Surprises on Day 1 of BottleDeck.net World 14.1: Van Corteza's Perfect Run
October 3, 2017
NYC Qualifier winner Del Sim of Scotland poses with John Schmidt . Sim was delighted to have two huge wins including over reigning World 14.1 Champion Mika Immonen & top USA pro Danny Harriman
New York City- While some champions had routine wins on Day 1, new faces came with some big wins. The biggest one being newcomer Del Sim who shocked reigning World 14.1 Champion Mika Immonen in a 100-91 victory. This came right off the heels of Sim's 100-54 win over one of America's favorite Danny Harriman. This puts him at the top of his Group 1 thus far at the Bottledeck.net 77th World 14.1.
11am O. Turkalainen vs H. Lombardo 1230pm. Van CORTEZA vs Coates 4pm Immonen vs Kendall 530pm Eberle vs Morgan
7pm Hohmann vs Van CORTEZA
830pm Appleton vs Robles
"I'm pinching myself on the way home tonight. Today was also my son's birthday so I feel it was a very fortunate day", said Sim. He had won his spot at the Amsterdam Billiards qualifier on the 1 loss side after just playing 14.1 for a few months.
Filipino sensation Lee Van Corteza looked very strong as he opened up the very first livestream match with a perfect 100 ball & out run over John Schott, who only had the opening break. Van Corteza then defeated 100-69 over Jamaica's Rhys Chen.
Van Corteza shows his 14.1 prowess. photo by Alison Fischer NYC Grind
Local favorite Jorge Rodriguez ran 97 balls en route to his upset win over 4-Time World 14.1 Champion Thorsten Hohmann in a nailbiter where Hohmann came back at the end but fell short in a 100-86 loss.
Twice 3rd place World 14.1 finisher Max Eberle handed Group 4 leader former World 14.1 Champ John Schmidt a 100-41 defeat and Eberle leads his group with also wins over Scotland's strong Jonni Fulcher and former qualifier winner Noah Vogleman.
2014 World 14.1 Champion Darren Appleton had been on a pool hiatus of not playing, though it did not show in his undefeated run on day 1 over Hunter Lombardo 100-14, Finland's Olli Turkulainen 100-42 and NJ's Ed Culhane 100-12.
Fans and players alike will make the trek to the longest running and oldest tradition in billiards, the World Tournament of 14.1. 2017 marks the 12th consecutive year the World Tournament of 14.1 will be staged which is the longest consecutive run of the championship ever in its 105 year history with Dragon Promotions continuing at the helm. This year's confirmed dates for the 77th WorldTournament of 14.1 will take place on October 2nd - 8th, 2017 and presented by Show Pro . For the fifth straight year, Steinway Billiards in New York City will host the prestigious championship. As usual, a star studded 48 player round-robin field is expected for this year's lineup to win the world's greatest straight pool championship.
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In addition, the 7th Annual Straight Pool Hall of Fame Banquet will take place in the middle of the event on October 4th at 7:00pm. Every year the popular dinner sells out with all the pool stars and legends attending. Purchase tickets by contacting WorldStraightPoolChampionships@gmail.com Call 407-782-4978