Jay Swanson Memorial Moves to Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower As It Reaches 15th Year

This year marks the 15th year the Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament has been held. On February 12-13, 2011, the two day 9-ball event moves to Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, CA (www.hardtimesbellflower.com).

Young, old, novice and pro alike participate in what is considered a tournament that truly celebrates an outstanding man, Jay Swanson, and all he stood for. Swanson was called “The Gentle Giant” due to his spirit and demeanor which belied his impending physical stature.

The first “Swanee” was held September 1996 at College Billiards in San Diego, CA, where it remained until 2005. From 2006-2010 the event was held at Hollywood Billiards in Los Angeles. However, this past summer when it was announced Hollywood Billiards planned to remove many tables as part of a renovation it was decided the 192 player event would need a new home.

Mark Griffin, CSI CEO and former owner of College Billiards (Swanson's home room) with many volunteers and the assistance of writer and pool personality Jay Helfert, have kept the memory of Swanson alive.

The “Swanee” field started with 64 players and in the past three years reached a full 192 field with 10-20 player wait list. Once again in 2011 the “Swanee” will have a guaranteed $3000 added and with a full 192 player field $4000 added. Doors open at 9 am with play starting at 10 am.

For further details, including flyer and registration visit: 15th Annual Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament Information

Due to the event's popularity it is advised that you register in advance to secure your spot. Starting in early January, CSI will be able to accept online registration for all CSI / BCAPL / USAPL events including the “Swanee”, U.S. Bar Table Championships, the U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship, the 12th U.S. One Pocket Championship, the USAPL National Championships and all divisions of the 35th BCAPL National 8-Ball Championships