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BEF Junior National Champions

2009 BEF Junior Nationals Top Finishers (L-R) Bryce Lepak, Jesse Engel, Brendan Crockett, Landon Shuffett, Billy Thorpe, Nick Tafoya, Skyler Woodward, Briana Miller, Taylor Reynolds, Chelsea Hardwick, Liz Lovely, Jauslinn Arnold

The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) crowned four winners in the 2009 BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships. A total of 92 junior pocket billiard players gathered in the Bone Student Center at Illinois State University on July 23-26 to compete for the title in 4 divisions. In the 19and-under boys’ division, Landon Shuffett of Greensburg, KY, sailed through the winners’ bracket, while Liz Lovely of Centerville, OH, went undefeated in the 19-and-under girls’ division. Brendan Crockett of Bell Canyon, CA, thrived in the 14-and-under boys’ division and Briana Miller of Allentown, PA, won her third consecutive title in the 14and-under girls’ division. In addition to trophies and prizes, the winners of the four divisions were awarded $1,000 in academic scholarship funds and earned a trip to represent the U.S. in the upcoming World Pool-

Billiard Association (WPA) Junior World 9-Ball Championships, which will be held in Nicaragua this November. Second-place finishers in all four divisions received $500 in academic scholarship funds, trophies, and prizes. In addition, second and third-place finishers in the 19-and-under boys’ division will also represent the U.S. in the Junior World 9-Ball Championships. The Billiard Education Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charitable organization committed to furthering the standard of excellence and leadership within the billiard community by engaging in activities related to the education and cultural advancement of tomorrow’s leaders. For more information about the BEF, please visit www. or contact Laura Smith at 303.926.1039 or e-mail LauraSmith@

2009 BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championship results: 19 & UNDER BOYS’ DIVISION 1st Landon Shuffett Greensburg, KY 2nd Jesse Engel Columbia Heights, MN 3rd Nick Tafoya Albuquerque, NM 4th Skyler Woodward Ledbetter, KY 19 & UNDER GIRLS’ DIVISION 1st Liz Lovely Centerville, OH 2nd Jauslinn Arnold Bakersfield, CA 3rd Chelsea Hardwick Evansville, IN 4th Nicole Jaynes Albuquerque, NM 14 & UNDER BOYS’ DIVISION 1st Brendan Crockett Bell Canyon, CA 2nd Billy Thorpe Dayton, OH 3rd Bryce Lepak Winter Springs, FL 4th Chad Behnke Farley, IA 14 & UNDER GIRLS’ DIVISION 1st Briana Miller Allentown, PA 2nd Taylor Reynolds Waterville, ME

Ultimate Billiards Nut Jeannie Seaver, 1st Place Winner

Amy Poulter, 2nd Place

Well it wasn’t much different from last month here at Ultimate Billiards for the ladies monthly $250.00 added event. This tournament is held on the fourth Saturday of every month, in conjunction with an open men’s 9-ball tournament for $35.00 entry and $100.00 added event. We had twelve players vying for the $730.00 prize fund, in the ladies division. While 41 open players competed in the K F Cues tour $1000.00 added event. Jeannie Seaver took down the top prize of $325.00 and Amy Poulter settling for second once again with the $200.00 prize. A new third place finisher was Jeannie’s sister Vanessa with $125.00 prize. Fourth and final spot paid was to Kelly with an $80.00 payday.

We at Ultimate are happy to support the ladies and the month of August will be a memorable one for one talented lady. We are hosting the first event of the newly organized Florida ladies tour. www. Saturday August 15, 2009 will be the first event and is one of, if not the last sanctioned qualifier for the WPBA Colorado Classic event in Sept. This is a $500.00 ADDED EVENT. August 22, 2009 is the next monthly LADIE’S ONLY $250.00 ADDED EVENT at Ultimate Billiards. Ladies show the support to a room supporting you and make this next event twice as big as the last two events. Thanks and as always straight shooting. Ultimate-Bill

Great Southern Billiard Tour By Lea Andrews

Sean Davis plowed an undefeated path through Monday got off to a 2-0 lead, the Great Southern Billiard Tour field the weekend but Davis tied it at two, at of July 25-26. The $1,500-added A/B amateur three, and, after Monday’s event, held at Speakeazy Billiards in Sanford, NC, unlikely miss on a 9 ball, at drew 74 tough competitors. four. Monday got it to 6-4, B-ranked Davis found himself in the hot seat but that’s where he stopped. match following a hill-hill match with B-ranked Brad Davis took rack 11, making it 6-5, and made it 6-6 Shearer. Meeting him there was AA-ranked Sam after Monday missed the 1 ball in rack 12. Davis’ Monday, who’d just sent B-ranked J.R. Poste to the controlled and powerful break put three balls in the left side of the bracket 11-5. Getting off to a 4-1 pockets in the final rack, opening up the table for lead, Monday seemed the likely winner, but Davis game, set, match, and tournament. battled back, tying it at six and at seven to win the match while Monday, who was going to 11, still RESULTS: needed four games. $1,000 Sean Davis $1,000 Poste moved on to the quarterfinals against 1st 2nd $600 Sam Monday $600 Crouch, who’d come out on top of a hill-hill 3rd $400 Danny Crouch $400 match with Shearer. Crouch didn’t allow Poste $150 J.R. Poste, Danny Mastermaker, as many games, though, holding him to four and 4th-6th Brad Shearer moving on to the semifinals against Monday. 7th-8th $100 Barry Mashburn, Scott Lewis After making five balls on the break in rack Vernon Ringold, David Brown, nine, Monday ran out to make it 5-4 and didn’t 9th-12th $70 Joe Williams, Larry Faulk let Crouch back in, finishing up 11-4 to get back 13th-16th $45 Mike Fuller, James Blackburn, to Davis. Duane Davis, Glen Russell In the true double-elimination final match,

