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Plowman Undefeated

The OB Cues Ladies Tour held their second tour stop of the year at Fast tournament. Both ladies finished 9th-12th and Lisa had to get through st Eddie’s in Austin, TX the weekend of February 28-March 1 . Fast Eddie’s Melinda Bailey, 2008 OB Cues Tour Most Improved Player. Catherine won a is always one of the tour players favorite stop and again, the host site, staff hill-hill match over Orietta Strickland which is no small feat. Congratulations and fans, made it another memorable Lisa and Catherine! event. Fifty-five players signed up The semi-finals match between for the Main Event and by the end of Lisa Marr and Kyu Yi was another the night on Saturday, there were 12 hard fought battle. Lisa and Kyu players left to continue in their winning matched up earlier on Sunday. quest. Top players still in the running Kyu won that match and Lisa did and who were undefeated were Bonnie not want to let it happen again. It Plowman, Tara Williams, Lisa Marr and looked like Kyu was on her way, Kyu Yi. Also new to the tour this year is though, to win the second matchup Julie Comitini (formerly Mason). Julie when the score was 6-5. With has always been a familiar force on the perfect shape from the 8-ball to the pool scene. She had been on a little 9-ball, Kyu fell short of the pocket hiatus but is back and getting in gear and missed thus leaving an easy once again, so we hope to see her more 9-ball out for Lisa. Score now and more at future events. 6-6. In the deciding game, Lisa As play continued on Sunday, Bonnie made the 1-2 and 3-9 combo for and Kyu played for the hot seat and it the match and a bid in the finals was Bonnie who came out the victor against Bonnie. and would wait for her opponent in the Bonnie had other things in mind finals. Meanwhile on the other side for Lisa though. Lisa was not Bonnie Plowman of the bracket, there was a marquee playing as stellarly as she is known matchup between Julie Comitini and to play and Bonnie was taking no Cristina DeLaGarza fighting to stay alive in the tournament but more prisoners. Bonnie won the 1st and only set 7-4 and the guaranteed 1st importantly the winner of this matchup would win the WPBA Qualifier place prize money of $750. Awesome job Bonnie! for the Great Lakes Classic event in June. Julie won the match and the 1st $750 Bonnie Plowman nd 2 $590 Lisa Marr 3rd $420 Kyu Yi th 4 $295 Tara Williams 5/6 $170 Helen Hayes, Julie Comitini + WPBA Qualifier 7/8 $120 Terry Petrosino, Cristina DeLaGarza 9–12 $85 Lisa Henderson-Major, Sophia Lopez, Catherine Naes, Heather Pulford 13–16 $50 Melinda Bailey, Amanda Lampert, Orietta Strickland, Michelle Cortez 17–24 $25 Sue Chong, Angie Nutall-Garrison, Deanna Henson, Jennifer Kraber, Michelle Yim, Stephanie Reyes, Kim Sanders, Michelle Abernathy OB Cues Raffle Winners – (both winners are local Fast Eddie’s customers) Josh Hicks and Nick Banks Second Chance Tournament—26 players with $100 monies added 1st $125 Kim Pierce nd 2 $90 Sherri Palma Lisa Marr 3rd $60 Amanda Lampert 4th $45 Michelle Cortez qualifier which is not a bad take home for her first OB Cues tour stop for 5th/6th $20 Tracie Voelkering & Tina Lehrmann the year. Congratulations Julie! Thank you ever so much to our awesome sponsor OB Cues. If you don’t Additionally, Lisa Henderson-Major and Catherine Naes had a good have one yet, what are you waiting for? They are winners as well.

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Three Strikes to Avoid © 2009 Mike Fieldhammer, BilliardCoach.com

This month I have three simple reminders to help you look and play better at the table: 1. Be sure your grip hand is not too far back. 2. Do not elevate your cue unless you mean to. 3. Always place the chalk “blue side up.” Pool players shorter than 5’10” are far more likely to grip the cue stick too far back. I guess they’ve seen some lanky, run-out player gripping near the bottom of the wrap or several inches up from the rubber bumper. This might be exactly correct for a person who is 6’2”. . However, your wingspan as a 5’5” pool player is not built to hold it in the same spot. Gripping the cue too far back severely limits your backswing. This robs you of smooth acceleration and power. It also hampers your ability to see the cue moving (hopefully) in a straight line. Furthermore, your back hand can be descending whilst striking the cue ball which increases the possibility of an errant strike. Cradle the cue in the correct position based on your height and length of the cue stick. Your hand should be hanging straight down from your elbow at the moment the cue tip contacts the cue ball. [See Diagram A]

