Fedor Gorst snapped off the Turning Stone Classic XXXVII at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY moving him into the next Mosconi Cup automatic qualification spot for Team Europe via the World Nineball Tour Rankings.
The $10,000 top prize for beating Mika Immonen 13-10 in a high-strung final sees him overtake European Open Pool Championship winner David Alcaide into second place in Team Europe’s standings.
With the next automatic cut-off for qualification coming after the US Open Pool Championship, a strong run at the Barry Behrman trophy could see the former World Pool Champion sew-up his spot in the trans-atlantic tussle at Alexandra Palace, from December 6-9th in London, live on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland and DAZN in the United States.
In his third-appearance at the Turning Stone Classic, Gorst fought through an impressive 128-man field to lift his first title. Former World Cup of Pool winner Lee Van Corteza was beaten in a hill-hill epic, before sweeping aside Thorsten Hohmann 9-2 in the semi-final. Having lost to Immonen in the hot-seat match, revenge was sweet for the Ghost in the final.
Immonen had been the form-man of the tournament, with victories over two-time World Pool Champion Hohmann and seven-time Turning Stone Classic victor Jayson Shaw.
Hunter Lombardo and recent Bob Stocks Memorial 9 Ball winner BJ Ussery strengthened their Mosconi Cup hopes for Team USA. Connecticut-born Jeremy Sossei entered the fray with an impressive finish in fourth place.
NEXT WORLD NINEBALL TOUR RANKING EVENT
Fedor Gorst will be in action once again as the Raxx MVP Tour Open gets underway from September 14-17th in West Hempstead, New York, with already confirmed Mosconi Cup players Skyler Woodward and World Champion Francisco Sanchez Ruiz, and World Pool Masters ChampionKo Pin Yi set to contest the $10,000 prize.
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NEXT MATCHROOM EVENT
The signature Matchroom multi-table and oldest major in the sport, the US Open Pool Championship takes place at Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City, USA from September 25-30 where Francisco Sanchez Ruiz will look to defend his title. The SVB Junior Open will return on September 28-29 with full information and available entries open to Juniors aged 17 and under here.
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