Mike Rohner wins Iowa All American Tour Stop

The twenty-third stop on the 2008/2009 Pechauer All American Tour (produced by the American CueSports Alliance – ACS) was hosted at Bulldog Billiards in Dubuque, IA, on Saturday, December 13.  The $500 added event drew twenty-nine players in a double-elimination 8-ball format on 7-foot bar boxes.  Mike Rohner (Dubuque, IA) ran undefeated to the finals.  In the A-side finals, open player Rohner (rated a “4” on a regional handicap system used) clipped master player Ron Pluym [5] (Dubuque, IA) 4-3.  Earlier in the A-bracket semi-finals, Rohner fought off  K.C. Brokus [4] (Dubuque, IA) 4-2, while Pluym defeated Ken Zirtman [4] (Manchester, IA) by a 5-3 margin.  In the B-side bracket Scott Hargens [5] (Cedar Rapids, IA) ousted Shannon Rasmussen [5] (Cedar Rapids, IA) at 7th place 5-0, while Chad Vilmont [7] (Clinton, IA) dominated Shane Kelly [4] (Dubuque, IA) at the same placement 7-1.  In the loser's quarterfinals Vilmont toppled Kent Zirtman into 5th place 7-2, while Hargens finished off K.C. Brokus 5-2 at the same placement.  Vilmont then eliminated Scott Hargens at 4th place, 7-2.  In the B-side finals, Ron Pluym stopped Chad Vilmont's march at 3rd place on the hill – 5-6!  The tournament finals went the distance in each set, with once-defeated Ron Pluym claiming the first set over undefeated Mike Rohner 5-3.  Pluym took a 4-3 lead in set #2, but both needed one game to claim the title, and Miker Rohner was the successful one – claiming the title by a 4-4 margin!
By virtue of Mike Rohner being the highest-finishing ACS member in the event, he qualified for a free 9-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.