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Fisher stays atop WPBA rankings with come-from-the-loss-side win at Sledgehammer Open

Kelly Fisher, Janet Atwell and Kristina Tkach

The late Helena Thornfeldt remembered in heartfelt 1st Annual event named in her honor

She was nicknamed the Sledgehammer because of her powerful break. Whenever conversations about Helena Thornfeldt broke out among friends and competitors at the 1st Annual WPBA Cherokee Sledgehammer Open, named in her honor this past weekend (Wed., Oct. 19 – Sun., Oct. 23), more than just a few of the gathered women had cause to remember it; the loud whack of initial contact and the way the balls spread out as though desperate for space beyond the rails to dissipate the energy of it. It had taken over two years for the pool community’s widespread respect and admiration for the late Helena Thornfeldt to arrive at a gathering in her honor. The WPBA Hall of Famer died in August of 2019 and though Janet Atwell, in an attempt to organize a 2020 event, began work on it almost immediately, COVID had other ideas, that persisted.

This past weekend, Atwell’s room, Borderline Billiards in Bristol, TN had one of Thornfeldt’s favorite things, sunflowers, on prominent display. A table was set aside to hold a variety of individual and collections of photos. The trophies that were handed to the winner, Kelly Fisher and runner-up Kristina Tkach were accompanied by two actual sledgehammers, made by Robert Ingold of Team SuperShaft. Atwell is working on the creation of a permanent wall plaque at Borderline Billiards with engraving space for the event’s present and future winners, along with a pair of crossed sledgehammers. The event began on Wednesday with words from Janet Atwell and a video made by Bonnie Arnold that featured, among other things, Thornfeldt singing a karaoke version of Born to be Wild. The event officially opened with the National Anthem sung by Christina Druen.

“I think it was an emotional event for everyone,” said Atwell. “Some went through some struggles with it.”

“Absolutely,” agreed Kelly Fisher. “A very emotional event, that first night. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place.”

Kelly Fisher

“We all missed her really,” she added, “and we hadn’t had a chance to show that or feel that, as a family, together. I know that for myself, during that final and a during a few other close matches as well, I could just imagine Helena saying things to me. I went outside at one point to get a breath of air and Monica (Webb) said something to me that Helena would have said and I got kind of fired up there. So for me, personally, she was definitely a presence in my heart and mind.”

Among those in attendance, including Fisher, Tkach and Atwell of course, was Jeannette Lee, who had, in a 2017 interview, called Thornfeldt “the best female straight pool player in the world.” Lee joined Atwell as a member of a ProAm team (one of many) that played a social tournament on opening night, full of blatant sharking and fun. Monica Webb, who ran a restaurant business with Thornfeldt for a number of years, was there, as well. So, too, was the WPBA’s Peg Ledman, a personal friend of Thornfeldt. Not present, though there in spirit, was Allison Fisher, who was in England being awarded an MBE title (a Member of the British Empire) for her “contributions to sport,” many of those, from Britain’s point of view, earned as a snooker player there. The event also featured a strong contingent of (now) relatively well-known junior competitors like Hayleigh Marion (for whom Borderline Billiards is a home room), Sofia Mast, Skylar Hess and recipient of a great deal of attention, 12-year-old Savannah Easton.

The $10,000-added Sledgehammer Open drew a total of 80 entrants to Borderline Billiards, 32 of them drawing byes exempting them from Stage One competition. The 48 others, 16 of whom drew opening round byes in Stage One, played in a double-elimination bracket until there were eight on each side of it. Stage Two awarded byes to the top 16 in the WPBA standings, as the double-elimination bracket got underway, and . . . they were off. 

Headlining the eight competitors who advanced to Stage Two from the winners’ side of the Stage One bracket was Sofia Mast, one of the 16 who’d been awarded opening round byes in Stage One. Her first opponent was Savannah Easton, setting up an early junior marquee matchup. Mast advanced on the winners’ side 7-2, while Easton would move to the loss side, winning three by an aggregate score of 21-5 and advancing to Stage Two. Also advancing on the winners’ side of the Stage One bracket were Kathy Friend, Jaye Succo, Nathalie Chabot, Christy Norris and the Callado sisters, Eleanor and Emilyn. Along with Easton, loss-side competitors advancing to Stage Two were junior competitors Skylar Hess and Precilia Kinsley, along with Nicole Albergaria, Dawn Oldag, Kim Housman, Lisa Cossette and Casey Cork.

Kristina Tkach

The opening round of Stage Two, with Kelly Fisher (among others) idle with opening round byes. Kristina Tkach played and won her opening round against Casey Cork 8-3 and then downed Stephanie Mitchell 8-3 in a match that set her up to face Fisher. Savannah Easton opened the Stage Two part of her title bid with a successful, double-hill match versus J. Pechauer Northeast Women’s Tour (JPNEWT) veteran Kia Burwell. Easton advanced to face another JPNEWT veteran and the #1-ranked American player in the WPBA rankings, Caroline Pao, where she (Easton), as they say, met her match; Pao winning the contest 8-5. Mast lost her opening Stage Two match to Meng-Hsia (Bean) Hung 8-2, and moved west for an eventual rematch against Easton. 

Fisher, in the second round, downed Eleanor Callado 8-3 and then, in a late match, fell to Tkach 8-6. Tkach advanced to the other winners’ side semifinal against Pao.

“She obviously had worked very hard and perfected that cut break and I just wasn’t getting my break going,” said Fisher. “She obviously played very well to beat me. I knew she was in good shape and thought “Oh, my!”

At the other end of the bracket, Margaret Fefilova, with relative ease, was working her way through the winners’ side for an eventual matchup against Jennifer Baretta in the other winners’ side semifinal. Fefilova got by Lisa Cossette 8-3 before running into what turned out to be her toughest opponent (as gauged by racks-against), Janet Atwell, who chalked up five against her. Fefilova moved on to down Ashley Rice 8-2 and record a shutout over the #3 competitor in the WPBA rankings, Brittany Bryant, which set her up against Baretta.

Fefilova got into the hot seat match with an 8-3 win over Baretta and was joined by Tkach, who’d sent Pao to the loss side 8-4. On Saturday night, Tkach claimed the hot seat 8-2 over Fefilova and would wait until Sunday afternoon to see who came back from the semifinals.

It was Kelly Fisher. But she wouldn’t play that semifinal until Sunday. In the meantime, Pao and Baretta had business to attend to on what was left of Saturday night. Baretta picked up Savannah Easton, whose improbable and impressive run among this roomful of professional female pool players was still happening as the bracket whittled down to its final six. Easton had followed her loss to Pao with a loss-side, double-hill win over Beth Fondell and then, looking to advance into the first money round (17th/24th), she had the opportunity to avenge her Stage One loss to Sofia Mast. She did so, in a match that appropriately came within a game of going double hill. Easton then eliminated Laura Smith and won a double-hill battle against Emily Duddy. She then downed Monica Webb 8-6 and Dawn Hopkins 8-3.

Larry Easton, Savannah’s father, no stranger to his daughter’s talent, turned to Atwell as he was watching this, as amazed as many of the spectators at how far his daughter had come, in a lot of ways.

“I don’t even know what to say,” he told Atwell.

“She’s got great cue ball control, thinks ahead and plays very smart for her age,” Atwell would comment later. “She’s very strategic and plays great safeties. She plays like an adult and (her career) is off to a great start.”

