Boynton Beach, FL (June 29, 2013) – The best of the best came together Saturday to find out just who is the Top Gun in the Palm Beach County this year. Every player was capable of winning this highly contested tournament on any given day, and on Saturday Scott Nodell shot his way to the top.
The Top Guns tournament invites the top 16 players with the highest average for the past three sessions. The format is a race to three, modified double elimination. This format requires every player to be on top of their game to get to the final single elimination board of four. One missed shot or unforced error can cost these high-level players their match, and that’s exactly what happened to several Top Guns who weren’t on their game that day.
Nodell met up in the title match against rising star Dean Allen, who Nodell sent to the one-loss side earlier in the day. This was Allen’s first year that he qualified for Top Guns and by the end of the night it was clear that he belonged in this event, having shot past the likes of Sam Kantar and last year’s Top Gun Champion Chris Filippelli, both favorites to win the event. Nodell, a well-known player in this area, had a long path to the finals as well, after being sent west by Greg Deaton, then knocking out Mike Mignacca, Marty Gayler and Al Cashwell along the way.
Also making it to the final four board – Greg Deaton and Jesus Borjas. Borjas lost in the semifinals to Allen, and in a revenge match Deaton lost on the hill to Nodell. In addition to the Top Guns bragging rights, Nodell won cash and a stylish crystal Top Guns trophy.
The best of the rest also squared off on Saturday, with newcomer Ed Phillips taking the BB Guns title and crystal trophy. Phillips beat out Dan Moran, who finished a close second. Ann Hanlon took third.
Thanks to room owners Mike Bradford and Joe Sistarelli at Slate Billiards (www.slatebilliards.com), for being great hosts, and to Boynton Billiards for their support of the Palm Beach ACS League.
The Palm Beach ACS League is a nonprofit league in Palm Beach County, Florida. We strive to provide a fair, fun and competitive playing atmosphere for both social players and the most serious players alike. We have league nights Monday through Thursday.
Results – Top Guns
($150 added, modified double elimination)
Scott Nodell $210
Dean Allen $100
Greg Deaton $50
Jesus Borjas $50
Results – BB Guns
($100 added, double elimination)
Ed Phillips $75
Dan Moran $50
Ann Hanlon $25
Some of these events can be viewed on Ustream or the Palm Beach ACS website. For more information about the Palm Beach County ACS League, visit us at http://palmbeachacs.com.
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From left to right: League Director Jerry Sotelo; Dean Allen, second; Ed Phillips, winner BB Guns; Scott Nodell, winner Top Guns; Jesus Borjas and Greg Deaton (not pictured), third.