Author: Paul

2009 USSA National Snooker TourStop #6

2009 USSA National Snooker TourStop #6

2009 USSA National Snooker TourStop #6
Mike Monegato Captures On Cue Handicap Snooker Classic

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(L-R) Winner Mike Monegato and Tournament Director Tom Kollins

The United States Snooker Association (USSA) continues to rejuvenate snooker in the United States in 2009 with its inaugural USSA National Snooker Tour, and the sixth and final stop on the Tour – the On Cue Handicap Snooker Classic at On Cue Billiards, directed by USSA board member Tom Kollins – in Grayslake, IL, April 24-26, again enjoyed a full 16-player field. Four round-robin preliminary flights determined the eight players for the final rounds. The preliminary flights featured 2-frame matches among each opponent within a flight for a total of six frames played per player. Due to the handicap format, the six top players – Tom Kalinowski III, Marek Kuc, Chuck Looney, John Connelly, Chris Szarek and Mike Monegato – gave starts to the rest of the field, with 11-year old JonMichael Monegato (St. Charles, IL) receiving a 35-start-per-frame against the top players in the preliminaries and winning two frames!.

APA SIGNS THE BLACK WIDOW

APA SIGNS THE BLACK WIDOW

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APA SIGNS THE BLACK WIDOW
World’s Largest Pool League Signs World’s Most Recognizable Poolplayer to Sponsorship Agreement

LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO (April 28, 2009) — The American Poolplayers Association (APA) is proud to announce they have signed a sponsorship agreement with The Black Widow, Jeanette Lee. The APA made the announcement yesterday at their annual League Operator Convention in Las Vegas.

The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour made its way to Memphis

The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour made its way to Memphis

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David Rice – Amateur Advanced

The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour made its way to Memphis the weekend of April 25th & 26th, 2009

where it’s Amateur-Advanced and Amateur Divisions were hosted by Sharpshooters

Billiards & Grill whose owners Robbie and Donna Franklin graciously added $1500 to this weekend’s events.

The participants were greeted with 18 bar tables that were recently recovered in Simonis 860 and 4 nicely kept

9ft tables. Sharpshooters provided an excellent atmosphere for all the participants as well as spectators.

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Luc Depriene – 9-Ball Amateur

Eberhart Makes Comeback In Viking Tour Billiard Event

Eberhart Makes Comeback In Viking Tour Billiard Event

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The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour Amateur-Advanced and Amateur Division were hosted by Flamin’ Nine Billiards in Gravois Mills, Mo., the Weekend of April 18th & 19th, 2009. The double event was $2500 Added played on 7 foot tables and featured many local players as well as players from around the region.

Scott Tollefson tops 2009 season opener on the Tiger Pool Tour

Scott Tollefson tops 2009 season opener on the Tiger Pool Tour

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Scott Tollefson tops 2009 season opener on the Tiger Pool Tour

The 2009 season is underway as the year opener took place Apr 18th/19th at Orange Ball Billiards in Rockville, MD. A strong field of 83 players signed up for the $1000 added event made possible by Orange Ball, Tiger Products and the tour sponsors.

Hugo Patino Wins at Cue and Cushion

Hugo Patino Wins at Cue and Cushion

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The first stop of the 2009 USBA Tour was held at Cue and Cushion Billiard Lounge in Hooksett, NH on April 17-19, 2009. Four of the country’s top players participated and were the clear favorites in this 11 player round robin to 25 points. Room owner Mazin Shooni, 2006 US Champion, had his 2 beautiful Chevillotte tables recently recovered with Simonis 300 rapide cloth. The tables were long and very slippery. Competing along with Mazin was Hugo Patino (2003, 2009 US Champion), Sonny Cho (2005 US Champion), Michael Kang (Carom Café owner and top US player), Jim Shovak (USBA Secretary/Treasurer), Bob Page from Massachusetts, Juan Elizalde from Dallas, Texas, Leonard Collibee from Massachusetts, Rick Kirk from Kalamazoo, Michigan, Andrew Janquitto from Maryland and Steve Brodie from Connecticut.

Illinois State University to Host 2009 Junior Nationals & Collegiate 9-Ball Championships

Illinois State University to Host 2009 Junior Nationals & Collegiate 9-Ball Championships

Illinois State University to Host 2009 Junior Nationals & Collegiate 9-Ball Championships

The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) is excited to announce that Illinois State University (ISU) will host the 21st Annual Junior Nationals and the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Collegiate 9-Ball Championships on July 21-26. The collegiate event will be held Tuesday through Thursday, while junior competition will take place Thursday through Sunday.

PoolDawg to Sponsor APA National Championships

PoolDawg to Sponsor APA National Championships

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World’s Largest Pool League and Billiard Retailer Reach Sponsorship Agreement

LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO (April 16, 2009) — Internet based retailer PoolDawg has reached a deal with the American Poolplayers Association (APA) to become an official sponsor of all APA National Championships. PoolDawg will be the official table spot sponsor of both the APA National Singles and Team Championships held in Las Vegas annually at the Riviera Hotel & Casino.

As part of the agreement, all participants in the national championships will receive a commemorative memento courtesy of PoolDawg.