Pao, in the meantime, drew Fisher, who’d started what she called a “grueling Saturday,” playing five matches in a row from noon to 8:30. She played and eliminated Meng-Hsia Hung (at noon), Janet Atwell (2 p.m.), Susan Williams (4:30) and the WPBA’s #2-ranked competitor, Brittany Bryant (6:30), all 8-4. Fisher defeated Pao 8-3 (8:30), as Baretta elicited a variety of mixed emotions from all assembled by ending Savannah Easton’s run 8-1. There was a lot of spectator applause in the moment, some of it for both of them, but a lot of it for the talented junior.

“People were excited to see her play,” said Atwell, “and happy with her finish.”

In a quarterfinal battle appropriate to the circumstances, played the following morning, Fisher and Baretta went double hill before Fisher prevailed. In the semifinals, Fisher went back to the loss-side pattern she’d established and punching her ticket to the finals, defeated Fefilova 8-4. Fisher might have played six matches to be in the finals, but thanks to Tkach, it required eight, including a loss. The rematch came within a game of double hill, but not before Fisher found herself down 2-5 and later, 5-8; Tkach a rack away from the hill.

“I was spurred on by pure determination really and the will to win it,” she said of her comeback. “I told Helena, I looked at her picture and like that, ‘Come on, do this for you’ kind of thing and whether you believe in that kind of thing or not, it’s not about who or what it takes to spur you on, but doing whatever it takes.” 

“Whatever it was,” she added, “things turned around. I dug in my heels, hit a gear and took charge of the match.”

From 2-5 down, Fisher won eight of the last 11 games, including the last five in a row. Quite the gear, all things considered. Whether it was herself, Helena, or just the adrenaline of a final push to the finish line, Fisher brought it all to bear and claimed title to her close friend’s first and likely not the last memorial.

Helena Thornfeldt

The 1st Annual WPBA Cherokee Sledgehammer Open came about through the efforts of any number of people, all of whom host Janet Atwell thanked, from the players and spectators to the members of her staff. She also thanked event sponsors the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Brad Hendricks Law Firm (Little Rock, ARK), Patty and Walter Harper of Knoxville and the streaming services of DigitalPool with Upstate Al, Zach Goldsmith and a number of competitors who joined them in the booth.

Editor’s note: Helena Thornfeldt died on August 20, 2019 at the age of 52. Originally from Borlange, Sweden, she was living in Villa Rica, about 35 miles west of Atlanta, when she died. She had opened a new restaurant, Pizza Mania, 15 days before she passed. The “Sledgehammer” turned professional in 1994, was a three-time European straight pool champion and won the 2002 US Open Championship in New Mexico, downing Allison Fisher in the finals. In the year she was inducted into the WPBA Hall of Fame in 2017, she was ranked 9th among American pool players. We here at AZBilliards join with members of the ever-expanding pool community in mourning her loss and in the years to come, celebrating the life of such a vibrant, widely-admired and respected member of our community at an annual Sledgehammer Open.

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“Kwikfire” goes undefeated to win second straight WPBA title

Kelly Fisher

Fresh off her undefeated win two weeks ago at the WPBA’s Northern Lights Classic in Minnesota, where she faced Allison Fisher for the first time in a final match since 2016, Kelly Fisher came to the CSI/Predator US Pro Billiard Series’ Alfa Women’s Las Vegas Open, held this past weekend (March 31-April 3) and went undefeated a second time to capture her second straight WPBA title. Though Allison Fisher was, once again, ‘in the house,’ the two did not meet up at this latest event. Allison was eliminated in the opening round of the single-elimination final phase to which they’d both advanced. The event drew 64 entrants to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The event was divided into two phases; an opening, 64-entrant, double-elimination Phase 1, followed by a 16-entrant, single-elimination Phase 2 that eventually crowned Kelly as the champion. The format was best-two-out-of-three races to 4. If the competitors were tied after two matches, a “spot shootout’ followed to determine the winner.

Kelly, who was in a 16-player, Phase 1 bracket that included eventual runner-up, Brittany Bryant, advanced to be among the eight winners’ side entrants in Phase 2 without having to play a third match. She played a total of 27 games against three opponents in Phase 1 and gave up only three of them, downing Sarah Kapeller (4-0, 4-1), Ashley Burrows (4-0, 4-0) and Cathy Metzinger (4-1, 4-1). To join Kelly in advancement to Phase 2, Bryant, in the meantime, had to play 44 games and lost 18 of them. She got by Anna Riegler and junior competitor Savannah Easton, both 4-2, 4-2, before facing Jennifer Baretta, who won the opening set 2-4. Bryant came back to win the second set and the “spot shootout,” both double hill.

Angela Ticoalu got by Jeannie Seaver, Nicole Keeney and Woojin Lee with an aggregate score of 24-15 to qualify for Phase 2, as did Susan Williams from the same 16-entrant section of the opening bracket. Williams sent June Maiers, Vang Bui Xuan and Joanne Ashton to the loss side to join Ticoalu in the winners’ side advancement to Phase 2.

Allison Fisher chalked up an even more impressive Phase 1 than Kelly had. She, too, advanced to Phase 2 without having to play a third match against any of her three opponents, downing Susan Wilbur, Veronique Menard and Naomi Williams and giving up only two racks (to Menard, in their second race-to-4). Kyoko Sone joined Allison in advancement to Phase 2 from the same 16-entrant section of the opening bracket, downing Sandy Badger, 13-year-old junior competitor Sofia Mast and Amalia Matas Heredia.

Rounding out the field of eight winners’ side competitors to advance to Phase 2 were Jasmin Ouschan and Line Kjorsvik. Ouschan got by two of her opponents without having to play a “spot shootout” third match, downing Tamami Okuda 4-2, 4-1 and Beth Fondell 4-1, 4-2, before splitting her first two against Mary Tam 1-4, 4-3. Ouschan won the shootout 3-2 to advance. Kjorsvik did not play a third, tie-breaking “spot shootout” against any of her first three opponents either, joining Ouschan in advancement after defeating Gigi Callejas (4-1, 4-2), Camille Campbell (4-2, 4-0) and Melissa Helland (4-0, 4-1).

After five losers’ side rounds, Kaylee McIntosh, Woojin Lee, Angela Janic, Heather Cortez, Melissa Helland, Mary Tam, Amalia Matas Heredia and Ashley Burrows joined the eight winners’ side competitors in advancement to Phase 2, which in some ways, was notable for those left behind as much as for those who advanced. Among those who failed to make the cut were long-time WPBA veterans (in no particular order) Stephanie Mitchell, Teruko Cucculelli, Monica Webb, Jeannie Seaver, Liz Cole, Kim Newsome, Emily Duddy, Dawn Hopkins, Loree Jon Brown, Janet Atwell and Caroline Pao. It should also be noted that while both 13-year-old junior competitors, Sofia Mast and Skylar Hess, failed to advance, one (Mast) fell to an opponent (Angela Janic) who was among the final 16 and the other (Hess) was eliminated by someone (Cucculelli) who arguably should have been. It was the first appearance for these two extraordinarily talented and professionally-composed young women and WPBA competitors should be on notice that these two will be back and barring any unforeseen life changes, for many years to come.

The Final Four in this event competed in plenty of time for those so inclined to turn their attention to the NCAA Final Four, which got started well after the four ladies in Vegas got underway at about 2 p.m. on Saturday. It was an International Final Four, which was absent representation from the United States.  Kelly Fisher, representing the UK was matched up against Austria’s Jasmin Ouschan. Spain’s Amalia Matas Heredia, who, in February, chalked up her first win on the European Ladies’ Tour, faced Canada’s Brittany Bryant.

