Mark Haddad tops at Match Ups

The fifteenth stop on the 2008/2009 Pechauer All American Tour (produced by the American CueSports Alliance – ACS) was hosted at Match-Ups in Fort Collins, CO, on the weekend of November 29-30.  The $1,000 added event – hosted by owners Mike and Nicole Hellmer - attracted forty-one players to a double-elimination 8-ball format on 7-foot bar boxes.
Mark Haddad (Denver) went through the winner's side of the bracket, racking up wins over R. Dostel (Denver, CO) 5-0, Nick Smith (Colorado Springs, CO) 5-2,  James King (Loveland, CO) 5-3, Mike Hellmer (Ft.Collins, CO) 5-3  and Dave Gomez (Denver) 5-3 for the hot-seat honors.

Meanwhile Stevie Chan (Ft. Collins, CO) was making a little noise with wins over Sam Cordova (Pueblo, CO) 5-1, Ray Padilla (Denver, CO) 5-4, A.Benefiel (Denver, CO) 5-3, before being sent to the loser's side at the hands of Jeff Crawford (Denver, CO) 4-5.  After suffering the loss to Crawford, Chan returned to his winning ways with wins over James King 5-3, Fernando Corona (Ft. Collins, CO) 5-2 and Mike Hellmer 5-3 to setup a rematch with Jeff Crawford who previously was sent to the loser's side by a 5-1 defeat to Dave Gomez. After a give and take battle Chan closed out Crawford for a 5-4 victory, leaving Crawford at a 4th place finish.
Chan's win over Crawford set up the 3rd place match with the ever “DANGEROUS” Davey Gomez who was sent to the losers by Haddad, but not before victories over Andrew Pettinger (Denver, CO) 5-1, Mack Pride (Saratoga,WY) 5-3, Fernando Corona 5-1 and Jeff Crawford 5-1.

The match started out looking as if it would be a nip and tuck affair, but after being tied at 2, it was all Chan who went on to a 5-3 victory, leaving Gomez to a 3rd place finish.  Mark Haddad and Stevie Chan quickly swapped run-outs to start the tourney finals. After a 2-2 tie, it was all Mark, who pretty much played flawless to end the set 5-3 and take the first-place honors.
By virtue of Jeff Crawford being the highest-finishing ACS member in the event, he qualified for a free 8-ball singles entry into the 2009 ACS Nationals in Las Vegas – courtesy of the ACS.  The ACS wishes to thank sponsors J. Pechauer Custom Cues, Championship Billiard Fabric, Nick Varner Signature Cases and oZone Billiards for their support in donating “Value-In-Kind” product for this and all stops on the Pechauer All American Tour. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the 2008/2009 All American Tour by contacting the ACS.