John Johnson and I fought a three hour battle from midnight until 3:00 am this morning to determine the winner of the Northern California qualifier of the U.S. Amateur Championship. The championship match was a race to 11. John won the lag and chose to break. I chose to start with 8 ball. We played eight games of 8 ball, and I built a 5-3 lead. Then we switched to 9 ball, and John caught a hot streak, winning four unanswered games for a 5-7 lead. We traded games back and forth until the score was 8-9, then John won the last two for an 8-11 finish. Congrats John on your victory, and best wishes at the nationals in November!
Here are the final standings from last night.
1. John Johnson from Stanford, CA
2. Michael Reddick from San Jose, CA
3. Eric Harada from San Jose, CA
4. Clint Palaci from San Diego, CA