Craig McLaren double dips Behnke for Miller Time Win

The twenty-eighth stop on the 2008/2009 Pechauer All American Tour (produced by the American CueSports Alliance – ACS) was hosted at Miller Time Billiards in Davenport, IA, on Saturday, January 3.  The $500 added event drew forty players in a double-elimination 8-ball format on 7-foot bar boxes.  Young Chad Behnke (Farley, IA) [rated a “4” on a regional handicap system used] marched undefeated to the hot seat, claiming an A-bracket finals win over Christ Aarido [4] (E. Moline, IL) 4-3.  Previously in the A-bracket semifinals, Behnke tripped Don Boll [4] (Dubuque, IA) 4-3, while Aarido clipped John Jaster [4] (Moline, IL) by the same 4-3 margin.  In the B-side bracket Craig McClaren [4] (Galesburg, IL) ousted Shannon Rasmussen [5] (Cedar Rapids, IA) at 7th place 4-3, while Scott Hargens [5] (Cedar Rapids, IA) eliminated Randy Tenley [4] (Galesburg, IL) at the same placement 5-3.  In the B-side quarterfinals Craig McClaren gained more momentum from an early loss by toppling John Jaster into 5th place 4-3, while Don Boll dispatched Scott Hargens 4-4.  McClaren then ousted Boll in the B-side semifinals 4-3.  In the B-side finals, McClaren kept his hot hand by eliminating Christ Aarido at 3rd place 4-1.  In the tournament finals, McClaren had the task of overcoming undefeated Chad Behnke for the title, and Craig did just that by identical 4-2 margins to win the event!
By virtue of Randy Tenley being the highest-finishing ACS member in the event, he qualified for a free 8-Ball singles entry into the 2009 ACS Nationals in Las Vegas – courtesy of the ACS.  The ACS wishes to thank sponsors J. Pechauer Custom Cues, Championship Billiard Fabric, Nick Varner Signature Cases and oZone Billiards for their support in donating “Value-In-Kind” product for this and all stops on the Pechauer All American Tour. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the 2008/2009 All American Tour by contacting the ACS.