Las Vegas, Nevada- 21 year old billiard sensation Yu Ram Cha of Korea has been invited as the sole woman entrant of the 2009 World Pool Masters. The event takes place at the Riviera Hotel and Casino this weekend May 8-10 and is produced by Matchroom Sport, a leading force in billiard promotions. The World Pool Masters has had a long history of famous champions such as Ralf Souquet, Thomas Engert, Raj Hundal, and defending champion Alex Pagulayan. Sixteen men are invited each year, with last year being the first time a woman was invited in Jasmin Ouschan of Austria. This year Yu Ram Cha was selected.
APA RECOGNIZES TOP LEAGUE OPERATORS
World’s Largest Pool League Awards League Operator of the Year Awards
LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO (May 7, 2009) — The American Poolplayers Association (APA) recognized five of their top franchisees with League Operator of the Year awards during the APA Annual Convention in late April in Las Vegas. The five were selected from a group of more than 260 League Operators throughout North America with one League Operator selected from each market size.
St. Louis, MO.- Michael Zimmerman, Gateway Amateur Tour (GAT) Founder/Director, has been working hard the past four years trying to provide a fair and rewarding 8-Ball tour in the St. Louis/Metro East area. Now in the fourth season, preparing for our fifth, we are excited to announce that Viking Cue Mfg., Inc through The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour has joined with us to become the title sponsor.
“3-Cushion Billiard Tour Shot-Contest a “HIT with Pocket Pool Players”
Finally a billiard program designed to attract Pocket Billiard Players to the game of 3-Cushion Billiards. It is called the “3-Cushion Billiard Tour Shot Contest” and it is unique in its own way. For the first time room owners that have only one or two billiard tables will be part of a bigger picture.
2009 USSA National Snooker TourStop #6
Mike Monegato Captures On Cue Handicap Snooker Classic
(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
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.
3- Cushion Billiards Shot Contest Challenge.
The Challenge was held at the Greeley, CO. Senior Activities Center April 22, 2009.
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.
Luc Depriene – 9-Ball Amateur
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.