Kelly Fisher had kept her no-third-match streak going through the opening round against Heather Cortez, whom she defeated 4-1, 4-0 before drawing Angeline Ticoalu, who took the opening set against Fisher 4-2. Fisher came back to win the second set 4-1 and then, in something of a nail-biter, the “spot shootout” 6-5. Ouschan, who got by Kaylee McIntosh 4-0, 4-1 in the opening round of Phase 2 had her own nail-biter in the second round, where she won two straight double hill fights against Kyoko Sone to draw Kelly.

Advancing to the other semifinal, Bryant had played 24 games against two opponents, eliminating Woojin Lee 4-2, 4-1 and then Ashley Burrows 4-2, 4-3 to advance. Heredia proved to be Allison Fisher’s downfall in the opening round of Phase 2. Fisher took the opening set, double hill, but Heredia came back to win the second set and the “shootout,” double hill. Heredia went on to down Mary Tam 4-1, 4-3 to pick up Bryant.

Kelly Fisher downed Ouschan 4-2, 4-1 in their semifinal matchup. She was joined in the finals by Bryant, who’d defeated Heredia 4-2, 2-4 and 4-2 in the “shootout.” 

It’s not hard to imagine Fisher’s “I’ve got this,” and Bryant’s “Uh, oh, trouble right here in Sin City” when Fisher shut Bryant out in the opening set of the final. It’s also not hard to imagine the spectator’s rooting for Bryant in the second set when she and Kelly finished the 6th game, tied at 3 apiece. Fisher, though, completed her undefeated run by winning the second set to claim the event title.

Tour representatives thanked the ownership and staff at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, as well as sponsors and partners the WPBA, Alfa Coin, CueSports International, Predator Group, Kamui, Seybert’s, Medalla Light, Rums of Puerto Rico, BCA Pool League and the USA Pool League.

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Kelly Fisher comes from the loss side to down Tzu-Chien Wei at WPBA’s Aramith/DR Classic

Kelly Fisher

Kelly Fisher came to Rothschild, WI on the long weekend of November 20-24 in search of her first 2019 win and knew almost immediately that she might need to defeat some adversaries she’d faced before. There were, at the WPBA’s Aramith/DR Pool Classic, the usual array of suspects in that regard; Allison Fisher, Jasmine Ouschan, Jennifer Baretta, LoreeJon Hasson, Janet Atwell and Line Kjorsvik, to name just a few. And though she wouldn’t have to face China’s Siming Chen, who did not compete and who’d defeated her in the finals of the WPBA Masters last February in Michigan, she knew she might have to face Chinese Taipei’s Tzu-Chien Wei, whom she’d defeated in the semifinals of that WPBA Masters and then, been defeated by in the semifinals of August’s Sondheim Diamond Invitational in Iowa. She did face Wei this time around, twice as it turned out, losing the first, but coming back from the loss side to win the second and claim the event title. The $20,000-added event drew 48 entrants to the Central Wisconsin Convention and Expo Center in Rothschild.

The importance of chalking up her first win of the year at this event was not lost on Fisher. As a professional, she’s not inclined to dwell on a given event’s individual importance, lest it interfere with the game(s) at hand, but having been on the mend since surgeries sidelined her for a few years, she was getting a little antsy.

“I was getting a worried for a moment there,” she said. “I’d had numerous semifinal wins (since last May; 3, to be exact), so I’m very pleased to have gotten this title.”

“I’m finally feeling that my game is back to where it was a few years ago,” she added.

Fisher was one of 16 seeded competitors who were awarded opening round byes, as the other 32 squared off against each other. Fisher drew Shanelle Loraine out of that original 32, defeated her and joined 12 other players who’d been awarded opening round byes in advancement to the third round. Only Gerda Gregerson, Melissa Little, Line Kjorsvik and Jenna Bishoff from that group of 16 seeded, went to the loss side, sent by (in order) Jeannie Seaver, Dawn Hopkins, Jasmin Ouschan and Teruko Cucculleli.

Fisher went on to defeat Monica Webb 8-1and then survived a double hill battle versus Jennifer Baretta to draw Tzu-Chien Wei in one of the winners’ side semifinals. Jasmin Oushchan, in the meantime, got by Joanne Ashton 8-1, survived her own double hill battle versus Kjorsvik, and downed Dawn Hopkins 8-2 to pick up Jia Li.

Wei defeated Fisher 8-5 and in the hot seat, faced Ouschan, who’d sent Li to the loss side 8-4. A double hill battle ensued for possession of the hot seat. Wei prevailed, sending Ouschan off to a second straight, double hill semifinal matchup against Fisher.

Over on the loss side, there were some top-notch matches brewing as the tournament’s elites moved toward picking up Fisher and Jia Li, coming over from the winners’ side semifinal. After losing to Jeannie Seaver in the second round, Gerda Gregerson embarked on a six-match, loss-side streak that saw her eliminate Eugenia Gyftopoulos, Catherine Tschumper and, moving into the early money rounds, Caroline Pao and Emily Duddy. She went on to down Brittany Bryant 8-5 and young Atlantic Cup Challenge competitor, April Larson 8-4 to draw Li.

Fisher drew Tamara Peeters, who was working on a six-match, loss-side winning streak of her own and fresh off something of an 8-1 upset over Teruko Cucculleli. Cucculleli had defeated Allison Fisher on the winners’ side, before being sent over by Jia Li in a winners’ side quarterfinal. She proceeded to eliminate Jessica Barnes, Beth Fondell and jumped into the money pool with an 8-4 win over Loree Jon Hasson. She downed Gail Eaton and Dawn Hopkins, both 8-6 and then, eliminated Cucculleli to reach Fisher.

Fisher gave up only a single rack to Peeters in advancing to the quarterfinals. She was joined by Jia Li, who’d sent Gregerson home 8-6. Fisher won a second straight 8-1 match, eliminating Li 8-1.

That little 16-2 run wasn’t destined to last, as Fisher squared off against Jasmin Ouschan in the semifinals. It was Ouschan’s second straight double hill match, and proved to be the second one in a row that she lost.

With lingering echoes of previous matchups and a nagging little voice that kept telling her that since she’d earned herself a second chance against Tzu-Chien Wei, she’d damn well better take advantage of it, Fisher launched into the finals, in search of her first 2019 win. There are, she noted, generalities about such endeavors, and specifics, related to particular opponents. You have to play ‘your game,’ regardless of opponent, while awareness of specific opponents can inform decisions about approach.

“My main thing,” said Fisher, “is to come out of the gate strong, to keep control of the table.”

“Looking back at previous matches against Wei,” she added, “it was about not allowing her to come back. She’s capable of coming back from behind, so I knew once I had (the lead), I had to keep it.”

As noted in a Biblical proverb – “The heart of Man (Woman) plans his/her way, but the Lord establishes his/her steps.” Fisher lost the opening four racks and immediately switched roles to become the person “capable of coming back from behind.” She allowed Wei only one more rack, before she chalked up 10 to claim that first 2019 title.

“I’ve been practicing quite hard,” she said a few days later from her home in Scotland. “It came down to being patient. I knew I was close (to getting back into previous form), and that there was room to grow.

“I want to win the big ones,” she added, “and it really is just a matter of practice.”

She’ll spend a few days at home, more than likely find time to do some of that practice and then head for China and competition in the 2019 Women’s World 9-Ball Championships, to be held from December 13-20.

