South Jersey Expo Center, (800) 665-6326
June 10 - 14th
Report: Friday 12, 1998:
Current Camel Pro Billiards Series points leader Buddy Hall defeated Steve Mizerak 9-3 and Andy Lincoln 9-4 to advance to the third round of the winner's bracket in the Camel South Jersey Open yesterday. Hall squares off against Bob Maidhof in his first match today at the South Jersey Expo Center in Pennsauken, N.J. Hall won the first stop of the year at the Shooter's 9-Ball Open in Olathe, Kan.
Other notable matches at the South Jersey Open include Allen Hopkins defeating Pat Fleming of the Pro Billiards Tour 9-2, Larry Hubbart topping Earl Strickland 9-7, Wade Crane defeating Kunihiko Takahashi 9-5 and former U.S. Open champ Tommy Kennedy beating Roger Griffis 9-8. One notable no-show at the second stop of the Camel Series is C.J. Wiley, who according to sources, could not attend because he was opening a new pool room back home.
Featured matches for today include Shannon Daulton against Jim Rempe, Johnny Archer against George Breedlove and Jimmy Wetch versus last year's Camel Series points winner Jose Parica. Look for more updates throughout the weekend.
Report: Saturday 13, 1998:
Nick Varner advances into the final four with a 9-3 win over Allen Hopkins, but Hopkins managed to stay alive with a 9-7 win over Jeff Carter.
Report: Sunday, June 14, 1998:
Prior to beating Canadaís Potier, Bustamante, who now resides in Kiel, Germany, beat an all-star cast to get to the finals, including Nick Varner (9-7), Buddy Hall (9-7), Dennis Hatch (9-2) and Reed Pierce (9-2). Play began at 4:00 p.m. CDST.
Reyes is looking to bounce back from a subpar year - for him - in 1997. Although he managed a second place at the U.S. Open, Reyes never broke the winnerís circle. Other than Potier, Reyes shot down Johnny Archer (9-3), Hatch (9-3), Jimmy Wetch (9-5) and Michael Coltrain (9-6).
Report: Monday, June 15, 1998:
Bustamante has now appeared in three straight Camel Pro Billiards Series title matches, dating back to last year's season-ending Denver Open. His record over those three matches is 1-2. His win came over fellow Filipino Rodolfo Luat while he has fallen to Buddy Hall at the Shooter's 9-Ball Open and now Reyes. Both Bustamante and Reyes finished in the top 5 in Camel Series points at the end of 1997. Bustamante now has the lead for the 1998 bonus; the winner receives a $50,000 bonus. For his victory, Reyes earned $15,062 while Bustamante collected $7,652.
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