The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour kicked off the second half of
their 2017-2018 season on January 13th - 14th with a field
of 30 players at Brick House Billiards in Syracuse, NY,
where Dwight Dixon earned his first tour win.
Although Dixon went undefeated to win the event, he didn’t
have it easy. His first four matches (Nick Coppola, Dave
Sunday, Bucky Souvanthong and Bruce Carroll) were won by
progressively smaller margins each match, starting with
a 9-5 win over Coppola and ending with a 9-8 win over Carroll.
Dixon had a little more breathing room in the hot-seat match,
where he defeated Bruce Nagle 9-7.
Nagle had defeated Matt Tetreault 9-7 in the final eight
on the winner’s side, but Tetreault rode the left
side of the board through four match wins and then made
it five with a hill-hill win over Nagle.
With Nagle’s winning streak through the left side
of the board, and the narrow margins of Dixon’s wins,
fans in attendance were expecting a close match in the finals.
Dixon would have none of that though, and trounced Tetreault
9-3 in the first and only set of the finals.
Sunday’s second chance tournament was James Chemaly
run through a field of 12 players undefeated for first place.
Chemaly beat Willie Oney 3-0 for the hot-seat and then beat
Oney again 3-2 in the first set of the finals.
The next stop on the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will be February
17th - 18th at the NE 9-Ball Open XXX at Sharpshooters in
Amsterdam, NY. That event will be another $1500 added main
event with a $500 added second chance tournament on Sunday.
Tour director Mike Zuglan is already taking signup for the
Turning Stone Classic XXX, to be held August 23rd - 26th
at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY. Players
are urged to get their entry fees to Zuglan as soon as possible,
to avoid being shut-out.