Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Shane Van Boening wins first US Open title

US Open 2007Shane Van Boening from the United States won the US Open.

He earned $50,000 by defeating reigning world 9-ball champion Ronnie Alcano 13-10 in the final. Alcano earned $25,000. Surprise package Tomoki Mekari from Japan got $10,000 for third.

Defending champion John Schmidt (USA) had a disappointing tournament, ending up in 65th place.

Van Boening went undefeated in the tournament with some excellent play. For instance he played flawless pool in the 9-4 victory over Alcano in the winners bracket, maybe making one lose safety. He received a standing ovation from the crowd afterwards.

This win crowned an impressive season for the 24-year old Van Boening. He also won the World 10-ball Championship and finished second in the 9-Ball Championship. The victory secured him a place on the US Mosconi Cup team.

The tournament was played 14-20 October at the Chesapeake Conference Center, in Chesapeake, Virginia, USA.

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