Guangzhou Asian Games silver medalist Warren Kiamco overcame the twice-to-beat edge of his German foe in the finals to rule the 2017 West Coast 9-Ball Pro Challenge held at the California Billiards Mountain View in Fremont, California.
The 47-year old Kiamco stunned two-time world 9-ball champion Thorsten Hohmann in the finals to claim his first title this year.
Kiamco posted an 11-4 win in Game 1 then followed it up with another 11-5 impressive win in Game 2 to bag the $5,500 top purse.
Hohmann, the WPA World 9-Ball Championship winner in 2003 and 2013, settled for $3,500 consolation prize.
Dennis Orcollo, fresh from winning the 2017 Annual Cole Dickson 10-Ball Championship, finished fifth overall while Alex Pagulayan seventh and legendary cue master Francisco “Django” Bustamante ninth.
Orcollo got $775, Pagulayan earned $575 and Bustamante secured $400.
Kiamco earned a spot in the finals by trouncing American Corey Deuel, Pagulayan and Orcollo.
For his part, Hohmann was undefeated in the elimination round to earn a twice-to-beat card in the championship round. He blasted Americans Sina Valizadeh (quarterfinals) and Shane Van Boening (semifinals) only to lose twice to Kiamco in the gold-medal match.
It was a sweet victory for Kiamco who made runner-up finishes early this year.
He was second-placer in the Inaugural Scotty Townsend Memorial 10-Ball Ring in March and third in Derby City Classic 9-Ball Banks Division in January and the World Pool Series Kamui 8-Ball Challenge in April.
Kiamco, Orcollo, Pagulayan and Bustamante will be seeing action next in the 2017 World Pool Series – Rack Classic Championship slated on July 12 to 15 at the Steinway Cafe Billiards in Astoria Queens in New York City.
The Filipino cue masters are also scheduled to play in the West Coast Swing 9-Ball Challenge to be held at the Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, California on July 16.
Kiamco and Orcollo are honing up their skills as they aim to win the men’s 9-Ball pool doubles gold medal in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games on August 19 to 30 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
EMIL C. NOGUERA