The grip hand should swing smoothly like the pendulum on a grandfather clock. If your hand is positioned properly and your cue stick is level, the game will get much easier to master. This brings us right to reminder number two. Keep your cue as level to the table surface as possible on every shot. Jump shots and Masse’ shots are obvious exceptions to this rule of thumb. You must realize that on most shots there is still a small degree of elevation. In other words, the cue slopes downward from the back of the cue to the cue tip. The execution of an elevated stroke can cause unwanted curve of the cue ball on its way to the target. [See Diagram B] Aiming is tricky enough

without trying to gauge the amount of curve or swerve. Billiard Physicists like Jewett, Shepard, and Alciatore have dissected these effects in the laboratory, but the bottom line is minimize/avoid elevation for a more consistent pool stroke. Third, my personal crusade for 2009: Please place the cube of chalk on the rail with the blue side up. [See Image C] This game involves a lot (continued on page 13)

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A Pool Player’s Guide to Savvy Air Travel

By Samm Diep, PoolTipJar.com © March 2009

Tournament season is in full force and Vegas Nationals are just around the corner. With the soaring prices of fuel these days, more and more people are choosing to fly to events instead of drive. When flying, here are some useful tips for hasslefree traveling: As pool players, it’s safe to assume that if you’re flying to a tournament with your cues, you will be checking a bag, no questions. The days of carrying our cues on the plane are behind us. To make sure your cues arrive where you do, always get to the airport AT LEAST one hour prior to boarding. Depending on Samm Diep the airport, you may want to arrive even earlier. Checking in ♦ Most airlines currently charge a $15 fee to check your first bag and an additional $25 fee for the second. If you haven’t already, you may want to invest in an oversized duffle that will fit both your cues and clothes together. [see SammsPocket.com for an assortment] ♦ Make sure none of your bags are over 50 pounds. There’s typically a charge for that too. ♦ If you’re connecting, confirm that your bags are checked in all the way to your final destination. ♦ Check in online whenever possible. Just about every airline offers online check-in within 24 hours before your flight time. Even if you don’t have a printer, you can usually (re)print your boarding pass when you arrive at the ticket counter to drop off your bag(s). ♦ Have your photo ID out of your purse/wallet from the time you arrive at the airport until after you get through security. ♦ If you checked in online, you still want to (re)confirm the departing gate number with the ticket agent after checking your bag(s). ♦ Once you’ve checked your bag(s) in and they’re confirmed on the flight – Now, RELAX… You should still try to get to your gate on time, but don’t panic if the security line is a mile long. It’s unlikely that the plane will take off with your bags on board without you. They’ll generally page you until you get to the gate. Security ♦ Try to wear comfortable, slip on shoes that are easy to remove. Please wear socks. ♦ Have your boarding pass and ID out and ready when entering the security line. (continued on page 13)


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BCAPL Midwest Regionals Article, Team & Singles Photos courtesy of Shaun Warburton

1st Women’s Master Singles Jolene Herum

The 2009 BCAPL Midwest Regional Championships took place February 26, 2009 through March 1, 2009 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee MN. Canterbury Park is a leader in the gaming industry housing one of the nicest poker rooms in the Midwest and their staff should be commended on the great service they provided to our members. The BCAPL adds $10,000 to this event to benefit of all of its members in the Midwest and this tournament has seen consistent growth over the last few years. The tournament kicked off on Thursday with a $500 Added 9 Ball Tournament with 21 players entered as well as a $500 Added Scotch Doubles Tournament where there were 31 teams entered. Thursday evening brought about the start of the Singles Championship. The event’s growth brought 314 Singles Players competing in 6 different categories for a total prize pool of $17,760. Friday evening brought about the start of the team competition with 124 teams competing in 5 different categories for a total prize pool of $19,140. All of the competition took place on 96 state of the art Diamond Smart tables and certified BCA referees were used for all of the officiating. For a complete listing of the prize winners, please see the tournament results listing in Rackem. For more information on this event or any upcoming events, please go to www.playbca.com or www.M8Pool.com.

1st Men’s AA Singles Sean Monkman

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1st Men’s Master Singles Beau Runningen

MEN’S MASTERS SINGLES: 1st $850 Beau Runningen 2nd $575 Dustin Gunia 3rd $450 Jarrod Spence 4th $325 Tony Hilla 5/6 $200 Rod Carl, Grant Gotwald 7/8 $100 John Traverse, Ty WIlson

1st Women’s Open Singles Sharon Morrison

WOMEN’S MASTERS SINGLES: 1st $625 Jolene Herum 2nd $425 Debbie Johnson 3rd $270 Samm Diep 4th $150 Marissa Herum

1st Men’s A Singles Jeoff Rice

MEN’S A SINGLES: 1st $800 Jeoff Rice 2nd $550 Joe Johnson 3rd $425 Nate Rinehart 4th $300 Trent Miller 5/6 $200 Sam Howell Billy Hill 7/8 $150 Patrick Cady Steve Erickson

