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LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO (May 16, 2016) — New venue. New event name. More prize money than ever before. It all added up to another spectacular event for the American Poolplayers Association in Las Vegas. Thousands of APA members made their way to the Westgate Resort & Casino to compete for more than $650,000 in cash and prizes at the recently renamed APA Poolplayer Championships, formerly known as the National Singles Championships. The Poolplayer Championships consisted of both the 8-Ball Classic and 9-Ball Shootout Championship events, as well as Showdown Series events that included the 8-Ball and 9-Ball Doubles Championships and the Wheelchair Championship events.

8-Ball Blue Tier Champion – Alexandra Marx-Simoncic of NN, NY

The final round of the 9-Ball Shootout featured three championship matches, one for each Skill Level Tier, with two shooters in each competing for $10,000 in cash and prizes. In the Green Tier, Michael Ritch of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., defeated Ron Ekman of Port Hueneme, Calif. In the White Tier, Paul Schinkel of Pickering, Ont., defeated Hannah Martin of Spring, Texas. In the Black Tier, Brian Parks of Bakersfield, Calif., defeated Kale Bourque of Breaux Bridge, La. Mathew Barber of Newburg, N.Y., won the Sportsmanship Award in the 9-Ball Shootout. Each of the three Champions received a cash and prize package worth $10,000. Runners-Up in each tier took home a cash and prize package worth $5,000. More than 4,000 Poolplayers made it to the Regional Level of the 9-Ball Shootout before the field was whittled down to the 320 who advanced to Las Vegas. Nearly 6,000 players throughout North America qualified for Regional competition in the 8-Ball Classic, with 510 of them advancing to the championships.

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In the finals of the 8-Ball Classic, five champions each took home a prize package worth $15,000 for their performances. In the Blue Tier, Alexandra Marx-Simoncic of New York City defeated Julie Buckley of Orlando, Fla. In the Yellow Tier, Juan Diaz of Silver Spring, Md., defeated David Brown of Stayner, Ont. In the Red Tier, Roberto Valanzuela of Silver Spring, Md., defeated Shannon Theriot of Breaux Bridge, La. In the Orange Tier, Howard Depascal of Pasadena, Md.,

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8-Ball Doubles Champions Cha Trey Funderburg and Jim

8-Ball Yellow Tier Champion – Juan Diaz of Silver Spring, MD

defeated Gary Smith of Arlington, Texas. In the Purple Tier, Robert Hall of Huntsville, Ala., defeated William Gallagher Jr. of Atco, N.J. Kevin Demoss of Youngsville, La., won the Sportsmanship Award in the 8-Ball Classic. First Place winners received cash and prizes worth $15,000. Each Runner-Up received cash and prizes worth $9,000. In the 8-Ball Doubles Championship, Pete and Repeat – Trey Funderburg and Jim Mullins – of Monroe, La., defeated Bank Shot Flyers – Roland Newkirk and Jeremy Brown – of Odenton, Md. The victory earned them a $5,000 payday. As Runners-Up, Bank Shot Flyers took home $3,000. In the 9-Ball Doubles Championship, Ladies Please – Dereth Tahkofper and Carol Wagoner – of Lawton, Okla., defeated Terrible D’s – Robert Detuncq and Monica Detuncq – of Spring, Texas. The victory earned them a $3,500 payday. As Runners-Up, Terrible D’s took home $2,300.

9-Ball Doubles Champions Champions: Ladies Please – Dereth Tahkofper and Carol Wagoner of Lawton, OK

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Jim Bishop went undefeated at the Poison Lone Star Billiards Tour event, held on May 14th-15th, 2016, decimating the 64-player amateur 9-ball division, besting Houston’s Pete Charles in the final round, 6-5. Currently stationed in Houston for work, Bishop hales from Mobile, Alabama, and although he’s played in previous Lone Star events, he has never actually won an event, until now. Former tour champion, Andy Jethwa, overcame APA Nationals Champion, Ernesto Bayaua, in the final, 7-6, earning Jethwa his second, consecutive open division win this year.

The event was hosted by Ariana’s in Houston, Texas, and along with tour sponsors Poison by Predator Cues (, Delta-13 Rack (, Ozone Billiards (ozonebilliards. com), and the APA of North Harris County (facebook. com/apanorthharriscounty), facilitated a very successful event. Ariana’s catered to 74 Poison Lone Star Tour players (along with 31 Gulf Coast Tour women) adding a generous $1,000 to the prize fund, offering free play on all their bar tables, and providing free food the entire event. The tour would like to thank Ariana’s owners, Minh and Bill Hammond, and their entire staff, for their gracious hospitality, and years of continued support!

With 105 players in the building and only 12 bar tables, action was slow moving on Saturday, and races were modified on Sunday in order for the event to conclude at a reasonable hour. In the Ernesto Bayaua amateur 9-ball division, Jim Bishop put on a solid performance, taking down a list of event hopefuls on his way to the hot seat, including Ryan Garcia, Josh White, Rocky Skuca, 6-2, and Johnny Griffin, 6-2. Junior player, Jacob Watson, bested Curt Bovenzi, 6-4, and Kenneth Price, 6-1, to meet Bishop in the final four on the winners’ side. Pete Charles was on a roll, logging wins over Mike Singleton, Jose Gonzales, 7-1, Danny Roland, 6-3, and Brock Temel, 6-4. In similar form, Mark Wanner made his way to the final four, ousting Chase Wheeler, David Leal, 7-6, Tommy Aramburo, 6-1, and

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Back on the east side, Charles overcame Wanner, 6-3, while Bishop sent Watson west, 6-1. It was a harrowing battle for the hot seat, as Bishop narrowly escaped Charles, 6-5. On the west side, Griffin defeated Wanner, 4-1, while Skuca ended Watson, 4-3. Griffin eliminated Skuca, 4-1, but was ousted by Charles, 4-3. And with that win, Charles earned himself a shot at redemption. As the rematch between Bishop and Charles commenced, it appeared to be a similar “tug-of-war” session, as each took turns executing strategic safeties and cinching any open tables. Once again,

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In the 60-player open 9-ball division, Andy Jethwa was on a quest to conquer. His path of destruction included wins over Jim Bishop, Kris Modisette, 9-6, Martin Ramos, 7-2, and Mark Wanner, 7-1. Johnny Griffin plowed through Will Felder, Mark Cardenas, Alex Cardenas, 7-2, and Chris Thompson, 7-2, to meet Jethwa in the final four winners’ side. Ernesto Bayaua took the bull by the horns, defeating Lester Foy, 7-5, Chuck Adams, 7-4, and Brock Temel, 7-2. After recovering from serious health issues, Mike Singleton rejoined the tour and was back on track, besting Kenneth Price, Rene Rodriguez, 9-3, Jacob Watson, 7-3, and Tony Benestante. As the final four on the winners’ side rounded out, Watson rolled on the west side eliminating M. Cardenas, 5-4, Wanner, 5-4, and Guzik, 5-2. After a second round loss to Brock Temel, 9-7, Chase Wheeler won 6 consecutive matches, racking up wins over Adeana Sanchez, 5-0, Brandon Bilbo, 5-4, Martin Ramos, 5-3, Ryan Garcia, 5-2, Tony Benestante, 5-4, and Dalton Riley, 5-4. On the east side, it was Bayaua over Singleton, and Jethwa over Griffin, 7-6. With numerous open division titles to their credit, Bayaua and Jethwa fought equally hard for the hot seat, with Jethwa finishing ahead, 7-6. On the one-loss side, Griffin met and defeated Wheeler, 5-1, and Bayaua eliminated Watson, 5-2. Bayaua went on to eliminate Griffin, 5-2, and Singleton, 5-1, for a Jethwa reckoning. Once again, the two faced-off, exhibiting extreme collection and focus. As the champions traded games, in the end, the result remained the same. Jethwa defeated Bayaua, 7-6, securing his second, consecutive tour victory of the 2016 season! The Poison Lone Star Billiards Tour would like to officially welcome all the new players who attended this event. The next PLSBT event will be held June 11th-12th at Bogies Billiards located at 3040 FM 1960 E., Houston, Texas 77073. The Poison Lone Star Billiards Tour encourages everyone who loves to play pool and compete in a friendly atmosphere, to attend an event. For more information, visit ( Please “Like” us on Facebook/LoneStarTour and “Follow” us at Twitter/LoneStarTour09.

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Tom Simpson


June/July 2016

Let’s take a close look at how we line up our body with the shot. There are a number of very simple body alignments that can make it easier to shoot straight. If you’ve been playing a long time and are pretty good, you’re probably already doing most of them. This is worth a close look. If you’re off somewhere, making the change should make a difference for you. Look at any shot. As you stand behind the cueball, you can see “the line of the shot.” That’s the line the cueball must travel to hit the object ball or rail (or other target) precisely where you intend. How we choose that exact line is related to what we want to accomplish, our current ability level, and the various aiming adjustments we make to compensate for throw, english, squirt, etc. Choosing that line is not the issue here. The issue at hand is “What’s the best (simplest, most comfortable, most effective, most consistent, easy to remember, easy to check) way to arrange our body around the stick to produce a good, straight stroke and send the cueball down the line of the shot?” Our job as pool players is to produce a consistent, straight, fluid stroke that moves the cueball down the shot line at the right speed and with the right spin. What I’d like you to think about is making good use of your skeleton. We can simplify our job if we align our skeleton well. The better we align our skeleton, the less we have to rely on muscle and various swoops and on-the-fly stroke/aim adjustments. The point I want to drive home is that if we line up well, it’s way easier to hit what we’re aiming at, and to do it consistently and effortlessly. OK. We know where the line of the shot is. Now, imagine there is a vertical plane (a wall) running through that line. There are a bunch of body parts we’re going to align with that plane: • Bridge – This is obvious, but make sure your bridge is planted precisely, and is not pulling to one side or the other. • Grip – Again, obvious. Make sure your grip is as light as possible. The tighter you grip, the more you’ll tend to pull the stick off line during the stroke. • Stroke Arm – This is a big one. Your entire arm – forearm, elbow, upper arm, and shoulder should


be in the vertical plane. Watch out for wrists curled in or out, elbow tucked in or flying out on the hit stroke. Have someone check you out from front and back. You might be off vertical a little, and not be able to see it or feel it yourself. • Aiming Eye – Obviously, you want to be able to see directly down the line of the shot. Don’t worry about which eye is dominant – just make sure you feel you are seeing straight down the line. Check to make sure your eyes are level. Many players (especially older ones) bend lower than their flexibility allows, so their head tilts a bit. • Chin – Try to get your chin directly over the stick. How can you get your eye and your chin over the stick, and keep your eyes level? Try turning your face (just a little) toward the appropriate side. Check yourself by lowering your chin to the stick once in a while. • Back Foot – The stick should generally run over the top of your back foot. If you find you can’t do that, or can’t get your eye over the cue, your foot placement might be the culprit. With your back foot angled forward a little, try moving the front foot forward a foot or so and out to the side a foot or so from where the back foot is. This will put you in a pretty neutral position. Adjust from there until you can see down the cue, and you feel balanced and comfortable. These are guidelines. Since everyone’s body is different, not everyone will find that all of these alignments are workable. Very tall, very short, and very heavy players usually need some adjustments. A good instructor can help with the adjustments. This approach is intended to get most players arranged into an alignment that makes it easier to see down the line and send the cueball down the line. These alignments can help you stroke more consistently and with less interference from muscle and from limbs that naturally want to move in some direction other than straight. As with any change in your fundamentals, you may experience a decline in your game for a while, but if the change is a good one and you stick with it, you’ll come back stronger. Let’s get straight – and get better.