WPBA representatives thanked the ownership and staff at the Central Wisconsin Convention and Expo Center for their hospitality, as well as sponsors Diamond Billiards Products, Aramith, Outsville and Simonis Cloth.

Larson wins first pro event, goes undefeated to take second stop on North American Pool Tour

Tara Williams and April Larson

When 16-year-old April Larson first arrived at Shooter's Sports Bar & Billiards in Greyslake, IL on the weekend of August 18-21 to compete in the second stop on the North American Pool Tour, she got a glimpse of the winning trophy. She reportedly got very excited and mentioned to her traveling companion that she didn't care about the winning prize money. She wanted that trophy.
 
Four days, six opponents and seven matches later, she'd won her first pro event – the $5,000-added Summer 10 Ball Classic that had drawn 58 entrants to Shooter's Sports Bar and Billiards. Proving the point, Larson accepted the trophy and walked away without collecting the $3,400 check that went along with it. NAPT Predidant Adrianne Beach, a fellow competitor and regular on the Northwest Women's Pool Association Tour, chased her down and handed it to her. Larson glanced at it once, and then, a second time, at which point, according to Beach, her eyes went wide, her mouth dropped open, and she was rendered, literally, speechless.
 
"Is it the most you've ever won?" Beach asked her.
 
All the youngster could do was nod. It had been a busy summer for Larson. In July, she'd represented the USA at the Atlantic Cup Challenge. Two days after the conclusion of that event (won by Team EUROPE 11-3), Larson won her fifth straight Billiards Education Foundation Junior Nationals Championship. A week or two after that, she traveled to Las Vegas for the BCAPL Championships, competing in three events. She was part of the Women's Gold Scotch Doubles team that finished ninth, finished fifth in the Women's 9-Ball Singles Platinum division, and third in the Women's 8-Ball Singles Platinum Division, having defeated (on the loss side) Briana Miller and Eleanor Callado before being eliminated by Vivian Villareal in the semifinals.
 
In Illinois, Larson opened her winning campaign with a 7-3 win over Beth Fondell, and then, shut out Adrianne Beach, who would later present her with the winning trophy and even later, the winning check.
 
"She wasn't missing," said Beach. "Her fundamentals are so solid, and they don't change. It's like her heart rate never increases. She plays without fear."
 
"She's very steady, very composed and very solid," Beach added, noting that she'd never seen anything like Larson before. "Not at that age, no, especially with her composure."
 
Larson advanced, sending Jacqui Schroeder and JPNEWT veteran Jia Li to the loss side, both 7-5. This set her up to face Bonnie Arnold in a winners' side semifinal, as Tara Williams and Cassie Francois squared off in the other one. Larson defeated Arnold 7-2, and in the hot seat match, faced Williams, who'd downed Francois 7-1. In their first of two, Larson defeated Williams 7-4 and sat in the hot seat awaiting her return.
 
On the loss side, Arnold picked up Naomi Williams, who'd eliminated Janet Atwell, double hill and Briana Miller 7-2 to reach her. Francois drew another junior champion Taylor Hansen, who had, a week or so earlier, defeated Vivian Villareal in the finals of the BCAPL's Women's 8-Ball Singles (Platinum Division), in which Larson had placed third. Sent to the loss side by Bonnie Arnold, Hansen defeated Sarah Rousey and Jia Li, both 7-5, to reach Francois.
 
Hansen advanced to the quarterfinals over Francois 7-2, as Williams spoiled a potential Hansen/Arnold re-match with a 7-1 victory over Arnold. Williams took the subsequent quarterfinal match 7-5 over Hansen, and was then, herself, eliminated 7-5 by Tara Williams in the semifinals.
 
Larson, though, really wanted the winning trophy for this event. She punctuated her undefeated run in her first pro event by shutting Williams out in the finals to claim the event title.

Hansen wins second straight on North Star Ladies Pool Tour

Cathy Tschumper and Taylor Hansen

The numbers may have been few, but they came from far and wide to compete in the second stop on the North Star Ladies Pool Tour (NSLPT), a $130-added event, hosted by CR's Sports Bar in Coon Rapids, MN on Saturday, May 2. Drawing 13 competitors from Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana, this second stop on the tour was won for the second straight time by 16-year-old Taylor Hansen, who, along with 15-year-old, fourth place finisher April Larson have recently been announced as members of the Atlantic Cup Challenge 2015, scheduled for July in Austria.
 
Hansen, who would give up only two racks in her final three matches, got by Cathy Tschumper twice to claim the title. They met first in the hot seat match, once Hansen had sent Mary Ulmer to the loss side, 7-1 and Tschumper had survived a double hill match versus June Maiers. Hansen shut Tschumper out to claim the hot seat.
 
Moving over, Ulmer ran into Larson, who'd squeaked by Connie O'Heron 7-6 and defeated Molly Nistler 7-3 to reach her. Maiers picked up Beth Fondell, who'd gotten by Cathy McDaniel 7-5 and Brandy Eklof 7-1. Larson advanced to the quarterfinals 7-4 over Ulmer, as Maiers moved to join her with a 7-3 win over Fondell.
 
Maiers and Larson came within a game of double hill in those quarterfinals, but Maiers edged out in front and took it 7-5 for a shot against Tschumper in the semifinals. A double hill battle there sent Tschumper back for a second chance against Hansen.
 
Hansen eased up a bit in the finals. She allowed Tschumper a rack before closing out her second undefeated run on the NSLPT.

Hansen goes undefeated to take first stop on the 2015 North Star Ladies Pool Tour

On Saturday, April 18, Taylor Hansen went undefeated to win the opening stop on the 2015 North Star Ladies Pool Tour (NSLPT), in its second year as a WPBA-sanctioned regional tour. The $100-added event drew 16 entrants to The Ball Room in Portage, WI.
 
Hansen faced tour director June Maiers in one of the winners' side semifinals, as Kelly Smith and Katrina Lyman squared off in the other. Hansen advanced to the hot seat match 7-4 over Maiers, as Smith downed Lyman 7-3. Hansen claimed the hot seat with a shutout and waited for what turned out to be the return of Lyman.
 
On the loss side, Maiers picked up Beth Fondell, who'd gotten by Natasha Zasoba 7-5 and given up only a single rack to Kelly Nickl. Lyman drew Julie Fitzpatrick, who'd defeated Connie O'Heron 7-5 and shut out Maria Juana. Lyman and Fondell advanced to the quarterfinals by opposite means; Fondell in a shutout, and Lyman, double hill.
 
Lyman and Fondell came within a game of double hill at 7-5 before Lyman advance to take on Smith in the semifinals. A shutout there gave Lyman a shot a Hansen in the hot seat. Hansen completed her undefeated run with a 7-3 win over Lyman.
 
The next stop on the NSLPT, scheduled for Saturday, May 2, will be hosted by CR's Sports Bar in Coon Rapids, MN.
 

Large Increase Highlights 2013 Pure X ACS Nationals in Las Vegas

Enjoying a large increase in participation this year (with some divisions up 50-100%), the 2013 Pure X Cues ACS National Championships capped off a banner year of growth for the nine-year old American CueSports Alliance (ACS).  The New Tropicana Las Vegas proved to again be an attractive venue for the event, as scores of entertainment venues are conveniently located in this section of The Strip!  And most attendees stayed at The Trop.  Players enjoyed online coverage in all divisions throughout the event via onsite monitors and their smart phones.  A record $36,500 in added prize monies drew players from throughout North America to twenty-three divisions of competition.  Despite the large turn-out, players such as Mike Singleton, Beth Fondell, Dustin Gunia, Jessica Frideres and the team Wrecking Crew (LA) still earned top honors in multi-events.  All flow charts are still viewable by accessing www.compusport.us; then “Tournaments”; then “ACS Nationals.” With the jump in attendees, ideal dates in mid-May and the attractive location, many participants projected that these Championships on its 10th anniversary “will be even bigger next year!”
 
