Josh Brothers sizzled the field!

Pool players from four different states traveled to the Northeast Players Tour Open 9-Ball Event this past Sunday. Thirty-four players participated in The Billiard Club's first ever tour 9-ball event. All day the residence of Bel Air, MD and surrounding areas witnessed fantastic pool playing!

Two new tour players, Horace Barnaby and Jamie Doellinger got in the money in their first attempt. Four players who made their first appearance in the cash were Chuck Pendrak, Eric Heiland, Lou Katogir and Mike Harris. Hope to see you guys in the money many more times!

The tournament started with Phil Sherman, the #1 ranked player on the tour, dominating the winner's side brackets. Defeating Sam Pearthree, Mike Slagle, Lonnie Huston, Joe Long and Joe Cataldi to win a bid in the championship match. Waiting patiently Phil Sherman from Havertown, PA had to watch and wait as the 18-year young sensation from Willmington, DE pounded his way to the finals. Defeating Lee Holt, Pat Ruese, Mike Harris, Jimi Louis, Jamie Doellinger and Joe Cataldi. Third place finisher Joe Cataldi from Brogue, PA was the only player to win a match against Josh Brothers. In the final match to nine Josh Brothers only missed two balls and played carefully calculated defensive play. Never letting up or relinquishing the lead, the final score was 9-2.

Josh Brothers who plays out of Cue & Cushion in Newark, DE has been playing since he was four. A close friend of Josh said in his youth he used to play on milk crates. Three-time winner of the Super Billiard Expo and one time winner of the NE Players Tour Open, Josh Brothers is certainly on his way to pro class stature.

The Northeast Players Tour would like to thank and recognize the hospitality we received from the billiard establishments in Maryland. The staff and owners at Hot Shots Billiards and The Billiard Club were great! These rooms are an asset to their community and all pool players involved. See you again in September!

The tour's alternating break format allows players to have an equal opportunity at the table. Like other sports, each individual has an equal chance to showcase his or her talents. There have been five events this year with five different winners!

Tour stop # 6 is at American Billiards in Quakertown, Pennsylvania on Sunday June 29th. See you there for the "Best Time Ever"!

Complete Payout
1st Josh Brothers $575
2nd Philip Sherman $350
3rd Joe Cataldi $275
4th Jamie Doellinger $200
5th/6th Jimi Louis, Joe Long $125
7th/8th Horace Barnaby, Mike Harris $75
9th/12th Chuck Pendrak, Eric Heiland, Lonnie Huston, Lou Katogir $50