2012 Dr. Cue Classic “Artistic” Cup VI

Dr. Cue Artistic Cup VI, Q & Cue Characters “Roll To Victory” Challenge, & Cue-Dean-“E” IV Make History!!


     The 2012 Dr. Cue Classic “Artistic” Cup VI has etched its signature mark in billiard history once again.  25 of the world’s greatest Artistic Pool Playing Artists participated in this unique “Artistic Pool” Professional Challenge at the Marriott Indy East in Indianapolis, IN from November 30th to December 2nd.  Florian “Venom” Kohler from France raced to the “artistic” victory circle with a slim 1 point winning margin – taking home the first place guaranteed prize money, beautiful “Victory” Cup trophy, and title honors!  Florian also became the 1st repeat champion for this prestigious event, having won the Dr. Cue Classic Artistic Cup IV in St. Louis, MO two years ago.


     This special event of the Dr. Cue Classic Artistic Pool “Sport & Show” Tour showcased some of the greatest Artistic Pool players under the WPA / APTSA sport umbrella. In addition, top players from several league tour stops held in 2012 at respective National and / or International events of the BCAPL, VNEA, ACS, and APA, plus several “at large” entries participated.  All event activities were done in conjunction with the APA Indiana State Invitational tournament with over 1100 APA players in attendance, along with a huge fan base watching in amazement at all that was going on.


     Competitors played side by side in special 3 / 4 person – player groupings with 7-foot Diamond tables and high percentage make rate shots creating an equalizer effect for all participants.  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) Special Arts, 3) Draw Shots, 4) Follow Shots, 5) Bank / Kick Shots, 6) Stroke Shots, 7) Jump Shots, and 8) Masse Shots.  When the program of 40 “classic” shots / challenges were finished by the competitors a special awards ceremony honored the Overall event champion, eight Discipline champions, and two Sportsmanship recipients. 


     In addition to the Cup VI event, the 1st ever Q & Cue Characters “Roll To Victory” Challenge took place with over 261 preliminary and / or “buy back” entries participating in this simple, and yet very unique “pool ball rolling” challenge – done without the aid of a cue stick.  On Saturday night the magnetic finals took place for those that had qualified from the initial rounds, as 4 top finalists earned a share of the $1000 guaranteed prize fund.  James Hess from Marion, IN displayed great focus and a steady hand on his way to becoming the event champ, while winning $400 for 1st place.


Note:  An added feature for this special challenge included raffle drawings for players entering the competition.  Scott Smithhart (Evansville, IN) won a custom “Table Trotter” cue / case ($600 value) donated by McDermott Cue, and Greg Fox (Bloomington, IN) won a Dr. Popper jump cue valued at $125 donated by Mark “Dr. Popper” Dimick.  Dozens of APA t-shirts were awarded to finalists out of the money, via raffle ticket drawings, and thru exciting “parade moments” with audience members.   


     A special feature accented the 3 days of festivities when a unique presentation was made to Charles “Spitball Charlie” Darling from Washington, MO as the 2012 Cue-Dean-“E” IV Honoree.  A large group of sport fans and fellow players witnessed the emotional moment, as “Charlie” was presented with a beautiful McDermott “Table Trotter” cue / case, plus a custom Cue-Dean-“E” IV 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.

Complete results for these events follow:



Place           Player / Nickname / Home Base                          Points / 1st Att.     Prize $ / Award

