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Tri Annual Event Total payout for the Tri Annual event was $1035. Rooms from Dallas, Burien and Tacoma participated remotely. Players played two matches for the 1st round and the top 75% of the field moved onto the Sudden Death round. Play started at 10:00am west coast time and 1:00pm east coast time. A match is 11 games of 10ball vs. the Ghost with BTRT scoring system and handicapping in place. To qualify for this event players had to play 11 matches in the last 4 months. The Open division after two matches was a close finish with only 0.65 of a point separating 1st position Jing Gicoso and Larry Francisco 2nd position. 0.17 of a point separated third through fifth position with Deby Welfringer in fourth position, Scott Baber in fifth position Bob Steiner synching 6th. This round was only to secure a seat in the Sudden Death round. Competition doesn’t get much closer than that. In the intermediate division Cindy Parvala ran away with the qualifying round by 7 points letting second and third positions fight it out with only 0.24 points between Terry Lawrence and Elaine Eberly. 0.25 points separated fifth and sixth position with Pat Pilgrim and Joe Larson. This round qualified these players for the Sudden Death round of one (1 match) which determines who plays in the finals on Sunday. The Sudden Death round is just one match to qualify for those few final spots. The Sudden death round started about 2:00pm PST and was a nail biter. As we finished up our first round matches out of Malarkeys in Tacoma WA players huddled around the computer to watch the match scores come in from the other locations. Hawley’s Billiards in Dallas TX and Good Time Ernie’s in Burien WA did the same. In the Open Division Good Time Ernie’s brought Scott Baber in with aggregate high score of 155.35, Walter Hawley from Hawley’s Billiards out of Dallas TX in second and Larry Francisco from Malarkeys, Tacoma WA for third. The Intermediate division results for the Sudden Death round was Cindy Parvala holding onto first position, Pat Pilgrim in second position and Joe Larson rounding out the final third position. Final rounds started on Sunday at 11:30 PST. Players play two matches for the final round and the best match for each player is used to determine winners. The Intermediate and Open divisions play with a true 90% handicapping system so it’s anybody’s win. We’d also like to congratulate players that earned Achievement Awards by moving up in divisions the last 4 months. Pat Pilgrim, Bob Steiner, Scott Baber, Cindy Parvala and Jeff Aase. The Advanced division has just opened for you upper level players. Check our website for currently playing rooms or contact us to get playing. Behind the Rock Tour is a weekly national tournament played out of any local pool room on 9 foot tables and soon to open a bar box division. This tournament pays weekly with 5 divisions. To find out more about the tour or if you like to learn how to get your local pool room or favorite pool place playing go to www. and contact us. Or you can call 253-226-3594. Our next Tri Annual event is Dec. 8-9th. Congratulations to all participants and get ready for the final tri annual event in Dec..

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Player Joe Larson Pat Pilgrim Cindy Parvala

INTERMEDIATE DIV. Room Good Time Ernie’s Malarkeys Hawley’s Billiards

Score 159.32 138.82 138.08

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Score 154.78 149.35 145.14

Payout $293 $176 $117

Big Sky Billiard Challenge Series We are presenting our inaugural event. A new and exciting pool tournament at Fargo Billiards in Fargo ND. The main event is a $10,000 challenge match between Team Montana vs Team North Dakota. Featuring 4 different disciplines: 10 Ball Scotch Doubles, 8 Ball Doubles, 9 Ball Singles, and the main event 8 Ball singles!!! Along with the main event there will be a handicap 8 Ball Open Singles with an ascending entry fee based on skill level, races will be between

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8 BALL DOUBLE ELIMINATION October 6th & 7th $1000 ADDED MONEY Men’s A Division Entry Fee $100 + $20 Green Fee. Played on 2- 9’ Diamond Tables. Limited to 1st 16 Players. Open 8 Ball Entry Fee $25 + $20 Green Fee. Played on 7’ Diamond Tables. Limit of 64 players. Ladies Division Entry Fee $20.00 (no green fees) played on 7’ Diamond Tables. Limited to 1st -16 Players. Added money based on Field. Play begins immediately after Calcutta at 9:30am. Morning Bracket start at 10:30am and afternoon starts at 2pm and continues until 11:45pm and resumes again Sunday at 10am until finish.


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UNDEFEATED r u o t n o M a n Ja Story by Suzanne Smith

The Parlor in Bellevue, WA hosted the NWPA’s 5th Tour Stop of 2012 on Aug. 11-12th. We would like to thank our title sponsor Mueller for their continued support. Please support us by supporting them. Mention the NWPA and receive a discount on Mueller merchandise. The Parlor is located at Lincoln Square in beautiful downtown Bellevue. Some upcoming events at the Comedy Club include Rex Navarette 8/30-9/1, and Dat Phan 9/6-8. Other scheduled activities at The Parlor include karaoke on Thursday and UltraDance with DJ Kemal on Saturdays, both starting at 9:30 p.m. Delicious food and drink menus complete the experience, so if you ever have the opportunity to visit, please do… The tournament was run on eleven 9-foot Brunswick Gold Crown IVs with Centennial billiard balls. Rail2Rail Productions provided live streaming for the entire event and a Dave Jones Custom Cue was raffled off. Suzanne Smith ended up winning the cue valued at over $1000. Thanks so much to Dave Jones for supporting the NWPA. Player rewards for the Jana Montour

Jones, Adrianne Beach vs. Val Franiel, Mary Hopkin vs. Shelby Locati, and Tamre Rogers vs. Alicia Kvasnicka. Kim, Val, Shelby, and Tamre advanced through their first matches by the scores of 6-2, 6-5, 6-2, and 6-3 respectively to square off against each other. Kim and Shelby defeated Val and Tamre, by the same score, 6-3. With two wins each under their belt, Kim and Shelby continued through their next matches defeating Liz and Suzanne, 6-5 and 6-3. Shelby then defeated Kim 6-3 to advance to the semifinal against Kimberly. Yet to reach her first NWPA final, Shelby seemed on a mission going into the semifinal, but Kimberly had other plans in mind, and kept the momentum in her favor, defeating Shelby 6-3. The final was one race to 9, alternating break. Both players were shooting great and exchanged racks through game 12. With the score tied and 6 games each, Jana proceeded to take the next three racks to close out the set and solidify her position on top of the NWPA’s tour standings. With her strong finish, Kimberly moved up into the top 10. Great tournament ladies!

