Nick Smith Battles for Fall Kickoff Classic Title

46 pool players turned out for the main event of the “PCL Fall Kickoff Series” at the Colorado Cue Club, The Fall Kickoff 8-Ball Classic. This was a $1,000 added barbox event with races to 6 on the winners side and race to 5 on the one-loss side.

The final four was made up of familiar names in the Colorado tournament scene. On the winners side Bill Skinner faced off with Chris McDaniel after victories over Ed Christopher, Art Siever, Jeff Crawford, Peter Mercaldi, and “ATM” Andrew Pettinger. Chris reached this point with wins over Jared Valesquez, Greg Way, Jim Gardner, and Damond Lemoine. With a more successful break, Bill would get the better of Chris 6-3. On the one-loss side the brothers from Colorado Springs Nick and Nate Smith met after Nick won 5 straight matches and Nate won 3 straight. This was the big brother's day as he took down the match for the right to play McDaniel and a shot at the finals.

Nick continued to show his big heart not only streaking through his match with McDaniel 5-1, but taking care of the first set with Bill. Skinner would fight hard though and make it interesting the second set. However, Nick Smith prevailed again, winning his ninth set in a row to claim the $600 first prize. Congrats Nick and see you soon.