1st annual Bobby Stocks memorial 9 ball tournament held in Sterling, VA

Adam Smith

Long time action lover, stake horse and gambler Bobby Stocks passed away in June at the age of 62. Stocks ran a very successful automotive business here in Sterling, VA. He loved pool and could be spotted at most major events in the area during and after the events.

Several of Bobby's friends have banded together to start up an annual memorial event. His business, County Transmissions, friends Mike Veve and R.B. Nance, Jr put up some cash along with the host pool room First Break Cafe owners Anthony Luong, Louis Cheng and Larry Zabel.

The temperature outside was just over 100 degrees and conditions in the pool room were hot and humid as well. 43 players signed up Saturday morning. BJ Ussery came from down south. Adam "GQ" Smith and Tony Ruberto came from up north. Local Sterling players Brandon Shuff, Pooky Rasmeloungon and Ryan McCreesh were in. Shaun Wilkie and Brett Stottlemyer finished 1st and 2nd last weekend on the Tiger Tour and were ready to go.

The player auction came in at just over two dimes with 25% headed to a heart charity in memory of Bobby Stocks. Mike Davis and Brandon Shuff were the two blind bids with BJ Ussery going very high. Turned out the player auction bidders got it all wrong! Davis fell to Ruberto 9-8 in a sloppy match. Jim Henson and Shuff went down to a sharp shooting Adam Smith and Shaun Wilkie sent Ussery to the one-loss side. The winner side shaped up to be youngster Chris Futrell vs David Hunt, Stefano Araviakis vs Shaun Wilkie, Tom Wirth vs Tony Ruberto and Brett Stottlemyer vs Adam Smith.

On Sunday, Futrell, Wilkie, Ruberto and Smith all advanced easily. The hot seat match featured Smith convincingly defeating Wilkie 9-2. Wilkie took out Ruberto 7-3 to earn a rematch with Smith. This one was not much different as Smith cruised to an 11-4 win. 1st paid $1650 with $1100 for 2nd.

A total of $582 was raised for the American Heart Association and a fun time was had by all.