55

Women’s Results:
1st Tina Mergalio $380
2nd Ming Ng $240
3rd Rachel Eliazar $125
4th Pauline Mattes  $70

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Green and Shea Score on Tiger Billiards Tour

Posted by insidepoolmag on September 20, 2008

Green and Shea Score on Tiger Tour
Tiger Pool Tour / Arlington, VA

by Andy Lincoln

Danny Green, tour founder, and Linda Shea pulled down top honors in their respective divisions.

Danny Green, tour founder, and Linda Shea pulled down top honors in their respective divisions.

The Tiger Pool Tour returned to Arlington, VA, September 13-14 for their ninth event of the season. This $2,000-added event was hosted by Champion Billiards Café, a player-owned room and a player favorite in Northern Virginia. Danny Green, tour founder, and Linda Shea walked away with top honors in their respective divisions.

Green, who won last month’s special one-pocket event, started out strong with wins over Dustin Paris and Andy Lincoln. He followed that up by defeating a tough Scott Tollefson to advance to Sunday’s final four on the winners’ side. Shaun Wilkie worked his way through four matches for his trip to Sunday. The top half of the bracket saw Matt Krah easily advance including a 9-4 win over current points leader Manuel Chau. Ilir Jaho joined these players on the winners’ side.

On Sunday, Krah advanced past Jaho and Green took down Wilkie by identical 9-6 scores. The hot seat match was uneventful as Green defeated Wilkie 9-6. The elimination bracket was being fought out with veteran Ed Deska working his way forward. Quality wins over Shane Jackson and Tollefson were followed up with a 9-2 win over Jaho. Wilkie recovered from his loss to Green to squeak past Chau 9-8 before ending Deska’s run 9-6. Wilkie earned a rematch with Green after downing Krah 9-6.

The single-set final race to 11 between Green and Wilkie stayed close the whole way. At double-hill, both players seemed unable to close the deal. There were several challenging table layouts that prevented the easy out, and it was Green who finally snapped out of it to take the win.

A small but strong group of ten ladies entered the women’s event. All ten of these ladies had placed in the money on the Tiger Tour, so there were no easy matches. Cheryl Squire, sponsored on tour by Big Daddy’s Billiards, started her day out with big wins over Ming Ng 7-4 and Linda Shea 7-2. Rachel Eliazar from North Carolina has been playing well lately and sent Squire to the elimination bracket 7-5. Ji-Hyun Park took care of the top half of the bracket with a pair of 7-5 wins over Pauline Mattes and tour owner Ceci Strain. Eliazar captured the hot seat by a 7-4 margin.

In the elimination bracket, Ng and Shea rolled through their matches before meeting up. Shea put Ng into the fourth spot with a 5-4 decision. Another 5-4 score eliminated Park, putting Shea into the single-set final race to 9 with Eliazar. Shea turned it on at this point, winning the final comfortably 9-3.

Linda Shea added another title to her collection.

Linda Shea added another title to her collection.

Open Results:
1st Danny Green
2nd Shaun Wilkie
3rd Matt Krah
4th Ed Deska
5th Ilir Jaho
Manuel Chau
7th Scott Tollefson
Brian Deska
9th Daniel Madden
Shane Jackson
William Moon
Andy Lincoln
13th Joey Ryan
Jose Perez Jr.
Ryan McCreesh
Brandon Shuff

Women’s Results:
1st Linda Shea
2nd Rachael Eliazar
3rd Ji-Hyun Park
4th Ming Ng
5th Ceci Strain
Cheryl Squire
7th Chanta Key
Pauline Mattes

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Tollefson Commanding on Tiger Billiard Tour