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MAIN EVENT PAYOUTS Payout Player $500 Jana Montour $375 Kimberly Kirk $250 Shelby Locati $170 Kim Jones $110 Liz Cole/Suzanne Smith $80 Tamre Rogers/Val Franiel

Five ladies came out to play in the free $200 added Second Chance event. With a small number, tournament directors, Chris and Ford, chose to make the tournament a Round Robin format. All entrants would play each other 7 games and high score would take top prize.

event included gift cards to The Parlor, Chilis, and Subway, along with NWPA merchandise donated by the tour. Two Canadian players joined the NWPA for their first event, we would love to welcome Val Franiel and Jenny Lucas, eh? Twenty-seven ladies came out to compete on Saturday morning. Very few upsets occurred during Saturday play, other than Kim Jones being defeated in her 3rd round match by Suzanne Smith 7-5. Only twelve players returned on Sunday in the main event. On the A side: Jana Montour vs. Liz Cole and Kimberly Kirk vs. Suzanne Smith. Jana and Kimberly both won their matches by the score of 7-4 and 7-5 to meet up for the hot seat. Jana and Kimberly battled it out for the point, with Jana defeating Kimberly 7-6 to ensure her place in the final. On the B side, only four out of the eight remaining ladies would advance into the money rounds so match play was tough. B side matches included Denice White vs. Kim

SECOND CHANCE PAYOUTS Place $ Player 1st 75 Sandy Badger 2nd 55 Talya Makus (actually tied in points with Sandy, but lost their match) 3rd 40 Trinh Lu 4th 30 Jenny Lucas Our next NWPA event will be hosted at Stix & Stones in Bremerton, WA September 22-23. Come out if Jana Montour can win her 4th tournament of the season and defend her Queen of the Fleece title. Thanks again to our title sponsor Mueller. If you haven’t had the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win one of the several cues or donated to the NWPA, you better hurry. Only two more chances for this year. Contact your favorite lady on tour or please contact if you are interested in participation. Other prizes include autographed photos from several pros, Hustlin’ USA apparel, a set of Prestige Billiard balls, a passion party basket, and much, much more. Need not be present to win and tickets are only two for $5, five for $10. Please support the NWPA and our Passion to Play.

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Shootout (l to r) Mary Rakin, Tony Torres, Hard Times GM, Bonnie Plowman

The Tiger West Coast Women’s Tour (TWCWT) visited Hard Times Billiards in Sacramento on Sep. 18/19 for its fourth stop of 2012. As always, our Main Event was double elimination, race-to-7 on the winners’ side, race-to-5 on the one-loss side and we played down to the final eight on day one. While the weather wasn’t quite as hot as on some of our previous visits, several of the 41 entrants caught fire. For example, the Domingo twins, Dee and Dar, went on a tear Saturday. Dee defeated Tracy Palma, Teresa Mojica (both hill/hill), Holly Robinson and Lou Anne LaFlamme to make her first ever final eight and to make it undefeated, no less. Dar meantime won her first match against Deborah Cullen, lost to Jessica Skye, then took matches from Bonnie Koerner and Lynn Donner before being eliminated by hometown favorite Tiffany Finnan, just one win short of joining Dee as a first time finalist. Mary Rakin, who always seems to be on fire these days, also went undefeated Saturday. Along the way she sent last year’s tour champion and fellow pro, Eleanor Callado, to the one-loss side. El was up early 4-1, got behind 4-5, made a long and difficult out to tie it, but was outlasted by Mary 7-5. Eleanor’s twin, Emilyn, was another player in the groove, defeating Hard Time’s owner Karen Markulis, Tiffany Finnan, A Aiem-sa-ard and Deirdre Li ending Saturday unbeaten. Bonnie Plowman, current State 9-Ball champ, rounded out the top four on the winner’s side. Eleanor Callado, after her loss to Mary on the winner’s side, played Tiffany Finnan for one of Sunday’s spots. Always a tough competitor and playing in her home room, Tiffany took El to the hill before El made it through. Revelina Um, a factor whenever she plays, lost her first match to Bonnie Plowman then worked her way through the one-loss side to the final eight. Leslie Bernardi, top woman shooter in the Diablo Valley Pool League, also made the cut from the one-loss side. Kirsten Karim lost to El Callado in her first match, but then won four straight on the one-loss side. She and Lou Anne LaFlamme played the last match on Saturday, vying for the final spot in the top eight. Lou Anne had played deep into the winner’s side before losing to Dee Domingo. Both players were having their best TWCWT tournament ever, but only one would still be in the Main Event on Sunday morning. Gamers both, they battled to hill/hill before Lou Anne won out. In the winners’ side matches Sunday morning neither Mary Rakin nor Bonnie Plowman gave their opponents—Dee Domingo and Emilyn Callado—much time at the table, winning 7-3 and 7-4 respectively. On the other side Revelina Um defeated Leslie Bernardi 7-5 and Lou Anne LaFlamme battled the whole way before losing to Eleanor Callado 7-6. That brought about a sister/sister match

between El and Em, which Eleanor won. Rev sent Dee out in 5th/6th , leaving Rev and El playing to meet the winner of the hot seat match. That was another hill/hill match with El putting Rev out in 4th. Mary won the hot seat and sat back to wait for the outcome of the match between Bonnie and El. Bonnie won that match 5-2, earning a place in the finals for the second time this year. Game one of the final match went to Bonnie. Mary got the second game to tie. In the third, Bonnie snapped the 9 on the break to regain the lead, then comboed the 9 on her first shot in game four to go up 3-1. Mary won the next three games to go ahead for the first time at 4-3. Bonnie won game eight to tie things up again. In game nine we saw some of the clowning around that usually occurs when these two players match up. Mary pocketed a ball on a fluke; Bonnie dropped her stick on the floor and made for the exit. Mary had the last laugh though, winning that game. Bonnie caught a four-nine combo in the next game to even things up again. Mary pulled ahead once more in game 11. Game 12 looked like we were headed to another case game before Bonnie made a mistake, hooking herself, and Mary took advantage to win the game and the match 7-5. Finishing in the money were: 1 450 Mary Rakin 2 320 Bonnie Plowman 3 235 Eleanor Callado 4 160 Revelina Um 5/6 120 Dee Domingo, Emilyn Callado 7/8 80 Leslie Bernardi, LouAnne LaFlamme Twenty players who were eliminated Saturday returned Sunday for our Second Chance Tournament: a single elimination, race-to-five competition. With the eight still in the Main Event, that made 28 players, nearly 75% of the field, who returned on day two to make a weekend of it. Like the Main Event, the Second Chance tournament was highly competitive. The final two players were Stephanie Hefner, another top player (l to r) Salene Castaneda, Stephanie Hefner from Sacramento, and Salene Castaneda, an occasional player on the Tour who shot well all weekend. No surprise--the match went hill/hill. The top four finishers were: 1 100 Stephanie Hefner 2 65 Salene Castaneda 3/4 50 Kelly Linzy, Kirsten Karim Thanks to Karen Markulis, owner (who always plays when we’re at her room), Tony Torres, GM, and all the staff at Hard Times. It’s a great room to play (and watch) a tournament--the players love it--and they always treat us so well. Hard Times also donated a combined $750 to the Main Event, Second Chance, and end-of-season prize funds, which we deeply appreciate. We also want to thank our Tour sponsor, Tiger Products, for their support. For the second time this year a Tiger low-deflection cue shaft was won by a tour player (Jessica Skye) and she was extremely happy to have it.

