14.1 Excitement and Success at 35th BCAPL Nationals

Each year CueSports International (CSI) strives to add more interesting events and activities to the BCAPL National 8-Ball Championships. This year the inaugural CSI 14.1 High Run Challenge introduced a new discipline to many players at the Riviera Hotel & Casino from May 13-22. Located in a 30'x10' booth in the center of all the BCAPL activities, participants played on two 9' Diamond Pro Cut tables and for only $20 anyone could buy four attempts to score the highest accumulative run for their division. Of the three amateur divisions, the top four players with the highest runs were paid.

Men's Amateur Top 4:
Mark Dimick - 120 ($720)
Craig Powers - 112 ($540)
Mike MIller - 105 ($360)
Lee Brett - 91 ($180)

Men's Senior Top 4:
Peter Lhotka - 56 ($200)
Mike Zygmunt - 54 ($150)
Lyn Weschler - 46 ($100)
Robert Hovick - 42 ($50)

Women's Top 4:
Samm Vidal - 48 ($200)
Li Jia - 41 ($125)
Melinda Huang - 41 ($125)
Tamiko Heidrich - 35 ($50)

In the Professional Player division, those with the top eight scores advanced to a single elimination finals bracket racing to 100-point games. The final match was to 150 points. The CSI 14.1 Challenge booth allowed as many BCAPL players the rare opportunity to sit five feet away from their favorite professional players at their finest. Of the top eight, Danny Harriman received a $200 bonus for having the overall single high run of the event. He was on 199 before his run ended with an unfortunate scratch. Notable 100+ runs also came from John Schmidt (121) and Mika Immonen (113).

Professional's Top 8:
313 - Danny Harriman
281 - John Schmidt
261 - Mika Immonen
233 - Corey Deuel
194 - Darren Appleton
160 - Miguel Silva
159 - Tony Robles
151 - Max Eberle

There were a couple upsets in the first round of the seeded final eight draw. Tony Robles defeated “Mr. 400” John Schmidt 100 to 56 and Derby City 14.1 Champ Darren Appleton advanced by way of forfeit when his opponent Corey Deuel was occupied in the finals of the U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship. Harriman defeated Max Eberle 100 to 56 and Immonen bested Miguel Silva 100 to 14.

Immonen continued his reign of terror against Harriman in the next round with a win of 100 to 4, running 91 balls and out. Meanwhile, Robles held off Appleton with a score of 100 to 36. In the 150-point finals between Robles and Immonen, “The Iceman” was on a mission. He rolled through the finals match as he did all the others, with a 150 to 26 victory over Robles including a 109 and out.

Over $5,000 was paid out. The CSI 14.1 Challenge was sponsored by Action Junkies Sportswear, Mueller Recreational Products, McDermott Cues, and Diamond Billiard Products.