Posted by insidepoolmag on July 20, 2008

Tollefson Commanding on Tiger Billiard Tour
Tiger Pool Tour / Winchester, VA
by Skip Maloney
Scott Tollefson gave up only two racks in his final two matches to take first place in the Tiger Pool Tour stop’s open division. The $1,500-added event, held July 19-20, drew 51 entrants to Blue Fox Billiards in Winchester, VA.
Tollefson started Sunday among the winners’ side final four and found himself in the midst of a struggle versus Larry Kressel. Tollefson finally prevailed 9-7 to move into the hot seat match against John Schmidt, who’d just defeated tour founder Danny Green. Tollefson gave Schmidt just one chance at the table during an eight-rack run that put him on the hill. Tollefson made the 9 ball on the subsequent break but scratched. With ball in hand, Schmidt started a last-ditch effort to turn things around, but when one of his shots rattled, he conceded the 9-0 victory.
In the meantime, Brandon Shuff, Joey Ryan, Kevin West and eventual finalist Shaun Wilkie had advanced to the final four on the one-loss side. Wilkie had advanced at the expense of WPBA pro Janet Atwell, who chose to forfeit her match against him to continue competing in the ladies’ event.
Ryan and Wilkie dropped Shuff and West into a tie for seventh, respectively, with identical 7-4 victories and moved into matches against Green and Kressel, over from the winners’ side. Ryan and Kressel tied for fifth place, as Green and Wilkie moved into the quarterfinals. Wilkie got to the finals with a 7-4 victory over Green and a subsequent 7-3 victory over Schmidt in the semifinals.
Tollefson was not to be denied, however. He took command early and gave up only two racks to finish it 11-2 and capture the first-place prize.
Results:
1st Scott Tollefson
2nd Shaun Wilkie
3rd John Schmidt
4th Danny Green
5th Joey Ryan
Larry Kressel
7th Brandon Shuff
Kevin West
9th Manny Chau
Matt Clatterbuck
Phil Kearns
Janet Atwell

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Wilkie and Lac Win Billiards Gold in Sterling

Posted by insidepoolmag on July 6, 2008

Wilkie and Lac Win Billiards Gold in Sterling
Tiger Pool Tour / Sterling, VA
by Skip Maloney
Shaun Wilkie held off a strong surge by Brandon Shuff in the finals but finished undefeated in the Tiger Pool Tour stop the weekend of July 6-7. The Bob Stocks Memorial, hosted by the First Break Café in Sterling, VA, drew 48 entrants to the $1,500-added open tournament and 12 women to the $350-added ladies’ event, won by My-Hanh Lac.
Earlier in the day, Wilkie and Shuff had faced down Matt Krah and Shane Jackson among the winners’ side final four to advance. The hot seat match-up that followed had Wilkie prevailing over Shuff 9-6.
On the one-loss side, Matt Clatterbuck and Danny Green advanced to face each other in the quarterfinals, where Clatterbuck dropped Green into fourth place with a 7-5 victory and then turned to face Shuff in the semifinals. Shuff, looking to at least duplicate his second-place finish on the tour’s last stop, ousted Clatterbuck to get his chance.
Wilkie jumped out to a commanding 8-3 lead in the race-to-11 finals before Shuff fought back to tie it. After trading the next two racks, Wilkie reached the hill first. Shuff had his chances in last game, but Wilkie left him with a jump shot that he missed. With ball in hand, Wilkie closed it out at 11-9 to take first place.
In the ladies’ event, My-Hanh Lac chalked up her second straight Tiger Tour win with a commanding 9-2 victory over Rachel Eliazar in the finals. The final four on the winners’ side of Sunday’s event ended up as the top four finishers.
Pauline Mattes and Rachael Eliazar dropped Sueyen Rhee and Ji Hyun Park out of contention before facing each other in the quarterfinals. Eliazar advanced to face Kim Smith in the semifinals on the heels of a hill-hill victory and went on to challenge Lac. In a race to 9, Lac wasted little time in repeating her victory on the tour’s last stop, defeating Eliazar 9-2 to capture the first-place prize.
Open Results:
1st Shaun Wilkie
2nd Brandon Shuff
3rd Matt Clatterbuck
4th Danny Green
5th Matt Krah
Shane Jackson
7th Manny Chau
Shawn Toni
9th Pooky Rasmeloungon
Eric Moore
Paul Adolini
Steve Lillis

Ladies’ Results:
1st My-Hanh Lac
2nd Rachel Eliazar
3rd Kim Smith
4th Pauline Mattes

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Schmidt and Lac Take First at Diamond Billiards