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“The“The Viper” Viper” An Interview by:

An interview with legendary WPBA player Belinda “The Texas Belle” Calhoun Belinda Campos born on March 5th, 1953 Austin, TX She started playing pool recreationally at the age of 18 in a little bar called Hillside Inn in Austin, TX. After seeing her first “Billiard News” in 1973, she knew her lot in life was set. Her extensive career has brought her over 50-titles across the USA and her most memorable Melissa Little ones are the following: 1985 World Straight Pool Championships at Niagara Melissa “The Viper” Little Falls, NY –Beat pro player Mary has been a WPBA Touring Kenniston (Guarino) in the Professional for over 10-years, finals. she has represented the USA in Four WPA World 1985 US Open Champion at Championships and has over 20 Norfolk, VA – Beat pro player Ewa top-10 WPBA career finishes. Mataya Laurance in the finals Melissa is currently the house 1985 WPBA National pro at the Wynkoop Brewing Championships New London, CT Company located in Downtown Beat pro player Linda Haywood in the Denver. She teaches monthly finals clinics, gives private lessons, 1983 & 86 Classic Cup in Chicago, and has created a juniors program that promotes billiards IL defeating pro players Peg Ledman and pos Bonnie Hoffman respectively education to the local youth. a Cam Belind 1981 & 1984 BCA National 8-Ball For more information about Championship in Las Vegas and Fort Melissa please visit: Worth defeating pro players Sher Lively and Linda Hoffman 1983 Villa Capri Open in Austin, TX defeating pro player Lori Shampo 1991 NPBA National 8-Ball Championship in Las Vegas, NV The Interview VIPER: What is your biggest accomplishment in the sport of billiards? Belinda: Off the table, establishing a dress code, mandatory players meetings and serving on the WPBA board of directors for 20 years where I always stressed, “what’s good for the WPBA is good for me.” On the table, I’d probably say…7 and out, unfinished, at the World Championships. (Tournament was race to 7, 2 out of 3) VIPER: Did you ever play in a pool league? Read more articles Belinda: By the time I established leagues in the Austin area by Melissa Little at in 1987, pros were not allowed. VIPER: Where do you draw your inspiration? Belinda: The pursuit of perfection

VIPER: Are you good at any other sports? Belinda: Name one; pick one; what’s your second best game? VIPER: Describe yourself in three words? Belinda: Mother, Pool player, Redeemed VIPER: If you had to live your life over again, what would one thing you change about your self or your career? Belinda: For myself, I would have sought the Lord much sooner. For my career, I would have focused more on being a player rather than a board member. VIPER: Who influenced you the most in pool? Belinda: I’d been playing about 3 years when all the players came to town for the Texas Open. I got a table and started hitting balls (showing my talents) when Louie Roberts came over to me and said, “You might be a pretty good player in about 10 years.” Initially I was crushed! But it was an eye opener and motivated me to practice with a purpose. My good friends and coaches Beverly Averyt and Bob Hempel spent countless hours of their time and talent helping me to hone my skills. Later in my career I had the great fortune of being introduced to Robert McCullough. (Colliding Spheres) I learned more about the how and why in three years than the previous twenty. He totally rebuilt my game. VIPER: Who are your favorite professionals? Belinda: Efren Reyes for his knowledge in all games, Buddy Hall for his stroke timing and cue ball control, and Earl Strickland for his “high gear.” VIPER: How did you prepare for events? Belinda: My life was a preparation, I ate, drank, and slept pool until of course, I had my children and then it was anytime I had a chance. VIPER: What was the best advice you were ever given? Belinda: From my good friend and coach Bev Averyt – she, herself, was a world-class athlete- her advice was just “Do it”. We were driving to a tournament in my mom’s motorhome. We actually spent a few years on the road. Mainly between Texas and California. What a book that would make!!! Viper continued on pg 30

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San Francisco Billiard Academy

Bob Jewett

San Francisco Billiard Academy is a BCA Certified Master Academy. The academy offers: Private Instruction Basics Clinic Eight Ball Clinic Nine Ball Clinic Introduction to Billiard Instruction BCA Recognized Instructor Course BCA Certified Instructor Course

Bob Jewett Combo

When was the last time you missed a combination shot? When was the last time you practiced your combinations? Here are three exercises to help you get a feel for these shots that don’t come up as often as regular shots but can often help you get through a tough layout. In Shot A is a typical short combination that is not quite on. This kind of shot is deceptive because most player don’t have a good feel for how the throw will react for balls that are kind of close to each other but not touching. To develop your feel, I want you to repeat the exact same shot several times. To make sure that the balls go back in the same slightly twisted position, either tap them in place or use donut-shaped paper reinforcers. The two balls are about one ball apart. To start with, find the position of the cue ball that allows you to shoot straight at the 15 ball and make the 13. Don’t settle for just close -- adjust until you have the exact center. You might think that you can simply use your normal aiming feel to line up the combo, but that doesn’t work for some. Try varying the speed to see if that changes the angle. Once you find the angle for a “straight in”, try moving the cue ball around to see how the shot changes from other angles. I call this a “double cut” combination because you have cut the first object ball and it has to cut the second object ball, while the first shot you worked on only had a single cut of the second object ball. To aim double cuts, pick a spot on the cushion to drive the first object ball to. This should be along the same line that you found in the first part of the shot. There may be a better target off the table such as a chair or the edge of a window if the needed line is not near a diamond reference. Shot B is a progressive practice for longer combinations. Combinations with more OB-OB distance are much more difficult than short ones even though the whole length of the shot might be comparable. That’s because the first ball has a longer run to get off line before it hits the second ball and that error is multiplied in the second collision. To do the exercise, place a marker on the table starting about two diamonds from the pocket. Put the first object ball there and the second object ball half way to the pocket. With cue ball in hand, try the combo, and if it goes move the marker a little farther from the pocket. If you miss the combo, move the marker a little closer. Try more shots. You can vary this drill by having a slight or a severe angle between the object balls or by putting the cue ball down off-angle. Try those variations and note how much closer to the pocket the coin ends up after 10 to 15 shots.

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That distance will tell you your 50% range for each kind of shot. Finally Shot C is a more free-form exercise from the Video Encyclopedia of Pool Practice DVDs that

I developed with Dr. Dave Alciatore. With randomly scattered balls, see how many shots it takes you to clear the table with just combinations. Part of this is pattern work as you have to come up with a sequence of shots that keeps the shots as easy as possible. Can you see a sequence to clear these balls? My choice would be 5-1 followed by 2-5 which gets the problematic 2 into play. Then the 2-3 will be playable if the 2 is anywhere near where the 1 started. The 4-2 finishes the set. Work on these drills will give you confidence in your combos.

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The Monk



Tim Miller

This is not a feel good program. This is the real deal. You will be working with the monk for over four months. You will be working step by step to build the skills at nine ball that your opponent does not have. You will master the important moves this game calls for. You will become a master nine ball player and play better nine ball than you have every played this game before. May all the rolls go your way, The Monk

There is a questionnaire going around these days on what advice would one give to a player who is just starting out in this game. It is important to get off to a right start. The rooms are filled with players who learned some wrong things and are stuck in the same level year after year. You don’t want to be one of these players.