MEN’S AA SINGLES: 1st $800 Sean Monkman 2nd $550 Cornell McLean Jr. 3rd $425 Jeremy Sipes 4th $325 Mike Singer 5/6 $225 Peter Jay Cornell McLean Sr. 7/8 $150 Bob Garza Thomas Hughes

WOMEN’S OPEN SINGLES: 1st $550 Sharon Morrison 2nd $350 Lisa Hunt 3rd $250 Denyse Renick 4th $150 Nancy Pries 5/6 $100 Millie Thurmes Babe Songetay 7/8 $75 Kathy TwoBears Julie Guzman

1st Men’s B Singles Chris Gray

MEN’S B 1st $800 2nd $550 3rd $425 4th $300 5/6 $200 7/8 $150

SINGLES: Chris Gray Joel Paulson Doug Cousins James Malnar Chad Kahnke Todd Adamski Nik Lainus Mike Gustafson


BCAPL Midwest Regionals

1st Open AA Teams: Anybody from Winnipeg, Manitoba

OPEN AA TEAMS: 1st $1,500 “Anybody” Winnipeg, Manitoba Cornell McLean Sr., Cornell McLean Jr., Sean Monkman, Jarrod Spence, Rick Abraham 2nd $900 “Tranquilizers” Biff’s Sports Bar, Spring Lake Park, MN Trent Miller, Jeff Eigenheer, Steve Baker, Fred Longworth, Zach Bos, Chaun Demars, Bruce Nelson 3rd $600 “Bell’s Class” End Zone, Elko , MN Dustin Sheedy, Daxs Balenger, Reeves Koster, Larry Taylor, Derek Bell, Matt Hirschi 4th $400 “Poker Players” Franklin, WI Matt Daiber, Jason Jick, Gary Johnson, Mike Enters, Jeff Brown

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1st Open Master Teams: Phase This! from Elko, Minnesota

OPEN MASTERS TEAMS: 1st $1,500 “Phase This!” End Zone, Elko, MN Tony Zierman, Jamie Pluta, Beau Runningen, Tony Hilla, Tim Tonjum 2nd $900 “Whatever Dude!” Biff’s Sports Bar, Spring Lake Park, MN Ross, Krmpotich, Ian Barratt, Max Krause, Dan Voeller, Matt Petersen 3rd $600 “Who Needs A Billiard Coach?!” Two Stooges Sports Bar, Fridley, MN Mike Fieldhammer, Matt Berg, Shane Jackson, Jared Bailey, Cullen Newton

1st Women’s Team: Cookies Are Good

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$1000 Cookies are Good $650 JJ’s On Cue $400 Under the Radar

1st Open B Team: Hookers from Spring Lake Park, Minnesota

OPEN B TEAM: 1st $1,500 “Hookers” Biff’s Sports Bar, Spring Lake Park, MN Cory Kravik, Cole Vagovich, John Schmit, Chris Swanson, Dave Rieck, Chris Messer 2nd $1,000 “JJ’s Too Sexy” JJ’s Bar, Polk County, WI Robert Pike, Tyler Stich, Jim Glasspoole, Roger Mork, Ron Bodesheimer, Kurt Larson 3rd $700 “Terry’s Not Here” Bogart’s Place, Apple Valley, MN John Chapdelaine, Troy Franson, Dave Pries, Doug Cousins, Steve Radke, Carl Walker 4th $500 “Just One More” Owatonna, MN Dan Janovsky, Del Pitan, Duane Olson, Jeff Veen, Clara Miller 1st Open A Team: The Oddballs from Winnipeg, Manitoba

OPEN A TEAM: 1st $1,500 “The Oddballs” Winnipeg, Manitoba Richard Urbanik, Dave Jeffrey, Joe Kluka, Wayne Clisby, Sheldon Haas, Darryl Smith 2nd $900 “Blacksmith Shop” Polk County, WI Mike Vold, Steve Proffit, Brandon Winge, Harold Gruhn, Bob Zewers 3rd $600 “Reno’s #1” Owatonna, MN Nick Skalicky, Weston Broad, Tim Ulrich, Scott Ulrich, Brandon Neitzel 4th $400 “Players” Biff’s Sports Bar, Spring Lake Park, MN Terry Ryan, Arturo Sanchez, Donovan Taylor, Ken Beissel, Ralph Anderson


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2008 M8 Midwest Championships

