Nicole Keeney wins Colorado’s Junior State Championships

Nicole Keeney

The 2007 Colorado Junior State Championships brought in twenty-six players from all over the Front Range spanning from Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Denver, Greeley, and Boulder.

The two-day event was sponsored and hosted at the Wynkoop Brewing Company in downtown Denver. Day one eliminated 14 players and day two brought back the top 12 players. Late Sunday afternoon, it was female 19-year-old player, Nicole Keeney of Denver who went undefeated to win the championships!

Ernie Martinez donated a special custom cue for the highest finishing 14 and under. When all was said and done it was little DJ Trujillo, last years champion, who won the cue and finished a remarkable 4th place in the tournament.

WPBA's Touring Pro Melissa “The Viper” Little created this special tournament to promote kids playing pool. Her and her sponsors came together and created some unique prizes for the winners.

1st place received a $500 gift certificate for a build-your-own-cue made by Jacoby Cues, a $400 gift card to the Apple Store sponsored by the Wynkoop and a 1st place mega- trophy. 2nd place received a $250 gift card to Brunswick Home and Billiard, $100 gift card to the Apple Store, and 2nd place trophy. 3rd place received a $50 gift card to the Wynkoop and 3rd place trophy Highest finishing female was awarded a special trophy for her efforts.

A special thanks to the Wynkoop brewing Company, Brunswick Home and Billiard stores of Colorado, Jacoby Custom Cues, Ernie Martinez Custom Cues, Paradise Billiards, and Melissa “The Viper” Little for supporting local kids and pool.

Champion: 19 year-old Nicole Keeney
Runner-up: 19 year-old Kyle Smith
3rd place: 19 year-old James Fontine
Highest finishing female: Nicole Keeney for the second year in a row!