In the learning part you need to know a few things. One, you will need to master the four strokes of pool. Without that you have no chance as you will have something missing from your game. You need to learn that the cue ball track line and cue ball speed is determined by the stroke you use. Use the wrong stroke get the wrong position on the next ball. There are four stages we go through as we make our way to the top. We begin this game in the SHOTMAKERS STAGE. Here we learn how to make shots with little regard to position. I spent a year or more in this stage and actually won tournaments as a shot maker. The second stage is the FOUR STROKES OF POOL. Many players skip this stage as they seek to go from the SHOTMAKERS STAGE to the CUE

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BALL SPEED STAGE. This is where they flounder year after year at the same level. They are missing the second stage. The third stage is CUE BALL SPEED. Here you learn how to use the stroke to gain position on your next ball. Stroke determines the speed of the cue ball. The fourth stage is MASTERING SELF. Here you master that space between your ears that raises so much hell. It took me a long time to reach a place where I could shoot shots without interference. I have a unique training program that takes you through all four of these stages. Your training must be specific and deliberate. If you are not working on the important parts of skill development you are wasting your time. If you bang balls around with no purpose you become nothing more than a ball banger. The problem with most instructors is that they want to show you the game, how to score, how to win. This is a sport where you need to acquire the skills before you can learn how to win. Building a solid foundation is vital. If you are a plateau player, who has been at the same level for many years go on my web site, and click on ROAD PLAYERS TRAINING. You will see how it is that you need to build this foundation. You can also call me 1-603-566-6229

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I learned this shot from Jerry Briesath who has long been considered one of pool’s top instructors. This neat little shot is one you could use in a game if no mechanical bridge is available. The object is to pocket the 8-Ball and draw back to Position X for shape on the 9-Ball without using the mechanical bridge. This might seem like a difficult task unless you are a great onehanded player or happen to be eight feet tall. However, once you learn this shot, you’ll discover it is not too difficult. Place your cue on the table straight in line with the cue ball and 8-Ball. Lean over and reach out as far as you can with your bridge hand. Now use your thumb and pointing finger to

raise the shaft so the tip is aimed to hit the cue ball as shown. You should have the tip about one inch from the cue ball. Place the heel of your right hand on the cloth behind the butt of your cue. Now pull your right hand back slowly about eight inches leaving the heel on the cloth. Strike the butt of your cue with a quick jab of the heel of your hand. It takes some practice to get the feel of the shot. But once you do, you’ll have a lot of fun showing it off to your friends. Note: this shot works better on a 4 1/2’ x 9’ table, because on a smaller table you don’t have much room to work with.

Nine time World Champion, Mike Massey is considered pool’s best trick shot artist. He was voted the “Best in History” and is a member of the BCA Hall of Fame. Mike’s most amazing accomplishments were in two 24 hour poolathons. In one he pocketed 8,090 balls playing with one arm. In the other poolathon he ran 330 racks of 9-ball in Austria on live TV. Mike has consulted or appeared in the movies, “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia”, “The Baron and the Kid”, “Justice”, “Chalk”, and “Pool Hall Junkies” Mike is available for exhibitions and clinics. Please contact Mike or Francine Massey at 435.640.5787 or


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NAME: Zachary Hampton HOME TOWN: Rocky Mount VA BIRTH DATE: 08/16/97 NICKNAME: Zack The Attack SCHOOL YOU CURRENTLY ATTEND: Franklin County High School GRADE: 9th FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL: Math AT WHAT AGE DID YOU START PLAYING POOL? 11 TITLES/HIGH FINISHES: 2012 BEF Junior Nationals OTHER NOTABLE AWARDS: 3rd In Super Billiards Expo Juniors 17 & Under WHAT KIND OF CUE(S) DO YOU USE? J Pechauer LEFT OR RIGHT HANDED: Right handed SPONSORS: J Pechauer FAVORITE BAND/MUSIC: Rap/Hip Hop HOBBIES: Playing Pool, Riding Dirt Bike, Fishing & Swimming, & Hanging out with Friends MEMORABLE POOL MOMENT: Winning the 2012 BEF Junior Nationals FAVORITE FOOD: Pizza REAL-WORLD HERO: Mom & Dad FONDEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY: When I first went fishing GOALS (PERSONAL AND/OR CAREER): To win a World Title and be a Professional Pool Player


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Kim vs Chen

CROWNED YALIN WORLD 10-BALL CHAMPION Manila, Philippines- Korea's Ga Young Kim finally overcame her demons to claim World Championship glory for her country. Kim on her second appearance in the finals of the the Yalin Women's World 10-Ball Championship, faced last year's #1 in the world Siming Chen of China, and completely dominated the championship match. Kim's victory has put South Korea back on top of women's pool.

The Dragon Promotions produced 4th Annual Yalin Women's World 10-Ball Championship is the most followed women's event of the year. In the host country of the Philippines, it is the biggest female sporting event of the country. The event is supported by Asian table mammoth Yalin Billiards, advanced cue engineer OB Cues, long lasting Championship Tour Edition Cloth, top playing Aramith Balls, Tour Edition Chalk, and #1 TV network broadcaster ABS-CBN. Star Billiards and Pool & Billiard Magazine are also proud supporters. This year's edition will take place August 20th-24th once again at Robinson's Galleria Mall, which has now become synonymous for creating the dynamic atmosphere of the coveted championship. Robinson's Galleria is connected to the host hotel Crowne Plaza Galleria. With massive media and global networks covering the Yalin Women's World 10-Ball Championship, it will continue as still the biggest and most watched women's billiard event in the world. In the final match, China would face South Korea. China has had an army of strong top notch players, and Korea has produced perhaps not quite as many in quantity, but makes up for it in quality with gems such as Ga Young Kim, Yu Ram Cha, Yun Mi Lim, and Eun Ji Park. The finals began with Kim continuing her lightning fast pace from her last match. She took the first 3 games in a blink of an eye. In about 15 minutes, she already commanded a 4-1 lead. Chen seemed overcome with the blitz of Kim and was never really able to shake her off. Chen pocketed some nice shots, but wasn't

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able to control her cueball well. Kim on the other hand, looked to be in supreme confidence at the table coming with every challenging shot and executing intricate safeties and positional play. Leading eventually at 9-3, Chen was given another chance off a Kim safety. Chen made a nice carom shot off the 3-Ball sending the cueball down table off the short cushion and neatly hit the 10-Ball perfectly where she called , and pocketed it. Score was now 9-4 and the crowd cheered wildly hoping for a tighter contest. Chen then broke and ran the next making the audience hopeful for a comeback. But it was not to be, Chen made a positional error in the next rack and was forced to kick the 6-Ball. The effort was half hearted as the disappointment was apparent on her face from the earlier mistake. Kim faced the final 4 balls that stood in her way, and pocketed the first 3. As the cueball landed perfectly for the final 10-Ball shot, Kim showed her first emotion in the whole event by looking up to the sky, as if to say, this is what I've been fighting for the whole week. She pocketed the final shot and clenched her fist in the air in victory! "I have improved my result from last year, so I am happy about that. I am getting closer", said Chen in the finalists speech. "I really did not practice any more than usual for the event, but I was doing a "Dancing with the Stars" TV show in Korea leading up to the World Championship, and so I was really in a happy mood. So I think my happiness and positiveness carried over to here this week", explained Kim when asked if she did anything differently this year to prepare. Ga Young Kim will enjoy a full year of reigning in women's pool most highest challenge and honor, as the World Champion of 10-Ball. Follow the ladies at For more info email Complete info and news visit http:// Results and brackets can be found at