The M8 Pool Leagues Staff

M8 Pool Leagues, the largest independent pool the team event pitted Hard N High of Kelly’s Korner league in the world, recently held their Annual in Centerville Minnesota against The Players Club Tournament at Canterbury Park in Shakopee out of Throwbacks in Woodbury Minnesota. Hard N Minnesota where over $100,000 in prize money High pulled out very close match to proceed on to was paid out to league members. Thank you to the semi finals against Nightcrawlers out of Babe’s the staff at Canterbury Park it is truly a First Class Restaurant & Lounge in Lakeville Minnesota. That Gaming Facility and their efforts to serve our league match went all 5 sets and came down to a hill/hill members were appreciated. This was the first year game in the final set before Nightcrawlers was of “participation” based prize levels where prizes for crowned the Victor. Nightcrawlers were all set to the top four positions in the Annual Tournament are play against the undefeated Lumberjacks from based on a team’s participation level during the year. Biff’s Sports Bar in Spring Lake Park Minnesota. A team must play in the Fall Season to participate in Lumberjacks started fast and never really let up the Annual Tournament and that makes them eligible as they pulled away to take their 1st Place Prize of for the “Tier 1” top prize of $5000. However, if a $7500. Nightcrawlers 2nd Place finish was worth team chooses to play another season in that same $4000, Hard N High’s 3rd Place finish was worth calendar year - and keeps 4 players common to their $2500, and The Players Club 4th Place finish was Fall Team Roster, then they become a “Tier 2” team worth $1750. that is now eligible for a top prize of $7500. If they The finals of the Singles Championship had some choose to play all 3 seasons and keep 4 players fantastic matches as well. Down to the final few common to their Fall Team Roster - they become players in a 256 player field means that mistakes a “Tier 3” team that is now eligible for the top prize can be costly as Bob Williams found out in the of $10,000. This does not include the thousands of Championship Match. Bob needed to “double dip” 1st Singles: Beau Runningen dollars in seasonal prize money that the teams will Beau Runningen in the finals when he left the 8 ball play for in the Winter and Summer Seasons. Teams can now win over in the jaws of the pocket and let Beau get to the table. M8 is a “Winner $14,000 in a single year, just by playing in their local M8 league. And the Breaks” league and Beau took advantage of this as he ran the table and then broke and ran the next 2 games to win the $3500 1st Place Prize. Bob Williams won $2000 for 2nd Place, Jeremy Zacco won $1400 for 3rd Place, Bob Pike won $1000 for 4th Place, Jason Ewert won $800 for 5th Place, Justin Steinberg won $600 for 6th Place, Kris Kalli won $450 for 7th Place, and Babe Songetay won $300 for 8th Place. The Open Team and Masters Team Championships kicked off March 5th with a $500 Added 9 Ball Tournament that netted 52 players. (I will add info tomorrow as it is at my office) The Open Team Tournament started Friday at 9:00am with 112 teams competing for the top prize of up to $10,000. By the end of Friday there were 64 Open Teams left. Again there were a ton of hill/hill matches which made many of the games very suspenseful. On Sunday there were only 4 teams left. In the quarter finals it was Cue Ball First out of Two Stooges Sports Bar in Fridley Minnesota vs. Bush Hogs Boys & Babe also out of Two Stooges Sports Bar. Bush Hogs Boys & Babe pulled out a very close match and meant that they would face Rate Me out of Kelley’s Bar in Chaska Minnesota. Another close match that Bush Hogs Boys & Babe would pull out to get into the finals against Shootin Fools out of CR’s Sports 1st Master Teams: Phase This! from Elko, Minnesota

Singles Championship has a cool $3500 1st Place Prize! So, with the best handicapping available to pool leagues - and the top prizes paid anywhere, join M8 Pool Leagues where you can expect more and you get more! Things got started on February 19th with a $500 Added Scotch Doubles tournament. There were 49 teams that battled it out, but in the end it came down to Beau Runningen and Jamie Pluta vs. Shaun Warburton and Scott Barrett for the coveted title. Beau and Jamie took the 1st Place Prize of $700 and Shaun and Scott walked away with the 2nd place prize of $500. The Advanced Teams began at 9:00am Friday morning with 120 teams competing for the top prize of up to $10,000. M8 is known for accurate handicapping and it became evident in this event as an unprecedented number of matches went hill/hill and provided plenty of excitement. By the end of Friday there were 64 teams left and the 256 player Singles Championship had begun. There were dozens of Mini Tournaments throughout the weekend and the players and spectators all had a great time. By Sunday morning, there were only 4 Advanced teams left vying for the Championship and 10 players left in the Singles. The quarter finals of

1st Open Teams: Shootin Fools from Coon Rapids, Minnesota


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2008 M8 Midwest Championships Bar in Coon Rapids Minnesota. Bush Hogs Boys & Babe would have to beat Shootin Fools twice to win the title. The first match came down to a hill/hill game in the final set that would be won by Bush Hogs Boys & Babe. Now it’s all down to the second match of a double dip. This one also came down to hill/hill in the 5th and deciding set. But the magic was all gone for Bush Hogs Boys & Babe as the Shootin Fools pulled it out in the end to win the $7500 1st Place Prize. Bush Hogs Boys & Babe won the 2nd Place Prize of $4000, Rate Me won the 3rd Place Prize of $2000, and Cue Ball First won the 4th Place Prize of $1750. The Masters Team Tournament started Friday at 6:00pm with 48 teams. The quality of play was fantastic as one of the top Masters Teams in the area, Phase This! marched through the winner’s side undefeated. The quarter finals had Old Schoolers from CR’s Sports Bar in Coon Rapids SINGLES 1st $3500 Beau Runningen 2nd $2000 Bob Williams 3rd $1400 Jeremy Zacco 4th $1000 Bob Pike