1         Florian “Venom” Kohler (France)                  200 – 19               $ 1500.00 + Cup

2         Tim “The Dragon” Chin (NV)                         199 – 23                  1250.00 + Cup

3             Chris “Juggler 314” Kelly (NJ)                  195 – 22                1000.00 + Cup

4              Curtis “Redneck Cue Guy” Robertson (TX)         187 – 25          750.00 + Cup

5              Mark “Dr. Popper” Dimick (OK)                  187 – 22             500.00

6              Tom “Too Kool” Kinzel (PA)                           184 – 22            500.00

7              Dave “Triple Jump” Nangle (MD)                  181 – 19            500.00

8         Jason “The Tiger” Kane (NY)                              180 – 22            500.00

9         Chris “Tricky Shot” Woodrum (VA)                  178 – 26            250.00

10       Jeremiah “Daddy-O” Owens (IL)                       177 – 19            250.00

11             Steven “Triple C” Markle (PA)                      175 – 22            250.00

12             Josh “The Diamond Guy” Ulrich (CA)         169 – 19            250.00

13         Gordon “The Wolf” Hedges (MD)                  169 – 17            250.00

14          Jim “Coach” Barnard (CA)                              166 – 15            250.00

15            Marty “The Farmer” Carey (CA)                  162 – 17            250.00

16             Charles “Spitball Charlie” Darling (MO)         160 – 19            250.00

17         Steve “Stellar” Geller (ND)                                      158 – 17            125.00

18         Rick “The Barber” Hawkinson (IN)                        158 – 12            125.00

19         Ken “Sarge” Aylesworth (NV)                                    154 – 18            125.00

20         Adam “Mini – Bear” Koehler (IL)                              133 – 15            125.00

21         William “Buddy / The Fireman” Warren (TX)       129 – 14            125.00

22         Mark “Randy / Lefty” Weeks (AL)                           122 – 9          125.00

23         John “Johnny B” Harty (IN)                                      97 – 10            125.00

24         Rodney “Triple P” Fontaine (FL)                                 86 – 7        125.00

25         Mike “El Capitano” Davie (NY)                                      80 – 7      125.00

Note: Points listed are for 40 shots / challenges attempted by each player. Event tiebreaker rules were used to break same scores and are shown in score postings above by number of 1st attempts after “dash” line.


Trick / Fancy Shots                   Tom Kinzel          29 out of 30 points

Special Arts                   Tim Chin                            28 out of 30 points

Draw Shots                   Jeremiah Owens               30 out of 30 points

Follow Shots                   Chris Woodrum                 30 out of 30 points

Bank / Kick Shots                   Chris Woodrum       29 out of 30 points

Stroke Shots                   Josh Ulrich                           28 out of 30 points

Jump Shots                    Josh Ulrich                           29 out of 30 points

Masse Shots                   Charles Darling                   30 out of 30 points


Note:  Discipline champions received $100 each, plus a special victory medal award.   Players with perfect discipline scores of 30 points that received $25 each were: Chris Kelly (Draw Shots); Florian Kohler (Draw Shots); Jeremiah Owens (Draw Shots); Chris Woodrum (Follow Shots); Charles Darling (Masse Shots)


 Discipline / Sportsmanship — left to right — Charles Darling, Tim Chin, Tom Kinzel, Josh Ulrich, Chris Woodrum, Jeremiah Owens, John Harty (Dr. Cue in Front)

By vote of players:          Jeremiah “Daddy-O” Owens

By vote of directors / staff:          John “Johnny B” Harty

Note:  Sportsmanship recipients each received special honors and a victory medal award.




Charles “Spitball Charlie” Darling was presented a custom plaque award on Saturday night (12/1/12) as the Cue-Dean-“E” IV International Honoree. He was also awarded a custom Dr. Cue “Table Trotter” cue / case donated by McDermott Cue.  A spirit filled presentation was done in honor of David “Dean” Edwards (1950 – 2006), Dr. Cue’s best friend. Dr. Cue, Ms. Cue, and a large group of players / fans expressed a heartfelt appreciation to “Charlie” for his Entertainment, Education, and Energetic “table-trotter” style talents and Enlightening spirit gift to artistic pool and beyond.  “Spitball Charlie” now becomes part of an exclusive group of past Cue-Dean-“E” Honorees – Jason “The Michigan Kid” Lynch for 2009, Rick “The Barber” Hawkinson for 2010, and Jason “The Tiger” Kane for 2011.



 Place                       Player                      Home Base              Prize Money/Award

1                     James Hess                 Marion, IN                       $ 400.00

2                  Scott Smithhart            Evansville, IN                     300.00

3                  Adam Koehler              Decatur, IL                          200.00

4                  Brad Biggs                   Evansville, IN                     100.00


Raffle Drawing Results:

“Table Trotter” Cue and Case ($600.00 value) – Scott Smithhart (Evansville, IN)

“Dr. Popper” Jump Cue ($125.00 value) – Greg Fox (Bloomington, IN)

Special Note: As creators of this unique challenge, Professor – Q – Ball (Paul Frankel) and Dr. Cue Promotions (Tom and Marty Rossman) want to thank McDermott Cue and Mark “Dr. Popper” Dimick for their product / service sponsorship.  In addition, we want to thank everyone that participated in this magnetic attraction and making it a total success!!         

2012 Special Events:

  • Dr. Cue Classic “Artistic” Cup VI
  • Q & Cue Characters “Roll To Victory” Challenge
  • Cue-Dean-“E” IV International Honoree Presentation

Event Venue / Location:                   Marriott Indy East, Indianapolis, IN

Activity Dates:                   November 29, 30 & December 1, 2, 2012

Special Note:  Marty and I want to thank John Schoonveld, APA league operator and director of the APA Indiana State Invitational Tournament for providing the venue and logistical amenities for our 2012 special events.

Documented / Submitted:                  December 20, 2012

Tom “Dr. Cue” and Marty “Ms. Cue” Rossman

Dr. Cue Classic Artistic Cup VI / Roll To Victory Event Directors

Cue-Dean-“E” IV International Honoree Selection Committee

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