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Dave Piona Memorial Tournament

The Diablo Valley Pool League held their 6th Dave Piona Memorial Tournament at Vinnie’s Bar, in Concord, Ca. this past Saturday August 25th. We had 38 players showed up for the celebration of Piona’s memory along with Christina Piona, and daughter Astar Piona. Vinnie’s Bar, outdid themselves by having all tables with new felt, a brand new out door patio to enjoy the perfect weather and great BBQ for the economic price of $5 dollars per plate.

Results 1st $420 2nd $315 3rd $210 4th $105 5/6 $50 7/8 $30

Ist Place: Doug Whaley - $420

3rd Place: Matin Sherzai - $210

Christina’s daughter; opened the day with a welcome speech and a thank you for coming to honor and remember a gentleman who loved the game of pool and was always available to help the young and learning players to the more experienced players. She also shared how seeing everyone made her happy and brought back additional pleasant memories of her father and his kindness to all.

Doug Whaley Carl Wilson, Jr Martin Sherzai Jason Williams Hunter Roberts Jared Williams Joe Balading Bernie Garma

2nd Place: Carl Wilson Jr. - $315

We remembered our friend Chuck Zingalie who never missed a Piona tourney and recently past away. (RIP). The tournament was a $20.00 buy in, double elimination, race to two on winners’ side and race to one on the one loss side. DVPL and the Piona family each contributed $250.00 for a total of $500.00 added to increase the size of the total pot to $1260.00.

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New Jersey Team WINS $25,000

After 10 days of virtual non-stop pool tournament action, the Trenton, N.J. team of Hate Joey, Not Us was the last team standing in the finals of the 734-team 8-Ball Open Division. Hate Joey, Not Us defeated Shark Week of Warren, Ohio, 3-1. Shark Week got on the scoreboard first, with a 5-2 victory by Keith Edwards over Christopher Lewis of Hate Joey, Not Us. The New Jersey natives quickly bounced back thanks to a dominating 5-0 win by Ryan Gilligan over Shark Week’s T.J. Brown. In the third match, Hate Joey, Not Us team member Lindsey Rafalski managed to outlast Shark Week’s Bonnie Edwards, 2-1, putting her team on-the-hill. Hate Joey, Not Us closed out the match in the fourth set behind Frank Demarcello, who defeated Shark Week’s Allan Ray 4-1. Hate Joey, Not Us eliminated Come Get Us of Oklahoma City earlier in the day to advance to the $25,000 finale. Shark Week advanced to the final round with a win over Eliminators of Jefferson, La. Shark Week took home a respectable $15,000 consolation prize as Runners-up. Come Get Us and Eliminators finished tied for 3rd Place and received $7,500 in cash.

1st Place – Hate Joey, Not Us -Trenton, NJ: Wilfredo Gonzalez, Jeffrey Cabrera, Frank Demarcello, Joseph Galambos, Ryan Gilligan, Christopher Lewis, Lindsay Rafalski and David Soto II

Two Peas in a Pod


Two Peas in a Pod (Christopher Stone and Lauren Kauffman) from Raleigh, N.C., won $5,000 Friday, Aug. 24 at the Top of the Riviera with a close 46-34 win over H-Cues Double Malt Scotch (Nathaniel Horsey-Sherin) of Nashville, Tenn. The Runner-Up finish was good for $3,000 for H-Cues Double Malt Scotch. Two Peas in a Pod advanced to the finals with a 46-31 win over Rogue Wolf (Kiersten Garrison and Randall Suzuki) of San Gabriel, Calif. H-Cues Double Malt Scotch defeated Just Make Balls (Orlando Ashby and Renee Colley) of Scarborough, Ontario, 38-26. Both H-Cues Double Malt Scotch and Just Make Balls tied for 3rd Place and received $1,600. Lauren Kauffman and Christopher Stone (APA continued on page 22)

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Charlie Hans of Middletown, Ohio, won his fourth Wheelchair Challenge title Friday, Aug. 24 with a 6-1 win over Ron Bates of Coldwater, Mich. He previously won the tournament in 2006, 2008, 2009 and finished as RunnerUp last year. Hans latest title was worth $1,800 in prize money, while Bates settled for $900 as the Runner-Up. Hans found himself back in the familiar territory of the finals with a 5-0 win over Marland Redfield of Marshall, Mich., in the semifinal round. Bates secured a 2-1 win over Cordell Jeter of Woodbridge, Va., to advance to the showdown with Hans. Redfield and Jeter tied for 3rd and received $450. (COMPLETE RESULTS ONLINE AT: WWW.POOLPLAYER.COM) Charlie Hans

All-Michigan Finale


Two teams from the Great Lakes State were represented in the finals of the Masters Championship Wednesday night at the Top of the Riviera. $10,000 in cash was on-theline as Triple Threat (Lupe Rosas, Curtis Thornton and Richard Schmiegel Jr.) of Saginaw and Fantastic Four (Chad Palmer, Ezekial Kelly Espinoza, Timmy Palmer and Brenton Canine) of Battle Creek went headto-head. Fantastic Four took the first match, behind a 7-2 win for Brenton Canine over Curtis Thornton. Needing a win in the second match, Triple Threat put their money on Richard Schmiegel Jr., who came up clutch, winning 7-0 over Chad Palmer of Fantastic Four. With both teams on-the-hill, Lupe Rosas of Triple Threat, defeated Ezekial Kelly Espinoza, 7-5, for the match win!

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MassachusettsWINS Team8-BALL DOUBLES I’m With Stupid (Justin Wales and John Provost) from Belchertown, Mass., defeated the Fight Club (Jimmy Coleman and John O’Donnell) of Woodbridge, Va., in the finals of the 8-Ball Doubles Championship Saturday, Aug. 18 held at the Top of the Riviera. I’m With Stupid quickly got on the scoreboard first, but the Fight Club evened the match with a defensive battle in the second game. The teams traded the next two games. I’m With Stupid pulled ahead again in the fifth game, and there was no looking back, as they closed it out in the sixth for a score of 4-2. The victory earned them $6,500 in prize money, while the Fight Club received $4,000 as Runners- Up. I’m With Stupid defeated Whatcha Spottin of Cincinnati, Ohio, in the semifinal round. The Fight Club defeated Watch Out of Toronto, Canada. Both of those teams finished Justin Wales and John Provost tied for 3rd Place.