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Minnesota facing No Idea! (defending Masters Champions in the 2009 MOMA Tournament) out of Biff’s Sports Bar in Spring Lake Park Minnesota where Old Schoolers would fall short and collect a 4th Place Prize of $2000. The semi finals would have No Idea! facing off against INIT2WINIT from Two Stooges Sports Bar in Fridley Minnesota. INIT2WINIT finished 3 rd Place and received $2000 for their efforts. The finals held the same two teams as a week earlier in the BCAPL Midwest Regional Championships as Phase This! would square off against No Idea! (The same team was called Whatever Dude! in the BCAPL event) and the outcome would be the same. No Idea! just had no idea how to defeat Phase This! and collected $3000 for 2nd Place. Phase This! won $5000 for their 1st Place Prize. Look for Phase This! to make a run at a couple National titles in 2009. Congratulations to all of the prize 1st Advanced Teams: Lumberjacks from Spring Lake Park, Minnesota winners of the more than $100,000 of prize money in these fun filled events! We look forward to serving you $800 Jason Ewert throughout the years to come. $600 Justin Steinberg $450 Kris Kalli $300 Babe Songetay

OPEN TEAMS: 1st $7,500 “Shootin Fools” from CR’s Sports Bar, Coon Rapids, MN Benjy Wallen, Brad Pounds, Tim Walker, Jolene Walker, Blake Carlson, Bruce Crosby, Rolando Walker 2nd $4,000 “Bush Hogs Boys and Babe” Two Stooges Sports Bar, Fridley, MN Ron Trost, Nick Trost, Travis Trost, Ryan Trost, Brad Barkeim, Lori Bailey 3rd $2,000 “Rate Me” from Kelley’s Bar, Chaska, MN Brad Purrington, Aaron Greening, Marty Kurvers, Stacie Graham, Dan Schlick, Jacob Sharp, Jonny Krueger 4th $1,750 “Cue Ball First” from Two Stooges Sports Bar, Fridley, MN Jon Anderson, Terry Michnowski, Norbert Moe, Chad Maki, Michele Stroup, Diane Benton, Ray Blanchette, Terri Klaysmat ADVANCED TEAMS: 1st $7,500 “Lumberjacks” from Biff’s Sports Bar, Spring Lake Park, MN John Blanco, Ian Barratt, Van Jansen, Matt Petersen, Ben Easton, Travis Macalus, Jasper Snow, Eric Farrington 2nd $4,000 “NIghtcrawlers” Babe’s Restaurant & Lounge, Lakeville, MN Laurie Suchanek, Doug Ratfield, Steve Stanke, Kelly Retterath, Carianne Anderson, Tony Wethern, Bill Beiersdorf 3rd $2,500 “Hard N High” from Kelley’s Korner, Centerville, MN Denise Langer, Jim Langer, Rick L’Allier, Doug LeRoux, Donald LaRouz, Tim Acker, Craig Larson, Jim Zauner 4th $1,750 “The Player’s Club” from Throwbacks, Woodbury, MN JJ Mudgett, Vern Bolle, Bruce Clausen, Keith Renfroe, Tony Compton, Wes Long, Chris Dawson MASTERS TEAMS: 1st $5,000 “Phase This!” from End Zone, Elko, MN Tony Zierman, Tim Tunjum, Beau Runningen, Jamie Pluta, Tony Hilla 2nd $3,000 “No Idea!” from Biff’s Sports Bar, Spring Lake Park, MN Ross Krmpotich, Ian Barratt, Matt Petersen, Max Krause, Jared Bailey 3rd $2,000 “INIT2WINIT” from Biff’s Sports Bar, Spring Lake Park, MN Richie Cunningham, John Meyer, Allen Reich, Jeff Van Sickle, Tim Kubisiak, Cullen Newton, Angela Jackson, Matt Berg 4th $2,000 “Old Schooler’s” from CR’s Sports Bar, Coon Rapids, MN Jason Poynter, Joe Kost, Jason Kubiszewski, Jonas Layer, Jesse Sausen, Andy Schlosser


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2009 MO-KAN ACS Pool & Billiards Assoc. Championships