STEFANO PELINGA Stefano Pelinga (born 1964) hails from Rome, Italy, where he has served since 1985 as a police officer for the Italian government (Polizia di Stato), until his retirement in 2011. He began to play pool at the age of 12, drawing inspiration from his favorite singer and actor, Dean Martin. Stefano, currently a 5-time World Champion in Pool Trick Shots, won several titles in Italy in straight pool and nine-ball throughout the late 1970s and 1980s. In 1990, he devoted himself entirely to “Artistic Pool,” commonly referred to in its practice as “Trick Shots.” Due to his outstanding achievements, Stefano is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest Trick Shot champions in the history of the sport, and has earned a spot in ESPN’s Trick Shot Magic Hall of Fame. Most importantly, on November 17, 2012, Stefano was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. In the presence of approximately 500 VIP guests and many sports stars such as Tommy Lasorda, Mike Piazza, Tony Esposito and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Stefano was awarded this honor, becoming a member of this group of legendary Italian Americans.

I personally like this shot a lot and like most of the shots I prefer, it can come in handy in regular pool games. If we master how to approach the tips of the pockets, a new world of solutions will open up for us. Place the Cue Ball frozen to the long-rail jaw of the corner pocket, just like shown in the diagram. Surround it with 5-6 Obstacle Balls placed in a circle that roughly joins the 2 closest diamonds to that pocket. Place your Object Ball (the Yellow Ball in the diagram) by the opposite corner pocket. On a 9-foot table with regular size pockets as well as on 7-foot Diamond tables, you can use your regular, full length cue for this shot. On most 7-foot tables or on 9-foot tables with shimmed pockets, you may need to use your jump cue. A sharp aim is the major requirement to successfully and precisely jump out of this tough situation and pocket the OB at the same time. As you will notice, this time I used the lower diagram not only to show you where to hit the CB but also how to aim into the tip of the pocket. In this shot you need to have the tip of the opposite jaw at exactly 1/3 of the CB’s diameter. Then jack up your cue by 25⁰ circa and use a 2 o’clock and 2 tips of English on the CB, with a 2.5 speed stroke. I recommend using a close bridge for more control and accuracy and, most importantly, just poking the CB with a quick snap of your wrist, as you don’t really have any room to follow-through. The CB should jump off the tip of the pocket, over the Obstacle Balls and hit the first rail just above the side pocket in order to hit two more rails and pocket the OB in the corner. By using the same principle and slightly adjusting our aim, we can send the CB just about anywhere on the table. So start practicing right away to impress your friends and beat your opponents.


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Close Approach

At the start of a first lesson with a new student, the first thing I do is size up their basic ability and look for obvious problems. You might think I could just ask them, but pool players for the most part seem unable to see their own weaknesses. In that regard, they’re pretty much like all people. Anyway, a recent student was doing fairly well with the preliminary shots until we got to the follow shot in the diagram. The goal is to pocket the 1 ball and follow down to the end rail, leaving the cue ball within a diamond of the cushion. When I watched from pocket P with my head just above the pocket, everything looked pretty good: straight cue movement, head over the shot and still, and a nice even swing, very little body movement. But the student was having a real hard time getting the cue ball down to the cushion. Even with a firm stroke the cue ball would sometimes drift forward only a foot or two. This lack of cue ball action with good stick speed can only happen on this shot if the tip is not hitting the cue ball high enough. To see how high the student was hitting the ball, I moved to S to see the height of the tip on the cue ball. The problem was visible immediately -- more accurately, I couldn’t see where the student was going to hit the ball and neither could he. When the student was done with his warm-up strokes and about to take the final back stroke and power stroke, he stopped the cue at the point shown in the diagram, back from the ball maybe three or four inches. In fact the warm-ups never got any closer than that. From that far back, the spot the tip is going to hit on the cue ball is just guess work. In order to achieve accuracy in position play, you need to control within the thickness of a dime where the tip hits the ball because that is going to determine how much spin you put on the cue ball. The easy way to see where the tip will hit the ball is to bring the tip up to the ball at the end of your warm-ups and stop it within a quarter-inch of the ball. Then if you bring the stick straight back and straight through on the power stroke the tip ends where it began and you have excellent control over your spin. A second benefit is that the final stroke is a lot more like your warm-up strokes if you don’t have to add an extra three inches to the motion. Here’s a practice for you. See if you can shoot the shot as shown and follow to within six inches of the end rail five times in a row. Notice that the cue ball is a little less than a diamond from the object ball. Try the draw shot as well to leave the cue ball within


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a diamond of the other end rail. If you have trouble with consistency on these shots, you may have an approach problem. Have a friend stand at S and tell you when you are in “ready” position how many quarter inches (or tip thicknesses) the tip is from the cue ball. Work to get that down to no more than a half-inch of clearance. If you have no friends handy, and your depth perception is lacking as well, get a small mirror and stand it on it’s side at M to let you see from the side while you’re in position. I found a small mirror with a protective plastic rim in the cosmetics department that is perfect for the job. When it comes to accurate English, you want to be close to your work.

TOURNAMENT PREPARATION Good preparation is about having a consistent warm-up routine for your body and mind before match play. Be sure to follow the steps below to prepare yourself for success:


Anthony Beeler is a 2013 BCA National 9-Ball team champion. He also finished 9th out of 1086 players in the 2013 BCA National 8-Ball Championships. He is a certified Level 3 instructor for the American CueSports Alliance and is the founder of Maximize Your Potential Billiards Academy located in Bradfordsville, Kentucky. Beeler is also a fully licensed Kentucky Educator having, received his bachelor’s degree at Campbellsville University and his master’s degree in Education Leadership at Eastern Kentucky University. Throughout his pool-playing career Anthony has won over 300 tournaments and has defeated numerous professional players in tournament competition.

Fuel for Battle: The first thing that you need to consider is eating a healthy meal. You also need to drink plenty of water—it has been proven that being dehydrated lowers your ability to perform well, and if you’re thirsty, it’s time to give your body what it’s asking for. It is also important to eat the right amount of food. You don’t want to be hungry, but you don’t want to be too full either. You should eat foods that are healthy for you. Snacks like apples, bananas, or nuts will help maintain positive energy levels. 2. Warm-Up Mentally: As you are driving to the poolroom, play through a match in your mind and imagine running out. Don’t start thinking about the score; just imagine what it feels like to play a positive game of pool where you put a good stroke on each and every shot. The idea is to “ingrain” positive images into your subconscious, which will give you a better chance of making those images into a reality when you play. 3. Follow a Consistent Routine: Watch any of the top professionals and their pre-match routines. They always prepare for success and you need to as well. I strongly recommend following the same plan over and over. If it takes you fifteen minutes to warm up, be sure to get to the table early so that you can get yourself in stroke. 4. Warm-Up with Easy Shots: Simple shots struck with a medium speed are a great way to start coordinating both your physical and mental abilities. Always remember to visualize what you plan to do and try to start developing a feel for your surroundings. One of your primary goals during warm-up should be to develop positive feelings. 5. Develop a “Feel” for the Table: As you warm up with simple shots, try to play as many different shots as you can from a variety of cut angles. This will help you develop positive feelings as you start to get your creative

juices flowing. This will also help you get familiar with the speed of the table. 6. No Mechanical Thoughts: Resist your temptation to start thinking about stroke mechanics. You need to start playing, and that involves visualizing shots and trusting in your stroke. Honestly, there’s no correlation between your warm-up and how you are going to finish. 7. other thing that you need to do is practice the pre-shot routine that you’ll be using before each and every shot. This sets a solid foundation for a high-quality performance and is the only thing you can completely control while you are at the table. A good pre-shot routine also gives you something to focus on other than external distractions. 8. Have a Positive Attitude: This component requires for you to have fun and enjoy yourself. Tell yourself that you’re going to love playing no matter how well you play. After all, pool isn’t your profession. If you don’t have to win in order to pay your bills, there really shouldn’t be any pressure on how you perform. 9. No Expectations: No matter how well you might have been playing, you must understand that sometimes it’s just not meant to be. The balls are loyal to no one and sometimes they just won’t let you win. 10. Focus on the Process: The fact that you have no idea what’s going to happen during your next match is actually pretty exciting. The only real thing within your control is the process of putting a good stroke on the cue ball time after time. Following your pre-shot routine should be one of your primary goals for match play. Following a strict process will distract you from things that could negatively impact your performance.


