Ignacio Chavez takes Predator Tour Stop

Ignacio Chavez (File photo courtesy of Bruce Clayton)

The Predator 9-Ball Tour Stop # 14 had a full field of 64 players August 30-31 at Comet Billiards in Parsippany, NJ.

Top players included. John “Mr. 400” Schmidt, Ralf “The Kaiser” Souquet, Ignacio “The Mexican” Chavez, Marc Vidal, Allen Hopkins, Mike Davis, Joey Kong, Jonni Fulcher,  Manny Chau, Dan Heidrich, Jason Michas, Mike Dechaine, Earl Herring, Yesid Geribello & Ryan McCreesh.

On day one, Ignacio Chavez led the top of the bracket with wins over Carmen Lombardo, Ryan McCreesh and Marc Vidal, before winning a tough match against one of Maryland's best Manny Chau 8-7.

Allen Hopkins was also tearing them up with wins against Mike Panzerella, Bob Riley, John Schmidt 8-2, and Yesid Geribello 8-2.

The great Earl Herring was in dead stroke as he beat Jason Miches, Chris Taormina, Tamiko Kumaturi and Mark Pantovic 8-3.

Joey Kong was playing lights out as beat Dan Heidrich, Thomas Wan, Steve Lillis and Ralf Souquet 8-7 to earn his spot for day two.

Meanwhile, on the one loss side, John Schmidt beat Thomas Wan 7-4 before losing to Jonni Fulcher 7-1.

After losing their second round matches, Mike Dechaine and Mike Davis won five matches in a row to make it to day two. Mike Davis beat Paul Raval, Jonathan Castillo, Jay Plonski, & Marc Vidal before knocking out Ralf Souquet 7-5. Mike Dechaine, posted wins over Steve Reynolds, Ryan McCreesh, Tamiko Kumaturi, Dan Heidrich and Yesid Geribello 7-0.

The format for day two was a race to nine. Chavez started out the day beating Allen Hopkins 9-3 while Joey Kong defeated Earl Herring 9-5 setting up the hot seat match Unfortunately for Kong, it was all Chavez as he easily bested Kong 9-2.

On the one loss side, Mike Davis defeated Jonni Fulcher 9-3 setting up the Davis/Hopkins match. Allen Hopkins gave Davis a tough battle but fell short to the Iron Man 9-8. Mike Dechaine beat Manny Chau 9-3 and an impressive Earl Herring 9-6 to earn a chance to play Mike Davis.  There's a reason why they call Mike Davis the Iron Man as he beat Mike Dechaine 9-6 earning him a spot in the semifinal.

Mike Davis and Joey Kong battled as Chavez awaited the winner. Mike put up yet another great performance overpowering Kong 9-5 and earning a spot in the finals against Chavez.  

The final was nothing but Chavez as he dominated Mike Davis 11-4 to earn his first Predator 9-Ball Tour victory.

Congratulations to Ignacio Chavez.

This coming weekend, September 6th & 7th will be the final Open Stop before the finale which will be the First Annual Empire State Championship. We still have an A/B/C/D stop on September 27 & 28 at Raxx in Long Island before the finale.

Please keep in mind that the only way to pay the normal entry in the finale is to play in three or more regular tour stops. Otherwise, you will have to pay double the entry.  All new registrations will also owe the $20 registration fee.

This weekend's event will be a charity event to benefit the Michael Magro foundation. Michael Magro was a thirteen year old boy that died from Leukemia and it's the tour's honor to do this special event for these wonderful children who deserve an opportunity at life.

Please tell everyone about this event as Allison Fisher, Gerda Hofstatter, Jeanette Lee, Jasmin Ouschan and Mika Immonen will be attending this special tournament to help raise money for kids with Leukemia.

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Thanks to everyone for their support.