Posted by insidepoolmag on June 4, 2008

Schmidt and Lac Take First at Diamond Billiards
Tiger Tour / Midlothian, VA
by InsidePOOL Staff
The Tiger Tour was held at Diamond Billiards in Midlothian, VA, for the first time May 31-June 1, where the room added a total of $2500 to the event with the help of Jagermeister and a cue donated by John Schmidt’s sponsor, OB1, and the sponsors of the Tiger Tour. Billiard professional John Schmidt took top honors in the open division, while My-Hanh Lac took the ladies’ event.
The open field was a strong one, with 41 players coming out to prevent Chau from taking his fourth tournament in a row and 20 ladies attending for the title of Virginia State champion. Saturday’s line-up included several of the top points leaders of the tour, along with some new faces from the Richmond area.
The surprise visitor from Florida was pro player Schmidt, currently sponsored by the host pool room. Schmidt’s tournament run didn’t allow a single player to reach above four games. He fought his way through to the final four in the winners’ bracket, where he dispatched of David Hunt 9-3 to face Chau. This was a much-anticipated match, but Schmidt sent Chau to the one-loss side with a 9-4 win.
His wins Saturday included Dave White 9-3, Larry Kressel 9-4, and his final match for Saturday against Dustin Paris ended 9-3, taking him into Sunday, where he would meet Richmond local David Hunt in the final four of the winners’ bracket.
After taking an early loss Saturday to Paul Helms, Brandon Shuff began plugging away to get back to the top. He struggled through the one-loss side to best Larry Kressel 7-0 and advance to the semifinals against Chau. He bested Chau a stunning 7-1 to meet Schmidt. The finals weren’t too evenly matched, for Schmidt walked away with the first-place prize after defeating Shuff in an 11-0 victory.
The ladies’ division Sunday saw 20 players vying for the title of Virginia State champion and the much-coveted spot at the WPBA 2008 U.S. Open. With a surprise visit from Virginia’s Governor Gilmore, the ladies were really in the spotlight.
Newcomer to the tour Iris Ranola of Manila, Philippines, appeared to be the toughest competition for Ming Ng and My-Hanh Lac early in the day. The big surprise for the day was longtime friend of the tour, Christine Foster. Foster pushed her way through the winners’ bracket, defeating Ann Bellamy 7-4 and Katie Cowan 7-5 but was sent to the elimination bracket by Lac. She didn’t give up and went on to defeat Sharon O’Hanlon 7-5 for a shot at Ng. Ng didn’t give her a chance, defeating her 7-0, sending Foster into fourth place. Ng and Lac matched up to see who would go on to play Ranola in the finals, with Lac coming up with the win. Lac had already qualified for the U.S. Open and was going strictly for the Virginia State title. Lac came out ahead 9-7 against Ranola, so Ranola will be attending the WPBA 2008 U.S. Open alongside My-Hanh Lac.
Open Results:
1st John Schmidt
2nd Brandon Shuff
3rd Manuel Chau
4th Larry Kressel
5th Danny Green
David Hunt
7th Joey Ryan
Paul Helms
9th Dustin Paris
Eric Moore
Bernie Kirby
My-Hanh Lac
Ladies’ Results:
1st My-Hanh Lac
2nd Iris Ranola
3rd Ming Ng
4th Christine Foster
5th Sharon O’Hanlon
Katie Cowan
7th Cheryl Pritchard
Ji-Hyun Park

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Chau and Shea Make Strong Closings

Posted by insidepoolmag on May 4, 2008

Chau and Shea Make Strong Closings

Tiger Pool Tour / Rockville, MD
by Skip Maloney
Billiard player Manuel Chau started strong and finished strong in an undefeated romp at the Tiger Pool Tour stop on the weekend of May 3-4. The $1,250-added event drew 64 entrants to Orange Ball Billiards in Rockville, MD.
Chau started on Saturday with a decisive 9-2 victory in the tournament’s opening round, only to struggle through his next three match-ups. By the time he reached the final four on the winners’ side on Sunday, he’d lost 18 of 45 games in his middle three matches. His opponent in that final four, Joey Ryan, had lost 24 of his 54. By contrast, the other two opponents in the winners’ side final four, Shaun Wilkie and Brian Deska, had lost only 26 games combined. Both Deska and Wilkie had each shut out one of their opponents on their trip to the winners’ side final four.
As Wilkie and Deska struggled to a 9-6 Deska victory, Chau embarked on a closing run that saw him lose only 6 of his next 33 games. He defeated Ryan and then Deska 9-2 to move into the hot seat.
Over on the one-loss side of the bracket, Ryan McCreesh, Brandon Shuff, Eric Moore and Shane Jackson met in the final four match-ups there, with McCreesh and Moore advancing. McCreesh tallied his eighth victory on the one-loss side, defeating Moore before turning to Brian Deska in the semifinal match. Deska, having just lost to Chau, turned the 9-2 scoring in that match upside down, defeating McCreesh 9-3 to move back into the finals against Chau. The turnaround didn’t last long, as Chau closed out an undefeated weekend with his third 9-2 victory in a row to capture the first place prize.
In the women’s event, it was Linda Shea who emerged as the winner from a field of 14 entrants. Shea had been knocked to the one-loss side of the bracket by Ming Ng in the winner’s side round of eight and worked her way back through five opponents, losing only 10 games to meet and defeat Ng 9-6 in the final. She defeated Cheryl Squire in the quarterfinal match and Sharon O’Hanlon in the semifinal.
Open Results:
1st Manuel Chau
2nd Brian Deska
3rd Ryan McCreesh
4th Eric Moore
5th Joey Ryan
Shaun Wilkie
7th Brandon Shuff
Shane Jackson
9th Kevin Tsui
Andy Lincoln
Matt Clatterbuck
Women’s Results:
1st Linda Shea
2nd Ming Ng
3rd Sharon O’Hanlon
4th Cheryl Squire
5th Ji-Hyun Park
My-Hanh Lac
7th Spring Helligrath
Ceci Strain