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Omega Billiards 2016 ACS National Men’s Open 9-Ball Team 1st $1800 Hammertime 2nd $1000 Forced Kin 3rd $700 Asylum 4th $470 Hammertime 2 5/6th $300 Brass Bell Kickin Chickin 7/8th $200 Poke & Hope Senior Discount

MEN’S OPEN 9-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS HAMMERTIME: Davyn Arscott, Wentzell Blair, Thomas Joyce

Men’s Advanced 9-Ball Teams 1st $1500 Dick’s Pick 2nd $1300 Gotta Have It 3rd $840 Las Vegas Cue Club 4th $500 Brass Bell

The tantalizing allure of many events in which to play throughout Men’s Advanced 8-Ball Team a week of pool camaraderie and great dates convenient to most 1st $2500 Brass Bell independent leagues at the end of their seasonal league play 2nd $1500 Dick’s Pick fueled a 10% jump in entries at the 12th edition of the Omega Billiards ACS National Championships, produced by the American CueSports Alliance (ACS), May 7-14, 2016.

MEN’S ADVANCED 9-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS DICK’S PICK: Mike Hutcheson, Donny Branson, Richard Pickle, Chris Akey, Dave Datillo finals for the top Open 8-Ball Scotch Doubles award!

Awards were claimed in nine different divisions of 8-Ball Singles. Among the top skill brackets, undefeated Dustin Gunia (Omaha, NE) outpaced young Mike Robinson (Calgary, AB) for the Men’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles title; defending champ Bernie Store (Phoenix, AZ) double-dipped Tara Williams (Fort Worth, TX) for the Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles crown; while Tim Pidborochynski (Edmonton, AB) Action began with 9-ball and 8-ball Singles defeated Scott Knack (Circle Pines, MN) two sets in and Scotch Doubles play, as Darrel Fredrickson the finals for the Men’s Open 8-Ball Singles laurels, (Duluth, MN) outpaced the Men’s 9-Ball Singles and Janine Robinson (Bullhead City, AZ) remained field in this handicapped format to march undefeated in outpointing her final’s opponent undefeated to the title match – outdueling Trina Blackman (Cold Lake, AB) for the Women’s his final’s higher-rated opponent Bill Duggan Open 8-Ball Singles title. Teammates James Wiebe (Virginia Beach, VA) for the crown. On the (Edmonton, AB) and Nigel Darius (Edmonton, AB) Women’s 9-Ball Singles side, Gina Quinones (Las wrestled for the Men’s Standard 8-Ball Singles crown, Vegas, NV) claimed the hot seat and then took WOMEN’S OPEN 8-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS advantage of a one-game spot to overcome the with undefeated Wiebe emerging victorious, while STROKERS LADIES: Connie Featherston, Christine Avila, powerful game of Tara Williams (Fort Worth, Paula Branton (Hamilton, ON) – after many years Yvette Villarreal, Esther Castaneda TX) for the laurels. The Advanced 8-Ball Scotch of trying – finally claimed a national championship Doubles championship was claimed by the power with a two-sets finals win over Mandy Lay (McAlester, Men’s Standard 8-Ball Team duo of Dustin Gunia & Jessica Frideres (NE/IA) over finalists OK) in the Women’s Standard 8-Ball Singles division. In the 1st $1500 Comrades Larry Eans & Bernie Store (AZ). Jason Osborn & Danielle aged divisions, Ian Joyce (White Lake, MI) fell one set short 2nd $1000 3 Shades of Grey Roberts (NV) double-dipped Gord & Gail Gee (AB, CAN) in the of defending his Men’s Senior 8-Ball Singles (55+) title, falling 3rd $750 Wolfmen 4th $545 P Noise 5/6th $375 Don’t Hold It Against Us Tony’s Tigers II 7/8th $275 Screaming Pterodactyls Shuswap Hustlers

MEN’S OPEN 8-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS SENIOR DISCOUNT: Doug Callahan, Scott Knack, James Coffey, Scott Leffring, Tom Anderson


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Men’s Standard 9-Ball Teams 1st $1000 PA Misfitz X 2 2nd $750 Rack Em 3rd $570 Screaming Pterodactyls #2 4th $450 Wolfmen 5/6th $330 Don’t Hold It Against Us Raw Dawgs 7/8th $210 3 Shades of Grey Pool Hall Junkies

MEN’S ADVANCED 8-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS BRASS BELL: Dave Perry, Harry Kernodle,Richie Price, Sean O’Neil, Joe Wood, Tom Czaplicki

Championships Enjoy Growth Spurt Men’s Open 8-Ball Team 1st $3000 Senior Discount 2nd $2000 Awakening 3rd $1500 Bull Shooters 4th $1100 Hammertime 5/6th $800 PA Misfitz Royz Boyz 7/8th $550 8 Balls a Fire Segen Cues

MEN’S STANDARD 9-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS PA MISFITZ x 2: Ryan Keeney, Ralph Creamer, Jeff Hawn, John Sheldon in the deciding set to Steve Hansen (Dallas, TX); defending champion Linda Asleson (Billings, MT) recovered from a winner’s bracket final’s loss to Lynn McGarry (Grand Forks, ND) to avenge her results against McGarry in two sets for her third straight Women’s Senior 8-Ball Singles (50+) crown! Roy Skenandore (Green Bay, WI), a past Super Senior 8-Ball Singles (65+) champion, almost claimed another national title, but was overtaken in two sets by new winner, Bill Mason (Virginia Beach, VA), for the top award!

Men’s Senior 8-Ball Singles 1st $1390 Steve Hansen 2nd $1000 Ian Joyce 3rd $700 Kim Bohnet 4th $500 Mark Jones 5/6th $400 Gerald Brown Steven Page

MEN’S SENIOR 8-BALL SINGLES: 2nd Ian Joyce, 1st Steve Hansen, 3rd Kim Bohnet Instinct (VA) [Barbara Yeager, Jacki Duggan and Angie Rowe]; 3). Hammertime (AB, CAN) [Davyn Arscott, Wentzel Blair and Thomas Joyce] double-dipping Forced Kin (AB, CAN) [James Blackman, Nigel Darius, James Wiebe and Lucas Mattice] for the Men’s/Mixed Open 9-Ball Team title; 4). The Triad (VA) [Connie Eddins, Mary Davis, Chrissy Banks and Iris Cabatit] taking out Handle It (CA) [Cony Mendoza, Annette Wood, Shawn Modelo, Holly Robinson and Stacy Wilson] in one set for the Women’s Open 9-Ball Team crown; and 5). PA Misfitz x 2 (PA) [Jeff Hawn, Don Sheldon, Ralph Creamer and Ryan Keeney] outlasting Rack ‘Em (VA) [Gene Hill, Kenny Oakey, Raul Dacumos and Steve Jeffries] in two sets for the Men’s/Mixed Standard 9-Ball Team honors!

The latter portions of the week showcased 3-person 9-ball Team divisions each morning and 4/5-person 8-ball Team competitions each afternoon and evening. Five 9-ball divisions – each based on team Six 8-ball divisions – each based on team skill levels skill levels assigned to their respective division WOMEN’S ADVANCED 8-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS assigned to their respective division - featured: 1). featured: 1). Men’s/Mixed Advanced 9-Ball Team AL’S HIDEOUT: Katrina Lyman, Chris Holl, Brass Bell (VA) [Dave Perry, Harry Kernodle, Richie play ending with undefeated Dick’s Pick (NV) Judy Ninke, Kelly Birmingham Price, Sean O’Neil, Joe Wood and Tom Czaplicki] [Donny Branson, Dave Datillo, Mike Hutcheson and Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Team remained undefeated in the triple-elimination format to outlast Chris Akey] outpointing Gotta Have It (NE) [Jerrod Frideres, 1st $2000 Al’s Hideout Dick’s Pick (NV) [Greg Kuhl, Donny Branson, Chris Akey, Jessica Frideres and Dustin Gunia[ for the Championship; 2). 2nd $1350 The Force Lyn Wechsler, Jason Kane and Amy Kane] for the Men’s/Mixed Women’s Advanced 9-Ball Team finals having undefeated The 3rd $850 Pure Instinct Advanced 8-Ball Teams championship; 2). defending champion Force (NV) [Katy Moore, Gina Quinones, Christina Gonzalez 4th $500 Coach’s Corner Ladies Al’s Hideout (WI) [Judy Ninke, Katrina Lyman, Chris Holl and Debra Aarens] remaining so with a one-set victory over Pure Men’s Super Senior 8-Ball Singles 1st $1200 Bill Mason 2nd $830 Roy Skenandore 3rd $600 Kenny Wayman 4th $400 David Dattilo 5/6th $270 Michael Navarre Richard Arensdorf 7/8th $200 Davie Estep Dexter Gondo

MEN’S STANDARD 8-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS: COMRADES Tom Zack, Omead Sepehrara,Tom Morgan, Erwin Elhan, Ron Deemer, Kevin Pangayow

Women’s Open 8-Ball Team 1st $2000 Strokers Ladies 2nd $1000 We Aint Skeered 3rd $605 Lady Cues 4th $400 Bad Inglesh

SUPER SENIOR 8-BALLSINGLES: 2nd Roy Skenandore, 1st Bill Mason, 3rd Kenny Wayman


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Omega Billiards 2016 ACS National Women’s Open 9-Ball Team 1st $1200 The Triad 2nd $760 Handle It 3rd $500 PA Hot Pockets 4th $300 Okie Angels Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

WOMEN’S STANDARD 8-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS SNAP SHOTZ: Dollie Thomas, Jackie Akins,Tonya Green, Valerie Porter, Barbara Ivey and Kelly Nickl] took the undefeated route in claiming the Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Teams title over The Force (NV) [Christina Gonzalez, Christina Jeff, Debra Aarens, Gina Quinones, Katy Moore and Pamela Fletcher]; 3). Senior Discount (MN) [Scott Knack, Doug Callahan, James Coffey, Scott Leffring and Tom Anderson] double-dipping The Awakening (AB, CAN) for the Men’s/Mixed Open 8-Ball Teams laurels; 4). two Texas teams vying for the Women’s Open 8-Ball Teams crown, with Strokers Ladies [Christine Avila, Connie Featherston, Esther Castaneda, Jeannette Martinez and Yvette Villarreal] out shooting We Ain’t Skeered (NV) [Connie Svoboda, Janey Ybarra, Sandy Harrington and Teri Bridwell] in one set; 5). Comrades (GA) [Tom Zack, Omead Sepehrara, Thomas Morgan, Erwin Elhan, Ron Deemer and Kevin Pangayow] grasping the Men’s/ Mixed Standard 8-Ball Teams honors from 3 Shades of Grey (VA) [Evan Chenevert, Kirk

