Sunday, June 04, 2006

World Straight Pool Championships Goes to Hohmann

World Straight Pool Championships Goes to Hohmann

by InsidePOOL Staff
The World Straight Pool Championships, which began May 31 and ended June 4, ended with Thorsten Hohmann in the winners’ circle. Hohmann came upon the international scene when he won the World Pool 9-Ball Championships in 2003, and since then he has made a strong impression on both European and American pool.
This event attracted some of the biggest names in the game, from Jimmy Mataya and Mike Sigel to Johnny Archer and Nick Varner. Germans Ralf Souquet, Thorsten Hohmann, and Thomas Engert were also present. To make things interesting, Jeanette Lee, Megan Minerich, and recent Championship winner Jasmin Ouschan of Austria also came to play.
Gabriels Tables was the official table sponsor, while Iwan Simonis, Inc., provided the cloth and Aramith the balls. The event was hosted by the Hilton in East Brunswick, NJ. Beginning with a round robin 64-player roster, the event wound its way down to a single-elimination, 16-player format after players such as Tony Robles, Archer, Sigel, and Varner dropped out.
Ouschan had the best showing of the ladies, as she reached the final eight before falling to Hohmann 200-117. Former bank pool champion Danny Harriman met Max Eberle in the same bracket and put up a bit of a fight before falling to the wayside 200-63.

Allen Hopkins also made it to the final eight, succumbing 200-32 to Germany’s fierce competitor Thomas “The Lean Machine” Engert 200-32. Engert won the Predator Florida Open last weekend and is still riding high. After a close match with Mike Davis, Mika “Iceman” Immonen advanced 200-170
Immonen went on to meet Engert in the next round and went home disappointed after a 200-20 drubbing, while Hohmann and Eberle met in the other game. The match saw the players trade innings frequently, with Hohmann retaining the lead throughout to win 200-177.
The fellow Germans met in the final match. The last time the two played in the finals against one another might have been the 2004 International Challenge of Champions, where Engert came out ahead and won the $50,000 winner-takes-all prize. Maybe in the back of his mind, Hohmann recalled this, for he was up to a 92-ball run as an opener before missing an easy 7 ball. He was soon back at the table, though, after Engert missed a break-out shot. Commentator Bobby Hunter mentioned that the two players had very different styles, with Hohmann choosing to break the balls firmly, while Engert was more “old school” and only liked to break out a couple of balls.
Back at the table, Hohmann put together another running, reaching 160 before scratching off the side of the rack. Engert returned to the table and reached a total score of 80 before missing the 15 in the side. After a quick break, Hohmann came back to the table and, with a couple of nervy shots, ran out flawlessly to win the match 200-80.
The high run for the event was Thorsten Hohmann’s run of 174. Following him were Immonen with 132, Eberle with 127, Sigel with 125, and Hopkins with 123.
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