Somebody’s apparently been spiking
Gary O’Callaghan’s cereal in the morning
(with Lucky Charms, perhaps?). He’s been competing
on the Tri-State and Predator Tours for a few years
now, and has won events on both. He was a cast member
of TruTv’s short-lived, reality pool show called
“The Hustlers” a couple of years ago. Within
the past month, he’s accelerated his pace a bit,
and been in three straight Predator Tour finals, dating
back to September 3. On the weekend of September 23-24,
at a $1,000-added event, hosted by The Spot in Nanuet,
NY, he went undefeated through a field of 55 to chalk
up his second win.
Reached to discover whether there was any particular
source of inspiration for this sudden rush of appearances
in Predator Tour finals, O’Callaghan gave credit
to his wife.
“A peaceful marriage,” he wrote, adding
O’Callaghan was challenged in the finals by a
competitor that he’d defeated in the second round.
Doug Youmans would move to the loss side of the double
elimination bracket and win nine in a row for the right
to face O’Callaghan a second time.
With Youmans already at work on the loss side, O’Callaghan
advanced to a winners’ side semifinal match against
Rhys Chen. Frank Tonn, in the meantime, faced Abel Rosario.
Tonn got into the hot seat match with a 7-4 win over
Rosario. He was joined by O’Callaghan, who’d
sent Chen west 8-4. Awarding Tonn six beads on the wire
at the start of their race to 11, Callaghan stepped
into the hot seat with an 11-8 win.
On the loss side, it was Chen who picked up Youmans,
six wins into his loss-side streak, which had just recently
included a 7-5 win over Rob Pole and an 8-5 win over
Ralph Ortiz. Rosario drew Troy Deocharran, who’d
defeated Luis Jimenez 7-2 and Ed Medina 7-3.
The loss-side opponents prevailed, with Deocharran downing
Rosario 7-3 and Youmans eliminating Chen 7-5. Youmans
chalked up loss-side win #8 in the quarterfinals - 8-3
over Deocharran - and then, giving Tonn five beads on
the wire in a race 10, defeated him 10-7, for a second
shot at O’Callaghan in the finals.
Youmans put up a fight in those finals, chalking up
three more racks than he had in his first meeting with
O’Callaghan back in the event’s second round.
O’Callaghan finished his undefeated run with a
7-5 second win over Youmans and claimed the event title.
The next stop on the Predator Pro Am Tour will be the
3rd Annual Gotham City 9-Ball Pro Classic, scheduled
for October 14-16 at Gotham City Billiards in Brooklyn,
NY. The $18,000-added event (up from last year's $15,000)
will be limited to the first 64 players who sign up.
The roster is currently at about 26 players. First consideration
will be given to Pro players. If the field needs to
expand, it will do so, first, with Open players, and
then A++, A+, etc. The next Amateur event on the Predator
Pro Am Tour, scheduled for October 28-29, will be hosted
by Spin City, in Queens, NY.
Story by Skip Maloney AZBilliards