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Tiger Billiard Finale Won by Chau and Lac

Posted by insidepoolmag on December 14, 2007

Tiger Billiar Finale Won by Chau and Lac
Tiger Pool Tour / Arlington, VA

by Andy Lincoln
The Tiger Pool Tour’s 2007 season wrapped up at Champions Billiards Café in Arlington, VA, December 8-9. This was a $4,000-added event that attracted a strong field of 53 open division entries and 16 women’s division players all hoping to make their final mark on the season.
Matt Clatterbuck had an uneventful Saturday with wins three easy wins to make the final four on the winners’ side. Points leader Shaun Wilkie also had no problems winning his first two matches 9-1 before facing the women’s division points leader, My-Hanh Lac. Wilkie played a controlled match and won 9-3. Tour founder Danny Green played well in all four of his matches to reach Sunday undefeated. Joining Clatterbuck, Wilkie, and Green in the final four was Manuel Chau, who has been a strong contender in the few events that he has played in this year.
Play continued Sunday with Clatterbuck and Chau advancing easily over Wilkie and Green, respectively, by 9-4 scores. The hot seat match was hard fought, with Clatterbuck winning on the hill 9-8. The elimination bracket played out with Larry Kressel coming back from 6-2 to win 7-6 against Brandon Shuff ending Shuff’s bid for the points lead. Kressel fell victim to a determined Danny Mulhollen III. Mulhollen had lost his first match but rebounded with six wins to pit him against Wilkie. Wilkie won this one 7-5 and then slipped past Green 7-6. Chau was not happy with his heartbreaking loss for the hot seat and defeated Wilkie 7-5 to earn a rematch with Clatterbuck.
The single race to 11 final between Chau and Clatterbuck was flawless. Clatterbuck took an 8-4 lead but watched as Chau evened the score at 8. Chau made the most of his next turn at the table, running out the set to win 11-8. Neither player missed an open shot in this match.
An even field of 16 players came out Sunday to shoot at the $1,000 share of the added money. Points’ leader Lac had a challenging day, winning over Bethany Kurtz 7-2, Ming Ng 7-4, and Asia Cycak 7-6 to reach the hot seat match. Her opponent was none other than second place on the points list, Cheryl Squire. Lac seemed to establish who was number one when she raced out to a 6-1 lead, but Squire fought back game after game until the score reached 6-all. Lac calmly sank the 5-9 combination to advance to the hot seat.
In the elimination bracket, Malea Haacke came out on top of Ng 5-4 and then put Cycak into fourth place. Squire seemed unfazed by her hot seat comeback that came up short, breezing through Haacke 5-0 to reach the finals. The single set race to 9 went back and forth until, after a timeout at 5-5, Lac took charge and won 9-6.
Open Results:
1st Manuel Chau
2nd Matt Clatterbuck
3rd Shaun Wilkie
4th Danny Green
5th Danny Mulhollen III
Brian Deska
7th Larry Kressel
Mark Touch
9th Brandon Shuff
Jerry Gruber
My-Hanh Lac
Chris Adams
Women’s Results:
1st My-Hanh Lac
2nd Cheryl Squire
3rd Malea Haacke
4th Asia Cycak
5th Bethany Kurtz
Ming Ng
7th Chanta Kry
Sharon O’Hanlon

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Shuff Wins First Billiard Event, Shea Repeats

