Hugo is the Proud Winner of the 2009 USBA 3-Cushion Nationals
In the play off match Hugo plays brilliantly and wins 50 to 48 in 44 inngings.
The semi final matches started right on schedule with the 20 players remaining after the qualification rounds. Each match presented the finest in 3- cushion poise and skill being demonstrated.
After 2 days of sterling play, 20 players from the original field of 42 made it to 4 flights of 5 players each for the semi final rounds. Event highlights from the qualification rounds revealed 6 players with perfect 6-0 records – Pedro Piedrabuena, Mazin Shooni, Michael Kang, Felipe Razon, Sonny Cho, and defending champion, Miguel Torres. The balance of the semi-final field demonstrated great resolve on the road to the championship finals.
The USBA 2009 National 3-Cushion Championships is now underway with a field of 42 players from all over the country at Carom Café Billiards in Flushing, NY.
Defending National Champion – Miguel Torres 2008 Runner-up – Pedro Piedrabuena along with Mazin Shooni, Sonny Cho, Hugo Patino and Michael Kang are the six seeded players.
Format in the Prielims will be six flights of 7 players. Race to 25, with 3 top players of each flight advancing along with the 2 top 4th place winners making it 20 players in the semi-finals.
This type of shot does not have a diamond system to help the player. So it is a challenge to find the right cue ball speed and angles to get the correct trajectory to score the point. Although there are 2 or 3 other ways to attempt the shot let’s stick with this one for now.
Kissing the cueball back off a ball frozen to a rail is another idea that seldom occurs to beginning three-cushion players. Kiss-back opportunities may not arise for hundreds of points: then several may crop up in a single game. The pattern is common enough that every student should devote some time to learning the angles, English, and speed required.
Left to right, Felipe & Hugo
Patino, Kolacz, Razon, and Ashby all earned their National entry at no charge, but had to play 2 final matches to determine the overall positions of finish in the Qualifier event and ranking points assigned by the USBA. Razon performed brilliantly as he defeated Patino by a score of 20 – 17 for 1st place honors. Meanwhile, Ashby sailed to victory over Kolacz 20 – 12 to win 3rd place positioning.
The favorites going into the event were Mike Bengels and Jamil Isreal. Gary Elias, the 2008 USBA “B” player rankings champion was also a favorite, Bill Johnson and Jim Shovak always a threat. Other dangerous players included Bassel Elshaar, Steve Andersen and Gary Scharf. The two surprises of the tournament were Ramy Noja and Bob Schmaus who have improved their games and pulled off some important upsets.
It was a 10-player round robin with each match going to 25 points.