The inaugural Scotch Doubles 9 Ball Tournament on the 9 footers was held this past weekend (July 18, 2015) at the Shooters Snooker and Sports Club in North York. This tournament is another of the ‘one-off’ events organized and hosted by Shooters during the summer months for those who want to keep their skills sharp.
Despite the large number of activities in Toronto during the summer months, a very good turnout of 34 players/ 17 teams took their talents to the tables in what proved to be a very competitive tournament with several upsets. Teams were handicapped and the races were based on these handicaps. The event obviously appealed to some “new” local players who prefer the doubles format to singles play.
At day’s end it was Romeo Zulueta and Gene Chipongian waiting in the hot seat for the winner of the ‘B’ side final between the pairings of Blake Tyas and Waleed Mukhtar and Lynnette Valencia and Martin Yacobazzo. As was so often the case in this tournament the ‘B’ side final came down to a hill/hill battle with the team of Tyas and Mukhtar emerging the winner. The close competition continued in the championship final in this true Double Knockout format with the team of Tyas and Mukhtar defeating Zulueta and Chipongian in their first match but falling to Zulueta and Chipongian in the 2nd match.
Congratulations to the veteran Filipinos Romeo Zulueta and Gene Chipongian on their tournament win.
Thank you to all the participants for a great day of competitive pool. The races were short which resulted in ‘nail biters’ and upsets. There are more innovative tournament formats on the horizon at Shooters for the balance of the summer months. Tournament qualifiers are also being run for each of these events. Upcoming this weekend is the 9 Ball Group Shootout. Check the Shooters Snookerclub Facebook page and www.thepoolscene.com for details and times.
|1||Romeo Zulueta/ Gene Chipongian||$1,000||$540|
|2||Blake Tyas/ Waleed Mukhtar||$550||$300|
|3||Lynette Valencia/ Martin Yacobazzo||$340||$190|
|4||Kevin Stronach/ Jeremy Brown||$210|