Friday, October 06, 2006

John Schmidt takes US Open title

Straight pool master John Schmidt won the US Open on home soil. He earned $40,000 by defeating Filipino Rodolfo Luat 11-6 in the final.

2004 winner Gabe Owen (USA) finished in third place. His countryman David Broxson took fourth.

Defending champion Alex Pagulayan (Philippines) went out in the early rounds.

The tournament was played 25 September to October 1 at the Chesapeake Conference Center, in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Before the event John Schmidt was looking for someone to put him in the tournament. I guess he got lucky ...

A number of the top players were absent this time, e.g. Efren Reyes and Francisco Bustamante from the Philippines. Germany's Ralf Souquet and Thorsten Hohmann were playing in the World Pool League in Poland, along with Dutchamn Niels Feijen and Dennis Orcollo from the Philippines.

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