Flores takes forfeit win on Tri-State Tour

The Tri-State Tour stop on Saturday, October 24 never made it past the quarterfinal match. Hot seat resident, Dennis Quinn, realizing that the finals wouldn't be happening until about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, forfeited the match, and accepted second place. That left the winner of the semifinal match in place to take home the first place prize. But that match didn't happen either, as Rhio Anne Flores (who'd fallen to Quinn in the hot seat match) and John Trobiano (who'd won the quarterfinal match) made a similar decision. They forfeited the match and split the first and third place prize. The $500-added, B-D handicapped event drew 42 entrants to Castle Billiards in East Rutherford, NJ.

Quinn and Flores got into the hot seat match after Quinn had sent Gerard Gormley west 6-3 and Flores had done likewise to ChristIan Smith 7-5. Quinn prevailed 6-4 in the match that followed; his last of the event.

Meanwhile, on the one-loss side, Trobiano and Guy Iannuzzi were advancing to pick up Gormley and Smith. Trobiano moved past Roger Hanos 7-2 and Scott Simonetti 7-6 to face Smith, as Iannuzzi defeated Tom Ho and Ken Decuire, both 7-4, to meet Gormley. Gormley and Trobiano advanced to the quarterfinals with identical 7-5 wins over Iannuzzi and Smith.

In what turned out to be the event's final match, Trobiano dropped Gormley into fourth place 7-6. He and Flores then entered into the negotiations that put the first place trophy in her hands, and a split of the first and third place money.