Singles action began at the first of the week with handicapped 9-ball.  Mike Singleton of Sulphur, LA, improved on his past mediocre performances in the Nationals to outlast 69-year old Lyn Wechsler (Rochester, NY) for the Men’s 9-Ball Singles honors.  On the distaff side, past 8-Ball champion Beth Fondell (Owatonna, MN) remained undefeated throughout, including her one final’s set against Phoenix, Arizona’s Bernie Store to earn her Women’s 9-Ball Singles crown! Results from the many divisions of 8-ball singles included: Dustin Gunia (Omaha, NE) displaying dominating form to defend his Men’s Advanced Singles 8-Ball crown over Lyn Wechsler (Rochester, NY) ;  Beth Fondell (Owatonna, MN) obtaining a rare double by outlasting defending champion Jessica Frideres (Fort Dodge, IA) on the last ball of the deciding set to claim the Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles title – 7-6;  Ben Sutherland (Peoria, AZ) losing to Julian Russell (Fort McMurray, ON/CAN) in the first set of the finals, only to recover to gain the deciding set for the Men’s Open 8-Ball Singles championship; Toni Barnes (Shawboro, NC) scoring a title with a one-set finals defeat over Sophia Morquecho (Glendale, AZ) for the Women’s Open 8-Ball Singles laurels; once-defeated Dennis Coolen (Bridgewater, NS/CAN) outdistancing Joe Herne (Hogansburg, NY) in two sets for the Men’s Standard 8-Ball Singles division success; and Melanie Jacobs (Hogansburg, NY) besting Frances Jensen (Calgary, AB/CAN) in one set for the Women’s Standard 8-Ball Singles glory.  
 
In the senior-aged 8-ball singles divisions, Carl Coffee (Pueblo, CO) took down Claude Gragg III (Arlington, TX) in the first set of the finals for the Men’s Senior (55+) 8-Ball Singles crown – leaving Gragg to take the runner-up position for the second straight year;  Debbie Snook (Boone, CO) stopped three-time defending champ, Shawn Modelo (Antioch, CA), in the winner’s bracket finals and then took the Women’s Senior (50+) 8-Ball Singles title by upending Linda Asleson (Billings, MT) in two sets in the tourney finals; and Richard Foley (Ketchikan, AK) delegated undefeated Charles Smith (Whitesboro, TX)  to the runner-up position for a second straight year in taking the Super Senior (65+) Singles 8-Ball Singles title in two sets!
 
The two Scotch Doubles 8-Ball divisions showcased perhaps the most dominant amateur scotch doubles team in the country, with defending champions Dustin Gunia and Jessica Frideres (NE/IA) capturing the Advanced Scotch Doubles division with a comfortable one-set win over Labernaline Store/ Steve Stowers (AZ); and the team of Arlene David/ Bill Mason (VA) needing just one set as well to claim victory over Sophia Morquecho/ Burt Balancad (AZ) in the Open Scotch Doubles category.
 
With the ACS schedule in the latter portion of the week allowing non-conflicting accommodation of entry into both 9-ball and 8-ball team competitions, there was still plenty of competition to keep every player involved – especially those out of the money who automatically qualified for free second-chance team divisions!  In the Men’s Advanced 8-Ball Team division, defending champion Dick’s Pick [Ronnie Allen, Jimmy Moore, Greg Kuhl, George Huffman, Chris Akey and James Carmona] (Las Vegas, NV) reloaded but with the same results to take down Jitnot (NS/CAN) in the title match in two sets – after Jitnot had originally claimed the hot seat.  The Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Team division showcased Victoria’s Secret [Susie Miller, Linda Asleson, Jonella Staus and Teresa Keller] (MT) outpointing Colorado’s T’s Bar in the round-robin format.  In the Men’s Open 8-Ball Team competition, once-defeated Wrecking Crew [Mike Singleton, Blaine Stanford, Jamie Spivey, Rodney Browne III and Luke Coffey] took two sets from No Flash (AZ) in the title match.  The Women’s Open 8-Ball Team division’s San Antonio’s Fuhgettaboutit [Barbara Wisdom, Kenyon Juo Young, Sophie Lopez, Kawania Watson and Maria Lopez] survived a deciding set over After Eight (FL) for the title.  
 
Harbor Hills (WI) [Al Carmody, Mark Schmidt, Tim Gamerdinger, Tom Decker and John Schlapman] needed only one set in the Men’s Standard 8-Ball Team division final’s clash to make Comrades (GA) the bride’s maid.  In the Women’s Standard 8-Ball Team division, British Columbia’s Venus Envy [Theresa Warren, Susan Johnston, Susan Kottke and Roxanna Alton] took off the deciding set of the finals to repel New York’s Mohawk Chicks for the crown.
 
The 3-person 9-ball team divisions featured some of the top 8-ball team placers as well. Undefeated Gotta Have It [NE/IA] [Jerrod Frideres, Jessica Frideres and Dustin Gunia] turned back Las Vegas’s Dick’s Pick in the first set of the finals for the Men’s Advanced 9-Ball Team title.  Open 8-Ball Team runner-ups – After Eight (FL) [Flori LeHart, Michelle Jarrell, Janet Smith and Jamie Toennies], succeeded in ousting Miller Time (FL) for the Women’s Open 9-Ball Team laurels.  In the Men’s Open 9-Ball Team category, Wrecking Crew (LA) [Jamie Spivey, Mike Singleton and Luke Coffey] doubled up on its Open 8-Ball Team win to capture this title as well with a two-set finals sweep over 9 Ball Shockers (AZ).
 
In the 9th Annual ACS National Artistic Pool Championships, Dennis Brown of Creston, BC claimed another title for Canada, edging out hundreds of entries.  ACS would like to especially thank our title sponsor – Pure X Cues, as well as Gary Benson and his tournament direction staff at High Country Promotions, as well as the exhibiting vendors and the host site – the Tropicana Las Vegas!  The ACS Nationals is already looking to returning to the Tropicana May 10-17, 2014!  The ACS is a national non-profit, member-governed association which will sanction any local pool league (whether player-run or owner-operated) via a $10 annual sanction fee.  Contact the ACS at 1-888-662-1705 or www.americancuesports.org for complete information on sanctioning your league! 
 
The ACS currently sanctions leagues in 38 states and enjoys reciprocal relations with its sister organization in Canada (Canadian Cue Sport Association – CCS).  Twelve state associations are affiliated to ACS; and the ACS offers the Midwest ACS Championships each January at the Riverside Resort & Casino in Iowa.  The ACS produces a national amateur Pure X All American Tour each Fall thru Spring and offers certification for both instructors and referees dedicated to the sport.
 
