Player’s Meeting: Thursday, December 10th at 8:00pm
Entry Fee: $ 255.00 for “A” Players (.800+ average)
$ 155.00 for “B” Players and below.
This is an “Open” Tournament with no handicap.
The only difference is the entry fee based on player’s level. This is decided by the Tournament Director(s) and/or the USBA Secretary/Treasurer.
Estimated Prize Fund: $ 20,000.00
Estimated First Place Prize: $ 4,000.00
Estimated Number of Payouts: 16
Maximum number of players: 64
Prelims: 8 groups of 8 players each: round robin (25 point matches).
Top 8 USBA Ranked “A” Players will be seeded into Prelim flights.
Top 2 from each flight advance to semi-finals = 16 players
Semi-Finals: 2 groups of 8 players each: round robin (30 point matches)
USBA Qualifier is a 3-day event. Player’s meeting started Friday morning at 9:30am and first rounds of play started right after meeting at 10:30. Format: Entry is $130 with a round robin format, race to 20 points in the prelims and 25 pts in the finals. There will be two flights of 6. Three from each flight advances to the 6 person finals on Sunday.
The USBA sent 4 players to the CPB Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The CPB (Confederacion Panamericana de Billar) is the governing body for 3-Cushion Billiards in both North and South America. The tournament took place August 5-8, 2009.
Pedro Piedrabuena won the event and is the new Panamerican (CPB) Champion. Hugo Patino finished in 6th. Miguel Torres finished in the top 16 and Michael Kang finished in the top 32. Pedro and Hugo, along with six other top CPB finishers will represent the CPB and their countries in the World 3-Cushion Championships which will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, November 11-15, 2009. More details on the results at the CPB championship will be posted on the CPB website (http://www.cpbillar.net) as they become available.
Preliminaries: 5 groups of 8 players each/round robin/25 points
Top 4 from each group advance to the semi-finals (20 players)
2 auction & 2 lottery winners = 24 players
Semi-Finals: 3 groups of 8 players each/round robin/30 points
Top 4 from each group advance to Finals (12 players)
Finals: 2 groups of 6 players each/round robin/40 points
Top 2 finishers from each group advance to the final matches: single elimination to 40 points to determine 1st through 4th place.
DR. THOM ZIMMERMAN The Glaucoma Foundation was deeply saddened by the death on August 4 of Thom J. Zimmerman, MD, PhD, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Louisville. A member of our Scientific Advisory Board, he was uniquely suited for his successful work in pharmacological research in glaucoma and was dedicated to furthering the field. His contributions will be greatly missed.
The Principles of Defense
By Robert Byrene
Good defensive strategy, absolutely essential to winning in three-cushion billiards, is hardly ever mentioned in the scanty literature in a game. Defense in billiards consists of far more than simply playing “easy to the red” and its corollary, “hard away to the white.”
In all, there were 21 players competing for a first place prize of $ 2,000.00 with a total prize fund of $ 7,000.00. The players were divided into 3 flights with 7 players each. The top 2 finishers of each flight along with the two best 3rd place finishers would play an 8-player round robin in the finals. The prelims were to 20 points and the finals were to 25 points. Final placement was determined by wins/losses, total points scored, head-to-head and points-against. Averages were kept throughout the tournament by the players but it was not a determining factor in the placement.
There were 40 players from different states across the country as well as from Mexico and Ecuador. In all, there were at least 15 players that have established averages of at least 1.000 and only 10 players would be able to qualify into the finals. That’s how tough the field was. There were also some upsets which changed the outcome dramatically.
Miguel Torres is victorious at Carom Cafe
Carom Café hosted a wonderful Open tournament this past weekend which was a 15-player round-robin event. That means that every player gets to play all the other players once for a total of 14 matches for each player over a 3-day period. It was a lot of billiards.
“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.
3- Cushion Billiards Shot Contest Challenge.
The Challenge was held at the Greeley, CO. Senior Activities Center April 22, 2009.
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.