Dr. Cue Artistic Cup IV, Artistic Lag, Cue-Dean-“E” Make History!!

Dr. Cue Artistic Cup IV, Artistic Lag, Cue-Dean-“E” Make History!!

The 2010 Dr. Cue Classic “Artistic” Cup IV has etched its signature mark in billiard history once again.  16 of the world’s greatest Artistic Pool Playing Artists participated in this unique “Artistic Pool” Pro-Am Challenge at the beautiful Side Pockets in St. Charles, MO on December 3, 4, and 5.  Florian “Venom” Kohler from France raced to the “artistic” victory circle – taking home the first place guaranteed prize money, beautiful “Victory” Cup trophy, and title honors!

This special event of the Dr. Cue Classic Artistic Pool “Sport & Show” Tour showcased some of the greatest pro players under the WPA / APTSA sport umbrella. In addition, top amateur players from several league tour stops held in 2010 at respective National and / or International events of the BCAPL, VNEA, ACS, and APA, plus several “at large” entries participated.

Pros and amateurs played side by side in special 3 person – player groupings with 7-foot tables and high percentage make rate shots creating an equalizer effect for all competitors.  Over $10,000 in guaranteed payout values and a rather large player / audience prize fund produced player and fan friendly opportunities in a reunion style billiard atmosphere.

The APPA (Artistic Pool Playing Artists) crusader force showcased a “class” act of billiard skills from each of the 8 magnetic disciplines of “artistic pool” – 1) Trick / Fancy Shots, 2) Prop, Novelty, and Special Arts, 3) Draw Shots, 4) Follow Shots, 5) Bank / Kick Shots, 6) Stroke Shots, 7) Jump Shots, and 8) Masse Shots.  When the challenge of 40 “classic” preliminary shots and 11 playoff shootout matches were over, a special awards ceremony honored the Overall event champion, 8 Discipline champions, and 2 Sportsmanship recipients.

In addition to the Cup IV event, the inaugural Dr. Cue National “Artistic” Lag Championship Finals took place after over 10,000 lags had been documented in junior, league, and other billiard venues since early 2010.  Dozens of players and fans alike took part in this simple, yet very challenging and final contest of consistency and mental focus.  Tom “Too Kool” Kinzel from PA remained very “Kool” on his journey to becoming the event champion “title” holder, while winning a guaranteed $1000 and special plaque award in the process.

Note: Jen Sweatt (IL), who played in this event, also participated in a special “mini” lag event held prior to the championship finals and won $130 for her 1st place finish.

A special feature accented the 3 days of festivities when a unique presentation was made to Rick “The Barber” Hawkinson from IN as the 2010 Cue-Dean-“E” Honoree.  A large group of sport fans, room attendees, and fellow players witnessed the emotional moment, as Rick was presented with an engraved McDermott “Table Trotter” Cue and Case, plus a custom Cue-Dean-“E” plaque.  These awards were given to signify his “E”ntertainment, “E”ducation, and “E”nergetic talents, plus his “E”nlightening “spirit gift” to the magnetic world of “artistic pool” and beyond.

Special Note: Jason “The Michigan Kid” Lynch did a live stream for the events, presenting “artistic pool” at its finest and much more to Internet viewers around the world.  Thank you, Jason!!

Cup IV Rounds, Award Ceremonies, Lag Finals and Cue-Dean-“E” Presentation may be seen at:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/michigankid

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Below is a brief recap of the top 4 positions of finish for the “Artistic” Cup IV:

1st Florian “Venom” Kohler                  Kingersheim, France                    $ 1,500 + Cup

2nd Jeremiah “Daddy-O” Owens         Decatur, IL                                    1,250 + Cup

3rd Jason “The Tiger” Kane                  London, England                        1,000 + Cup

4th Chris “Tricky Shot” Woodrum         Dublin, VA                                                      800 + Cup

Cup IV Discipline Champions – $50.00 each, plus special award medal:

Trick & Fancy          Charles Darling                  Prop/Novelty/Special Arts              Tom Kinzel

Draw Shots         Mark Dimick                  Follow Shots                                Jeremiah Owens

Bank / Kick         Mark Dimick                  Stroke Shots                                Chris Woodrum

Jump Shots         Jeremiah Owens         Masse Shots                                Florian Kohler

Cup IV Sportsmanship Recipients – special honors and award medal:

Tom “Too Kook” Kinzel (PA) – By vote of players

Michael “Gateway” Bini (MO) – By vote of directors

Below is a brief recap of the top 4 positions of finish for the “Artistic” Lag Finals:

1st Tom “Too Kool” Kinzel                           Munhall, PA              $ 1,000 + Plaque

2nd Jason “The Michigan Kid” Lynch         Bay City, MI                    800 + Plaque

3rd Jason “The Tiger” Kane                           London, England            600 + Plaque

4th Tom Gordon (Fan / Room Player)         St. Louis, MO                         400 + Plaque

Note:  Complete event results / stats for Cup IV and Lag Finals available by email!

drcue@artisticpool.org

Events: Dr. Cue “Artistic” Cup IV & National “Artistic” Lag Finals, “Artistic” Mini Lag, Cue-Dean-“E”

Event Venue / Location: Side Pockets – St. Charles, MO                 Dates: December 2, 3, 4, & 5, 2010

Documented / Submitted: Tom “Dr. Cue” and Marty “Ms. Cue” Rossman

December 30, 2010                      Dr. Cue Classic Artistic Cup IV / Artistic Lag Event Directors

Cue-Dean-“E” International Talent Search Selection Committee

Dr. Cue Classic Artistic Pool “Sport and Show” Tour Administrators