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9-Ball Champions CROWNED

Another national championship was decided Monday, Aug. 20 at the Top of the Riviera. In the finals of the Open 9-Ball Championship, Babe’s of New Derry, Pa., defeated Southern Style of Lafayette, La., 50-32. The showdown went five matches deep, with Babe’s Lindsay Deyarmin, a skill level 3, pocketing the final ball to seal the victory. The championship netted Babe’s $15,000 in cash and the coveted championship trophy. As Runners-Up, Southern Style took home $7,000 in prize money. Babe’s advanced to the finals with a win over Fatguy’s Ruben of Cleveland, Ohio. Southern Style advanced to the final after their opponent was disqualified for excessive skill level movement. The forfeited prize money will be distributed to the teams that were eliminated by the disqualified team (pending review of their teams skill levels). Fatguy’s Ruben received $3,500 for their 3rd Place finish.

1st Place – I’m a 7 at Drinkin from Matthews, NC – Amanda Hale, Amanda Dowdy, April Lindenmuth, Pamela Decker, Rhonda Hull, Sabrina Lanham, Lauren Pearson, Aja Thompson



The finals of the Ladies 8-Ball Division featured a nail-biter of a finale. Down 2-0 in the match, and with their opponent on the 8-ball for the win, the ladies of I’m a 7 at Drinkin from Matthews, N.C., mounted a comeback that will not soon be forgotten. I’m a 7 at Drinkin defeated Take Advantage from Arlington, Va., 3-2, for a $10,000 payday. Take Advantage took an early 2-0 lead, and looked as though they’d make short work of I’m a 7 at Drinkin. Sharp-shooter Racquel Scott was up 3-0 and bearing down on the 8-ball to take the third and final match for Take Advantage. But with no clear shot, she opted to try and play safe. With the match seemingly safely in their hands, it appeared to be the right move for the ladies from Virginia. But the opening gave I’m a 7 at Drinkin’s Amanda Dowdy just the wiggle room she’d need to take that game, and the next, to pull her team within one 1st Place – I’m a 7 at Drinkin from Matthews, NC – Amanda Hale, Amanda Dowdy, April Lindenmuth, match. Pamela Decker, Rhonda Hull, Sabrina Lanham, Lauren Pearson, Aja Thompson In the fourth match, it was Rhonda Hull of I’m a 7 at Drinkin coming up clutch, and cruising to a 4-0 win, suddenly leaving the but Wilkinson wasn’t going quietly. She took the next three games, leaving one game match hill-hill. to decide the difference between 1st and 2nd Place. The finals would be decided by Take Advantage’s Anne Wilkinson and I’m a 7 at With $10,000 on the line, both ladies managed to work their way down to the Drinkin’s Pamela Decker. Decker secured the first game, to put her team on the hill, 8-ball. Finally, it was Decker, a skill level 2, pocketing the 8-ball, and bringing the championship trophy back to North Carolina! As Runners-Up, Take Advantage enjoyed a $5,000 2nd Place prize. In the semifinal round, I’m a 7 at Drinkin defeated Diamonds & Cues from Shreveport, La., 3-2, to advance. Take Advantage bested Pink Ladies from Mississauga, Ontario, 3-1, in their semifinal match. Diamonds & Cues and Pink Ladies finished tied for 3rd Place and received $2,500.

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An exclusive interview with Mike Dechaine a few days after his victory at Turning Stone. What does it take to have the heart of a champion? We all know hard work, practice, physical conditioning and a good support team behind you are only a few of the things that are a necessity to have to reach the level to be called a champion. I watched a young man display his talents at the U.S. 10-Ball Championships in Las Vegas back in 2010. What I watched was someone arguably out of control, brash and arrogant. Yet his play for the next year, culminating with his appearance at the 2011 Mosconi Cup, had changed. He earned his way onto the team. The next time I ran into him was at The Mosconi Cup which is perhaps the most exclusive and prestigious honor any pool player could achieve. This venue pitted the best players in the United States, earning their position through a series of pro tournaments over a year’s time period, against players from Europe. Everything had begun to change. Arrogance had moved to quiet confidence. What on might call an out of control, emotion young man was now turned into a mature calmness that reflected upon his play. Even though the U.S. team lost, the sting of bitter defeat that none of us likes to feel was there. The pride of representing one’s country, not unlike those in the Olympics, I believe had a profound effect on Mike Dechaine. Mike currently stands in second place 109 points above 3rd and 25 1/2 points behind SVB who is in first place in the standings for the 2012 Mosconi Cup Team. If I can borrow a phrase from the movie, “The Color of Money”, “He has a sledgehammer for a break.” Mike freely admits this gives him an advantage when making balls on the break. Dechaine plays out of Snookers Sports Billiards Bar & Grill in Rhode Island and is also sponsored by them as well as Predator. Mike grew up in Maine and learned to play when he was young and was taught by his father. Waterville, Maine is the quintessential New England small town. His favorite place to go was TJ’s Billiards. Mike said growing up he didn’t have the best attitude and one of the changes he made to his game was to see a therapist to figure out why. “I found out I was ashamed to lose. It was an embarrassment to me,” Mike said. He figured out that the therapy was an investment to his game. He found out that he had to calm down and brush things off and take the punches as they come. Mike also added that one thing that upsets him is the billiard industry as a whole. No one works together to further advance pool and make something bigger and better. A friend of Mike’s, Ray McNamara-house pro, thought Mike was a little naive in the beginning of his professional career in pool but he is learning quickly. Ray said, “He seemed to be intimidated by the pros but now he is realizing