FINAL RESULTS: 
 
Men’s 9-Ball Singles ($1,500 added) 
1st Mike Singleton (Sulphur, LA) $1,500 + Trophy
2nd Lyn Wechsler (Rochester, NY) $1,115 + Trophy
3rd David Boone (Halifax, NS/CAN) $750 + Trophy
4th Dustin Gunia (Omaha, NE) $500
5-6th Joe Wood (Norfolk, VA) $350
Thomas Carawan Jr. (Virginia Beach, VA)
7-8th Dennis Brown (Creston, BC/CAN) $250
Matt Bracewell (Kamloops, BC/CAN)
9-12th Luke Coffey (Lake Charles, LA) $200
David Gomez (Concord, CA)
Bill Mason (Virginia Beach, VA)
Marc Vidal Claramont (Englewood, CO)
13-16th Qing Chen (Halifax, NS/CAN) $150
Colin Maloney (Shubenacadie, NS/CAN)
Brian Poore (Avondale, AZ)
Benjamin Sutherland (Peoria, AZ)
17-24th Ted Harms (Calgary, AB/CAN) $100
Ted Mauro (Pueblo, CO)
Orlando Vigil (Pueblo, CO)
Dean Lawson (Versailles, KY)
Raymond McDonald (Lexington, KY)
Raymond Samaniego (San Antonio, TX)
Randy Goettlicher (Carrollton, TX)
Federico Sanchez Jr. (San Antonio, TX)
25-32nd Doug Pulliam (Lexington, KY) $75
Robert Millard (Halifax, NS/CAN)
Whitley Cisco (Ivor, VA)
Todd Comitini (Fort Worth, TX)
Dave Field (Calgary, AB/CAN)
Robert Cummings (Corvallis, OR)
Rodney Roadcap (Chesapeake, VA)
Trevor Poole (Herring Love, NS/CAN)
 
Women’s 9-Ball Singles ($1,000 added) 
1st Beth Fondell (Owatonna, MN) $970 + Trophy
2nd Labernalene Store (Phoenix,AZ) $600 + Trophy
3rd Jessica Frideres (Fort Dodge, IA) $400 + Trophy
4th Alesia Rhodes (Bradenton, FL) $300
5-6th Linda Fuller (Portland, OR) $200
Teresa Perser (Ball, LA)
7-8th Melinda Bailey (Fort Worth, TX) $150
Mimi McAndrews (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)
9-12th Maria Simonson (Surprise, AZ) $100
Terri Johnson-McCauley (Farmington, NM)
Ann Mason (Bolingbrook, IL)
Sara Sorg (Phoenix, AZ)
9-12th Jamie Toennies (Largo, FL) $75
Rachel Klein-Johnson (Lockport, IL)
Veronica Poore (Avondale, AZ)
Linda Asleson (Billings, MT)
 
Men’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles ($3,000 added) 
1st Dustin Gunia (Omaha, NE) $2,000 + Trophy
2nd Lyn Wechsler (Rochester, NY) $1,200 + Trophy
3rd Dave Perry (Virginia Beach, VA) $750 + Trophy
4th Colin Maloney (Shubenacadie, NS/CAN) $435
5-6th Chris Akey (Las Vegas, NV) $250
Marc Vidal Claramont (Englewood, CO)
 
Men’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles – 2nd Chance Division
1st Pat Heisler (Calgary, AB/CAN) $300
2nd Derrick Cantu (Alexandria, LA) $150
 
Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles ($3,000 added) 
1st Beth Fondell (Owatonna, MN) $1,500 + Trophy
2nd Jessica Frideres (Fort Dodge, IA) $1,100 + Trophy
3rd Jamie Toennies (Largo, FL) $700 + Trophy
4th Teresa Perser (Ball, LA) $500
5-6th Samantha Patton (Richmond, KY) $300
Kawania Watson (San Antonio, TX)
Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles – 2nd Chance Division
1st Kit Dennis (Ridgefield, WA) $300
2nd Rhonda Wright (Westlake, LA) $225
 
Men’s Open 8-Ball Singles ($1,500 added)
1st Benjamin Sutherland (Peoria, AZ) $2,500 + Trophy
2nd Julian Russell (Fort McMurray, ON/CAN) $1,560 + Trophy
3rd Joe Wood (Norfolk, VA) $1,100 + Trophy
4th Kevin Grimm (Beaverbank, NS/CAN) $800
5-6th Jerry O’Keefe (Quispamsis, NB/CAN) $600
Wayne Graves (Orillia, ON)
7-8th Mike Whitegrass (Calgary, AB/CAN) $450
Juan Avalos (Anthem, AZ)
9-12th Michael Cullymore (Lower Sackville, NS) $350
Jon Kynock (Halifax, NS/CAN)
Dean Lawson (Versailles, KY)
Mike Singleton (Sulphur, LA)
13-16th David Miles (Delta, CO) $250
Joseph Hughes (Virginia Beach, VA)
George Huffman (Las Vegas, NV)
Ronald Pate (Weatherford, TX)
17-24th Llewellyn Muirhead (Cold Lake, AB/CAN) $200
Bert Hershberger (Westby. WI)
Raymond McDonald (Lexington, KY)
Jamie Spivey (Tabor City, LA) 
Dwayne Stephens (Oak Park, MI)
Brian Ambrose (Bradenton, FL)
James Blackman (Cold Lake, AB/CAN)
Federico Sanchez Jr. (San Antonio, TX)
25-32nd Doug Pulliam (Lexington, KY) $150
Robert Millard (Halifax, NS/CAN)
Gilbert Martinez (San Antonio, TX)
John Pawluk (Calgary, AB/CAN)
Tyson Rich (Bend, OR)
Randy Latimer (Dundalk, MD)
Steve Vezmarovic (Coquitlam, BC/CAN)
Jeff Joliffe (Calgary, AB/CAN)
 
Men’s Open 8-Ball Singles – 2nd Chance Division
1st Trevor Poole (Herring Love, NS/CAN) $300
2nd Christopher Bright (Waverly, NS/CAN) $200
3-4th Thomas Martin (Halifax, NS/CAN) $100
Chuck Skubal (Mishicot, WI)
5-8th B.Y. Wagh (Roswell, GA) $75
James Brown (Courtenay, BC/CAN)
Michael McNaughton (Virginia Beach, VA)
Richard Baler (Calgary, AB/CAN)
9-16th Orlando Vigil (Pueblo, CO) $50
Thomas Carawan (Virginia Beach, VA)
Jeff Hammer (Layton, UT)
Darryl Skeard (Lower Sackville, NS/CAN)
Michael Dolphin (Whitelaw, WI)
Ted Harms (Calgary, AB/CAN)
Ted Mauro (Pueblo, CO)
Michael Dunn (Halifax, NS/CAN)
 
Women’s Open 8-Ball Singles ($1,500 added)
1st Toni Barnes (Shawboro, NC) $2,000 + Trophy
2nd Sophia Morquecho (Glendale, AZ) $1,200 + Trophy
3rd Michelle Jarrell (Spring Hill, FL) $810 + Trophy
4th Eva Hill (Vancouver, WA) $600
5-6th Mary Rayner (Vancouver, AB/CAN) $450
Rachel Klein-Johnson (Lockport, IL)
7-8th Yvette Villarreal (San Antonio, TX) $300
Trina Blackman (Cold Lake, AB)
9-12th Catherine Koepke (Frankfort, IL) $225
Renee Marsh (Eagan, MN)
Michele Ricci (Plymouth, MN)
Joyce Murphy (Virginia Beach, VA)
13-16th Debbie Arens (Loretto, MN) $150
Claudia Morado (Phoenix, AZ)
Crissie Winn (North Salt Lake City, UT)
Linda Fuller (Portland, OR)
 