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Bernie Store Tara Williams Jessica Frideres Bonnie Hunkins

Women’s Standard 8-Ball Team 1st $1200 Snap Shotz 2nd $800 LV Cue Club Aloha Team 3rd $500 Pu Tang Clan 4th $250 Miss Cues

WOMEN’S OPEN 9-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS THE TRIAD: Chrissy Banks, Connie Eddins, Mary Davis, Iris Cabatit

ADVANCED 8-BALL SCOTCH DOUBLES: 2nd Larry Eans/Bernie Store, 1st Jessica Frideres/Dustin Gunia

OPEN 8-BALL SCOTCH DOUBLES: Danielle Roberts/Jason Osborn

Densmore, Mark Dancel, Mark Spangler, Ray Reyna and Thomas Darawan] in one set; and 6). Snap Shotz (CA) [Dollie Thomas, Jackie Akins, Tonya Green, Valerie Porter and Barbara Ivey] closing out its tournament magically by winning the deciding game of the deciding set over LV Cue Club Aloha Team (NV) [Celeste Smith, Christy Lipps, Danielle Roberts, Joy Hutcheson, Marilyn Kameahola and Sharon Gottschalk] for Women’s Standard 8-Ball Teams title. The ACS wishes to thank its main sponsor, Omega Billiards, and its very popular host venue, the Tropicana Las Vegas, and we look forward to hosting the Omega Billiards 2017 ACS Nationals at the Tropicana Las Vegas, in May 13-20! Any pool league is qualified to sanction with ACS. For more information on sanctioning or dualsanctioning your league with the ACS ($10/player annual sanction fee), contact the ACS at info@ or 920-662-1705.

Women’s Senior 8-Ball Singles 1st $1000 Linda Asleson 2nd $720 Lynn McGarry 3rd $460 Valerie Porter 4th $300 Sandy Chamberlain Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles

1st $2300 Bernie Store 2nd $1500 Tara Williams 3rd $1000 Jessica Frideres 4th $500 Bonnie Hunkins

WOMEN’S ADVANCED 9-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS THE FORCE: Katy Moore, Gina Quinones, Christina Gonzalez, Debra Aarens


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Women’s Advanced 9-Ball Team 1st $1500 The Force 2nd $1020 Pure Instinct 3rd $620 Al’s Hideout 4th $390 Coach’s CornerLadies

WOMEN’S SENIOR 8-BALL SINGLES: 3rd Valeria Porter, 2nd Lynn McGarry, 1st Linda Asleson

Championships Enjoy Growth Spurt Men’s Open 8-Ball Singles 1st $2500 Tim Pidborochynski 2nd $1835 Scott Knack 3rd $1300 Jenman Luk 4th $1000 Tom Czaplicki 5/6th $700 Roy Peck III Thomas Joyce 7/8th $500 Doug Lowe Ryan Holmes

WOMEN’S ADVANCED 8-BALL SINGLES: 1st Bernie Store, 2nd Tara Williams, 3rd Jessica Frideres

WOMEN’S OPEN 8-BALL SINGLES: 1st Janine Robinson, 2nd Trina Blackman

WOMEN’S STANDARD 8-BALL SINGLES: 2nd Mandy Lay, 1st Paula Branton, 3rd Sharon Gottschalk

Women’s Open 8-Ball Singles

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Men’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles 1st $2500 Dustin Gunia 2nd $1500 Mike Robinson 3rd $1000 Geno Galarneau 4th $500 Danny Garza 5/6th $300 Danny Petralba David Boone 7/8th $200 Dennis Porth Mike Eklund Men’s 9-Ball Singles 1st $1500 Darrel Fredrickson 2nd $1100 Bill Duggan 3rd $800 T.J. Arch 4th $545 Mike Robinson 5/6th $350 Ray Skenandore Russ Redhead 7/8th $250 Bill Mason, Dennis Porth

MEN’S ADVANCED 8-BALL SINGLES: 2nd Mike Robinson, 1st Dustin Gunia

MEN’S 9-BALL SINGLES: 2nd Bill Duggan, 1st Darrel Fredrickson

Men’s Standard 8-Ball Singles

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WOMEN’S OPEN 9-BALL SINGLES: 2nd Tara Williams, 1st Gina Quinones

Janine Robinson Trina Blackman Amy Kane Melanie Jacobs

Advanced 8-Ball Scotch Doubles 1st $1000 Jessica Frideres/Dustin Gunia 2nd $630 Bernie Store/Larry Eans 3rd $440 Jacki Duggan/Bill Duggan 4th $300 Shawn Modelo/Paul Deluna 65/6th $200 Rachel Petersen/Marlan Isbell Samantha Patton/Calvin Gulley Open 8-Ball Scotch Doubles 1st $2000 Danielle Roberts/Jason Osborn 2nd $1300 Gail Gee/Gord Gee 3rd $820 Levona Lowe/Doug Lowe 4th $600 Candace Norem/Tom Auston 5/6th $400 Sandra Raber/Russ Redhead, Cathy Kelley/Tony Denton 7/8th $300 Davyn Arscott/Tracy Shannacappo Mary Griffin/David Griffin 9-12th $225 Janice Moseychuck/Adam Cormier Margaret Camalleri/Ralph Creamer Rosa Rios/Darrell Cole Tarri Lehman/Tommy Lloyd

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Women’s 9-Ball Singles 1st $700 Gina Quinones 2nd $440 Tara Williams 3rd $300 Kit Dennis 4th $200 Stacy Allsup Women’s Standard 8-Ball Singles 1st $1200 Paula Branton 2nd $750 Mandy Lay 3rd $545 Sharon Gottschalk 4th $400 Charlene LeFrance 5/6th $300 Katherine Thomas Penny Arrenegado 7/8th $200 Connie Foschi Patty Sangster

MEN’S STANDARD 8-BALL SINGLES 2nd Nigel Darius, 1st James Wiebe

MEN’S OPEN 8-BALL SINGLES 2nd Scott Knack, 1st Tim Pidorochynski, 3rd Jenman Luk


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Karen Corr Turns Heads Again as She Enters and Wins Yet Another JPNEWT Tour Stop!

l-r: Karen Corr, Melissa Jenkins, Meredith Lynch, Kia Sidbury, Sharon O’Hanlon, Sueyen Rhee, Linda Shea

Once again, heads turned as Karen Corr showed up for the fourth tour stop of the J.Pechauer NorthEast Women’s Tour (JPNEWT). Triple Nines was the setting with the owner, Stan, allowing the ladies to virtually take over his room for more than twelve hours on Saturday, June 11th, and most of the day Sunday, June 12th. Twenty-three players entered to test their skills, in the $1,000 added event ($500 from Coins of the Realm, and $500 from Triple Nines). It was luck of the draw that newcomer Dina DiGregorio, playing only her second event, was paired up against Karen Corr for their first match. Losing to Corr, Dina took it in stride, and eked out a hill/hill victory over her next opponent, Kathy Friend, on the B-side, only to lose to Teri Thomas, after a long and arduous safety battle. Karen blasted through the field, and gave up only five racks in her first three matches--Dina (7-0), Judie Wilson (7-2), and Sueyen Rhee (7-3); until she was paired up with tour director Linda Shea, who managed five racks of her own, before she too was sent to the B-side. On the other half of the A bracket, Kia Sidbury was soundly defeating all comers, including Gina Hartman (7-3), Brit Rapp (7-2), and Nicole Fleming (7-4), when she got stalled in a hill/hill match with Sharon O’Hanlon. Kia squeaked out a win against Sharon, to face Karen on Sunday, where she scored one game, before Karen took the hot seat. Meanwhile, Sueyen Rhee, having been defeated by Karen in the third round, narrowly defeated Heather Platter in a hill/hill match, and continued her climb back in the next four matches, with wins against Melissa Jenkins (7-2), Sharon O’Hanlon (7-2), Linda Shea (7-4), and Kia Sidbury (7-4), to face Karen Corr in the finals.


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Linda Shea got three respectable wins, and Sharon O’Hanlon racked up two wins, before facing Sueyen Rhee on the B-side. Sharon succumbed to Sueyen first (7-2), and neither Linda, nor Kia Sidbury, were able to shake Sueyen out of her bid to face Karen again, both scoring four games each against her. It was no surprise that Karen dominated with a 7-3 victory over Sueyen, going undefeated again. As many of the ladies of JPNEWT will tell you, you always learn from playing Karen Corr, and all are hoping to learn enough to beat her. Thanks to Stan Nasiatka and Triple Nines Bar & Billiards for hosting this event! Thanks to all of our tour sponsors: J.Pechauer Custom Cues, Coins of the Realm, Britanya Rapp, and Ozone Billiards! Thanks to our qualifier spot sponsors: Markley Billiards, Baltimore City Cues, and Sueyen Rhee & Associates Real Estate, and cue ball sponsor Pauline Mattes!

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It was another fiery start for Houston’s Ricki Casper who took the 31-player field by storm at the third Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour 9-ball event of 2016. Casper constructed a wave of destruction, taking down formidable WPBA Player Kim “Texas Heat” Pierce in the final, and going undefeated to win her second tour event of the season. The event was hosted by Ariana’s in Houston, Texas, and along with tour sponsors Delta-13 Rack www., and the APA of North Harris County, facilitated a very successful event. Ariana’s catered to 31 Gulf Coast Tour players, offering free play on all bar tables, and providing free food for the entire event. The tour would like to thank Ariana’s owners, Minh and Bill Hammond, and staff, for their gracious hospitality and years of continued support!