Turning Stone Taken by Mike Dechaine BY GEOFF CONWAY - Contributing writer

The Turning Stone Classic always delivers a few big upsets over the first two days play. So it was no surprise (or maybe it was) to see Johnny Archer dispatched to the losers side of the bracket in his first match on Thursday. The match against Blaine Barcus began in Archers’ favor with a 6-1 lead. About 45 minutes later the center isle jammed with spectators as Barcus rose from the dead to make his challenge. The match had then a score line of 8-8 with Barcus (a relatively unknown player from the Houston area in Texas) at the table with only the last three balls left on the table. His nerves were twitching as he came up a little short on the 9 ball, leaving a much tighter cut into the bottom corner pocket. After a little deliberation he sunk the 9 ball to the delight of the huge crowd. Late on Friday in the 8:00 pm matches we saw two more major upsets as last year’s winner Shane Van Boening got trounced by Ron Casanzio 9-5. The other upset was Mika Immonen being handed his transfer papers to the losers side by Hunter Lombardo 9-6. No one works harder at his game than Lombardo, so this is a result that is due after much practice and dedication. It is unique that this 128-player field always delivers significant upsets, with regional “A” players hitting their best game just at the right time, and knocking many of the favorites into the losers side of the draw or out of the tournament altogether. However, as usually is the case these killers have usually packed their bags and are on their way home come late on Saturday! But at least they will have their memories of the kill that they will be telling for the next ten years. In Saturdays 8:00 pm round of four winners and four losers matches, we saw in the winners side matches Raj Hundal dispatch Tommy D’alfonso 9-6 into the one lose side. Mario Morra, who was surprising opponents with his stellar play, took down Donny Mills 9-5. Mike Dechaine was still in his winning mode as he beat Rodney Morris in a close match on the hill, with Rodney hanging up the 8 ball in the final game to allow Mike to get the surprise win. In the last winners side match we saw Shawn Putnam beat up on Corey Deuel in a one sided match at 9-4 to Putnam. It would be “All she wrote” for the losers in the four losers side matches as we saw Johnny (never count me out) Archer demolish Oscar Dominguez 9-1 ending the young guns run. One of the newest and brightest prospects in professional pool today, Brandon Shuff, took down Stevie Moore 9-3 in a lop sided affair. The very much improved Hunter Lombardo dispatched the last “outsider” inthe event, Mr. Ron Casanzio from upstate New York, who had gained the eyes of the fans when he upset Archer on Thursday. Finally we saw Jeremy Sossei (second in 2009 to Johnny Archer) dispose of Matt Krah in a close match at 9-7. The last four matches at 10:0 pm on Saturday were all losers side matches. We saw Brandon Shuff end the run of Tommy D’alfonso 9-5. Rodney Morris put paid to Johnny Archers chances of another win from the losers side when he dealt him a 9-5 score line. Donny Mills bounced back well after his loss to Mario Morra in his previous round, as he got by Hunter Lombardo 9-7. In the last of the four matches we saw Jeremy Sossei take down Corey Deuel with an impressive score of 9-4. Sundays 11:0 am matches would be two winners and two losers matches. The first of the two winners matches was Raj Hundal against Mike Dechaine, in a match that started off close to a tied score of 4-4. But Mike soon ran away with the match

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that he is at the speed that he can compete with them. He knows where he stands in the pool community and I think he takes his loses easier. He’s still young.” Whe I asked Ray to tell me something that nobody else knows about Mike he replied, “He’s a kind hearted kid, people take his sense of humor the wrong way sometimes and he gets a bad rap. He comes from a small little town in Maine. He was isolated. He started a blog on AZBilliards and put out there that he would answer questions on the forum. The fans that were for him and the guys that were against him were both there asking questions and he handled it pretty well. I read through most of it and it seemed like it went pretty well for him. That was a big step for him to do.” I asked Mike what tournament(s) would he most like to win, “I would love to win the U.S. Open, of course, and the Mosconi Cup” he answered. You will be hearing a lot about Mike Dechaine in the years to come. The next tournament is the China Open where Mike will be representing the U.S.A. and he may go to Beijing after that. You can follow Mike on Facebook at or go to his website to find out all about him. TURNING STONE CLASSIC - AUGUST 23-25, 2012 1st $8,000 Mike Dechaine 2nd $5,000 Shawn Putnam 3rd $3,600 Brandon Shuff 4th $2,600 Donny Mills 5/6th $2,000 each - Raj Hundal, Mario Morra 7/8th $1,600 each - Jeremy Sossei, Rodney Morris 9/12th $1,200 each - Hunter Lombardo, Tom D’alfonso, Johnny Archer, Corey Deuel 13/16th $850 each - Ron Casanzio, Matt Krah, Stevie Moore, Oscar Dominguez 17/24th $550 each - John Morra, Mike Davis, Jennifer Barretta, Warren Kiamco, Shane Van Boening, Joey Landi, Dany Normandin, Cleiton Rocha 25/32nd $300 each - Jonathan Smith, Nelson Oliveira, Zion Zvi, Steve Mack Dennis Hatch, Karen Corr, Mika Immonen Brent Boemmels


Turning Stone Taken by Mike Dechaine (continued from page 25)

allowing Raj to only put one more bead on the wire at 9-5. At this point in the proceedings all the pundits in the crowd were touting Dechaine to take down the event. The next winners match was between Shawn Putnam and Mario Morra. Mario was still commanding the table as he hung in there to 7-7 before Shawn took the last two games, closing it out at 9-7. In the first of the losers matches we saw an in-form Donny Mills helping his bank balance as he beat Jeremy Sossei 9-4 to end Jeremy’s run in the event. In the other losers match we saw Brandon Shuff continue his winning ways as he got by Rodney Morris in a close match with 9-8 In the 1:00 pm matches we had two losers matches to see who would be in the losers final at 3:00 pm. Brandon Shuff was playing lights out and absolutely annihilated Mario Morra, as 9-2. Next up we had Donny Mills who made a strong statement as he got past Raj Hundal 9-6. It was good to see the “Hitman” making the trip over the pond for this event, but he would have to settle for 5/6th place this year, having come second to Shane Van Boening last year. The excitement was growing now as we were getting closer to the nitty gritty with the two 3:00 pm matches deciding who would be in the hot seat, and which one of the losers would get to play the loser from the hot seat match. The hot seat match comprised of Mike Dechaine against Shawn Putnam, and did not follow the betting line as Shawn only allowed Mike to put two beads on the wire at 9-2. Wow, had Mike finally imploded we were thinking, or can he regroup. The losers match was between Brandon Shuff and Donny Mills, the winner getting the chance to play Mike Dechaine for a chance to get into the final. Shuff immediately stamped his authority on the match and steamed ahead to 9-3 to earn the chance to win one more match to get to play Mr. Putnam. The 5:00 pm match between Mike Dechaine and Brandon Shuff was (at one point) close at 4-4, but then Dechaine turned on some scintillating play that allowed Shuff to win just two more games, resulting in a final score of 9-6. In the 7:00 pm race to 13 final we were to witness what would be a display of great shot making from 25 year old Mike Dechaine that will be remembered by the spectators and the live stream viewers for some time to come. This young man (who is known for his aggressive play) just tightened the tourniquet around Putnam’s neck and he won rack after rack until the scoring ended at 13-4 in his favor. In winning this event Dechaine has also jumped from 3rd place to 2nd place in the points race to get on the Mosconi Cup USA team. With only the US Open available for further points Dechaine looks as though he will be booking a ticket to London in December. Once again this fantastic, smoothly run event has come and gone, and it has established itself as one of the top events in the country. Thanks must go out to Mike Zuglan and his trusty crew, and the Turning Stone Casino and Hotel staff that made this event run so smoothly. Thanks must also go out to AZ Billiards and Accu-Stats Video Productions for making their FREE LIVE STREAM facility available to the public. Congratulations also to Mike Dechaine for a great performance that garnered him this years Turning Stone Classic XIX 9-ball Title.

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From left to right is Raymond Lingenfelter 2nd place, Luke Thomas 3rd place, and Aaron Probst 1st place

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National Juniors Pool Month August 10, 2012 (Denver, CO): The Billiard Education Foundation announces September as official Juniors Pool Month across the country. Under new direction, the nonprofit organization is reaching out to pool enthusiasts from coast to coast to help raise money for junior pool programs, including leagues, tournaments, and scholarships and pool in school programs. As the annual pool season kicks off, the BEF is challenging the industry, players, and fans to arrange and support fundraisers. “Let’s start a movement! League operators, tournament directors, and poolroom owners already raise money for their favorite charities. We’re simply asking that BEF be this month’s recipient,” said Samm Diep-Vidal, Executive Director. Fundraising campaigns will be highlighted in billiard publications, poolrooms, retailers, and social media.