Deuel Double Dips Seminole Tour Article By: Raymond Linares Corey is back! After conquering a tough field in last months tournament, Deuel has put to rest any arguments that he isn’t at his best. Winning his second tournament in a row, Corey is making a huge charge for the season’s point lead. Currently he finds himself in second position behind Mike Davis. Mike, after this event, clings to a 5 point lead. “The Prince of Pool” put on some serious displays of shot making and safety play. His overall table management was representative of his world class status. The first half of the tournament, Corey went straight through his opponents like a hot knife through butter; demolishing all comers including Earl Strickland 7-2 and Mike Davis 8-3. Not until North Carolina’s Mike Fuller stopped him dead in his tracks. Mike Fuller showed a really impressive game this weekend. Playing in his first Seminole Pro Tour 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th/6th 7th/8th 9th-12th

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event, Fuller had no shortage of opportunities to prove himself against the tour’s established players. The Roxborough native had strong wins against Han Berber 7-4, John DiToro 7-2, and Stevie Moore 8-4. Next on his hit-list was none other than Corey Deuel. Fuller really showed some nerve in this match. Corey seemed to struggle on the break, and Mike really punished him for it. Bringing his big break into play, Fuller would overcome Deuel in a hill-hill thriller. Next up for Fuller was the hot-seat match against Manny Chau. Both players played tight all the way down to the end. However, after Chau missed a tough blind back-cut on the 7 into the side pocket, Mike took a critical lead at 7-6. Mike Fuller would win the next game as well and capture the hot seat. The Seminole Pro Tour would like to thank Bucky and Mike, as well as the staff of Fast Eddie’s Billiards for hosting such a great event. Their classic style setup is a must see for any pool fan. Our next stop takes us back to the sunshine state, to Cape Coral Florida’s Diamond Billiards. This event was incredibly popular last year and will undoubtedly be so again. For further information visit www.seminolesportsmanagement. com or contact tour director Kevin Pickard at

Corey Deuel Mike Fuller Manny Chau Ronnie Wiseman Ron Park, Keith Bennett Earl Strickland, Justin Hall Mike Davis, Younger Chapman, Stevie Moore, Tony Crosby

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KF Cues 9-Ball Tour Tournament to Benefit Cancer Research

By Lea Andrews Adam Wheeler chose to earn his first KF Cues 9-Ball Tour Open win on the last regular stop of the season. Wheeler went undefeated through the field of 41 who arrived at Ultimate Billiards in Fort Pierce, FL, for Howe the $1,000 added event July 25, while Albert Howe took first in the 62-entrant $ 7 0 0 - a d d e d amateur event July 26. Wheeler followed up a 9-1 blowout over Jerry Calderon with a hill-hill win over Manny Chau to gain the hot seat, while on the one- Wheeler loss side, Charlie Williams ousted Mike Delawder 7-3, tournament director Tony Crosby 7-3, and Jeff Hughes 7-2 to land in the one-loss quarterfinals with Calderon. Calderon, coming off of a hill-hill win over Prescott Buckwold, held Williams to just two games and moved on to the one-loss semifinals against Chau. In the final set, Wheeler got off to a strong 5-1 lead, forcing Chau to try to make a comeback. In the amateur event on Sunday, Howe was fighting for the win plus Player of the Year honors, which would yield him $500 and

a custom KF Cue. A win in the winners’ side final four would give him the title, and he got it, sending Jimmy Sandaler west 7-3. In the single race-to-8 final match, Howe truly played the part of Player of the Year, working the racks even better than he had all day, and he took first with an 8-2 win. The top non-cashing lady finisher, Samantha Huber, earned $50. Though second in points (leader Crosby, as KF Cues Tour director, is ineligible), earning Player of the Year in the open division was Julio Aquino, who, like Howe, earned $500 and a custom KF Cue. Second and third place finishers The season finales for both divisions will be held at Strokers Billiards II in Tampa, FL. The $2,500-added minimum amateur finale, the Florida State Amateur 9-Ball Championships, will be held August 29-30, while the $2,500-added minimum open finale, the Florida State Open 9-Ball Championships, will be held September 5-6. For more information, please go to www.

OPEN RESULTS: 1st $750 2nd $550 3rd $400 4th $260 5th $150 7th $85

Adam Wheeler Manny Chau Jerry Calderon Charlie Williams Jeff Hughes, Prescott Buckwold Tony Crosby, Keith Brinton

AMATEUR RESULTS: 1st $550 2nd $400 3rd $300 4th $200 5th $100 7th $80 9th $60 13th $50

Albert Howe $550 Sam Ketcham $400 Jimmy Sandaler $300 Richard Knight $200 Jesse Langston, Mike Delawder Saulton Kemph, Bobby Moore Jeff Mabry, Matt Holland, David Uwate, Scott Nodel Sam Kantar, Jeannie Seaver, Thomas Belka George Saunders

By John Craig Gate City Billiards Club is holding another benefit tournament, this time for the American Cancer Society. Todd Nelson, a local player and good friend of Earl Strickland, lost his mother to cancer recently. I decided to combine Todd’s love of pool and his love for his mother by holding a tournament benefiting cancer research. Gate City Billiards Club was proud to be the host location. The tournament is August 29th at 2:00pm, registration will begin at 12:00. The entry fee for the tournament will be $50 with $20 of each entry going to The American Cancer Society. It will be double elimination with a race to 7 on the winners side and a race to 5 on the losers side. The field will be limited to 32 players. There is an exciting twist to this tournament. First place will win a spot in this year’s U.S. Open 9-ball tournament in October. This is being paid for through $100 generous donations from: • Barry Behrman (Founder of the U.S. Open) • Don Liebes and Jana Wagenseller (Owners of Gate City Billiards Club) • Bar 40 Night Club in Greensboro • Dobros Pizza and Grill • James Brady (VIP Customer at Gate City Billiards Club) • John Craig (yours truly, pool player and friend of Todd Nelson) There will also be extra drink specials, contests, prizes, raffles and auctions during this event all to benefit the cause. Because of the U.S. Open prize, we are expecting some of the area’s best pool players. Even if you decide not to enter the tournament, come by to watch some very good pool and to support a very good cause.