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On the battle field, 2015 Gulf Coast Tour Champion, Ricki Casper, fought her way through a distinguished

Kim Pierce field of talent, booking wins over Kasey Mikoljczyk, 7-0, Jennifer Dooley, 7-3, and Angie Payne. Teresa Garland made her way to the final four winners’ side, ousting D’Andrea McQuirter, 7-1, Tiffany Mundie, 7-3, and Theresa Gutierrez, 7-4. Gail Roles took down Lisa Pinkston, 7-3, Regine Delores, 7-3, and Yvonne Asher, 7-5. The final four winners’ side rounded out and the one-loss side took shape, as Theresa Gutierrez eliminated Loretta Lindgren, 4-3, Angie Payne ousted Tangela Hunt, 4-0, Tiffany Mundie overwhelmed Joyce Davis, 4-1, and Liz Mitchel overcame Yvonne Asher, 4-2. Back on the east side, Pierce defeated Roles, and it was Casper over Garland, 5-4. Casper went on to defeat Pierce for the hot seat, 5-4. On west side, Garland ousted Mundie, and Roles eliminated Payne, 4-1. Garland ended Roles, 4-2, but fell to Pierce, 4-1. With that victory, Pierce earned another shot at Casper, and the title. In the finals, both players remained focused until the bitter end. At 4-4, Casper


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pulled ahead to secure her second tour victory of the year. The tour would like to offer special congratulations to Gail Roles and Tangela Hunt, who achieved their highest finishes to date in their billiards careers, and welcome its newest members, Joyce Davis and Lisa Pinkston. Newcomer Joyce Davis also made a spectacular debut, finishing in the money in her first event. The Gulf Coast Tour looks forward to seeing many more outstanding accomplishments from its players! The Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour is open to players of all ages and skill levels, however, the top 32 WPBA Exempt Professionals are not permitted to participate. The next event will be the Gulf Coast’s “WPBA 40th Anniversary Event” held on Saturday, June 11th, 2016, at Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar, located at 3040 FM 1960 E., Houston, Texas, 77073. For more information about the Gulf Women’s Regional Tour, please visit “Follow” us on Twitter @gulfcoasttour and “Like” us on Facebook @gulfcoasttour1. 1st $390 2nd $275 3rd $160 4th $110 5th/6th $50 7th/8th $25

RESULTS & PAYOUTS Ricki Casper Kim Pierce Teresa Garland Gail Roles Angie Payne, Tiffany Mundie Theresa Gutierrez, Liz Mitchel

The WPBA (Women’s Professional Billiard Association) is the governing body of women’s professional billiards in the U.S., and this year, celebrates its 40th anniversary. The Gulf Coast Tour is a sanctioned, WPBA Regional Tour, a part of the grass roots system that feeds the WPBA Pro Billiards Tour. Amateur and semi-professional, female players, who aspire to play women’s professional billiards, must qualify through this elite system in order to attain the sought-after title, WPBA Exempt Professional. Have you ever considered taking your game to the next level, looking for a different challenge? Are you tired of the same old week-in, week-out routines deterring the progress of your game? Is it your dream to play in a pro event, or turn pro? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s time to find the WPBA Regional Tour nearest you. Exclusively, WPBA Regional Tour Players gain access to WPBA Pro Event Qualifiers and earn valuable WPBA Regional Tour Points which count toward earning invitations to the prestigious WPBA Regional Tour Championship and WPBA Pro Events. Live your dream, support and become a part of, the longest-running, professional billiard organization in the U.S., the WPBA. If you are interested in starting a WPBA Regional Tour in your area, or participating on a WPBA Regional Tour, please contact the WPBA Office at 1.855.FOR. WPBA or visit

Gail Eaton Gail Eaton, aka “Virginia Slim”, took the Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour by storm during its WPBA 40th Anniversary Event held on June 11th, 2016. Eaton went undefeated, taking on the formidable Natalie Rocha in the finals, and claiming her first victory this season, 7-5. The Gulf Coast Tour hosted its fourth event of the year at Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar in Houston, Texas, thanks to room owners David and Shannon Richardson, and tour sponsors Delta-13 Rack www., and the APA of North Harris County Some of the most talented women in semi-professional pool competed in this one-day event, on (8) 9’ Brunswick Gold Crown professional tables with Simonis Cloth, vying for a place in the Gulf Coast Tour winners’ circle. On the battle field, 2013 Gulf Coast Tour Champion, Gail Eaton, fought her way undefeated, through a distinguished field of talent. The road to the final four winners’ side saw Eaton claim wins over Mercedes Vasquez, 7-1, and Liz Yorek, 7-2, while Ricki Casper ousted Karen Reilly, Teresa Garland, 7-2, and Natalie Mans, 7-3. Kim Pierce, otherwise known as “Texas Heat”, turned up the flames with wins over Tam Trinh, 7-1, and Tangela Hunt, 7-0, while Natalie Rocha defeated Joyce Davis, 7-3, and Terry Petrosino, 7-2. On the one loss side, after losing her second match to Pierce, Trinh eliminated Reilly, 5-2, Tiffany Mundie, 5-2, Yorek, 5-3, and Mans, 5-3. In similar fashion, Bonnie Mason, who lost her first round to Davis, 7-6, ousted Amber Keithley, 5-2, Yvonne Ramirez, 5-3, and Hunt, 5-3, before falling to T. Petrosino, 5-2. Back on the east side, Eaton overcame Casper, 7-4, while Rocha sent Pierce west, 7-2. On the west side, Casper eliminated T. Petrosino, 5-3, and Trinh fell to Pierce, 5-3. The hot seat match saw Eaton take down Rocha, 7-2, as Pierce slid by Casper on the one loss side, 5-4. Unfortunately for Pierce, the rematch with Rocha didn’t go as planned. Rocha advanced, 5-1, staring at a final match-up with

Eaton, and looking for her second win on the Gulf Coast Tour. The finals pitted a former tour champion looking for her first win of the season, and a former event winner, in search of her second, career win. This match-up promised to be nothing short of intense. The final set commenced, as both players exhibited collection and focus, fighting equally hard for the win. When the smoke cleared, it was Eaton who pulled ahead to secure the match, 7-5. Congratulations to Gail Eaton on her first win of the season! In honor of the WPBA’s 40th Anniversary, 25-year WPBA veteran, Gail Eaton, gave a short, heart-felt speech during the players’ meeting about what it has meant to her to be a WPBA Player and Board Member, throughout the years. “It’s good to see people bringing friends, and keep supporting the events, and that feeds back in to the WPBA, and the more the organization can do for you” – Gail Eaton.

repair, which was all well-received. The Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour is open to players of all ages and skill levels, however, the top 32 WPBA Exempt Professionals are not permitted to participate. The next Gulf Coast Tour 9-ball event will be held on Sunday, August 28th, 2016, at Skinny Bob’s Billiards in Round Rock, Texas (SkinnyBobs. com). Free practice begins at 10am, and the players’ meeting begins at 11am. There will also be a Poison Lone Star Billiards Tour 9-ball event beginning on Saturday, August 27th, sign-up 11am-1pm. For more information about the WPBA sanctioned, Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour, please visit www. “Follow” us on Twitter @gulfcoasttour and “Like” us on Facebook @gulfcoasttour1.

Reflecting on the current status of the tour, Kim Newsome, Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour Director, had this to say. “We’re cultivating new players, and we’re now 62 WPBA Members strong. We are producing results. The winner of our September qualifier and our end-of-year point leader will both receive a spot to compete in the 2017 WPBA Masters, not to mention our top players will be invited by the WPBA to participate in the 2017 Regional Tour Championships. It’s an exciting time.” Gulf Coast is happy to announce Natalie Rocha’s “return to competition”, following a bout of serious illness. The tour is thrilled to have her back in action! The tour would also like to recognize Bonnie Mason, who achieved her highest finish to date at this event. Also at this event, Gulf Coast welcomed its newest WPBA Members, Desiree Ruiz and Natalie Mans. Teresa Garland and Tam Trinh staged business booths at this event, and Roger Allen performed cue

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1st $390 2nd $260 3rd $190 4th $80 5th/6th $40


RESULTS & Gail Eaton PAYOUTS Natalie Rocha Kim Pierce Ricki Casper Terry Petrosino, Tam Trinh

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The Jennifer’s vs. Tara but Firecracker Freight Train Just Keeps on Rolling

Top 3 Finishers: (from left to right) Tara Williams, Jennifer Kraber, and Jennifer Yo On the weekend of May 18-19, 2016, OB Cues Ladies Tour made it to one of their favorite stops on the yearly tour calendar at Click’s Billiards in San Antonio. General Manager Miranda Dalka and her exceptional staff extended their awesome hospitality and services the entire two-day weekend. They were superb hosts to 35 players and a large group of fans, friends, and family members who came out to join in the weekend festivities. A strong contingent of players from all over Texas came to try their luck and brought out their best pool playing skills as all were vying for the $800 first place prize money. A big, big thank you to Click’s Billiards and Miranda for supporting the tour and we will most certainly be back next year. Also first and foremost a big high five and utmost thanks to our title sponsor OB Cues. OB Cues, our main sponsor since 2008, is one of the leading pool cues and shafts manufacturers in the world. They have a plethora of quality and intrinsically crafted products to complement your pool playing arsenal. Be sure to check them out at won’t regret it! They are also made in the USA, in Plano, TX to be specific. Thank you OB Cues! To precede with the tournament updates, by day’s end on Saturday, the final eight ladies would continue their winning ways in the Main Event competition on Sunday. The final four in the winner’s bracket pitted the three Jennifer’s in the tournament, against the lone stand-out, Tara. Facing each other early Sunday was Jennifer Pavlovick (Grand Prairie) vs Tara Williams (Ft. Worth) and Jennifer Kraber (Austin) vs. Jennifer Yo (also of Austin). The four ladies returning on the one loss side were Terry Petrosino (Spring) vs. Kim Pierce (Austin) and Orietta Strickland (Dallas) vs. Natalie Mans (League City). 7th-8th finishers were Kim Pierce and Orietta Strickland. 5th-6th places went to Jennifer Pavlovick and Natalie Mans. 4th place winner was Terry Petrosino and 3rd place winner Jennifer Yo. Jennifer Pavlovick has had a couple of high finishes this year already and we hope to see her continued winning ways in more OB stops throughout this year. Good shooting Jennifer—keep up the great work! Tara Williams made her way through Saturday with wins over Barbara Wisdom (74), Corina Campbell (7-3), and Krystal West (7-0). On Sunday, she continued her undefeated run and to earn a spot at the hot seat with another win over Jennifer Pavlovick (7-0). On the other side of the winner’s bracket, Jennifer Yo was making her way through her Saturday matches, posting wins over some tough opponents. She had wins over Frances Marron (7-1), Michelle Cortez (7-6), and Kim Pierce (7-5). On Sunday morning, she continued her run besting Jennifer Kraber (7-6)


