Mike McGovern wins Illinois All American Tour Stop

The twenty-sixth stop on the 50-stop 2008/2009 Pechauer All American Tour (produced by the American CueSports Alliance – ACS) was hosted at The Pyramid Club in Addison, IL, on Saturday, December 27.  The $500 added event featured twenty-eight players in a double-elimination 8-ball format on 7-foot bar boxes.  On this day, Mike McGovern (Palatine, IL) dominated the field from start to finish.  In his march to the finals, he successfully dispatched John Carvell 5-0, Jack Wu 5-3, Jeff Mohl 5-3, Ernesto Contreras 5-1 and Ricky Weir 5-0 in the hot-seat match!  Weir had earlier toppled Areil DiAngeles.5-0, Greg Spencer 5-2, Jim Engels 5-3 and Tony Gong 5-4 prior to his loss to McGovern.
On the B-side, Mike Monegato (St. Charles, IL) and Keith Schneiderman (Belvidere, IL) were ousted at 7th place by Jim Engels (Aurora, IL) 5-0 and Eddie Balderas (Palatine, IL) 5-3 respectively.  Balderas then lost to Tony Gong (Chicago, IL) 5-3, while Engels clipped Ernesto Contreras (Aurora, IL) 5-4, tying both Balderas and Contreras at 5th place.  Gong then tripped Jim Engels into 4th place by a 5-4 margin, but Gong in turn ended his day in 3rd place resulting from a second 5-4 loss to Ricky Weir (Crystal Lake, IL).  Weir gave Mike McGovern (Palatine, IL) some good competition in the finals, but McGovern continued his hot stick to win the title match 5-3!   
By virtue of Mike McGovern 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.
The Tour rolls right on in the new year with two great events: a $500-added 8-Ball stop January 3rd at Miller Time Billiards in Davenport, IA (contact Terry Anderson at 563-359-7225); and a $1,000-added 9-Ball stop January 3rd at Smokies in Virginia Beach, VA (contact Mike Wilson at 757-855-2071 ext. 3).  Further information, entry details and schedules for the 2008/2009 Pechauer All American Tour are available at www.americancuesports.org.