Birkett Wins in Iowa

Randy Tenley, Scott Hargens and Alan Birkett


The 2012-2013 Pure X Cues All American Tour – presented by the American CueSports Alliance (ACS) – highlighted its eighteenth stop of the Tour year at Legend’s Sports Bar in Clinton, IA, Saturday, February 9.  The $500-added 8-ball handicapped tourney on 7-foot Valley bar boxes drew 30 players. 
On the A-side bracket, Alan Birkett (Clinton, IA) [rated a “6” on a regional handicap system used] and Randy Tenley [5] (Galesburg, IL) moved to the semifinals where they vanquished John Sprague [5] (Albany, IL) 6-2 and Robert Hesse [5] (Coal Valley, IL) 5-0 respectively.  In the finals, Birkett got the best of Tenley 6-3 to take the hot seat.
On the B-side, Scott Hargens [6] (Cedar Rapids, IA) avenged his first-round loss to Nick Allendorf [4] (Dubuque, IA) 6-0, while Keith Helfrich [6] (Sterling, IL) eliminated Tim Krause [5] (Clinton, IA) 6-3 – depositing both Allendorf and Krause into 7th place.  Both Hargens and Helfrich continued their winning ways in the next round, dispatching John Sprague 6-3 and Robert Hesse 6-2 respectively in 5th place.  Hargens then ended Helfrich’s run at 4th place by a 6-4 margin.  In the B-side finals that followed, Hargens similarly dispatched Randy Tenley at 3rd place by a 6-2 score.  The tourney finals was an even match between Alan Birkett and Scott Hargens, but Birkett ended matters in the first set to take the title with a 6-3 win! 
By virtue of Scott Hargens also being the highest-finishing ACS member in the event, he qualified for a free 9-Ball singles entry into the 2013 Pure X ACS Nationals at the Tropicana Las Vegas – courtesy of the ACS.  The ACS wishes to thank sponsors Pure X Cues, Championship Billiard Fabric and Nick Varner Signature Cases for their support in donating “Value-In-Kind” product for this and all stops on the Pure X All American Tour. Sponsorship opportunities and tour stop openings are still available for the 2012/2013 All American Tour by contacting the ACS.