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for her spot in the hot seat match. In the hot seat match, Tara jumped to a quick lead and didn’t look back, winning her spot in the finals against Jennifer Yo (7-3). For the 3rd place match, we knew Jennifer would be the victor but we didn’t know which one. Jennifer Kraber didn’t allow Jennifer Yo to keep as close as she had in the winner’s side match and defeated Jennifer Yo (7-3). This would then allow Tara the opportunity to challenge all of the Jennifer’s on Sunday. Big congratulations to Jennifer Yo for this being her highest finish to date in any OB stop. Jennifer was the 2015 OB Cues Ladies Tour Best Sportswoman recipient and we know that she is truly an asset to the tour and we wish her well in continued success in future OB events. In the finals, in the true double elimination format, Jennifer Kraber would need to beat Tara twice in order to win the event. Both players started out the match strong, but Tara prevailed to win her third tournament of the year. Congratulations to both ladies for a great event! With this third win in 2016 and the last two wins of 2015 for Tara, she broke her own consecutive win record with five wins in a row. Congratulations for an awesome accomplishment Tara! Keep on keepin’ on! Special recognition and thanks to OB Cues our main tournament sponsor. If you want to get serious about your game, check out OB Cues at Also many thanks and love to all our families, fans, supporters—we greatly appreciate each and every one of you. Also to the many, many ladies/ players/ friends who traveled from near and far; we loved seeing you all again and greatly appreciate you making the journey to play on the OB Cues Ladies Tour. We look forward to seeing everyone once again at Stop #4 – CK’s Billiards in Dallas, Texas, June 25-26th weekend. Good Pool, Good Friends, Good Times – we are the OB Cues Ladies Tour!!!!! Check us out at or Facebook/obcuestour Tournament Results & Payouts: $2000 added – 35 players 1st $800 Tara Williams 2nd $640 Jennifer Kraber Best of the Rest Results 3rd $465 Jennifer Yo - $100 added - 8 players 4th $345 Terry Petrosino 1st $100 Kawania Watson 5th/6th $175 Jennifer Pavlovick, Natalie Mans 2nd $65 Monica Anderson 7th/8th $100 Kim Pierce, Orietta Strickland 3rd $15 Julie Enzensperger

Cam Salim Gaisar Captures Omega Billiards Tour Title at Fox and Hound


3rd Nick Evans,

2nd Tony Sular,

On the weekend of June 4-5, the Omega Billiards Tour was hosted by Fox and Hound in Dallas, Texas. The staff and owners treated the players well with great service and an amazing atmosphere, and we very much appreciate each and every one of them! We were able to extend the field to 81 players for this fifth stop of the 2016 season with guaranteed $1,500-added. Cam Salim from Germany (but visiting the States) made his way to the hot seat match with wins over Bradley Fleming 7-0, Mike Nagaki 7-4, Andy Kiesling 8-3, Tony Loper 8-2, Shane Minihan 8-4 and Robert Clark 8-6. Tony Sulsar was also on a tear and defeated Donnie Gregory 8-6, Tony Matthew 8-5, Trent Stith 8-3, Joey Barnes 8-7, and Paul Guernsey 8-5 to meet up with Cam in the hot seat. That match was a thriller and went hill-hill with Cam coming out on top. Tony then made his way past youngster Nick Evans 8-5 to get a rematch with Cam in the finals. Congrats to Nick for a great 3rd place showing! The fans were not disappointed watching the finals! The first set was a great match that went hill-hill with Tony forcing a second set. In the next set of this true double elimination finals, Cam got on the hill first in this race to 8. Tony got to 6 and needed one more game for another hill-hill match. During this game, Tony fouled, but only he saw it. He gave up ball-in-hand and Cam ran out for the win. Very admirable for Tony to give up the foul only he saw, as he knew that could lead to the loss of the tournament. Congrats to Tony for his ethics and 2nd place finish, and to Cam for his 1st place win. 4th place was filled by Anthony Shea, 5th/6th places were filled by Paul Guernsey and Robert Clark, and 7th/8th places were filled by CJ Wiley and Jordan Gartenberg.

4th Anthony Shea,

1st Cam Salim

owner of Omega Billiards Supply in Hurst, TX. Michael and Omega Billiards Supply are well known for the huge booths at many large tournaments across the country. The next stop will be held July 9-10 at Pucketts in Fort Worth, Texas. $1,500 added and already full with 80 players. We have ten stops total in 2016. Pool is alive and thriving in Texas! Place, Name, Payout from Tourney 1st $1000 John Giasar (Can Salim) 2nd $550 Tony Sulsar 3rd $420 Nick Evans 4th $330 Anthony Shea 5/6th $250 Paul Guernsey, Robert Clark 7/8th $200 CJ Wiley, Jordan Gartenberg 9-12th $100 Carl Bodeker, Joey Barnes, Mike Nagaki, Shane Minihan 13-16th $75 Adam Stevens, Hector Guerrero, Kirit Patel, Robbie Smith 17-24th $50 Chase LaFerney, Devin Poteet, Greg Sandifer, J Brotherton, Jay Murillo, Joel Bethancourt, Tony Loper, Trent Stith Last Ladies $25 Melinda Bailey, Ginger Abadilla

Congrats to ALL the players and fans for a great event! A HUGE thank you goes out to our sponsors Omega Billiards Supply, OB Cues, and BCAPL/CSI. We would also like to give a big thanks to our additional sponsors, Irving Ink and Thread,, Pool School, and BilliardsPress. com. This year OB Cues is our Ranking sponsor and will be donating three OB Cues to the top ranked 3 players at the end of the year! BCAPL/CSI has joined again and will be giving away 5 BCAPL free entry fees the 2017 BCAPL Nationals. Tournament Director Melinda Bailey would like to thank Fox and Hound owners and staff for their awesome hospitality all weekend! She would also like to thank her fabulous team: Heather Farr, Ginger Abadilla, and Jeffrey Georges.

Cam Salim

A big thank you also goes out to Michael Hoang, main sponsor of the Tour and


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Billi a rds Expo best ever!

Photo Credit: Vincent Rochefort Photography

This year’s Expo will go down as the greatest pool and billiards event ever held in Des Moines, Iowa, and in Big Dog Billiards history! So many things have to come together to make an event like the Midwest Billiards & Cue Expo happen! A RECORD 233 entries between all 4 tournaments during the Midwest Expo!! Thank you to each and every player and spectator that played

Robb Saez, 2016 Open 9-Ball Champion

Sky Woodward, Champion, 2016 Annual Banks Ring Game

or attended our event! Amazing! The participants, including the 233 players, hundreds of spectators, the 40+ members of Expo crew (including pre-event production and construction teams), the many vendors and sponsors came from 19 different states across the USA, Canada, France, Germany, the Philippines, Mexico, and the Middle East, each contributed to the very positive nature of this very successful event. Our sponsors for the Midwest Billiards & Cue Expo deserve much of the credit for making such an epic event possible!! First and foremost, we thank Patrick Diveney founder and owner of Diveney


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Custom Cues, along with his lovely wife Fina and son Danny, for their hard work before and during the Midwest Billiards and Cue Expo! Diveney Cues was co-presenter of the event with Big Dog Billiards, and Pat did a fine job organizing the cue maker portion of the Expo! His contributions to the pool community are of the highest order, and we truly appreciate his sponsorship!

Dennis Orcollo, Champion, 2016 Bigfoot 10-Ball Championship

David Jacoby from Jacoby Custom Cues, was also a great sponsor, and we were very happy to see him and his staff working the large crowd throughout the event! Evan Clarke, of Segen Cues is another generous sponsor and also did a great job during the Expo! Zach Borud represented Viking Cues at the Viking Cue Booth and we thank him for his participation! We also thank Derald Judson Jr., owner of Big D’s Café, for his contributions to the event! His staff also performed admirably feeding the large crowds gathered daily at the café and throughout the pool hall! Among the primary sponsors present during the Expo, Greg

Sullivan and Diamond Billiards beyond, there will be more Products, Inc.—the manufacturer of robust features included in our fine Diamond tables upon which all the software and web site. tournaments were played, was here days These will include player early and personally leveled the tables registration and web-based used for the professional tournaments. payment for online signups, We truly appreciate Greg’s efforts and and an expanded array of sponsorship. Thank you so much for your other features, including a help! Marketplace and an expanded Johnny Miller, perhaps our biggest video archive. We thank Rex long-time local supporter- a great and his team for coming fan of pool and billiards- also made over to Big Dog Billiards fantastic contributions. He is one of the and making sure the site was friendliest, happy people we know, and running smooth throughout the huge smile on his face as he watched the event! McDermott Cue raffle winner, Cirino Caniglia, with James Landrum, Owner Big Dog Billiards, and Igor, aka “Mad Miller” the Raffle King the pool tournaments was extraordinarily Other sponsors, not smiley! He is already excited about next present during the Expo, but year’s event and we are greatly appreciative of everything he has done, well-represented nonetheless, include Richard Romero of Neutec and continues to do, to support the pool community! Lighting, Hans Delta, McDermott Cues, Ivan Lee and Iwan Simonis Ramin Bahktiari and MaryAnn Starkey made a cross-country & Aramith, John Bertone of Kamui Tips, and Rawhide. We thank sojourn to represent the best pool and billiards mobile app and website each and in the nation—, and both played in the open 9-Ball every one of tournament. Ramin and MaryAnn did, and continue to do, wonderful our sponsors, marketing and promotions for both the Midwest Billiards & Cue and thanks Expo, and Big Dog Billiards, a featured pool hall on the goplaypool. to you, the com app. 2016 Midwest The C.L. Bailey Company provided considerable support for Billiards and this event, including shipping in a new pool table for use as an Cue Expo was exhibit display piece, and other contributions for which we are very a great success! appreciative. We thank our We cannot say enough good things about poolplayermatchups. many vendors com, both for their sponsorship and participation in making this a for their very successful event! Rex Yoder and his team, Jason Crisp, Stephen participation: Oldfather, and Troy “T-Ball” Johnson have put together the best pool Diveney tournament management software there is-- PPMU! Rex’s team of IT Custom Cues, guys are working every day to make the software more tournament Jacoby Custom director and player-friendly! The implementation of the text Cues, Segen notification Zach Borud, Viking Cue Sales Representative at the Viking Booth Cues, Viking for player Cues, Walton Cue Sales, Cues, C.L. Bailey, AVS Cue Shop, Andy match times Rounceville, Action 24/7 Billiard Clothing, AC Billiards, Fast Action and table Cue Apparel, Game Tight Clothing, Castillo Leather Goods, Big Ds assignments Café, and Guido’s Cue Repair! truly helped Every event of this magnitude gets its start with the help of volunteers make the and the staff. We would like to give a big shout out to Mike Hassin, Open 9-ball Matt Preston, Megan Mulford, Bob Smith, Desiree Smith, Brent tournament Hogue, Jason Reeves, Monica Marie Murray, Rachael Chumbley, run more Shanna Higgins, Krisha Stark, Desiree Johnson, Michelle Mulford, efficiently Michaela Merchant, Victoria Saenz, Matt Wahl, Tony Jordan, than in Anthony Ludwig, Kyle Heisler, Gary nelson, Sharon Judson, Leslie years past. Judson, Charles Nicholson, Curtis and Diane Baze, Shawn McNelly As PPMU and Wes Nemmers, and anyone else that helped make this event great!! proceeds Each of you put in long hours and made sacrifices to assure the players forward into and spectators had an awesome experience here at Big Dog Billiards! 2016 and Our hats off to each and every one of you! David Jacoby and staff, Jacoby Custom Cues