Women’s Open 8-Ball Singles – 2nd Chance Division
1st Sophia Lopez (San Antonio, TX) $300
2nd Veronica Poore (Avondale, AZ) $200
3-4th Teresa Eibner (Peoria, AZ) $100
Maria Simonson (Surprise, AZ)
5-8th Therese Thompson (Salt Lake City, UT) $75
Sara Sorg (Phoenix, AZ)
Janet Smith (Clearwater, FL)
Gina Quinones (Las Vegas, NV)
 
Men’s Standard 8-Ball Singles ($1,000 added)
1st Dennis Coolen (Bridgewater, NS/CAN) $1,500 + Trophy
2nd Joe Herne (Hogansburg, NY) $1,000 + Trophy
3rd Jon Ericksen (Kearns, UT) $720 + Trophy
4th Leonard Weaseltraveller (Calgary, AB/CAN) $450
5-6th Justin Toennies (Largo, FL) $325
Neal Ram (Vancouver, BC/CAN)
7-8th Robert Wright (Surrey, BC/CAN) $250
Evan Chenevert (Virginia Beach, VA)
9-12th Richard Merrett (Calgary, AB) $200
Christopher Armenta (Pueblo, CO)
Terry Hardrath (Cato, WI)
Matthew Ellsworth (Sandy Springs, GA)
13-16th Richard Ramos (Norfolk, VA) $150
Thomas Morgan (Roswell, GA)
Rodney Nelson (Norfolk, VA)
John Leal (Mesa, AZ)
17-24th Greg Spencer (West Jordan, UT) $100
Dillon Dalton (Grand Junction, CO)
Patrick Baylis (Burnaby, BC/CAN)
Les Krzys (River Grove, IL)
Tim Pidborochynski (Edmonton, AB/CAN)
Brian Fetty (Ona, WV)
Brad Hedges (Virginia Beach, VA)
John Fontenot (Lake Charles, LA)
 
Men’s Standard 8-Ball Singles – 2nd Chance Division
1st Matt Dennis (Fort Mohave, AZ) $300
2nd Scott Johnson (Minneapolis, MN) $200
3-4th Greg Baker (Calgary, AB/CAN) $100
Jim Bouschor (Juneau, AK)
 
Women’s Standard 8-Ball Singles ($1,000 added)
1st Melanie Jacobs (Hogansburg, NY) $1,100 + Trophy
2nd Frances Jensen (Calgary, AB/CAN) $800 + Trophy
3rd Teresa Price (Virginia Beach, VA) $515 + Trophy
4th Emalee Gielen (Geneseo, NY) $350
5-6th Sandra Rodermund (Mansfield, TX) $225
Ann Mason (Bolingbrook, IL)
7-8th Sue Roadcap (Chesapeake, VA) $175
Christie Tipper (Campbell River, BC/CAN)
9-12th Jean Bauer (Inver Grove Heights, MN) $125
Katherine Thomas (Cottage Grove, MN)
Margaret Jacobs (Akwesasne, QB/CAN)
Amy Jones (Broken Arrow, OK)
 
Women’s Standard 8-Ball Singles – 2nd Chance Division
1st Debra Furlan (Hamilton, ON/CAN) $300
2nd Jamie Cork (Inver Grove Heights, MN) $200
3-4th Darla Royall (Mannford, OK) $100
Cynthia Lovendahl (W. Jordan, UT)
 
Men’s Senior 8-Ball Singles ($1,000 added)
1st Carl Coffee (Pueblo, CO) $1,300 + Trophy
2nd Claude Gragg III (Arlington, TX) $1,000 + Trophy
3rd Rodney Browne III (Westlake, LA) $750 + Trophy
4th Roger Anderson (Boise, ID) $500
5-6th David Stowers (Apache Junction, AZ) $300
Max Denman (Roswell, GA)
7-8th Lance Allen (Mt. Pearl, NF/CAN) $225
Gene Hill (Chesapeake, VA)
9-12th Gerard Louviere (Lake Charles, LA) $175
Burt Balancad (Phoenix, AZ)
Robert Cummings (Corvallis, OR)
Bill Mason (Virginia Beach, VA)
13-16th Bradley Smith (Halifax, NS/CAN) $125
David Johnson (Lexington, KY)
Allen Hopper (Roswell, GA)
Phillip Jones (Nicholasville, KY)
 
Men’s Senior 8-Ball Singles – 2nd Chance Division
1st Michael Navarre (Sulphur, LA) $250
2nd Derrell Smith (Lake Charles, LA) $150
3-4th William Holmes (Middle Sackville, NS/CAN) $100
Bob Brown (Leesville, LA)
 
Women’s Senior 8-Ball Singles ($1,000 added)
1st Debbie Snook (Boone, CO) $1,000 + Trophy
2nd Linda Asleson (Billings, MT) $700 + Trophy
3rd Shawn Modelo (Antioch, CA) $500 + Trophy
4th Linda Foley (Ketchikan, AK) $300
5-6th Kim Anderson (Boise, ID) $150
Donna Gellings (Ketchikan, AK)
 
Women’s Senior 8-Ball Singles – 2nd Chance Division
1st Sharon Page (Cleveland, OK) $200
2nd Connie Lackey (Portage, IN) $100
 
Super Senior 8-Ball Singles ($1,000 added)
1st Richard Foley (Ketchikan, AK) $1,200 + Trophy
2nd Charles Smith (Whitesboro, TX) $900 + Trophy
3rd Jerry Watts (Shelbyville, KY) $600 + Trophy
4th Randy Goettlicher (Carrollton, TX) $400
5-6th James Dant (Kearns, UT) $300
Stewart Hunter (Cambridge, ON)
7-8th Gary Metoxen (Surprise, AZ) $175
Glen Gares (Albuquerque, NM)
9-12th Eugene Bourgeois II (Grand Junction, CO) $100
Brian Trudel (Calgary, AB/CAN)
Madison Adkins (Lexington, KY)
Thomas Fankhauser (Decatur, IL)
 
Super Senior 8-Ball Singles – 2nd Chance Division
1st Jim Roller (Albuquerque, NM) $200
2nd Bill Bartley (Loma, CO) $150 
 
Advanced Scotch Doubles ($500 added)
1st Jessica Frideres/ Dustin Gunia (NE/IA) $900 + Trophies
2nd Labernaline Store/ Steve Stowers (AZ) $600 + Trophies
3rd Leigh Ann Giles/Colin Maloney (NS/CAN) $360 + Trophies
4th Pam Fletcher/George Huffman (NV) $200
 
Open Scotch Doubles
1st Arlene David/ Bill Mason (VA) $2,000 + Trophies
2nd Sophia Morquecho/ Burt Balancad (AZ) $1,200 + Trophies
3rd Anastasia Zubar/ Eddie Vidal (VA) $782 + Trophies
4th Roxanna Alton/ Robert Wright (BC/CAN) $550
5-6th Kendra Harris/ Kelly Ashe (NV) $375
Monique Connolly/ Robert Connolly (NB/CAN)
7-8th Cathy Kelley/ David Stowers $250
Veronica Poore/ Brian Poore (AZ)
9-12th Melanie Jacobs/ Joe Herne (NY) $200
Terri Curtis/ Darrell Maya (AZ)
Teresa Eibner/ Marty Eans (AZ)
Toni Barnes/ Thomas Sullivan (NC)
13-16th Gina Quinones/ Keith Parker (NV) $150
Joyce Murphy/ James Baker (VA)
Cecelia Gomez/ Avila Dennis (TX)
Alesia Rhodes / Brian Ambrose (FL)
17-25th Jennifer Potter/ Dennis Coolen (NS/CAN) $100
Alena Joyce/ Joe Woods (VA)
Mari Simonson/ Chris Carpenter (AZ)
Phyllis Elkins/ John Ellsworth (OK)
Annette Ellershaw/ Steven Jeffries (VA)
Celestina Perez/ Juan Avalos (AZ)
Wendy Doiron/ Kevin Doiron (NB/ CAN)
Rachel Klein-Johnson/ Robert Johnson (IL)
25-32nd Shauna Boyle/ William Holmes (NS/CAN) $75
Terri Johnson-McCauley/ Stephen Henderson (AZ)
Marci Morrison/ Carlos Santiago (VA)
Luz Selbe/ John Selbe (VA)
Betty Vollman/ David Orsargos (VA)
Christie Tipper/ James Brown (BC/CAN)
Edelina Flores/ Federico Sanchez Jr. (TX)
Mary Ann Mosley/ Johnny Guess (VA)
 