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Many ways people are supporting juniors pool across the nation include fundraiser tournaments, raffles, auctions, monetary and product donations, and through spreading the word about the BEF and its efforts to promote the next generation of players and fans. For more information on ways to get involved, contact Samm Diep directly at 303-667-8000 or samm@ Request a donation box or download a donation banner ad from the BEF website ( The Billiard Education Foundation ( is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that produces the annual Junior National Championships, provides scholarships for young players, sends junior players to the World Junior Championships and promotes Pool in School programs to encourage lifelong participants.


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PRESS RELEASE An Interview by: “The Viper” Continued from pg 12

VIPER: What is one thing that you enjoy most while playing pool? Belinda: The pressure or rather overcoming the pressure. Slaying the pressure. Lording over the pressure. Making it submit to my command. Oh sorry, got a little carried away there! VIPER: If you could say one thing to a young up-coming player what would it be? Belinda: Seek out a “qualified” instructor/coach. VIPER: What was it like to be elected into the WPBA Hall of Fame? Belinda: An honor, of course. Having my sister there made it special and the fact it was on my Dad’s birthday, who had passed two years prior. After I got home, we had a celebration at the pool room and played the video from the presentation. I had lots of friends and players present. That was the last time I saw Wilma Lowry who was the manager of “Moyer’s,” the pool room I “grew up” in. VIPER: What was it like to play as a woman in Austin when you first started playing? Belinda: There were virtually no women playing at the time. I remember putting quarters on the table and getting dirty looks from the guy holding the table. He would say, “We’re playing for x” and I’d say, “my money is green.” The other line I heard way too many times is “how ‘bout we play for your body.” Years later, I waited for the perfect situation to get even! It felt really good to turn the tables. Readers: don’t get the wrong impression. I just got to deliver the line!!! VIPER: What did your parents say about you playing pool for a living? Belinda: In the beginning, my mom helped me cover up the fact I was going to the pool room every day. In my family, you were either in school or working, period. My dad followed the same route so I would park in the back. I got up to be at “work” at 8 and came home after 5. Mother knew I was going to do what I wanted to do! Later, of course, they were both proud of my accomplishments. Mother came to Rockford, Ill in 1977 to a US Open Qualifier and to Dayton, Ohio for the US Open. She couldn’t come in the tournament room to watch because she was way too nervous. She was also with me in Vegas (1981) for my first National 8-ball Championship. (Out in the hall!)

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Ok Belinda, now I have a couple of pool related questions from my Facebook friends… Cathy Jo Sawyer Almanza from Waco, TX asks: Ask her about the miraculous final few balls that she ran out in the finals of the Texas State Open one year... these were all extremely thin cuts, down the rail shots: she made the first one, the next ones got progressively tougher, but she never flinched... she knows exactly the rack I’m referring to: everyone who was watching (and holding their breath) will never forget it... just wish there was a video of it... it was amazing... but that’s Belinda Belinda: I got a rush just reading this!! This was the toughest rack ever and it was in the finals, case game against Vivian. You know how some racks are just “funny,” nothing leads to the next ball and that leads to nowhere. (Why didn’t I play safe?) I remember setting it up later for all comers to try and get out. No one ever did. Thanks, Cathy Jo, for reminding me. How fun!!! Too bad I couldn’t even begin to set the balls up again! Cary Pacatan from Orange Park, FL asks: What kind of cue do you play with? When do you know when its time to retire from playing pool? Belinda: I play with an Annie O. Anne Mayes was a good friend, business partner, fellow player, and created cues with the latest technology. Anne was a great promoter of our sport. Your second question is easy. When you no longer love the game with a passion and when you no longer learn something every time you screw together. A special “Thank-you” to Belinda Calhoun for sharing her thoughts on pool and till next month you can find me on Facebook at wpbaviper.

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LOCATION PHONE BCAPL (see ad p35) Sep 2 Portland, OR Sam’s Billiards (see ad p26) (503) 282-8266 Sep 1-3 Spokane, WA Black Diamond (see ad Aug) (509) 891-8357 Sep 8 Salem, OR The Cue Ball (see ad p26) (503) 362-9740 Sep 7-9 Fargo, ND Big Sky Challenge (see ad p16) (406) 945-4788 Sep 7-9 Fargo, ND Fargo Billiards (see ad p16) (406) 945-4788 Sep 15-16 Mtn View, CA CA Billiard Club (see ad p26) (650) 965-3100 Sep 22 Oxnard, CA Q Club (see info p31) (805) 758-5377 Sep 22-23 Bremerton, WA NWPA (see ad p16) (360) 377-2359 Sep 22-23 Sacramento, CA TWCWT (see ad p16) (510) 329-3566 Oct 5 Pocatello, ID Pocket (see ad p7) (208) 233-1841 Oct 6-7 Pocatello, ID Pocket (see ad p7) (208) 233-1841 Oct 6-7 Lynnwood, WA Uncle Jacks (see ad p20) (425) 640-5474 Oct 7 Portland, OR Sam’s Billiards (see ad p26) (503) 282-8266 Oct 9-14 Lincoln City, OR Western BCA (see ad p10) Oct 12-14 Phoenix, AZ Bullshooters (see ad p20) (602) 441-2447 Oct 13-14 Oct 13 Salem, OR The Cue Ball (see ad p26) (503) 362-9740 Oct 20-21 Bellevue, WA NWPA (see ad p16) (206) 920-1936 Oct 20-21 Deadwood, SD Deadwood Shoot-out (see ad p18) (605) 578-2000 Oct 20-21 Mtn View, CA CA Billiard Club (see ad p26) (650) 965-3100 Oct 20-21 Emeryville, CA TWCWT (see ad p16) (510) 329-3566 Nov 3 Lynnwood, WA Uncle Jacks (see ad p20) (425) 640-5474 Nov 4 Lynnwood, WA Uncle Jacks (see ad p20) (425) 640-5474 Nov 4 Portland, OR Sam’s Billiards (see ad p26) (503) 282-8266 Nov 10 Salem, OR The Cue Ball (see ad p26) (503) 362-9740 Nov 16-18 Black Eagle, MT Pit Stop Tavern (see ad p16) (406) 315-3082 Nov 16-18 Black Eagle, MT Pit Stop Tavern (see ad p16) (406) 315-3082 Nov 17-18 Mtn View, CA CA Billiard Club (see ad p26) (650) 965-3100 Nov 17-18 San Francisco, CA TWCWT (see ad p16) (510) 329-3566 Dec 1 Lynnwood, WA Uncle Jacks (see ad p20) (425) 640-5474 Dec 2 Lynnwood, WA Uncle Jacks (see ad p20) (425) 640-5474 Dec 1-2 Bellflower, CA New World Billiards (see ad p18) (818) 400-3693 Aug 30-Sep 3 Scottsdale, AZ

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