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Photo Credit: Vincent Rochefort Photography

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the end Dennis Orcollo came out on top! The 10-Ball challenge A very special thank you goes out to Tom Knapp for facilitating comprised an extremely tough field of champions! The 14-man field access to additional parking across the street! included Alex Pagulayan, Dennis Orcollo, Francisco Bustamante, We also thank Vincent Rochefort for traveling halfway across the Shane Van Boening, Corey Deuel, Josh Roberts, Danny Smith, Jeremy country to be the event photographer. His photos of the event will Jones, Sharik Sayed, Con Salim, Sky Woodward, Jason Klatt, Mark be in Rack’em Magazine July issue, and on his Facebook page and Vidal Claramunt, Johnathan Pinegar and the youngest amongst these web site. If anyone is interested in professional quality photos of the great players, “The Baby-Faced Killer” Tyler Styer. professional pool players participating in this year’s tournaments, see The By-the-Rail Banks Ring Game http://www.vincentrochefortphotography. was another fan-friendly experience that com we won’t soon forget!! Players included This year’s Expo proves that the old Sky Woodward, Alex Pagulayan, saying is true, “If you build it, they will Francisco Bustamante, Jeremy Jones, come!” The Field of Dreams lineup for Danny Smith, Corey Deuel, Dony the One Pocket Championship was Faber Jr. and Anthony “Pun” Garcia. excitedly described by a one pocket Sky Woodward is our 2016 Champion! player and aficionado, Justin Richardson He made several spectacular 3, 4 and – “the greatest ever!” Efren ‘Beta’ Reyes, 5 banks! The 8-man field was full of Scott Frost, Francisco Bustamante, Alex surprises from the professionals and Pagulayan, Jeremy Jones, Corey Deuel, the amateurs playing in the ring game. Danny Smith, Tony Chohan, Dennis Honorable mentions go out to Dony Orcollo, Jesse Bowman, Ike Runnels, Josh Faber Jr. and Anthony Garcia for getting Roberts and Shane Van Boening! Jason in the ring with some of the best bankers Chance gets a well-deserved honorable on the planet! mention for having the courage to get into We could not be more proud and this event with what we like to call, “The happy for Robb Saez capturing the murderer’s row of one pocket players!” He Alex and Cindy Finelli, Fast Action Cue Booth bar table 9-Ball Championship!! He played very well, taking Busti to the hill in had to fight off some extremely tough his first match! Thank you to all of these competition from Sharik Sayed to win great players for attending, and making the title!! Robb proved that he’s back, and this an unbelievable fan experience!! The ready to win any tournament he enters!! final match between Alex Pagulayan and A great player, and an even better person! Dennis Orcollo was summed up aptly The 200 player field was comprised of by one local Des Moines old-timer, Dave an impressive array of top amateurs and Beaner, “It was the best one pocket I have professionals from 14 states across the ever seen played!” Alex became the 2016 USA, Canada, Spain, Germany, and One Pocket Champion after losing his elsewhere. It is the largest tournament first match to Josh Roberts 0-5, he came ever hosted at Big Dog Billiards, and all the way back through the one-loss side based on the overall results, will continue to best Dennis Orcollo in back-to-back to grow in future years! We thank all of matches, 5-3 and 5-0! the participants for making this a very The BIGFOOT 10-BALL successful event! CHALLENGE was a grind, and in The Diveney Clan: Diveney Custom Cues - Pat, Fina and Danny Diveney and Anna Isabel Tualuan


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MIDWEST BILLIARDS & CUE EXPO ROARING SUCCESS!!! Big Dog Billiards in Des Moines, IA hosted their annual extravaganza and, as usual, it was a huge success. In addition to the Cue Expo, there were four events ñ the One Pocket Championship, the Bigfoot 10-Ball Challenge, Open 9-Ball and a Banks Ring Game. For one pocket aficionados, the star-studded lineup couldn’t get much better. A very tough field of fourteen arrived and ready to rumble. After losing his first match 5-0 to Josh Roberts - last year’s runner-up & 2014 champ - Alex Pagulyan tore up the west side of the chart. After eliminating last year’s champ, Scott Frost, he proceeded to eject Jesse Bowman, Corey Deuel, Shane Van Boening, Jeremy Jones and Francisco Bustamante to reach the final.

Alex Pagulyan with “Alex Pagulion” having fun sparring with his alter-ego

A big thank you to Ray Hansen, Scott Rabon, and Justin Schwarz of Pool Action TV! Ray and his team did a great job running the pro tournaments, and Scott Rabon did a fantastic job MC’ing the By-the-Rail Banks Ring Game! Special thanks to Jeremy Jones and Scott Frost for their commentary during the pro tournaments! We hope all of the viewers at home enjoyed the show! Eric Gardner, graphics designer, is the best in the business! He designed all the many magnificent versions of the flyers, posters, banners, business cards and teaser graphics for the Midwest Billiards and Cue Expo! If you ever need graphics produced, Eric Gardner is man for the job! Thank you Eric, for a job well done! We have already begun the planning process for next year’s 2017 Midwest Billiards & Cue Expo, which will be even bigger and better than this year’s stellar event. We hope to see everyone here again next year! Thanks again everyone! James Landrum, Randy Hanson, and Jon Brown, Big Dog Billiards

While Alex was fighting to stay alive, Dennis Orcollo arrived at the final match unscathed after defeating Scott Frost, Josh Roberts, Shane Van Boening & Francisco Bustamante. Since this event was true double elimination, he would have to be beaten twice. Dennis won the lag and quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the final race to 5. It looked like it might be the end of the road for Alex. He had been battling back problems throughout the entire event but he hadn’t come all the way through the loser’s bracket to go down like this… Roaring back, the Lion dug deep and staged a comeback. Fans were treated to some top notch one pocket as both displayed the skills that had propelled them through the stellar field. When the smoke cleared, Alex prevailed 5-3 - forcing a second set. Apparently, neither one wanted to take even a short break as they immediately lagged for the break. This time, however, it was all Alex taking Dennis down with a 5-0 win for the title. Saturday night was for the bank fans. A field of eight competed in the Banks Ring Game. After several hours, Sky Woodward and Jeremy Jones were the last two standing. Sky was almost down to the felt when he came back to win. Fourteen players competed in the single elimination Bigfoot event on the ten-foot Diamond. Again, Alex and Dennis emerged in the final four as each was to play a couple of newcomers. It looked like it might be a rematch of the one pocket final! Dennis defeated Sharik Sayed to advance to the finals but Alex was forced to withdraw from the event citing back problems. His opponent, Cam Salim, advanced to the finals. Playing perfectly, Cam jumped out to an early lead. An uncharacteristic miss let Dennis back in the match and soon it was a horse race. Dennis pulled ahead at the end of the match and on the hill at 10-8, he hung the combination on the final 10-ball! Cam leapt out of his seat and pocketed the carom. However, a Cinderella story was not to be as Dennis closed out the match at 11-9. There were 197 players in the bar table event. Robb Saez emerged undefeated and faced Sharik Sayed in the finals. Sharik won the first set forcing a second but this time, Robb prevailed. Congratulations to Alex, Dennis, Sky & Robb for becoming the 2016 Big Dog champions! Many thanks to Jim Landrum and Randy Hanson, owners of Big Dog Billiards, for hosting such a great event. It wouldn’t have been possible without the sponsors - Pat Diveney of Diveney Cues, Evan Clarke of Segen Cues, Dave Jacoby of Jacoby Cues, Ivan Lee of Iwan Simonis/Aramith, Greg Sullivan of Diamond Billiard Products, C. L. Bailey, Big D’s Cafe,, Johnny Miller, Viking Cues, McDermott Cues, Neutec Lighting, Kamui’s John Bertone, Rawhide and Thanks to all - it couldn’t have been done without you!!! Thanks also to all the viewers for tuning in! We will see you next month for the Duel in The Desert with Efren Reyes vs Scott Frost - July 11-14th at the Del Sol Casino in Tucson, AZ.

Tony Chohan, Gametight Clothing, with James Landrum, Owner, Big Dog Billiards

Article by Mary Kenniston


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5 States Sending Junior

Smokin’ Aces Hosts First Missouri Junior State 8-Ball Championships

On April 30th 2016, Smokin’ Aces BBQ, LLC hosted the first Missouri JunioOwner Mike McKuin has been a longtime supporter of the Billiard Education Foundation and its Junior National 9-Ball Championships,


Ohio Junior State 9-Ball Champs Crowned

On Saturday, April 2, 2016 Miss Cue North hosted the 2nd Annual Ohio Junior State 9-Ball Championships. This event, previously held at Miss Cue Toledo was directed by professional billiard instructor Denny Stewart. Stewart has been a longtime supporter for all things youth billiards in the state of Ohio.

