APA Recognizes Top League Operators

Larry and Cindy Herrington of Macon, Ga with Renee Poehlman

LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO (May 10, 2007) — The American Poolplayers Association (APA) recognized four of their top franchisees with League Operator of the Year awards during the APA Annual Convention in late April in Las Vegas. The four were selected from a group of more than 250 League Operators throughout North America with one League Operator being selected for each market size.

In the Rural Market, Larry & Michelle Nicholson of Killeen, Texas, were honored for their performance during the past year. Bruce Bates of Charleston, S.C., was the top League Operator in the Middle Market. In the Major Market, John & Pauline Ostro of Lisbon Falls, Maine, were selected. Terry and Valerie Justice from Baltimore, Md., were awarded League Operators of the Year in the Major Metro Market.

The APA awards a number of League Operators each year for their accomplishments in running their League area. Those selected League Operator of the Year receive a check for $1,000 and a trophy.

In addition to recognizing the League Operators of the Year, the APA also awarded the Rookie and Journeyman of the Year awards. Larry and Cindy Herrington of Macon, Ga., received the Rookie of the Year Award, and Vicki & Carol Wade of Orange County, Calif., received the Journeyman of the Year Award. The Journeyman of the Year is presented to a League Operator who is no longer a rookie, but not yet eligible to receive the League Operator of the Year award.

The APA, based in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., sanctions the world's largest amateur pool league, known as the APA Pool League throughout the United States and as the Canadian Pool League in Canada. More than 260,000 members compete in weekly 8-Ball and 9-Ball league play. The APA is generally recognized as the Governing Body of Amateur Pool, having established the official rules, championships, formats and handicap systems for the sport of amateur billiards.

The APA produces three major tournaments each year—the APA National Team Championships, the APA National Singles Championships and the U.S. Amateur Championship —hat, together, pay out nearly $1.5 Million in cash and prizes annually.

The APA is proudly sponsored by Cuetec Cues, Valley Tables, Valley Ultra Teflon Cloth and Aramith Billiard Balls.

For more information about the APA, visit the official APA Web site at www.poolplayers.com.