Plaut goes double hill four times to take Tri-State stop

Ryan McCarthy, Robert Plaut and Alan Chan

Robert Plaut, with a C handicap, went undefeated at the Tri-State Tour stop on Saturday, July 31, facing double hill situations four times. He also met up with the winner of the tour's Invitational  C+ Tournament (July 10, 11 & 17), Robert McCarthy twice, defeating him both times to take the title. The $1,000-added, B-D handicapped tournament drew 28 entrants to Amsterdam Billiards and Bar, on East 11th St. in New York City. 

From among the winners' side final four Plaut sent Alan Chan to the one-loss side 6-4, as McCarthy sent Sammy Islam over 7-5. In the first of their two meetings, Plaut gained the hot seat with a 7-5 victory over McCarthy. 

On the one-loss side, Wilfredo Albay, who'd gotten by Trevor Heal 7-5 and Luis Novas 7-6, was waiting for Islam. Chan faced Peter Brennan, who'd defeated David Park 7-4 and Duane Toney 7-5. Islam moved into the quarterfinals with a 7-4 victory over Albay. Brennan and Chan battled it out to double hill, before Chan prevailed to meet Islam. Chan foiled a potential re-match between Islam and McCarthy in the semifinals by defeating Islam 7-4 in the quarterfinals, and advancing to meet McCarthy himself.  

McCarthy ended Chan's bid right there in the semifinals, defeating him 6-4 for a second chance at Plaut. In his final double hill battle of the day, Plaut defeated McCarthy 6-5, completing his undefeated day and taking home the first place prize.