Teams from across the state converged in Sedalia at Sharky’s Billiards March 13-15 to shoot it out for the 2009 MO-KAN ACS Team and Singles Championship Tournament. In double-elimination men’s singles Cory Smith, Sedalia, fought his way back to first place after being placed in the losers bracket his first match. Brad Blankenship, Sedalia, came through the winners bracket only to be defeated by Smith twice in a row to determine who claimed first. Coming in third was Willie Schrader, Jr., fourth was Josh Blaylock, and fifth was Jeff Paxton, all of Sedalia, MO. In the women’s round robin competition, Amanda Boles, Sedalia, won 23 out of a possible 35 games against the other female competitors to take first place. Caron Schrader, Sedalia, won 21, taking second; Audra Dean, Sedalia, came in third, winning 17. Marilyn Damman, Warsaw, MO, who placed second last year, came in fourth this year. In women’s team competition, Sedalia’s Beautiful Bees went unchallenged to claim first place for the second year in a row. Team competition was tough and it came down to three Sedalia Sharky’s Billiards teams battling it out for first place. The Strokers came through the winners bracket and sat on the hill waiting for their competition for first. The Sharks had originally been put in the losers bracket by the Strokers and beat Barlow’s Bunch from Marceline, MO, 11-7 to move on to the next bracket. There the Sharks battled Shoot to Thrill, Sedalia, beating them 11-6 and moving on to play for first against the Strokers. The Sharks were stopped short when the Strokers defeated them 13-10. Finishing third was Shoot to Thrill, Sedalia, fourth was Barlow’s Bunch from Marceline, MO, and fifth was Want Some, Get Some, from Brookfield, MO. Keith Hayden, Sedalia, MO, earned the Men’s Spectacular Shot Award

Men’s Singles Winners: L to R: Jeff Paxton - 5th, Josh Blaylock – 4th, Cory Smith – 1st, Brad Blankenship – 2nd, all of Sedalia. Not pictured: Willie Schrader, Jr. – 3rd, Sedalia.

Men’s Team Champions – L to R: Brent Haile – Blairstown, Cory Smith – Sedalia, Kevin Kares – Sedalia, Frank Parratt – Clinton, Gary Wallut – Deepwater.

Women’s Team Champions – Back Row L to R: Kat Lackman, Audra Dean, Tiffany Johnson. Front Row L to R: Caron Schrader, Nicole Stock, Amanda Boles, all of Sedalia.

Women’s Singles Winners – L to R: Amanda Boles - 1st, Caron Schrader - 2nd, Audra Dean - 3rd, all of Sedalia. Not pictured: Marilyn Damman - 4th, Warsaw.

for the tournament in his first match against the Strokers in the play off. The cue ball was behind the eight ball when Hayden approached the table for his shot. In order to make a good hit, Hayden had to jump the cue ball over the eight ball and into a three-ball combination shot to make his legal ball. With his opponent, himself, and most of the audience laughing at the leave, Hayden remarked, “Well, I guess I’ll just have to pull out my jump stick and make a three-ball jump combination.” Hayden then proceeded to do just that, prompting exclamations of approval from the audience. Mellody Allee, Sedalia, MO, earned the Women’s Spectacular Shot Award with two shots. Her first shot with the cue ball at one end of the table, she had to bank the six ball the entire length of the table to hit four more balls lined up from first diamond past the center pocket to put her two ball in the opposite corner pocket. Calling the shot, she stepped to the table and made the shot. Looking at her second award-winning shot, Allee’s balls were sitting behind a cluster of her opponents balls with the cue ball sitting in the kitchen. Allee had to kick the cue ball two rails to hit a two ball combination into the side pocket, which she did. Shaking her head in disbelief, her opponent, Audra Dean, wanted to know when Allee was starting her Trick Shot career. Sharky’s Billiards will host the Missouri State All Leagues 10-Point Handicap 8 Ball team tournament April 18-19. For more information go to www. sharkysbilliards.com.


Colgan Wins The forty-first stop of the 50-stop 2008/2009 Pechauer All American Tour (produced by the American CueSports Alliance – ACS) was hosted at

Tim Colgan

Top Shots Pool & Darts in La Crosse, WI, on Sunday, March 22. The $500 added event featured twenty-four players in a double-elimination 8-ball format on 7-foot bar boxes. Tim Colgan (La Crosse, WI) breezed undefeated to the tourney finals. In the A-side finals, Colgan clipped Jamie Nichols (La Crosse, WI) by a 3-2 margin. On the B-side, Tony Miller (Barre Mills, WI) and Danton Tibbitts (La Crosse, WI) dispatched Mike Mellem (La Crosse, WI) 3-2 and Art Ekern (La Crescent, MN) 3-1 respectively at 5th place. In the B-side semifinals Tibbitts eliminated Tony Miller at 4th place, 3-1. Recovering from his A-side finals loss to Colgan, Jamie Nichols finished Danton Tibbitt’s run at 3rd place with an 3-1 win, giving Nichols another shot at Colgan. The Colgan/Nichols finals was all about the break, as numerous run-outs resulted in a 3-1 title win for Tim Colgan!. Bert Hershberger (Westby, WI) qualified for a free 9-Ball singles entry into the 2009 ACS Nationals in Las Vegas – courtesy of the ACS. We wish to thank sponsors J. Pechauer Custom Cues, Championship Billiard Fabric, Nick Varner Signature Cases and oZone Billiards for their support. 1st $600 Tim Colgan (La Crosse, WI) 2nd $420 Jamie Nichols (La Crosse, WI) 3rd $180 Danton Tibbitts (La Crosse, WI) 4th $95 Tony Miller (Barre Mills, IL) 5/6 $25 Mike Mellem (La Crosse, WI) Art Ekern (La Crescent, MN)

