Joss Second Stop Swiped by Dennis Hatch

Dennis Hatch

The Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour and Trick Shot Billiard Hall in Clifton Park, New York, hosted the second $2000 added stop of the 2008/2009 season October 4th-5th.  With thirty-six players on hand, the $100 entry event offered a total purse of $4880.

A name we haven't seen for a little while jumped off the page and ended up on top – Dennis Hatch.  Hatch went undefeated through the charts with wins on Sunday against Paul Rozonewski 9-5 and Mike Zuglan for the hot-seat 9-5.

Zuglan began his day with a tight set against Chance Chin 9-7 before his first loss of the tournament against Hatch.  Once on the one-loss side, Zuglan took his second defeat at the hands of Dave Grau in a whopping 9-0 ending.

Grau took down Jason Michas 9-4, Chance Chin 9-5, and Paul Rozonewski 9-5 prior to meeting up with Zuglan in the semis.  This long trip through the brackets courtesy of Dave Fernandez in the second round on the winner's side.  Grau had to win a total of six matches to reach the finals, where he then succumbed to the competitive machine, Dennis Hatch 9-4.

Comet Billiards in Parsippany, New Jersey, will host the next stop on November 1st-2nd (entry $100) for those interested in attending.  In addition, spots are quickly filling up for one of the most coveted titles – Champion at Turning Stone Casino.  The $25000 added Turning Stone Classic XII 9-Ball Open is scheduled for February 19th-22nd and entries are now being accepted.  This weekend, several slots were taken and the list continues to grow so to avoid being shut out, contact Mike Zuglan directly at (518) 356-7163 for more details.  Just a side note, Zuglan will be serving jury duty this week, so please be patient on responses.  For more information on the tour, visit its website at