Thursday, 18 December 2014
Chang on the Rise
Another successful installment of the 2014/15 ‘404’ series took place this past weekend (December 13 & 14th) at the Shooters Snooker and Sports Club. This was the 4th event in this year’s tournaments.
Despite the proximity to the holiday season, this past weekend’s event drew a good field of 56 players to the tournament. The weekend field was comprised mainly of GTA players with several out-of-town players also attending although out-of-towners were less represented than usual. As in past ‘404’ and Shooters Amateur events, the field continues to attract players who have never before participated in these events and those making a return to this level of competition.
After play concluded on Saturday, Alan Ada, Kevin Oliveira, Ben Chang and McEarl Bucais were undefeated on the ‘A’ side while the ‘B’ side had Sumon Sarkar, Tyler Jenkins, Peter Hetherington, Brandon Griffen, Bill Delkos, Romeo Zulueta, Stefane Godinho, and Adrian Fragoso returning for Sunday play. Not surprisingly, most of the Sunday matches were very competitive and when the dust settled Ben Chang had gone undefeated to capture the ‘A’ side title while Alan Ada and Sumon Sarkar were left to contest ‘B’ side bragging rights. Ada prevailed against Sarkar setting up a rematch against Chang who had sent him to the ‘B’ side. In the tournament final Chang again emerged victorious.
Congratulations to Ben Chang on his 404 tournament win. Ben has emerged as the player to beat in the events so far in 2014/15 with his steady and consistent play. Also making his presence felt in the Shooters’ tournaments this year has been Sumon Sarkar who again achieved a high placement. And Alan’s high finish might signal a return to high calibre tournament play for the veteran Filipino.
As always, thanks to those who participated in the ‘404’ at Shooters Snooker and Sports Club. While pre-registration for the tournament remains an asset it is not without its issues as some players continue to fail to inform the tournament organizer of their change in plans. This results in a tournament field that is less than capacity. Players must notify the tournament organizer of cancellations in sufficient time to permit others toparticipate. This is not only a discourtesy to the tournament organizer and the rest of the players but it causes the tournament to begin unnecessarily late time after time.
The next Shooters ‘404’ will be held January 3 & 4th, 2015.
** If you have pre-registered for the event you must be present and your entry fee paid by 11:00 a.m. on the day of the tournament. Failure to do so may result in your place being forfeited to an individual on the waiting list.**
Player Prize Money Calcutta
1st Ben Chang 8 $850 $850
2nd Alan Ada 6 $550 $420
3rd Sumon Sarkar 7 $340 $320
4th Adrian Fragoso 6 $225 $210
5-6th Kevin Oliveira 5 $140 $105
5-6th McEarl Bucais 7 $140 $105
7th-8th Peter Hetherington 6 $85 $55
7th-8th Romeo Zulueta 6 $85 $55
9th -12th Tyler Jenkins 4 $50
9th -12th Stefane Godinho 8 $50
9th -12th Brandon Griffen 5 $50
9th -12th Bill Delkos 7 $50