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Winter 9-Ball Open

The thirty-seventh stop of the 50-stop place by a 5-4 margin, while Dino Devoe 2008/2009 Pechauer All American (Longmont, CO) suffered the same 7th Tour (produced by the American place fate at the hands of Nick Smith CueSports Alliance – ACS) was hosted (Colorado Springs, CO) 1-5. 5th place at Greenfields Pool & Sports Bar in spots were filled by Andy Pettinger Lakewood, CO, on Saturday, February losing out to Nick Smith 2-5, and Ed 28. The $1,000 added “Denver Winter Borrego falling to John Rivera 3-5. Nick 9-Ball Open” featured 33 players in Smith then kicked into a higher gear a double-elimination format on 7-foot to stop John Rivera’s’s march at 4th bar boxes. Mark Haddad (Broomfield, place by a 5-1 margin, and Rick Field’s CO) dominated Rick Field (Denver, CO) run at 3rd place, 5-0. This set up Nick in the A-side finals by a 5-2 margin to Smith’s rematch with undefeated Mark gain the hot seat. Previously in the Haddad for the title, but the results were A-side semi-finals, Haddad fended off similar to the earlier match, as Haddad John Rivera (Colorado Springs, CO) dominated by a 5-1 margin for the title! 5-2, while Field strafed Andy Pettinger Nick Smith qualified for a free 8-Ball (l to r) John Rivera (4th), Nick Smith (2nd), Mark Haddad (1st), Rick Field (3rd). (Denver, CO) 5-1. singles entry into the 2009 ACS Nationals The B-side showcased Ed Borrego in Las Vegas – courtesy of the ACS. We (Denver, CO) eliminating Ruben Silva (Colorado Springs, CO) at 7th wish to thank sponsors J. Pechauer Custom Cues, Championship Billiard Fabric, Nick Varner Signature Cases and oZone Billiards for their support. Further information, entry details and schedules for the 2008/2009 Pechauer All American Tour are available at www.americancuesports.org. 1st $500 Mark Haddad (Broomfield, CO) March 21st - 23 players March 7th - 33 players 2nd $340 Nick Smith (Colorado Springs, CO) Clarette Club - Mission, KS Shooters, Olathe KS 3rd $240 Rick Field (Denver, CO) 1st - 2nd split: 1st David Matlock, 4th $160 John Rivera (Colorado Springs, CO) David Matlock, 2nd Mike Lacy, 5/6 $100 Andy Pettinger (Denver, CO), Ed Borrego (Denver, CO) Jon Schneider 3rd Jake Santora, 7/8 $50 Ruben Silva (Colorado Springs, CO), Dino Devoe (Longmont, CO) 3rd Gary Serville, 4th Darrel Day, 9-12 $30 Bill Skinner (Aurora, CO), Jim Gardner (Denver, CO) 4th Jon Boster, 5-6 Bob Fergason, Fernando Corona (Longmont, CO), Greg Romero Jr. (Aurora, CO) 5-6 Toby Hamilton, Phil Martin Jennifer Combs

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2009 Diamond World Summit of Pool Savvy Air Travel The American CueSports Alliance (ACS) is excited to announce its hosting of the $20,000-added “Diamond World Summit of Pool” pro 9-ball championship during the ACS Nationals at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Many of the top professional players, such as Shane “The South Dakota Kid” Van Boening, Johnny “The Scorpion” Archer, Alex “The Lion” Pagulayan, Mika “The Iceman” Immonen and Rodney “The Rocket” Morris will be featured in the June 3-6 event, which is being hosted and produced by the ACS and co-produced and sanctioned by the United States Professional Poolplayers Association (UPA). General admission and VIP tickets may be purchased in advance by going to www.americancuesports.org or calling 1-888-662-1705. Special discounted hotel room reservations for players and spectators at the Riviera are available by calling 1-800-634-6753 and using the ACS Group Code: “ACS National 8-Ball Championships.” The Championship is sponsored by Diamond (and will feature Diamond 9-foot tables), Simonis cloth and Aramith balls. For additional information on entering the pro event, contact the UPA at 1-877-788-7227 or email info@upatour.com or go to www.upatour.com. ACS members will receive discounted ticket rates for the pro event. The ACS Nationals will be conducted from May 31-June 6 – immediately following the VNEA Internationals, and will feature hundreds of ACS league and player members, the Can-Am Snooker Challenge, the “Las Vegas Open” NWPA-sanctioned wheelchair tournament, a “2009 Dr. Cue Artistic Pool Tour” challenge and exhibitions by current ESPN Trick Shot Magic Champion, Tom Rossman! Don’t miss all the action! Further information on the ACS is available at www.americancuesports.org.

