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Chavez Tops Mighty Predator Field
Sep 3, 2008, 3:29 PM

Chavez topped Davis in a one-sided final. (Photo courtesy Bruce Clayton)
While the Predator World 14.1 Championship was being decided in East Brunswick, N.J., the Predator 9-Ball Tour held its 14th stop of the year. With plenty of big names in the area, this 64-player event had plenty of star power.

Former U.S. Open champions Ralf Souquet, Allen Hopkins and John Schmidt headlined the $2,000-added event at Comet Billiards.

But the class of this event was Ignacio Chavez, a powerhouse on the East Coast tours. He went unbeaten through the winners' bracket, posting wins over Marc Vidal, Manny Chau and Hopkins.

Chavez then took the hot-seat with a dominating 9-2 win over Joey Kong, a fixture on the Predator Tour.

On the left, Mike Davis and Mike Dechaine were running hot. Both strung together victories on the one-loss side to meet in the fourth-place game. Davis edged Dechaine, 9-6, to face Kong.

Again, "Iron Mike" Davis was able to advance, besting Kon, 9-5. In the final, however, Chavez struck first. He coasted to an 11-4 victory.

This coming weekend, Sept. 6-7, will be the final open tournament, before the Empire State Championship. In order to pay the normal entry fee in the finale, players must have competed in three or more regular tour stops. Otherwise, the entry fee doubles.

The Sept. 6-7 stop will be a charity event to benefit the Michael Magro foundation. Michael Magro was a 13-year-old boy, who died from Leukemia. This special event is dedicated to these wonderful children who deserve an opportunity at life.

Allison Fisher, Gerda Hofstatter, Jeanette Lee, Jasmin Ouschan and Mika Immonen are scheduled to appear to help raise money for kids with Leukemia.

Predator 9-Ball Tour
Comet Billiards Parsippany, N.J.
1. Ignacio Chavez $1,200
2. Mike Davis $800
3. Joey Kong $600
4. Mike Dechaine $400
5. (tie) Allen Hopkins, Earl Herring $275
7. (tie) Manny Chau, Jonni Fulcher $175
9. (tie) Jason Michas, Ralf Souquet, Mark Pantovic, Yesid Geribello $125