Turning Stone Classic XXX Day One Complete
AzB Staff
Aug. 24, 2018
Petri Makkonen (Photo courtesy of Erwin Dionisio)
Petri Makkonen (Photo courtesy of Erwin Dionisio)

Day one at the Turning Stone Classic XXX is complete, with all 128 players having competed in one match. 

 

Different than past events, there were really no major upsets on day one of this event. The closest the fans came to seeing a first round upset was "Cue Picker" Greg Antonakos being tied with five time Turning Stone Champion Jayson Shaw at 7-7 early on Thursday. The upset was not meant to be though, as Shaw dug down and won the final two racks for the 9-7 win. As of the writing of this article, Shaw had already defeated Brandon Shuff on day two of the event. 

 

All of the other top players in the field advanced to Friday play undefeated, including returning champion Billy Thorpe, Shane Van Boening, Earl Strickland, Mika Immonen, Johnny Archer, Loree Jon Hasson and Finland's Petri Makkonen. Makkonen opened the eyes of some fans in attendance late Thursday night with his 9-0 win over Samoth Sam on the streaming table.

 

AzBilliards has online brackets and real time scoring for the duration of the event, and Upstate Al is streaming select matches on his Facebook page. Links to all of this coverage are available on our live page for the event.