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Perfecting Stop Shots

San Francisco Billiard Academy By Bob Jewett

San Francisco Billiard Academy In my last column, I gave the answer to the stop shot puzzle from two columns ago. Two readers, Matt Hiatt and Bryce Leong turned in answers too late to acknowledge last time. Both found the solution using stripes. Bob Jewett Playing a stop shot is the simplest way to play position because if you Bob ball Jewettwill end in an exact position. As long get the stroke right, the cue as that’s where you want the cue ball to be, you’re set. Because of the physics involved, it’s much easier to get a stop shot right within say half a ball than it is to get a partial follow or draw shot right within the same margin for say two balls of forward or backward movement. (See my column from October 2007 for a drill for precision slight follow/ draw shots.) There is a hidden danger with stop shots, though, and that is throw. Of course since a stop shot is by definition a straight in shot, you don’t get “collision induced throw” which happens when the cue ball rubs across a ball during a cut shot. Instead you risk getting throw due to unintended side spin on the cue ball. It turns out that left or right side spin on the cue ball is most effective in Use a stripe as your cue throwing the object ball (to the right or ball to reveal unintended side spin. left, respectively) when the cue ball has no draw or follow at the instant of contact. Think of which way the surface of the cue ball will be rubbing across the face of the object ball. With only side spin, the cue ball Shot A will be rubbing left or right while if there Perfect stop shot is also draw or follow, the rub will be with increasing speed at an angle and the left or right will be diluted. This means that unintended Shot B throw due to unintended spin is most Perfect stop shot with increasing object ball dangerous on a stop shot. distance You need to make sure you don’t fall into this trap. In the diagram are two drills that will move you closer to perfection. Both of these use a stripe as the cue ball so that you can see whether you have side spin on the cue ball. If you have one of those practice cue balls with a stripe around it, that will be even better. In Shot A, the goal is simply to shoot a stop shot into the side pocket. The cue ball should not go forward or back after hitting the object ball-you’re shooting a stop shot -- but more importantly, the stripe should remain vertical and “pointed” along the line of the shot. Shoot the shot from the same position each time, and gradually increase the speed of the shot. How hard can you hit the shot and still kill the cue ball and leave the stripe in place? In Shot B, the cue ball starts behind the line and the shot is straight to a corner pocket. Start with the object ball one diamond over the line. Again the goal is to stop the cue ball dead with the stripe right. This shot is varied by moving the object ball away from the line towards the pocket. If you have trouble keeping spin off the cue ball, here are some suggestions. Get a friend to tell you whether you are lining up in the middle of the cue ball -- many people have trouble seeing the center due to eye alignment. Address the cue ball low and check the reflection of your stick in the surface of the cue ball, which needs to be shiny. Does the reflection point straight back at you? Finally, try watching the cue stick rather than the cue ball or object ball on the final stroke -- make sure you are coming straight through the ball. 1



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A Bad Plan is Better than No Plan By Samm Diep, © July 2009

I don’t even need to explain the title of this article because I’m sure you know exactly what I’m referring to. When we don’t decide what we want to accomplish or if we don’t fully commit to the outcome, it is more likely that we’ll miss or get bad position. How can we expect to achieve something when we don’t even know what we’re trying to achieve? How many times have you played position for “oh, somewhere in the middle of the table,” and ended up with a bank shot, the cue ball frozen to the rail with a tester, Samm Diep or even hooked behind the only possible ball on the table? If you have no idea where you’re going, chances are you‘ll get there. What is a bad plan? A bad plan is a bad decision. Maybe you chose the wrong pattern and were left snookered on your last ball. Perhaps you’re playing 8-ball and you carelessly got too straight on your key ball. Now you have to find a way to get through traffic back to the other end of the table for the 8. These are all examples of poor decisions. In these instances, you had a bad plan. Regardless of how your bad plan occurred, if you address a shot with no plan whatsoever, you’re just as doomed from the beginning. Even the most beginner player that has yet to learn cue ball control has a plan. Their plan: Make the ball. Make the ball. Make the ball. They may not play perfect patterns, but if their alignment and mechanics are sound, they will most likely pocket the ball. Once they discover rails and English, they graduate from simply making the ball to also controlling the cue ball. Their new plan becomes: Make the ball and draw the cue ball three diamonds. Whatever position is required of the cue ball, this new element now becomes part of their plan. The point is that there is a plan. At a certain level, our abilities have strengthened and the challenge becomes putting it all together in a good plan. We know where to aim and what speed we should use to accomplish what we want. The part we often neglect is to develop a plan that takes advantage of all our current skills. Having a plan means that BEFORE we get down and address the cue ball, we make a decision on exactly what we would like to see happen. We’ll do our best to make it happen, but the only way to give ourselves the best chance is to have a full plan of attack, regardless if the plan is good or bad. You may think, “Let’s just make this ball and see what happens” is a plan, but it’s actually no plan at all. Establish a plan and give yourself the best chance at the shot. Commit your mind to the full picture. If it’s a bad plan, embrace it and have a better plan next time. Having no plan teaches us nothing.

