The Corner Bank hosted its first 10 ball shootout this past weekend and it proved to be a huge success on all fronts.
Qualifiers were organized and run at venues in Quebec and in various clubs throughout southern Ontario including two at Petrina’s in Pickering. All in all a full field of 32 players was assembled with 6 players making the trip from LaBelle province to compete. The only criteria for entry was that all players had to have a recognized handicap of 9 or lower on the Four Points Tour and with the Unified Handicap System and be no higher than a Semi Pro in Quebec. All recognized pros in the sport were ineligible. This proved to be a noteworthy decision on behalf of the organizers as the field basically filled up within days of being officially announced.
The prize money on offer was $17,000. That included $1000 added by Marc Dumoulin’s new promotional enterprise known as “Moneyball Promotions”.
The Calcutta run Saturday morning prior to the draw garnered $11,000. A significant amount added to the prize fund putting the weekend tally of cash on offer at $28,000. Easily one of the largest weekend tournaments held in the GTA. The event was also streamed live by Hustinstream.tv out of Quebec. A big thanks to David Deschenes and his partner Max for their efforts in this regard.
The races on the winner’s side were all to 11 and the races in the loser’s bracket were all races to 9. The final was contested over a race to 13 racks, one race to determine the overall winner of the inaugural event.
There was some terrific play over the weekend and the standard was extremely high, as noted by many people watching at The Corner Bank who are more than familiar with the professional game.
The business end:
The A side final saw Adam Monture secure the hotseat with a pressure filled run out and an 11-10 victory over Dave Parker. Parker now had to face off against Justin Leyland who had just beatenYan Lalande convincingly 9-5 to set up the clash with London’s Parker. As is the case more often than not, the player coming into the B side final with the win and positive momentum usually carries that through to their next match. This was no exception as Leyland prevailed over Parker with a score of 9-6.
The final of the first Corner Bank 10 ball shootout was contested over a race to 13 racks. Monture with the benefit of some rest and all the confidence of knowing his game was in high gear, was just too strong for Leyland in the final. With some solid shot making and a strong break he ran out a 13-7 winner to claim the $6,000 winner’s purse. Leyland had a fantastic weekend too and went home with a $3,500 payout, not bad for a weekend’s worth of work.
Following is the breakdown of where all the cash went:
The Corner Bank wishes to thank all players and spectators for a great weekend full of class competition and sportsmanship. And a big shout out to Marc Dumoulin for coming up with a superb idea for an event and allowing the players the chance to compete for some serious money.
The next event is 10 Ball Shootout is tentatively scheduled for July 18-19 at The Corner Bank. Qualifiers will soon be announced and locked in at various venues in southern Ontario and in Quebec.