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of sublime actions/reactions that are affected by friction. Scads of chalk, dirt, and other impurities all change the behavior of the colliding spheres. To play the game well, a player must understand and learn to control cut angle, cue ball deflection, speed, squirt, swerve, throw, skid, and countless varieties of spin. Dirty cloth and balls make these complicated variables even more unpredictable. Preventing the equipment from becoming filthy is something we can all do to help. In these tough economic times, pool rooms, bars, amusement vendors, and tournament promoters are tempted to cut back on table maintenance and expenses. During the boom times it wasn’t such a big deal to replace worn cloth or throw out a trashed cue ball. Now, it seems tables are going many months longer between getting recovered. Ball cleaners are getting old, not repaired, or used with improper cleaning solutions. Staffing cutbacks prevent suitable cleaning of said equipment. Players are routinely seeing $1.50 per game or ever increasing table time fees at leagues and tournaments. We have the right to request good equipment and a proper playing environment. We are the customers and those in control of the equipment should listen. We should also be compelled to take care of their equipment. Exhibit care to make it last and to show the owner’s investment in the expensive equipment is respected and appreciated. This will give you more credibility when you ask for cleaner equipment. Take care of the billiard equipment and everyone can enjoy playing on quality tables with a clean set of balls. Mike Fieldhammer - Professional Billiard Instructor www.billiardcoach.com / 612.802.0519 Mike is a full time tournament player and professional billiard instructor. He is available for private instruction or group clinics and events. Mike is a certified PAT examiner, a Billiard Congress of America Certified Instructor, and an ACS Certified Coach/Instructor.

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♦ Make sure you do not have any liquids/gels over 3 oz with you. ♦ Once your boarding pass and ID have been checked, put away your ID (you don’t need it again) but keep your boarding pass out. ♦ Get your electronics out and in a bin alone. ♦ Your shoes, belt, and jacket can go into a separate bin together. ♦ Cell phone, loose change, watches, keys, etc. can all go together in one of the smaller bins. ♦ Make sure you zip up and secure all your bags before placing them on the conveyer belt. ♦ Keep your boarding pass with you! ♦ Do not walk through the metal detector until you see the last of your items enter the x-ray machine. Special Needs ♦ If you suffer from motion sickness, make sure you take and pack (conveniently in a carry-on bag) your air sickness pills. ♦ If you are susceptible to catching colds, make sure you take your Airborn and stock up on vitamin C and zinc approximately 2-24 hours prior to airport exposure. o You may also want to carry anti-bacteria wipes with you. o Keep your hands clean. o Avoid unnecessary contact with your eyes, ears, and nose. o Try to practice good basic hygiene. General ♦ Use a list when packing to help ensure you don’t forget anything before and after. ♦ Clean out your pool case! You should consider doing this often anyway but it will definitely help reduce any unnecessary weight. Also, get change/tokens at the tournament. This will also help keep the weight to a minimum. ♦ Bring an extra bag. Find a lightweight duffle or backpack that can fold up and fit into your luggage. Be prepared in the event that your luggage is overweight or you bring some extras back with you. ♦ Once you get through security, check the gate assignment again before walking all the way there and realizing that it’s changed. ♦ Try to wear clothes with pockets. They come in handy. ♦ If you need a pillow or blanket, make sure you grab one or ask for one as soon as you board. Supplies are usually limited. ♦ Dress in layers. It can get chilly on the plane. ♦ Dress comfortably. You’ll be sitting in whatever you’re wearing for the next couple hours, or longer. ♦ Don’t forget to pack your music, books, games, pillow, snacks, and any other essentials. ♦ And, of course, never leave your personal belongings unattended and always check to make sure you haven’t left anything behind where ever you stop. There you have it! Now you’re a savvy flyer. We’ll see you in Vegas! Please be sure to visit PoolTipJar.com. You can take polls, view article archives, and read tournament and training updates. Samm Diep, “Cherry Bomb” House Pro at Mile Nine in Aurora, Colorado Author of “You Might Be A D Player If… (101 Classic Moves That All Pool Players Can Appreciate)” Visit: www.SammsPocket.com fun & unique products for pool players Also check out: PoolTipJar.com random smatterings of pool thoughts & articles


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