2016 Predator Pro-Am Tour Stop #20
Posted 1/10/2017 in Events & Features
By Skip Maloney
Warnock, Jr. comes from the loss side to take Predator Tour stop
Stewart Warnock (1st), Dan Faraguna (3rd), Tony Ignomirello (2nd), Jaydev Zaveri (4th)
When they faced each other in the finals of the November 19-20 stop on the Predator Tour, Stewart Warnock, Jr. and Tony Ignomirello occupied the same spaces in their respective ranking categories; Warnock was the #11-ranked player among the tour’s “A” players, Ignomirello was in the same position among the tour’s “C+” players. The opponent they both defeated, Dan Faraguna (Warnock defeated him twice), was the tour’s #1-ranked “B+” player. Warnock came back from a loss to Faraguna to win three on the loss side (including a re-match against Faraguna) to claim the title. The $1,000-added event drew 66 entrants to Cue Bar in Bayside (Queens), NY.
Warnock and Faraguna squared off against each other, first, in a winners’ side semifinal, as Ignomirello met up with Dave Callaghan in the other. Faraguna sent Warnock on his merry loss-side way by shutting him out. Ignomirello defeated Callaghan 7-3 to join Faraguna in the hot seat match. Ignomirello claimed the hot seat 7-4.
On the loss side, Warnock drew Arturo Reyes, who’d picked up a win on the Tri-State Tour the week before, and at this event had worked his loss-side way through Amir Uddin and Shawn Sookhai, both 7-5, to reach Warnock. Callaghan picked up Jaydev Zaveri, another recent winner on the Tri-State (Oct. 16), who’d defeated Marisol Palacios 9-6 and Akiko Taniyama 7-2.
Warnock and Zaveri advanced to the quarterfinals; Warnock 7-5 over Reyes, and Zaveri 7-6 over Callaghan. Warnock took the quarterfinal match over Zaveri 7-4 for the right to a re-match against Faraguna in the semifinals. Though their overall game totals would favor Faraguna (10-7), Warnock won the semifinal re-match 7-3 for a shot at Ignomirello in the finals.
Warnock took advantage of the opportunity he’d been granted. He downed Ignomirello 11-7 in the finals to claim the title. A Second Chance tournament that drew 12 entrants saw Eugene Ok defeat Dany Recinos in the finals 7-6 to claim the $160 first-place prize. Recinos pocketed $100.
Tour director Tony Robles thanked the ownership and staff at Cue Bar, as well as title sponsor Predator Cues, the NAPL, Ozone Billiards, PoolOnTheNet.Com, Cappelle Publishing, Delta-13 Racks, Mandy Wu (ass’t TD), Irene Kim, and his “lovely wife,” Gail Robles.
2nd Chance: Dany Recinos (2nd) and Eugene Ok (1st)
Top Finishers and Payouts
1st: Stew Warnock – $1,700
2nd: Tony Ignomirello – $1,150
3rd: Dan Faraguna – $700
4th: Jaydev Zaveri – $450
5th/6th: Dave Callaghan, Arturo Reyes – $250
7th/8th: Shawn Sookhai, Akiko Taniyama – $170
9th-12th: Thomas Schreiber, Marisol Palacios, Amir Uddin, Elvis Rodriguez – $125
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