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by: Don “Cheese” Akerlow

The 19th Annual VNEA Junior National Championships in Lincoln, Nebraska started on Friday June 26, 2009 and ran through the weekend. The event was held at the Pershing

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Center in the heart of downtown Lincoln. I was impressed with the set up once we walked onto the tournament floor. The pool tables occupied the entire floor space with stadium bleacher seating lining each side. Everyone had a great view of what was happening on the floor. Besides the main tournament floor, the lower level had pool tables set up and play was happening there as well. The VNEA brought in over 100 pool tables, hosted over 400 junior pool players from over 30 Charters from the United States

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and Canada. The Pershing Center is set up to hold sports events of all kinds complete with refreshment stands which seemed to do a lot of business with hungry teenagers playing pool

all weekend. these juniors could play so well. OTBnTV was There were their to film all the action and you can view their 3 divisions matches online at of play, Youth (9You too will be impressed. 13), Minors For those people in the billiard industry that (14-17) and believe pool is in trouble, let me categorically Majors (18state, “No we are not”. If this is any example, 20) for both Singles and Teams. First up for OTBnTV to film on Friday evening was the Singles Finals in the Boys Kayli Dabicci (MI) and Girls divisions, play continued on Saturday and Sunday as OTBNTV filmed. After the tournament ended Friday night, we walked back to our hotel, the Cornhusker Marriott (host hotel), Ben Parduhn (WI) and enjoyed a typical Midwest Friday night downtown. We saw people walking the streets, these juniors acted like ladies and gentlemen sitting at sidewalk with respect for each other cafes, couples handand the game. I was proud in-hand enjoying the to be there and watch them beautiful but humid play. There were runouts, evening that brought safeties and table length shots back memories of a that would make the average small town, no matter league player envious. What how large. struck me most unusual for a What a treat for league player was the courtesy myself and co-host and respect they had for the Ed Borgia from Erie, other player when they lost. Pennsylvania to be Don’t misunderstand me, they able to commentate weren’t happy about it but they on the play of these weren’t throwing fits, pouting, talented juniors. throwing their cues around or Kids ranging in anything that you might see on age from 9-20, that any league night. These kids executed their game acted like professionals should. during the finals of Final results are available at 1st Minor Teams the Junior World Three Muskateers (IA) Championships. They shot with knowledge, perception but most of all confidence. I was impressed but sorry to say surprised at their abilities. I never thought that

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showdowns. The famous “Pocket” featuring only 6 tables housed the coveted finals of each event. Both singles and team competition for the weekend were broken down into 3 divisions: Youth - Ages 9-13 Minor - Ages 14-17 Major - Ages 18-20 Male singles events recorded 300 entries while the female singles edged 100 entries. In total, over 400 shooters would square-off in a double elimination format that would lead to some great shooting and refreshing sportsmanship. The Team competition, consisting of 3-player s q u a d s , would reach 117 teams this year. These great numbers represented an incredible 28 Charter Holders from an impressive 12 states and 2 Canadian Chandra Campion (MN) Provinces. This made up for a total of over 500 ENTRIES in the team and singles events. State Representation Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania,

The 19th Annual VNEA Junior Pool Championships Invade Lincoln With A Flood Of Excited, Youthful and Talented Pool Shooters The Pershing Center • Lincoln, Nebraska June 25 - 28, 2009 The VNEA and host operator V.V.S. put on another “incredible” Junior Championships with everyone in attendance boasting about the event! With a total of 80 Valley Pool Tables layed out in a split level design, the VNEA To u r n a m e n t Committee prepared a perfect setting for pool! On Thursday afternoon, the VNEA opened its tournament doors early, as usual, to hundreds of Rachel Byrket (IA) juniors lined up outside to begin their practice routines and play in one or more of twenty-seven singleelimination mini-tournaments. As the young shooters entered the center you could see their faces light up with excitement and fascination. For most of these players, they have never seen 80 pool tables set up under one roof, not to mention an impressive control stage and a mountainous trophy display which was beautifully displayed. Early on Friday morning, the youthful and excited shooters arrived at the center ready to battle it out in Singles competition. Each player was trying to make it into the finals bracket of their division where they would begin their final surge toward an international VNEA title later that evening. After a great 1st Youth Teams: Shooters Sharpshooters (KS) day of awesome pool, the tables were set for the final

South Dakota,Wisconsin and Wyoming International Representation Ontario & Manitoba, Canada After playing all day Friday, the pool playing group was treated to a fun-filled Players Reception that evening at 6:30. Players were able to relax, grab a slice or two of pizza and a soda. Those top j u n i o r s who found themselves still in the thick of the singles tournament action, would prepare to battle it out in the finals brackets of the regular competition. Dan Olson (SD) When the dust finally settled on the arena floor, the following young shooters were crowned the 2009 Int’l VNEA Singles Champions: MALE SINGLES Youth Division: Billy Thorpe Gold Coin Amusement - Bellbrook, OH Minor Division: Dan Olson Great Amusement - Sioux Falls, SD Major Division: Benjamin Parduhn Modern Specialty • Madison,WI FEMALE SINGLES Youth Division: Kayli Dabicci Kalamazoo Amusement - Kalamazoo, MI Minor Division: Chandra Campion D & R Star • Rochester, MN Major Division: Rachel Byrket Ries Amusement • Denison, IA Beginnning at 8:30am on Saturday morning, the VNEA welcomed the Teams to the “Big Show” with its traditional and one-of-a-kind Opening Ceremonies which includes an impressive “Parade of Flags” featuring all of the states and countries involved. As in years past, VNEA Director of Marketing & Promotions Brian Elliott welcomed the hundreds of players and family members to the team tournament. Starting by thanking the parents who play a

