Ron O’Meara Wins All American Tour Iowa Stop

Ron O'Meara Jr.

The tenth stop of the 2006/2007 McDermott All American Tour (produced by the American CueSports Alliance – ACS) featured a $500-added purse and forty-nine players, hosted by owner Terry Anderson at Miller Time Billiards in Davenport, IA, on Saturday, January 6. The event featured double-elimination 8-ball on 7-foot bar boxes, and Ron O'Meara Jr. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa - rated a “5” on a regional handicap system used – marched undefeated to the finals. Ron out shot Rodney Flenoi (Moline, IL) [5] 5-2, while Rich Bideaux (Moline, IL) [5] out slugged Josh Johnson (Bettendorf, IA) [6] 5-3 in the A-side semi-finals. O'Meara [5] then took down Bideaux [5] 5-2 in the A-side finals to take the hot seat. Matches in the B-side bracket leading up to the tourney finals included Josh Johnson [6] stopping Mark Czerwinski (Moline, IL) [4] at 5th place by a 6-1 margin, and Rodney Flenoi [5] eliminating Fred Fechter (Peoria, IL) [4] 5-3, tying Czerwinski with Fechter. In the B-side semi-finals, Rodney Flenoi [5] ousted Josh Johnson [6] 5-4. In turn, Rich Bideaux [5] outpointed Flenoi [5] 5-3 in the B-side finals to gain another shot at O'Meara in the tourney finals. Bideaux [5] clipped Ron O'Meara [5] 5-4 in the first set, but O'Meara – up 4-3 in the deciding set - pulled out a miracle shot to take the title by a 5-3 margin!

By virtue of second-place Rich Bideaux 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 stop on the McDermott All American Tour. Sponsorship opportunities are still available by contacting the ACS.

The weekend of January 20-21 will be a busy one on the McDermott All American Tour with no less than four events around the country: 1). Fort Crook Billiards in Bellevue, NE - $1,100 added “Nebraska State Invitational” 8-Ball, 9-Ball and Women's 8-Ball – Jan. 19-21 on bar boxes (contact Clare Marsh at 402/291-7665) 2). Greenfields in Lakewood, CO - $1,000 added 8-ball stop on bar boxes Jan. 20 (contact Todd Grosvenor at 303/989-9820) 3). Las Vegas Cue Club in Las Vegas, NV - $500 added 8-ball stop on bar boxes Jan. 20 (contact Greg Kuhl at 702/735-2884) 4). Leisure Time Billiards in Moline, IL - $1,000 added 8-ball stop on bar boxes Jan. 20 (contact Dwaine Bowman at 309/752-9559)

Lassiter's in Clinton, Iowa, is also gearing up to host a $5,000-added handicapped 8-Ball event on the weekend of Jan. 26-28, 2007, with both men's and women's divisions. Information, entry details and schedules for the 2006/2007 McDermott All American Tour are available at The ACS is a non-profit, national organization dedicated to heightening the interest and awareness of cue sports through the support and sanctioning of organized competition throughout the United States and North America.