provided by Rich Montoya, Tournament Director
Forty-four players showed up to do battle at Hank’s Billiards
and what a battle it was. Here’s the breakdown of the brackets:
8 Ladies, 8 AAA’s, 14 AA’s and 14 A’s.
In the AAA’s, Rich Cunningham (2005 National Masters Champion)
matched up against Marc Vidal, while Mark Haddad matched up against
Andrew Pettinger (ATM). The competition proved to be to much for
Rich and ATM. Meanwhile Jose Cruz beat the rest of the field and
looked as if he might win the winners side of the AAA bracket, as
he bested Greg Romero and Chris Onesky. But ultimately he succumbed
to Marc Vidal (5-2). He was not done though. He fell behind (4-1)
on the losers side to Mark Haddad and looked as if he was non-existent.
When all of a sudden Mark scratched on the ball before the 8, and
that’s when Jose showed that he has more heart than most and
clawed his way back to a (5-4) victory over one of the best Denver
has to offer. Melissa Little, one of our local professionals, also
played in the tournament but forfeited out due to back problems.
José finished 7/8th place.
In the AA bracket Brian Krapes, who said one of his goals is to
move to the AAA bracket, lost his first match to Johnny (Eskimo)
(5-2) before going on a terror defeating Rich Pope, Mike Hogan,
George Summet, Don Clements, Caleb Lovato, Donald Plotkin, then
Jose Cruz and Leonard Romero, who seams to have more lives than
a cat, when he came up short to take 2nd place overall.
In the A bracket both Kyle Engelsman, and Chris Foster dominated
the A bracket then matched up to play for the winners side. With
Chris Finishing on top (5-3), both players agreed that are ready
for the AA bracket. It is so much fun seeing players grow. Chris
finished 3rd overall and Kyle finished 4th.
In the women’s bracket, I asked the players who they thought
was the favorite and everyone agreed that Holly Figueroa was their
first choice, but Tina Payne was determined to win and did just
that by defeating Holly (5-3) to make the final four players on
the winners side. Deb Worcester also defeated Holly in a rubber
match. Deb finished in 8th place.
What a beautiful game pool is. It really comes down to imagination,
lots of practice, and the will to win under a lot of duress. Please
continue to support Billiards in the Denver Metro area. It is my
belief that we have been blessed with so many good players here
in Denver. Good luck to all whom are going to Vegas for VNEA or
BCA Championships. Show the rest of the country just what we are
Thank you to Hank’s Billiards for the $500.00 added to the
main event and $125.00 on Friday night. Please invite someone to
teach, play, and participate in all the events Colorado has to offer
and don’t forget to support the Cue Times Billiard News. Special
thanks to Holly Figueroa, Larry Sposato, Tina and Karen at the bar
and everyone in the Billiard Community.
And oh by the way, what a beautiful shot Marc Vidal made to win
the tournament… a four- railer with perfect shape on the 8.
You are a true professional when it comes down to your conduct,
attitude and determination!