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19th Annual VNEA Junior Championships major role in getting these players to the internationals, Brian continued by complimenting the Charter Holders and the junior players themselves for making this year a special event. Brian also thanked the junior teams for wearing terrific team uniforms this year and applauded the players for their classy attire. Elliott continued by announcing the previous evening’s Singles winners and recognized several of the weekends dignitaries. There was a total of 36 beautiful Ginger Wizard (GW) cues that were given away to the Top 4 Mark Dimick, Manny Pere, Braedon Schaefer places in the 3 divisions of team play. There were also 27 incredible Valley, 2-piece cues and GW cases that were given to the winners and runner-up’s of the competitive mini-tournaments throughout the weekend. Tom’s Q-Stix, Viking Cue and Steve Schoenfelder representing Schuler Cues also donated a number of gorgeous cues. High Country Promotions did a terrific job with table set-up and tear-down as well as daily maintenance. Co-Head Junior Referees Jim “Woody” Woodside and Nils McConnell ran a remarkably smooth tournament with the help Mark Dimick, Skyler Banfill, Austin Osterloh of Dot Cyr, Todd Smith, Jeff Scroggins and Scott Hoffecker who did a great job at this awesome event. Next, sixteen anxious youths participated as flag bearers in the annual “Ceremony of Flags” and the U.S. and Canadian anthems were proudly played. This part of the ceremony is very important to the players as they all take great pride in their state, province and country. An informative Control Stage kept the players updated with critical tournament information and was led by Junior Tournament Director, Mike Fowler fromWK Music & Vending in Columbus, Ohio. Mike’s staff worked diligently to get through the enormous amount of matches that were played throughout the weekend. The Tournament Committee Staff consisted of the following... Brian Elliott - Bay City, MI, Gregg Elliott - Bay City, MI Marshall Kohtz - Lincoln, NE, Wayne Herron - Rochester, MN Ed Borgia - Erie, PA Other volunteers included... Rhonda Reinarz, Kim Carnes, Nic Hitz, Larry Siebe, Lucy Down, Chris Foster, Alan Burbach, Kelli & Haley Finke, Tammy McConnell, Julie Luedtke and Brenda Burcham Other features of the tournament room included side competitions and instructional zones. Artistic Pool Arena: Mark “Dr. Popper” Dimick ran Artistic Pool competitions non-stop throughout the weekend. Everyone wanted to test their skills

against the challenging shots that he had mapped out. All these skills were put to the test as the “International Junior Artistic Pool Championships”would determine who was the best of the best. Again, hundreds of the juniors took part with the event climaxing with the following 2009 Champions: Youth Division: (1st & 2nd) Manny Perez: M & M Amuse. - KS Braedon Schaefer: C & N Sales - MN Minor Division: (1st Mark Dimick, Chad Palmer, David Townes & 2nd) Skyler Banfill: Apollo Amuse. - FL Austin Osterloh: Games Unlimited - SD Major Division: (1st & 2nd) Chad Palmer: All Amer. Auto. - MI David Townes: Coin-Op Specialist - MI Saturday evening saw the Junior/Junior Scotch Doubles Competition. A giant number of Scotch Doubles teams competed in the 3 divisions and all striving for beautiful Valley Cues. Beautiful cases from GW Cues were awarded to the second place teams. The evenings competition was great with the following outcome: Youth Champions: 1st Dane Reinke & Alex Dominique: Coin-Op Specialist • Adrian, MI 2nd Willy & Shaquille Houle: Aactive Coin, Manitoba, Canada Minor Champions: 1st Dan Olson & Lukas Cason: Great Amusement • Sioux Falls, SD Gold Coin Amusement • Bellbrook, OH 2nd Nate Atkinson & Blake Mattson: Ries Amusement, OH Major Champions: 1st Blake Peterson & Mitchell Brunick: Great Amusement • Sioux Falls, SD 2nd Jesse Engel & Chad Plumley: D & R Star, Rochester, MN Team Uniform Competition Every team at this years championships looked terrific and a lot of squads wanted to take home the Team Uniform Award. The Tournament Committee, with the help of the Referees, chooses a team who dresses consistently, with style and charter representation. The competition is fun and the kids do a great job with their outfits. This years award went to three different teams just proving that this competition is fun yet fierce as many teams strived for the title of “Best Team Uniform”. The stylish winners were as follows: V.V.S. “Dizzy Blondes” - V.V.S. Charlotte Bertram, Andrea Hays, Ashley Hays GRLZ - Coin-Op Specialist Courtney Stoddard, Emma Mohr, Gary Harley Brite Shots - Top Score Games Ashley Haas, Kourtney Ryan, Jasmine Hunter Stansfield’s Sharpshooters - Stansfield Vending Scott Tyler, Derek Olson, Brandon Tyler, Rich Burch The Ultimate Team Competition Sunday morning produced some of the most incredible junior pool action ever experienced as the top teams went head to head for international junior titles. When the team competition finished around 2:00pm, the following 19th Annual VNEA International Junior Team Champions had been crowned. Youth Division: Shooters Sharpshooters: M & M Amusement - Gardner, KS Minor Division: Three Muskateers: Ries Amusement - Denison, IA August 2009 page 10 Filmed All The Action Major Division: Hustlin’ USA: Ries Amusement Denison, IA Highest Female Team Youth Division: Top Score Team #2: Top Score Games - Columbus, NE Minor Division: Top Score Ladies: Top Score Games Columbus, NE Major Division: 3 Corners: D & R Star - Rochester, MN Highest Mixed Team Youth Division: Triple Threat: Kalamazoo Amusement - Kalamazoo, MI Minor Division: The Domin8tors T-1: BMW Billiards - Ft. Collins, CO Major Division: Hustlin’ USA: Ries Amusement Denison, IA GRLZ: Courtney Stoddard, Emma Mohr, Gary Harley Congratulations to everyone that competed to make this team event a spectacular thrill ride and also a very special thank you to all of the magnificent Sponsors who donate prizes, money and time to make this event the greatest Junior Pool Tournament in the world! Youth Team Division (Ages 9-13) 1st Shooters Sharpshooters - M & M Amusement, Gardner, KS • $1,500 Savings Bond, 3 two-piece cues, individual trophies 2nd Triple Threat - Kalamazoo Amusement, Kalamazoo, MI • $1,050 Savings Bond, 3 two-piece cues, individual trophies 3rd Adrian’s Finest - Coin-Op Specialists, Adrian, MI • $600 Savings Bond, 3 two-piece cues, individual trophies 4th The Challengers - Town & Country Amuse., Ontario, Canada • $300 Savings Bond, 3 two-piece cues, individual trophies 5-6 VVS Killerz - V.V.S., Lincoln, NE El Diablos - Top Score Games, Columbus, NE • $225 Savings Bond, 3 cue cases, individual trophies 7-8 Triple J’s - D & R Star, Rochester, MN Dead Stroke - Apollo Amusement, Naples, FL • $150 Savings Bond, 3 cue cases, individual trophies Minors Team Division (Ages 14-17) 1st Three Muskateers - Ries Amusement, Denison, IA • $1,500 Savings Bond, 3 two-piece cues, individual trophies 2nd Shooters-Blue - American Amuse. Arcade, Minneapolis, MN • $1,050 Savings Bond, 3 two-piece cues, individual trophies 3rd Ebb & Flow Crushers - Aactive Coin, Manitoba, Canada • $600 Savings Bond, 3 two-piece cues, individual trophies 4th The Pro’s - M & M Amusement, Gardner, KS • $300 Savings Bond, 3 two-piece cues, individual trophies 5-6 8-Ballers - Top Score Games, Columbus, NE Taylorsville Rack Busters - Gold Coin Amuse., Bellbrook, OH • $225 Savings Bond, 3 cue cases, individual trophies 7-8 Boneheads - D & R Star, Rochester, MN The Domin8tors T-1 - BMW Billiards, Ft. Collins, CO • $150 Savings Bond, 3 cue cases, individual trophies Majors Team Division (Ages 18-20) 1st Hustlin’ USA - Ries Amusement, Denison, IA • $1,500 Savings Bond, 3 two-piece cues, individual trophies 2nd The Deathriders - D & R Star, Rochester, MN • $1,050 Savings Bond, 3 two-piece cues, individual trophies 3rd Madsen’s #1 - Top Score Games, Columbus, NE • $600 Savings Bond, 3 two-piece cues, individual trophies 4th Team Seyberts USA - All American Automatic, Flint, MI • $300 Savings Bond, 3 two-piece cues, individual trophies 5-6 Everything Goes - Town & Country Amuse., Ontario, Canada Triple That - C & N Sales, Mankato, MN • $225 Savings Bond, 3 cue cases, individual trophies 7-8 Nickel Spot #1 - Great Amusement, Sioux Falls, SD 3 Musketeers - C & N Sales, Mankato, MN • $150 Savings Bond, 3 cue cases, individual trophies