17 participants from four states were in attendance for their chance to vie for this year’s titles. The top two finishers from each of the divisions qualified to participate in the 2016 Junior National 9-Ball Championships. 18 & Under Boys Division 18 & Under Girls Division 1st Mitchell Terrasi, 17, Monroe, MI 1st Alexis Burciaga, 14, Adrian, MI 2nd Nicholas Ridley, 17, St. Thomas, Can 2nd Tatum Cutting, 13, Diamond, OH 3rd Tyrus Kelley, 17, South Shore, KY 14 & Under Boys Division 1st Quintin Scott, 12, Mansfield, OH 2nd Jake Sollman, 11, Redsville, IA

Special Thanks to Denny Stewart, Dan Martin and the staff of Miss North for making this event happen.

MISSOURI bringing a group of top level teens to the national competition each year. This year will be no different. His kickoff event drew 15 young shooters to his room and qualified one from each of the four divisions. 18 & Under Boys Division 1st Place Jared Rice 2nd Place Carson Hager 3rd Place Dylan Brown

18 & Under Girls Division 1st Place Brianna Pickens 2nd Place Breanna Bruce

14 & Under Boys 14 Division 1st Place Keith McKuin 2nd Place Matt Wisely 3rd Place Dakota Lovell

14 & Under Girls Division 1st Place Rebekka Bruce 2nd Place Shelby Reddish 3rd Place Madison Green

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HOURS: Special Thanks to Mike McKuin, Eugene 11:00am to 1:30am BBQ for Monday thrumaking Thursday.this event happen! 11:00amto 2:00am Friday & Saturday. 1:00pm to 1:30am Sunday

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Champs to BEF Nationals ILLINOIS

Success at Inaugural Illinois Junior State 10-Ball Championships Story by David Carr. Photos Courtesy of Roger Garnsey

On April 2-3, 44 youth billiard student-athletes representing Illinois, Missouri and Iowa made their appearance at Starship Billiards in Decatur, IL for a fun-filled weekend of pool at the first ever Illinois Junior State 10-Ball Championships. In the 14 and Under Girls, Sarah Tate finished in 1st place and received a paid entry to the Nationals, a trophy and a new cue. Christian Kogel won a paid entry and a 2nd place trophy. The 18 and Under Girls division saw Serena Black go undefeated all day to beat Katelin Ballou in a spirited finals match. Katlin Schilling, who had two “nail-biter” hill/hill matches against the eventual 1st and 2nd place winners, finished 3rd and Megan Thomas was 4th. Both Serena and Katlin Schilling had previously earned paid entries, so a paid entry went to Katelin Ballou and Megan Thomas also received the paid entry to the Nationals. In the 14 and Under Boys, Koty Lovell finished a very strong day’s performance with a win over Keith McKuin to secure a paid entry to the Nationals, a 1st place trophy and new cue. By virtue of Keith McKuin’s prior qualification, the paid entry was awarded to 3rd place finisher, Joey Tate. In a most fitting scene to end the evening, the 18 and Under Boys division went to a double hill conclusion that saw Timmy Bly outlast Brandon Grimes. Timmy certainly earned his paid entry, 1st place trophy and new cue as did Brandon for his 2nd place trophy and paid National entry in what was arguably the most exciting match of a long tournament day.

sors and volunteers. Special thanks are due to the 2 primary sponsors, Starship Billiards and Kim Jones, Central Illinois APA Leagues as well as a large number of folks who volunteered their time and experience. Among them were Jerry Brown who served as Tournament Director, Tom Fankhauser, a nationally qualified referee who was the Chief Referee, Leslie and Mike Adams, Terry Beer, Heather Hunter, Bill Pickerill, also a super pool enthusiast locally who has been instrumental in all things billiard, especially those youth-related ones, a number of junior players and others. A special thanks also to Roger Garnsey, who shared freely of his time and advice throughout the event. Special Thanks to Mike McKuin, Eugene Mullins and the staff at Smokin’ Aces BBQ. 18 & Under Boys Division: 1st Timmy Bly, 17 Decatur, IL 2nd Brandon Grimes, E. Peoria, IL 3rd Joey Tate, 10 Lake Villa, IL

14 & Under Boys Division 1st Koty Lovell,14 Poplar Bluff, MO 14 & Under Girls Division 2nd Keith McKuin, 14 Poplar Bluff, MO 1st Sarah Tate, 14 Lake Villa, IL 3rd Joey Tate, 10 Lake Villa, IL 2nd Christian Kogel Decatur, IL

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State Juniors Champs to BEF Nationals

OKLAHOMA Back Alley Billiards Hosts Oklahoma State Junior 8-Ball Championships Photos & Story Courtesy of Rachel Petersen, Back Alley Billiards

Jonathan Fuller, of Ada, OK, won the boys 18 years & younger division. Fuller won the tournament without dropping a single match. Johnathan Portwood, of Moundville, MO, finished in 2nd place. Both Fuller and Portwood earned their entries into the National Junior Championships. Marvin Isbell, of McAlester, got 3rd in the tournament and Logan Tissychy, of Lawton, OK, got 4th place. Other kids participating in this division were Tallen Tissychy, Jerry Beatty, and Rafael Macias, all of Lawton, and Dax Shifflett and Braden Potter, of Tulsa.

On April 30, Back Alley Billiards, in McAlester, OK, hosted the Oklahoma Junior State 8-Ball Championships. There were 4 kids who won their entry into the National Junior 9-Ball Championships, set to take place in Schaumburg, Illinois in mid-July.

There were 2 competitors in the girls 18 years & younger division. Araia Heathcott, of Lawton, OK, went undefeated, winning 9 straight games off of Linda Eldridge, of Indianola. Heathcott also won her entry into the National Junior Championships.

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There were 3 boys in the 14 years & younger division. Jeremy Gilliland, of Tulsa, went undefeated in his division and won his entry into the National Junior Championships. TJ Marshall, of McAlester, OK, finished in 2nd place and Jesse James, of Bartlesville, OK, finished in 3rd place.

3rd Annual Colorado Junior State 8-Ball Champions Crowned

18 & Under Boys Division 1st Jonathan Fuller Ada, OK 2nd Johnathan Portwood Moundville, MO 18 & Under Girls Division 1st Araia Heathcott Lawton, OK 2nd Linda Eldridge Indianola, OK

Due to the intimate field of 10, players competed in two roundrobin events with three champions crowned: 18 & Under Boys, 14 & Under Boys, and 18 & Under Girls. Boys Round-Robin 1st Drake Spencer, 17 Cheyenne, WY 2nd Hunter Johnson, 7 Thornton, CO 3rd Nick Macomber, 14 Centennial, CO Girls Round-Robin 1st Amanda Campbell, 12 Arvada, CO 2nd Adi Hoffman, 13 Broomfield, CO 3rd Brenna Shaw, 13 Brighton, CO

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Iwan Simonis & Aramith Continue Support for Atlantic Challenge Cup

Organizers of the Atlantic Challenge Cup today announced Iwan Simonis and Aramith (Saluc) will extend their support of the Atlantic Challenge Cup in 2016 by continuing to be the official cloth and ball of the event, taking place July 8-11, 2016 in Schaumburg, Illinois (just outside Chicago). Simonis 860® and Aramith® Tournament™ TV Pro-Cup Pool Ball Sets will be used during the event. “Simonis and Aramith have a long history of supporting play at every level of skill and in all parts of the world,” said Billiard Congress of America Chief Executive Officer Rob Johnson. “As supporters of this initiative from day one, Simonis and Aramith have allowed this event to move from a concept to the staging our second event - this time on the North American continent.” “We were on board from the inception of this forward-thinking initiative,” said Iwan Simonis and Aramith North American President Ivan Lee. “This platform allows for juniors to compete at the highest level of play on an international stage. It has become an opportunity for the entire industry to come together to cooperate on an event that encourages and rewards junior players for their dedication and commitment to excellence. Viewers of this event, either live or on the live internet stream, will witness top quality play and tremendous professionalism. I want to recognize all the efforts by the players, coaches, event supporters and organizers in making the Atlantic Challenge Cup a reality.” Now in its second year, the Atlantic Challenge Cup features the best youth players from Europe and America in a Mosconi Cup style event. Six players on each team, four boys and two girls, battle it out on an annual basis to see who has bragging rights across the Atlantic. The event is the result of a joint venture between the Billiard Congress of America and the European Pocket Billiard Federation. A new website solely dedicated to the Atlantic Challenge Cup will be launched in the near future.

In Memmory of Paul Huebler

Don’t Wait Too Long!

With four months to go, you would think that you have plenty of time to make arrangements for this year’s U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships. Well, don’t think that way! Last year, the tournament field was filled at 128 with a long waiting list. Last year, the choice seating was sold out. Last year, on some days, the hotel room reservations were completely booked. Does that tell you anything? This year’s event, in honor of the late Barry Behrman, may be the best U.S. Open ever. Barry gave the reins to Pat Fleming of Accu-Stats and his job will be to live up to Barry Behrman’s dream. Last year, 128 players competed, many from around the world. Because of a long waiting list, the field has been increased to 160 players. The $75,000 in added money qualifies it as a “Tier 2” event sanctioned by the WPA. Over $200,000 in prize money is at stake with $50,000 going to the winner while paying down to 48th place which will pay $2,000. From October 16-22, 2016, The Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel will be bending over backwards to accommodate us. They loved the U.S. Open and want us back for years to come. This wonderful host site is offering us extremely low room rates, especially for being in the heart of Norfolk. The hotel staff, as well as the City of Norfolk, will do everything they can to make you feel welcome. For tickets to the annual BCA Hall of Fame Banquet at the Sheraton, call Mike Panozzo at 312-341-1110 ext 2004. Go to for key information with regards to player registration, VIP seating, and hotel reservations. If you have any concerns or questions, you only have to contact one person: Pat Fleming 973-838-7089

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