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Dutchman Raymon Groot shines at American podium

Posted by on March 2, 2020

Dutchman Raymon Groot shines at American podium

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Raymon Groot in the famous Carom Cafe, where he played the final match for the American championship

NEW YORK - The emigrated Dutchman Raymon Groot was almost a big sensation in the American three cushion championship. The 27-year-old, blonde 'Noord-Holland' player, married to the American Elly Zhang, played the final against Tae Kyu Lee last Sunday evening and lost 40-37 in 41 innings. In the semi-final against Miguel Torres, the Dutch player shone with the best match in the championship: 40-8 in 14 innings.

The USBA championship, with American top players like Hugo Patino, Mazin Shooni, Sonny Cho, Miguel Torres and Michael Kang, was played in the famous Carom Café. Raymon Groot lives just two kilometres away and works part-time in the billiard palace where the Verhoeven Open yearly is played. He said in a recent interview, that he also works as a taxi driver after he got married at the end of 2018 and moved to Flushing.

The Dutchman, who recently played in the Dutch league in the STZ Zundert team, came to the final rounds by beating in the quarter finals Young Kyu Lee 40-37 in 41 innings. Miguel Torres defeated Sonny Cho (40-37 in 42), Kang Lee beat Mazin Shooni (40-28 in 41) and Tae Kyu Lee won against Gilbert Najim 40-18 in 33. In the semi-final, Raymon Groot grew to his peak with the 40-8 victory in 14 against Miguel Torres (2,857 on average). Tae Lee Kyu beat Kang Lee 40-32 in 22 in the semis after he won the final against Groot.

It was the first time that Raymon Groot participated at the American championship, in which emigrated Koreans are among the top players for many years.

The final result:

1 Tae Kyu Lee 1.221-8
2 Raymon Groot 1.163-8
3 Kang Lee 1.369-8
4 Miguel Torres 1.008-11
5 Sonny Cho 1.050-6
6 Gilbert Najim 0.849-7
7 Young Kyu e 1.062-6
8 Mazin Shooni 0.815-5
9-16: Hugo Patino, Sang Jin Lee, Michael Kang, Edward Gomez, Julian Molina, Charles DeLorme, Song Lim, Jesus Quinonez.

Raymon Groot from the Netherlands with the champion Tae Kyu Lee

The proud new American champion Tae Kyu Lee


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My Comments

Actual Winner would of been nice!
It would have been nice to see the actual WINNER o f the event featured in the Article with photo of him! Just the feeling of a bias written article!

Message 1/3 - Publish at March 3, 2020 8:46 PM

Totally agreed!!! Some history or bio of the winner would be nice.

Message 2/3 - Publish at March 3, 2020 10:13 PM

Another funny article by Kozoom News
At the first glance of this news, I thought a Dutch won this USBA title.
What a narrow and twisted sight of Kozoom so-called journalist(s)! Disgusting.

Questions.(Nothing against Mr.Groot personally but about UMB/CPB/USBA rules if exist)

-Seems the event was a USA National Champion. UMB ranking points will be given accordingly?
-Is Mr.Groot a Dutch or US citizen? Can a dutch win a USA national title?
-Can American, Asian, or African players participate in Dutch KNBB national championship (whether or
not they work in Netherland or drive taxi in Amsterdam) on the contrary?

Anyway, if Kozoom expect real support from global carom fans, please take these posts in attitude.
No wonder continuous problems outbreak from UMB and Kozoom. Disappointing as a carom fan.

Message 3/3 - Publish at March 4, 2020 5:40 PM

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