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Youth Female Singles (9-13) 1st Kayli Dabicci: Kalamazoo Amuse., Kalamazoo, MI $150 Savings Bond & trophy 2nd Jacqueline Cassidy: Town & Country Amuse., Ontario $100 Savings Bond & trophy 3rd Keisha Roberts: C & N Sales, Mankato, MN $75 Savings Bond & trophy 4th Mariah Gilleland: V.V.S., Lincoln, NE $50 Savings Bond & trophy Minors Female Singles (14-17) 1st Chandra Campion: D & R Star, Rochester, MN $150 Savings Bond & trophy 2nd Ariana Hampton: Apollo Amusement, Naples, FL $100 Savings Bond & trophy 3rd Amy Lacanne: D & R Star, Rochester, MN $75 Savings Bond & trophy 4th Katie Robson: Town & Country Amuse., Ontario $50 Savings Bond & trophy Majors Female Singles (18-20) 1st Rachel Byrket: Ries Amusement, Denison, IA $150 Savings Bond & trophy 2nd Angela Tonjum: D & R Star, Rochester, MN $100 Savings Bond & trophy 3rd Shaunda Flett: Aactive Coin, Manitoba, Canada $75 Savings Bond & trophy 4th Kristen Ryan: D & R Star - Rochester, MN $50 Savings Bond & trophy Youth Male Singles (9-13) 1st Billy Thorpe: Gold Coin Amuse., Bellbrook, OH $500 Savings Bond & trophy 2nd Blake Mattson: Ries Amusement - Denison, IA $300 Savings Bond & trophy 3rd Landon Cason: Gold Coin Amuse., Bellbrook, OH $200 Savings Bond & trophy 4th Bronson Kidwell: M & M Amusement, Gardner, KS $150 Savings Bond & trophy 5/6 Manuel Perez: M & M Amusement, Gardner, KS Dakota Carmer: Kalamazoo Amuse., Kalamazoo, MI $100 Savings Bond 7/8 Derek Sarazin: Town & Country Amuse., Ontario Garrison Muth: Kalamazoo Amuse., Kalamazoo, MI $75 Savings Bond 9/12 Alex Dominique: Coin-Op Specialist, Adrian, MI Kenneth Greenwood: M & M Amusement, Gardner, KS Nigel Ellis: Top Score Games, Columbus, NE Ronnie Rasmussen: River City Amusement, Sioux City, IA $50 Savings Bond Minors Male Singles (14-17) 1st Dan Olson: Great Amusement, Sioux Falls, SD $500 Savings Bond & trophy 2nd Jesse Engel: D & R Star, Rochester, MN $300 Savings Bond & trophy 3rd Taylor Anderson: M & M Amusement, Gardner, KS $200 Savings Bond & trophy 4th Ezequiel Ramirez Jr.: Top Score Games, Columbus, NE $150 Savings Bond & trophy 5/6 Pahdahsung Shognosh: Town & Country Amuse., Ontario Nathan Burpee: All American Automatic, Flint, MI $100 Savings Bond 7/8 Buddy Skrutsky: Warner Coin, Erie, PA Cale Coffey: Top Score Games, Columbus, NE $75 Savings Bond 9/12 Tyler Steinhaus: American Amuse. Arcade, Mpls., MN Ian Kobler: Top Score Games, Columbus, NE Randall Weedman: Top Score Games - Columbus, NE Ernest Dalton: Apollo Amusements, Naples, FL $50 Savings Bond Majors Male Singles (18-20) 1st Benjamin Parduhn: Modern Specialty, Madison, WI $500 Savings Bond & trophy 2nd Brandon Heldenbrand: Ries Amusement, Denison, IA $300 Savings Bond & trophy 3rd Nicholas Marsolek: D & R Star, Rochester, MN $200 Savings Bond & trophy 4th Mitchell Brunick: Great Amusement, Sioux Falls, SD $150 Savings Bond & trophy 5/6 Patrick Friedman: Apollo Amusements, Naples, FL Chad Palmer: All American Automatic, Flint, MI $100 Savings Bond 7/8 Dustin Roach: Ries Amusement, Denison, IA Blake Peterson: Great Amusement, Sioux Falls, SD $75 Savings Bond 9/12 Cody Dunagan: Top Score Games, Columbus, NE Chad Plumley: D & R Star, Rochester, MN Nate Jackson: C & N Sales, Mankato, MN Adrian Tonche: D & R Star, Rochester, MN $50 Savings Bond