“We’ve enjoyed a strong relationship with PoolDawg for years. They’ve been a major advertiser in our national membership magazine and an exhibitor at our National Team Championships. This agreement helps to further our relationship with them,” said APA President Reneé Lyle.

“When it comes to amateur pool leagues, there is no bigger name than the APA. We are extremely excited to come on board as a sponsor of the APA Championships.” said Mike Feiman, Director of Marketing for PoolDawg. “As the largest amateur pool league, the APA provides us with a unique opportunity to reach hundreds of thousands of poolplayers. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to further expand our longstanding relationship with the APA and its members.”

About the American Poolplayers Association (APA)

The APA, based in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., sanctions the world’s largest amateur pool league, known as the APA Pool League throughout the United States, and as the Canadian Pool League in Canada. More than 260,000 members compete in weekly 8-Ball and 9 Ball league play. The APA is generally recognized as the Governing Body of Amateur Pool, having established the official rules, championships, formats and handicap systems for the sport of amateur billiards.

The APA produces three major tournaments each year—the APA National Team Championships, the APA National Singles Championships and the U.S. Amateur Championship—that, together, pay out nearly $1.5 Million in cash and prizes annually!

The APA and its championships are sponsored by Cuetec Cues and PoolDawg.

For more information on the American Poolplayers Association, visit www.poolplayers.com.

Jeanette Lee & Allison Fisher Lead Super Women’s Invasion of The Predator International 10-Ball Championship

Jeanette Lee & Allison Fisher Lead Super Women’s Invasion of The Predator International 10-Ball Championship

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Jeanette Lee & Allison Fisher Lead Super Women’s Invasion of

The Predator International 10-Ball Championship

Las Vegas, Nevada- The Black Widow, The Duchess of Doom, The Texas Tornado, Kwik Fire, Little Lightning, G-Force, and The Viper are some of the names of the super powered billiard women attacking the 9th Annual Predator International 10-Ball Championship. Ozone Billiards will be presenting this year’s lineup of 112 players at the Riviera Hotel & Casino May 11-16,2009 during the BCAPL’s National 8-Ball Championships. In total, there will be a sizeable league of 13 world class women looking to make a serious dent into the egos of the men’s elite club.

Circular Follow By Eric “The Preacher” Yow

Circular Follow By Eric “The Preacher” Yow

In this issue’s instructional article, I want to teach you the concept of Circular Follow.  When I was on “ESPN 3 Cushion Grandmaster,” the first shot I performed against Semih Sayginer was a form of Circular Draw well known in 3-cushion billiards.  In our professional Artistic Pool competitions we have adapted such a concept to the pool table to perform the bottom shot in the diagram.  To perform the circular draw shot, you must capitalize on the rebound of the cushion and the effect that follow and sidespin have on the cue ball’s trajectory when a significant amount of spin is maintained.  As you begin to work on this shot, please do not get discouraged.  My first rule in studying artistic pool is to “change one variable at a time,” a lesson I learned from Rick Malm, creator of the Artistic Pool CD-Rom.  The problem with this shot, however, is that there are so many variables to consider that it is difficult to fine tune your stroke so as to be able to duplicate it with relative consistency.  Admittedly, this shot is not a hanger, even for me.

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WPBA SAN DIEGO CLASSIC

WPBA SAN DIEGO CLASSIC

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It was Ga Young Kim and Monica Webb matching up in the finals of the first event of 2009 for the WPBA – the San Diego Classic at the beautiful Viejas Casino in Alpine, CA. Monica was coming off of her high from the 2008 Tour Championships and this was Ga Young’s first finals since the 2008 BCA Generationpool.com 9 Ball Championships in Las Vegas, NV. Both wanted to be the first winner of the 2009 season.
Ga Young won the lag but scratched on the break and Monica came to the table ready to rock. There was no hesitation in her stroke as she began running out the table but a huge mental error right at the beginning caused her to come up short on the 8 ball, hooking herself behind the 9. With a regretful smile, she eyed a kick shot short rail (2 rails) that just missed, giving Ga Young back the ball in hand she’d given to Monica and took the first game of the match.
Monica had the break in game two but came up dry but left nothing for Ga Young to look at except a safety. She thinned the 1, went 4 rails with the cue ball and stuck it snug behind the 6 while the crowd whistled in amazement. Monica missed the 3 rail kick and Ga Young received ball in hand. Working her way around the layout, she navigated a few touchy position shots with aplomb, running out to take a quick 2-0 lead.

Ozone Billiards Heads Official Sponsors of Predator International 10-Ball

Ozone Billiards Heads Official Sponsors of Predator International 10-Ball

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Ozone Billiards Heads Official Sponsors of Predator International 10-Ball
Field

Atlanta, GA-  Ozone Billiards will be this year’s lead sponsor as they
present The 9th Annual Predator 10-Ball Championship and a world class field
of 112 players at the Riviera Hotel & Casino May 11-16,2009.  Additional
marquee players such as World Cup Champion Rodney Morris of USA, French
Champion Stefan Cohen, highest internationally ranked Indian player ever Raj
Hundal, and top women’s player Gerda Hofstatter of Austria have joined in
with many others in the field. Ozone Billiards is also joined by Simonis
Cloth, Diamond Tables, Laser Rack, Uni-Loc, and the event host BCA Pool
Leagues in this Dragon Promotions production.