Men’s Advanced 8-Ball Teams ($3,000 added)
1st Dick’s Pick (NV) $2,500 + Trophies
2nd Jitnot (NS/CAN) $1,500 + Trophies
3rd Brass Bell (VA) $1,000 + Trophies
 
Men’s Advanced 8-Ball Teams – 2nd Chance Division
1st Squires 2 (KY) $430
2nd American Legion 313 #1 (KY) $200
 
Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Teams ($3,000 added)
1st Victoria’s Secret (MT) $1,750 + Trophies
2nd T’s Bar (CO) $1,050 + Trophies
3rd Femme Fatale (VA) $765 + Trophies
 
Men’s Open 8-Ball Teams ($2,000 added)
1st Wrecking Crew (LA) $3,000 + Trophies
2nd No Flash (AZ) $2,055 + Trophies
3rd Leo’s Place (CO) $1,500 + Trophies
4th Moosehead (NB/CAN) $1,100
5-6th Locas (NS/CAN) $800
Carlos O’Bryan’s (BC/CAN)
7-8th Arizona Shockers (AZ) $550
Q-Zone (BC/CAN)
9-12th Mavericks (BC/CAN) $350
Footers 2 – John (VA)
Three Coyote Rookies (AB/CAN)
Footers 1 (VA)
13-16th 8 ‘N Rail Junkies (AB/CAN) $250
Herb (NS/CAN)
Sunshine Boys (BC/CAN)
Tap Out Trio (OK)
 
Men’s Open 8-Ball Teams – 2nd Chance Division
1st Kickin Chickins (AB/CAN) $300
2nd Squires Fryars (KY) $200
3-4th Nite Hawk (WA) $100
Slate Killers (TX)
5-8th Bullshooters Express (AZ) $75
BHC Devastators (AZ)
Gold Nugget Exterminators (TX)
Sandpiper (WI)
 
Women’s Open 8-Ball Teams ($2,000 added)
1st Fuhgettaboutit (TX) $2,000 + Trophies
2nd After Eight (FL) $1,055 + Trophies
3rd Lady Killers (AZ) $600 + Trophies
4th Miller Time (AZ) $400
5-6th Strokers Ladies (TX) $250
Game Birds (NV)
 
Women’s Open 8-Ball Teams – 2nd Chance Division
1st Deli Avengers (AZ) $300
2nd This Bud’s For You (OK) $200
3-4th Rack & Roll (AB/CAN) $100
Busted Racks (AZ)
 
Men’s Standard 8-Ball Teams ($2,000 added)
1st Harbor Hills (WI) $1,500 + Trophies
2nd Comrades (GA) $1,000 + Trophies
3rd Dick’s Picks (NV) $690 + Trophies
4th Don’t Hold It Against Us (CO) $450
5-6th Ready Room (VA) $325
Just Lucky (FL)
7-8th Koushins (AB/CAN) $225
No Problem (VA)
9-12th Dog Run Posse (AZ) $150
Handful of Wannabes (CO)
Know Names (TX)
Mel’s 1 (VA)
 
Men’s Standard 8-Ball Teams – 2nd Chance Division
1st Shuswap Hustlers (BC/CAN) $300
2nd Gr8 Balls of Fire (NM) $200
3-4th Bob’s Bust-A-Rack (AZ) $100
Jax High Hopes (VA)
5-8th The Office II (VA) $75
Outsiders (AZ)
Sharp Shooters (BC/CAN)
NDN Time (AB/CAN)
 
Women’s Standard 8-Ball Teams ($2,000 added)
1st Venus Envy (BC/CAN) $1,200 + Trophies
2nd Mohawk Chicks (NY) $800 + Trophies
3rd Shut Up ‘N Shoot (MN) $500 + Trophies
4th Felt On Table (ON/CAN) $300
 
Women’s Standard 8-Ball Teams – 2nd Chance Division
1st Smooth Shooters (ON/CAN) $300
2nd Mike’s Break Room – Killer B’z (VA) $115
 
Men’s Advanced 9-Ball Teams ($2,000 added)
1st Gotta Have It (NE/IA) $1,885 + Trophies
2nd Dick’s Picks (NV) $1,100 + Trophies
3rd Jitnot (NS/CAN) $700 + Trophies
4th American Legion 313 #2 (AB) $400 
 
Women’s Open 9-Ball Teams ($1,500 added)
1st After Eight (FL) $1,200 + Trophies
2nd Miller Time (AZ) $760 + Trophies
3rd Lady Killers (AZ) $600 + Trophies
4th Roy’s Toys (TX) $500
5-6th Miss Cues (AZ) $300
Game Birds (NV)
 
Men’s Open 9-Ball Teams ($1,500 added)
1st Wrecking Crew (LA) $2,000 + Trophies
2nd 9 Ball Shockers (AZ) $1,200 + Trophies
3rd No Flash (AZ) $795 + Trophies
4th Footers 2 – John (VA) $500
5th San Antonio Strokers (TX) $375
7-8th Roswell Aliens (GA) $275
Wrecking Crew 7 (LA)
9-12th 49er Mixers (AK) $225
Mike’s Break Room – Rack ‘Em (VA)
Beach Combers (VA)
Mike’s Break Room 1 (VA)
 
9th Annual ACS National Artistic Pool Championship ($500 added)
1st Dennis Brown (Creston, BC/CAN) $300 + Plaque 
2nd   Ren Roberts (Bedford, TX) $200 + Plaque 
3rd John Jenks (Golden Valley, AZ) $100 
4th Joe Richards (Milliken, CO) $50  
5th Glenn Hughey (Prescott Valley, AZ) $25   
6th Dustin Gunia (Omaha, NE) $25 
7th Eric Pawl (Suffolk, VA) $25 
8th Shane Tymchyna (Cranbrook, BC/CAN) $25 
 
Scotch Doubles Best Dressed:
Jack Toolen and Brendee Wilson (VA)
 
Men’s Best Dressed Team:
Deez Nuts (VA)  
 
Women’s Best Dressed Team:
 Victoria’s Secret (MT) 
 
League Operators of the Year:
Myron Bahryjczuk – Dupage ACS (Lockport, IL)
Warren Dunn – Mohave Valley Pool League (Bullhead City, AZ) 
Thomas Fankhauser – Decatur Area Pool League (Decatur, IL) 
Shirley Gilbert – Livingston's ACS League (Ann Arbor, MI)
Mike Wilson – Southern Amusement Pool League (Norfolk, VA) 
 
Referee of the Year:
Gibbi Tkatch (Valley Glen, CA)