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Blaze 9 Ball Tour

Atlantic City Billiards hosted the Blaze 9 Ball Tour on Sunday July 19, 2009. A Strong field came out to play. Players like Shaun Wilkie, Bruce Nagle, Bob Madara, Mike Miller, Randy Schwager, Denise Reeves and Matt Krah. Leading the top half of the bracket was Bruce Nagle with wins over Tim Guld 7-2, Denise Reeve 7-1, Wali Muhammad 7-5, and Bob Madara 7-2. Leading the Bottom half of the bracket was Shaun Wilkie with wins over Mike Fernan 7-0, Lou Patrikios 7-3 and Randy Schwager 7-1. Playing for the hot seat was Bruce Nagle VS Shaun Wilkie this was a one way match with Shaun Wilkie winning the match 7-2. Sending Bruce Nagle to the one lost side where Mike Miller was waiting this was a great match, Mike Miller jumped to a 6-2 lead but Bruce Nagle came back slowly winning the next two games making the score 6-4. On rack 11 Mike Miller miss a straight on 9 ball 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

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Winner Shaun Wilkie, Owner Ernie, and runner up Bruce Nagle.

for the win, that shot cost him the match Bruce Nagle went on the win that game and the next two to win the match 7-6 and a spot in the finals. In the finals it was Bruce Nagle VS Shaun Wilkie a rematch of the hot seat Bruce Nagle has to beat Shaun Wilkie twice to win the event. Once again this was a one way match with Shaun Wilkie winning easily 7-3 and the event. Shaun Wilkie would like to thank Cue & Case for all his Lucasi Hybrid Equipment and his new polo shirts. Shaun says everything is going great and he is looking forward in playing his best pool for Cue & Case.

Shaun Wilkie Bruce Nagle Mike Miller Randy Schwager

Blaze 9 Ball Tour made its way to Skyline Billiards on Sunday July 12th in Brooklyn NY. A strong field came out to play. Players like: Joey Testa, Marc Vidal, Scott Tollefson, Randy Schwager, Jorge Rodriquez, Barry Banks, Manny Chau, Jennifer Barretta, and Caroline Pao. Joey Testa, Marc Vidal Leading the top half of the Vidal to the one lost side waiting bracket was Marc Vidal with wins for Marc Vidal on the one lost side over Wali Muhammad 7-5, Jerry was Scott Tollefson this was a Calderon 7-5, and Scott Tollefson great match that went hill hill with 7-2, Leading the bottom half of the Marc Vidal pulling off the win 7-6. bracket was Joey Testa with wins In the finals it was Marc Vidal VS over Sammy Wu 7-3, Joey Testa, Marc Vidal has to beat Jose Burgos 7-4, Jorge Rodriquez Joey Testa twice to win the event. 7-3, and Barry Banks 7-5. The first set belonged to Marc Vidal Playing for the hot seat was with a 7-4 win, but in the second Joey Testa Vs Marc Vidal, this was set Joey Testa pulled away late in a one way match with Joey Testa the match to win 7-5. winning easily 7-2. Sending Marc 1st $950 Joey Testa 2nd $425 Marc Vidal 3rd $240 Scott Tollefson 4th $150 Randy Schwager 5th/6th $100 Jorge Rodriquez, Barry Banks

CueSports International (CSI), the parent company of the BCA Pool League, is launching a new alternative in national league play. CSI also produces the National Championship Series (NCS), and independent events such as the Jay Swanson Memorial, the U.S Bar Table Championships, the Shootout At The Sands, and the new U.S Open 10-Ball Championship. The USA Pool League (USAPL) is a handicap league using the proven Fairplay? handicap system which is integrated into a state of the art online

league management system (LeagueSys). The USAPL is designed to encourage fun and skill development for the players and provide an opportunity for the League Managers to make a living in the pool league industry. The USAPL is actively seeking League Managers throughout the United States. To apply for a USA Pool League territory, contact Mark Estes ( at CueSports International, 702719-7665. For more information about the USA Pool League visit

What’s Happening in the Little Wooden Shed In July, we drove out to Marietta, GA to display some of our cues at the Southern Cue and Case Show that was held in conjunction with the Gem City 10 Ball Classic. The event was a great success, with many top players, cuemakers, case makers, etc.. We enjoyed meeting everyone. We plan to be a part of next year’s show, as well. We are adding a couple of new pages to our website. One is for our customers who want to show off their Crown Cues and share their stories. The other is a sort of index with pics and links to artistic poolers who would like to be easily located in one place. Look for these pages to be added in August. If you would like to know more, and/or be listed, write Crown Cues Aug. - Sept. Events: During the whole month of August, we will be offering 15% Off all cues, including custom orders, during our annual Summer Melt Down Sale! Check it out!

