Sambajon wins Swanson Memorial

Santos Sambajon

Santos Sambajon came back from the one-loss side to win the Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament in San Diego.

The event, in it's 9th year, is held every year at two separate locations. Day one is held at the 32 table Gaslamp Billiard Palace, while day two concludes the event at College Billiards. The event is usually limited to 128 players, but that field was full almost a week before the event was scheduled to begin. Tournament director Mark Griffin expanded the field to 192 players and was able to fill that extended field.

The field was narrowed to 48 players by late Saturday night with all remaining players in the money. Late on Sunday, Ian Costello scored a 9-6 win over Marshall Jung to take his place in the hot-seat. On the one-loss side, Santos Sambajon was tearing through the field. Sambajon scored a 7-2 win over Aaron Aragon to leave Aragon in fourth place. Next was Marshall Jung, who fell 7-5, to set up the finals between Sambajon and Costello. Sambajon had built up enough steam on the one-loss side that even Costello couldn't beat him. Sambajon cruised to a 13-5 win for first place.

Sambajon won $3000 for first place, while Costello settled for $1800. Jung and Aragon filled out the top four spots.

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