Nate Smith Wins All American Tour Stop 27

1st place Nate Smith (right) and 2nd place Sam Cordova (left)

The twenty-seventh stop of the 2006/2007 McDermott All American Tour (produced by the American CueSports Alliance – ACS) was hosted by owner Todd Grosvenor and Tournament Director Gary Holden at Greenfield's Pool & Sports Bar, in Lakewood, Colorado, on March 24, and featured a $1,000 added purse with forty-four players. The event included a double-elimination 8-ball format on bar boxes, and Sam Cordova (Pueblo, CO) ran undefeated to the finals. In the hot-seat match, Cordova overmatched Nate Smith (Colorado Springs, CO) 5-1. Earlier in the A-bracket semi-finals, Cordova had outplayed Larry Snodgrass (Colorado Springs, CO) 5-3, while Smith dominated Eric Gilbert (Denver, CO) 5-0. In the B-side quarterfinals Jim Blakeman (Lakewood, CO) eliminated Eric Gilbert 5-1, while Rick Field (Lakewood, CO) ousted Felipe Flores (Denver, CO) 5-4; in the semifinals, Blakeman took out Field 5-4; and in the B-side finals Nate Smith ended Blakeman's run by a 5-2 margin. Smith had to defeat Sam Cordova two sets for the title, and Nate succeeded by the slimmest of margins to take the title over Cordova 5-4, 5-4!

Longmont, Colorado's Julie Schultz captured a $100 bonus as the highest-placing woman in the field. By virtue of Jim Blakeman being the highest-finishing ACS member, he qualified for a free singles entry into the 2007 ACS Nationals in Las Vegas – courtesy of the ACS. The ACS wishes to thank sponsors McDermott Handcrafted Cues, Silver Cup Chalk, Billiard Wholesalers and Pro Series Cases for their support in donating “Value-In-Kind” product for this and all stops on the McDermott All American Tour. Sponsorship opportunities are still available by contacting the ACS.