Posted by insidepoolmag on October 10, 2007

Shuff Wins First Billiard Event, Shea Repeats

Tiger Pool Tour / Frederick, MD
by Andy Lincoln
The Tiger Pool Tour returned to action at Champions Billiards Café in Frederick, MD, October 6-7 for their eleventh event. A big thank you goes out to room owner Gary Allen and his friendly hard-working staff for welcoming the tour. A strong, tough field of players came out to play for the $2,000-added money in both the open and women’s division events.
Brandon Shuff started his Saturday out with a 9-8 scare from Trevor Dentz. A quick 9-2 win over Tai Bui and a 9-5 score with Barry Bowman pitted Shuff against strong tour player Lee Holt. Holt was having a great day with a pair of 9-2 wins over Matt Clatterbuck and Dan Maruschak. Shuff advanced past Holt 9-7 to reach the final four winners’ side going into Sunday’s play. The bottom half of the bracket was ruled by Manuel Chau, who knocked off three Virginians in Luther Farley, Joe Russo, and Larry Kressel. Joining Chau and Shuff in the final four were Jerry Slivka and Danny Mulhollen III, both in the current top five on the tour rankings.
Play continued Sunday with Shuff working his way through Slivka 9-7 and Chau squashing Mulhollen 9-3. An exciting 9-8 win over Chau put Shuff into the hot seat. Not much of interest was happening in the elimination bracket. Mulhollen and Slivka both advanced to meet up where Slivka sent Mulhollen home in the fourth-place spot. Slivka quickly took down Chau to set up a rematch with Shuff in the single-set, race-to-11 finals.
The finals started out with Shuff taking a commanding 6-1 lead. Slivka never threw in the towel and fought back to 7 with Shuff on the hill. Shuff pushed to a long, tough jump shot, which Slivka passed on without even getting out of his chair. Shuff confidently drained the improbable shot and maintained his composure to run the rack out.
A field of 12 ladies came out Sunday to shoot at the cash. The final four winners’ side came down to last event’s winner, Linda Shea, tour regulars Malea Haacke and Sharon O’Hanlon, as well as Ming Ng making the most of a rare appearance. Shea advanced over Haacke 7-3, while Ng came out on top 7-6 with O’Hanlon. In the hot seat match, Shea took an early lead before Ng came back to win 7-5.
In the elimination bracket, O’Hanlon sent Haacke home in fourth place before losing to Shea. The single-set, race-to-9 finals saw a determined Shea take another early lead. Ng managed a couple more games, but it was Shea winning with a 9-6 score for her second consecutive tour win.

Open Results:

Women’s Results:

1st
Brandon Shuff

1st
Linda Shea

2nd
Jerry Slivka

2nd
Ming Ng

3rd
Manuel Chau

3rd
Sharon O’Hanlon

4th
Danny Mulhollen

4th
Malea Haacke

5-6th
Andy Lincoln

5-6th
Cheryl Squire

Ilir Jaho

Kathleen Lawless

7-8th
Richard Barney

7-8th
Nicole Vincent

Joel Lackraj

Simone Hospedales

9-12th
Larry Kressel

Luther Farley

Lee Holt

Joe Russo

13-16th
Larry Nevel

Jeff Abernathy

Candy Ramous

Jui-Lung Chen

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Hatch Dominates Tiger Pool Tour

Posted by insidepoolmag on July 23, 2007

Hatch Dominates Tiger Pool Tour

Tiger Pool Tour / Sterling, VA
by Rick Davis
A stacked field of 61 players came out for the Tiger Pool Tour, which held its ninth event at First Break Café in Sterling, VA, over the July 21-22 weekend. Top national players, previous event winners, and other dangerous entities swarmed the event, but Dennis “The Hatchet Man” Hatch recovered from a loss to best the field.
Action on the winners’ side included a who’s who of tour players. Hatch made his way through three rounds before falling to Chuck Altomare 9-5, who was sent west as well by Matt Clatterbuck in the next round. Clatterbuck, who has taken three top-three finishes including a win, was now in the hot seat match. On the other end of the board Mike Davis fell just short and was defeated by tournament director Andy Lincoln 9-5, but Lincoln was denied also as Shaun “Get Some” Wilkie, who has also taken three top-three finishes, slipped by 9-7 to take his seat in the hot seat match. Wilkie and Clatterbuck inched along, but in the end it was Clatterbuck who had the endurance for the 9-6 win.
On the one-loss side the cream was certainly rising to the top. Hatch took a trio of wins, including a 7-1 slap against Lincoln, to reach the quarterfinals. Nearby, Ryan McCreesh was on a comeback, taking six left-side wins, including the elimination of Davis 7-4, but was then upset just shy of the quarterfinals by Chuck Altomare 7-3.
The handful of remaining matches blazed through as Hatch eliminated Altomare 7-5 in the quarterfinals, then Wilkie 7-3 in the semifinals, to reclaim his seat at the finals. Hatch and Clatterbuck put on a good show from the amassing crowd, but the top pro, Hatch, was too much for the top tour player and defeated him to claim the title.
Results:
1st Dennis Hatch
2nd Matt Clatterbuck
3rd Shaun Wilkie
4th Chuck Altomare
5th Ryan McCreesh
Andy Lincoln
7th Jeremy Sossei
Bob Begey

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