Thursday, 26 March 2015
Ada attains revenge
By: Peter Hetherington
The 7th tournament of the 2014/15 Shooters Amateur Event took place on the weekend of March 14 & 15th at the Shooters Snooker and Sports Club in North York. High demand was again the norm for this event as the field size was increased to 72 players from the typical 64. This tournament’s popularity continues to demonstrate that pool can thrive in the GTA with the right format and the active recruitment of players.
Despite the very heavy -- and often overlapping -- pool schedule in Southern Ontario this year, this event continues to attract players from across Southern Ontario. While most players are from the GTA area, the most recent Amateur drew players from London to the west, Kingston to the east, Midland to the north and St. Catherines to the south.
After play concluded on Saturday, John Timmermans, Ben Chang, Romeo Zulueta and Alan Ada were undefeated on the ‘A’ side while the ‘B’ side survivors had Wayne Tate, Kevin Oliveira, Mike Patay, Oscar Zapata, Nito Bucais, Justin Kluznik, Glenn Seeseman and Dave Mills returning for Sunday play. While there were some familiar faces who successfully ‘graduated’ from the first day competition there were also a number of new players, some of whom were playing this event for the first time. Not surprisingly, most of the Sunday matches were very competitive and when the dust settled Alan Ada had sent Ben Chang to the ‘B’ site going undefeated to capture the ‘A’ side title. Chang and Mike Patay were then left to fight for the ‘B’ side bragging rights. The Ada/ Chang match was a reversal of an earlier ‘404’ tournament when Chang knocked Ada to the ‘B’ site title match. Chang prevailed against Patay setting up a rematch against Ada. In the tournament final Alan Ada again emerged victorious gaining some measure of revenge for the December ‘404’ tournament.
Congratulations to Alan Ada on his Amateur Event win. This is the first win of a ‘major’ GTA tournament for the veteran in some time. And Ben Chang refuses to go away! With his continuing strong play Ben has been Mr. Consistency this year in spite of seeing his handicap increase a couple of times to reflect his dominance in the Amateur and ‘404’ tournaments at Shooters.
As always, thanks to those who participated in the ‘404’ at Shooters Snooker and Sports Club. Please remember that players must notify the tournament organizer of cancellations in sufficient time to permit others to participate.
The next Shooters Amateur Event will be held April 25 and 26th, 2015. If you have played in fewer than 3 Amateur Events you will be required to pay a higher entry fee in order to participate in the Amateur final.
** 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 Rank Prize Money Calcutta
1st Alan Ada/6/$900 /$780
2nd Ben Chang/ 9/ $420 /$480
3rd Mike Patay/6/ $280 $290
4th John Timmermans/ 9/ $180/ $190
5-6th Romeo Zulueta/ 6/ $120/ $95
5-6th Nito Bucais/5/ $120/ $95
7th-8th Dave Mills/ 7 $70
7th-8th Wayne Tate/ 8 /$70
9th -12th Justin Kluznik/ 8/ $40
9th -12th Oscar Zapata /5/ $40
9th -12th Glenn Seeseman/ 7/ $40
9th -12th Kevin Oliveira/ 6/ $40