Gene and Renee of Crown Cues.

August 9th, we plan to be at Rusty’s Billiards in Fort Worth, TX for their anniversary bar box 8 ball tournament. Otherwise, Gene can usually be found at Q-Spot Family Billiards in Tulsa on Friday or Saturday nights. We are currently working on some possible plans for the fall and winter months, so be sure to look for our next article in October and watch our website athttp://www. for the upcoming changes!

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Mike Gasper Wins

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Eastern US Qualifier Information

By John Leyman

For more information call 702-719-7665 / email

The twelveth annual Tri-State Tour Invitational took place July 11 - 12, 2009, at Comet Billiards in Parsippany, NJ bringing together highly skilled amateurs hoping to sharpen their game en route to the pro circuit and ambitious upstarts looking to advance in class. The weekend was a huge success with 14 A & A+ Players, 32 B & B+ Players, 32 C & C+ Players and 14 D & D+ Players showing up to play in their respective classes. Comet Billiards owners Bill Haley along with the staff were gracious hosts and provided a professional and engaging atmosphere for the event. In the finals Mike saw all those great rolls disappear as Mike Gasper tore through the 4 –game handicap in no time to bring the match to 4-4 quickly. In the next 8

Qualifiy for The NCS 9-Ball & 10-Ball National Championships at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Sept. 3-7, 2009.

Visit for more information In Addition to Cash & Prizes at the Golden Nugget, The Top Two Finishers at Both Tournaments will win a paid spot to the $25,000 Added U.S Open 10-Ball Championship May 2010

9-Ball Qualifiers August 1 ~Fat Willies ~ Murfreesboro, TN (615) 848-1801 Mike Grasper, Grand Champion

games Mike Poisler tried as best as he could to find opportunities to win games but in the end Mike Gasper’s continued excellent play overcame all obstacles and Mike Gasper won the match 9-7 and crowned himself the 2008-2009 Invitational Grand Champion.

New England Women’s 9 Ball Tour The NEWPT hosted their third event of the season on July 26th. We would like to thank The Fan Club in East Wareham, MA for their hospitality and generosity in hosting the New England Women’s 9 Ball Tour. We had one new player, Karen Morrow, make the drive on the rainy Sunday morning to Cape Cod. It was great to see a new face on the tour! Now for the results: Liz Taylor is on fire! She is unstoppable, winning her 3rd straight NEWPT event. Although this time she took the difficult route after losing her second match of the day to Bonnie Saritelli, she fought her way through the loser’s bracket, defeating Jolie Brancaccio, Debra Nicoll, Nicole Netherland, Stacie Bourbeau, Norma Corneau, and Janet Tycks, to yet again reach the final match in her third consecutive tournament. Meanwhile, Candi Rego waited 1st $225 2nd $150 3rd $100 4th $50 5th-8th

patiently in the hot seat for her opponent, after defeating Stacie Bourbeau, Debra Nicoll, Linda Morton, and Janet Tycks. In the final match of the day, Liz Taylor proved that she was not going to back down after playing eight matches to get to the finals. Liz defeated Candi Rego 9-3, in this modified final match, to become the tournament champion and remain as the current points leader. Congratulations Liz! Also, congratulations to Janet Tycks for her outstanding performance and highest finish so far on the NEWPT, placing 3rd. The next tournament for the NEWPT, will be a qualifier on August 16th, at Corner Pocket in Johnston, RI. This qualifier is made possible by a donation of a cue by Cue-Tec and Imperial International. We thank them for their generous contribution. Check out our website, www., for more information.

Liz Taylor Candi Rego Janet Tycks Stacie Bourbeau Linda Morton, Norma Corneau, Nicole Netherland, Wendy Snow

August 2 ~ X & O Billiards ~ Stoughton, MA (781) 344-1800 August 8 ~ First Break Cafe ~Sterling, VA (703) 444-2551 August 8 ~ New Wave Billiards ~ Hialeah, FL (305) 557-4222 August 9 ~ Blazes Billiards ~West Warwick, RI (401) 615-7677 August 15 ~ Clicks Billiards ~ Orlando, FL (WOMEN ONLY) (407)275-6064 August 15 ~ Starcade Billiards ~ Ft. Walton Beach, FL (850)244-2349 August 15 ~ Gate City Billiards ~ Greensboro, NC (336) 856-8800 August 15 ~ The Obelisk ~ Newport News, VA (757) 874-8588 August 16 ~ Ultimate Billiards ~ Ft. Pierce, FL (772) 370-9184 August 22 ~ Strokers Billiards ~ Palm Harbor, FL (727) 786-6683

10-Ball Qualifiers August 1-2 ~ Big Daddy’s Billiards ~ Glen Burnie, MD (410) 760-1332 August 2 ~Fat Willies ~ Murfreesboro, TN (615) 848-1801 August 8-9 ~ Jordan Pool Hall ~Whitehall, PA (484)554-9397 August 8-9 ~ Red Shoes Billiards ~ Alsip, IL (708) 388-3700 August 9 ~ First Break Cafe ~Sterling, VA (703) 444-2551 August 9 ~ New Wave Billiards ~ Miami, FL (305) 220-4130 August 16 ~ The Obelisk ~ Newport News, VA (757) 874-8588 August 22 ~ Ultimate Billiards ~ Ft. Pierce, FL (772) 370-9184 August 23 ~ Strokers Billiards ~ Palm Harbor, FL (727) 786-6683 Please contact the qualifier host room for registration and start time. For the full nation-wide listing please visit the NCS Calendar at

Stroke Magazine - August Issue 2009  
Stroke Magazine - August Issue 2009  

The August Issue of Stroke Magazine for Pool players in the Eastern United States is online now. We feature the VNEA Junior Nationals in thi...