The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) crowned four winners in the 2009 BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships. A total of 92 junior pocket billiard players gathered in the Bone Student Center at Illinois State University on July 23-26 to compete for the title in 4 divisions. In the 19-and-under boys’ division, Landon Shuffett of Greensburg, KY, sailed through the winners’ bracket, while Liz Lovely of Centerville, OH, went undefeated in the 19-and-under girls’ division.
LONE STAR BILLIARDS TOUR
Charlie “Hillbilly” Bryant again on top of the hill
On the weekend of June 6 and 7, Casper’s Billiards in San Leon, Texas celebrated its first anniversary by hosting the fourth stop on the 2009 Lone Star Billiards Tour. This event drew a strong field of 51 players, including touring professionals Charlie Bryant, Jeremy Jones, and Cliff Joyner, and an international champion from Jordan, Zaid Thweib. Other pre-tournament favorites included regional standouts: Sylver Ochoa, Raul Escobedo, Lanny Herrin, Dennis Strickland, Manuel Ayala, and Ernesto Bayaua.
Mike Gasper Wins
12th Annual “Tri-State Tour” Invitational
The twelveth annual Tri-State Tour Invitational took place July 11 – 12, 2009, at Comet Billiards in Parsippany, NJ bringing together highly skilled amateurs hoping to sharpen their game en route to the pro circuit and ambitious upstarts looking to advance in class. The weekend was a huge success with 14 A & A+ Players, 32 B & B+ Players, 32 C & C+ Players and 14 D & D+ Players showing up to play in their respective classes. Comet Billiards owners Bill Haley along with the staff were gracious hosts and provided a professional and engaging atmosphere for the event. Their generosity and support is without equal.
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.
WPBA Star Takes Over APA League in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO (July 16, 2009) — As a major sponsor of the WPBA Classic Tour, Ewa “The Striking Viking” Laurance has associated for years with the American Poolplayers Association (APA). Ewa has traveled to various APA Leagues around the country conducting exhibitions, and Mitch, her husband and ESPN billiard commentator, is well versed on promoting APA during the ESPN event airings. Now both, along with daughter Nikki Graham, will own and operate the Coastal Carolina APA League.
UPA Expands in Arizona
‘League of Champions’
PHOENIX, AZ (July 9, 2009) – The United States Professional Poolplayers Association’s (UPA) has recently launched its latest venture, a nationwide amateur league known as the League of Champions. The initial testing phase was performed in the state of Arizona, home of the UPA, and the results have provided a great starting point for the areas league operators.
MARYLAND OPEN 14.1 STRAIGHT POOL CHAMPIONSHIPS
BIG DADDY’S BILLIARDS, Glen Burnie, Maryland
June 27-28, 2009
Proud winner Danny Harriman
Players and fans began arriving into the Baltimore area as early as noon on Friday, June 26 for the Fifth Annual Maryland Open 14.1 Straight Pool Championships. This event has become one of the most prestigious straight pool tournaments of the year in the U.S. and for the second year in a row has been held at a new family billiard venue, BIG DADDY’S BILLIARDS, 7954 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie, Maryland. Under the ownership of Richard & Cynthia Molineiro, “ Big Daddy’s” has become a premier east coast mecca for the beautiful and imaginative game of 14.1. Previously the Maryland Straight Pool title has been won by: