Day 1 at the Turning Stone Classic is in the books. Yesterday featured 64 first round matches which were played on the 16 diamond tables set up at the event center in the Turning Stone casino in Verona, New York. Most of the favourites advanced, although this tournament is not seeded there weren’t to many match ups of tournament favourites.
Some of the more notable match-ups were former World Champion Hudjie See (Holland) against Oscar Dominguez; See came away with a strong 9-3 victory. Dominguez’s father Ernesto Dominguez also had a tough first round opponent in Ron Casanzio, a consistent performer on the Joss tour. Casanzio came away with the 9-6 victory.
In total there are 15 Canadians in the tournament all from Quebec and Ontario. The most highly contested opening match was between Martin Daigle from Quebec City and Danny Hewitt from Montreal. Both are very capable players who are among the best in Canada.
Daigle jumped out to a 5-1 lead but fell short in the end with Hewitt making a strong comeback to advance with a 9-6 win. Look for Hewitt to be one of the contenders as the tournament progresses. John Morra, the other strong hope for Canada moved on to the second round with a 9-1 victory where he will be tested against a strong player from the Northeast, Travis McKinney. In another all Canadian battle Mario Paradis manufacturer of the increasingly popular Chalk Cube (Quebec) defeated Brittany Bryant multiple time Canadian women’s champion with a 9-4 score line. Canadians advancing on the winners side today include:
American and international favourites such as Van Boening, Hatch, Dechaine, Strickland, Hohmann and Archer advanced with combined scores of 54-2 against their underdog opponents. Tomorrow’s feature matchups include:
Play begins again Friday at noon, matches will be run all day and can be viewed on Ustream free of charge at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/turning-stone.