Left to right, Felipe & Hugo
Patino, Kolacz, Razon, and Ashby all earned their National entry at no charge, but had to play 2 final matches to determine the overall positions of finish in the Qualifier event and ranking points assigned by the USBA. Razon performed brilliantly as he defeated Patino by a score of 20 – 17 for 1st place honors. Meanwhile, Ashby sailed to victory over Kolacz 20 – 12 to win 3rd place positioning.
They came from all over to play in this great event that has been going on for 25 years right here in Memphis, TN. New owner Jerry Ramey, and tournament director Mark Dionne were very pleased when a full field of 128 players showed up on Friday.
The tournament got underway on Friday night right after the Calcutta and continued into the late hours on Sunday morning. Entry fee was $25, Race to 7, Ladies get 2 games, played on 9 foot Diamond tables.
Madison, Tennessee’s premier JOB Billiard Club hosted the 22nd annual Music City 9-Ball Open Held January 15-18th 2009.
Jim Blaylock and Tournament Directory Steve McDonald, assisted by Peg Ledman, had a busy weekend as 113 open division players and 25 ladies division players showed up for the competition that was held on 7 foot Diamond Smart Tables with Simonis Cloth. The 9- ball tournament format was race to 11 in the open division and a race to 7 in the ladies division.
2009 BCAPL Springfield Shootout, Holiday Inn,
Springfield, Ohio, January 8-11
Bad Boys Billiard Productions, in conjunction with Chris Williams, the Central Ohio BCA League Operator, created the 2009 BCAPL Springfield Shootout to give nearby players the opportunity to compete in a big style BCAPL tournament without traveling long distances to a Regional or to the BCAPL Nationals in Las Vegas.
Ice storms and freezing temperatures couldn’t deter the 64 men’s singles – from as far afield as West Virginia and Windsor, Ontario – 9 women’s singles, and 42 teams in the Open Teams division.
Bad Boys’ Ric Jones braved ice covered roads to deliver and install the (24) 7 foot Diamond Smart Tables covered in Simonis 860 Tournament Blue cloth with Red Circle cue balls and Super Aramith Pro balls.
Three divisions – Open Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, and Open Teams – vied for $6,750 in cash. In the Men’s Open, Dayton’s Lucas Hawkins not only upset the more experienced Shayne Morrow, but scorched the field unscathed without even losing a set. West Virginia’s Christina Holmes double dipped Beth Kimbelton to take the Ladies Singles title.
For the first time ever in Chicago and the midwest, Dragon Promotions brings you 2008 Player of the Year Mika Immonen of Finland , Former #1 Francisco Bustamante of Philippines, and Top 5 USA ranked Charlie Williams to the Chicago Predator Pro Pool School. These world class professional players will reveal in depth training methods and secrets of professional pool. Students will get insight on their style and knowledge of play which has inspired countless players hroughout Europe, Asia, the USA and the world of pool! This rare experience will be hosted by Palace Billiards and brought to you by Predator Cues, Simonis Cloth, Brunswick Centennial Balls, and Master Chalk.
The favorites going into the event were Mike Bengels and Jamil Isreal. Gary Elias, the 2008 USBA “B” player rankings champion was also a favorite, Bill Johnson and Jim Shovak always a threat. Other dangerous players included Bassel Elshaar, Steve Andersen and Gary Scharf. The two surprises of the tournament were Ramy Noja and Bob Schmaus who have improved their games and pulled off some important upsets.
It was a 10-player round robin with each match going to 25 points.
Shuffett wins Bank Shot Invitational
Youth was served at Louisville’s Bank Shot Billiards on Jan 5, 2009 as 14 year old superstar-to-be, Landon Shuffett took the $1000 first prize in the invitational nine ball event. As always, promoter extraordinaire Truman Hogue, filled his 32 player field a week before the opening break shot. He also tweaked the format and raced to 6 on both sides with alternating breaks. Those changes plus Bank Shots’ pre-pro cut Diamond pockets figured to produce some upsets, but no one was complaining when their $50 entry gave them a shot at the $2100 ($500 of it added) prize fund.
After a hugely successful inaugural year, the Predator 9-Ball Tour is ready to start the 2009 season with the addition of some big name sponsors and exciting new events.
We would like to thank The Predator Group for supporting this tour and making it possible to help the sport grow.
“The 2008 Predator 9-Ball Tour established a new standard in billiards tournament series,” said Karim Belhaj, CEO of The Predator Group. “We look forward to growing the tour even more in 2009, through our collaboration with Tony Robles, by bringing together billiards’ top pros and generating a new level of excitement in the United States.”
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