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Ellerman Back In Diamond Tour Winner’s Circle

Mitch Ellerman (Photo courtesy of Rick Schmitz)

The Diamond Pool Tour held their 6th stop of the year – and first stop at Metro Sportz Bar – on September 10th – 11th, with a field of 56 players playing 9-ball on the 7’ Diamond Smart Tables. While the event held it’s fair share of surprises, it was Mitch Ellerman notching his second straight tour stop win.
The “A” bracket’s field of fifteen players saw Mitch Ellerman ride the top of the bracket with wins over Bret Huth, Jason Sweet and Scott Frost. Meanwhile on the bottom half of the bracket, it was last year’s “A” player points list winner Brian Reich making his mark. Reich had wins over Chuck Evans, Mike Sandoval and Bobby Emmons to earn his place against Ellerman for the hot-seat. While Ellerman’s win over Reich was not a real surprise, what was surprising was the 9-0 scoreline. On the one loss side, Frost was looking for another shot at Ellerman. Frost eliminated Sandoval, Emmons and Reich to earn that shot. 
One nice addition to the “A” bracket was another appearance by Arizona pool veteran Tommy Dilorenzo. Tommy came out of retirement at the August stop at Kolby’s with mixed results. This month saw more of the player that Arizona is familiar with, as Dilorenzo had wins over Bryan Bach and Aaron Purdy. Dilorenzo’s two losses, to Ray Robles and Chuck Evans, were both hill-hill matches that could have gone either way. It’s good to see Tommy back in action and we expect pool fans will see his “A” game in full force very soon.
In contrast to the “A” bracket, the “B” bracket’s 41 players saw an early surprise with points leader Karloz Chavez going “two and out” in the event. Chavez lost a hill-hill decision to Susan Williams and was then eliminated by Manny Luevano 9-7. The top half of the bracket was won by Oscar Avila, while the bottom half was won by Metro regular Eric Osburn. Both players fought their way through more than their share of close matches to get to the hot-seat match, and then that match was another close one with Avila earning a hill-hill win over Osburn. The one loss side saw George Bell on a roll. Bell had lost to Rick Schmitz in his first match of the day, but he was still alive eight matches later. After eliminated Mike McGovern 9-6, Bell went on to send Osburn to the cheap seats 9-5.
While the tournament saw a number of Metro regulars come out to support the tour, two players that earned attention were Susan Williams and junior player Nathan McGovern. Williams, the sole female in the field kept up her winning ways after the first round match with Chavez. Williams went on to beat Dana Moore and Tim Rachu, before falling to Osburn in round four. Williams came back on Sunday, but was eliminated early Sunday by George Bell. While McGovern, the only junior player in the field, didn’t win any matches, the pool gods were not kind in the draw they gave him. After a second round loss to Seth Johnson, McGovern had to then take on Luevano. McGovern gave it his all, and we hope to see him at a future event to give it another try. 
Before Sunday player could get underway, tournament director Chuck Parrill and Metro Sportz Bar owner John Upshaw had to reconfigure the room to make room for a larger than originally expected football crowd. John and Chuck didn’t miss a beat as they roped off six tables and gave the tournament players as much space as they could manage for day two of the event. 
When the brackets came together, it was a rematch from a month ago with Ellerman facing Avila for the overall hot-seat once again. This match went to Ellerman 9-4. On the one loss side, Frost was eliminating Bell in 4th place 9-3. Seeing his rematch with Ellerman only a match away, Frost then made quick work of Avila in a 9-0 match. The overall final match went one set, with Ellerman scoring a hill-hill win for his second straight Diamond Pool Tour win.
Ellerman’s win gives him a 200 point lead on the “A” players points list, with two events left to play. Barring Ellerman missing an event, Frost will have a tough time catching him. The “B” players points list, on the other hand, is much closer. Chavez’s “two and out” was the opening that Avila needed to catch him, and Avila now enjoys a 40 point lead over Chavez. Rick Schmitz is in a distant third place, 135 points back. 
As always, “Fast” Lenny Marshall provided excellent streaming coverage of the event, and Rick Schmitz took great pictures of all of the tour competitors. John Upshaw and his staff did a great job of taking care of the players and fans all weekend long. 
The tour will finish up it’s regular season in October with two stops. Pockets in Tucson will host big table 9-ball on October 1st – 2nd, and then Skip and Jan’s will be the location for Barbox 8-ball. These two stops will be the last chance that players have to play in the requisite two events in order to qualify for the season finale at Casino Del Sol in Tucson on November 17th – 20th. 

The Diamond Pool Tour is proudly sponsored by:
Diamond Billiard Products –
Casino Del Sol Resort –
Neil’s Garage Cabinets –
Greenmail Internet Marketing –
QB Custom Cues –
Volturi Custom Cases –
Cue Sport International –
Aramith Billiard Balls –

Simonis Cloth –
Kamui Tips & Chalk –
Hanshaw Custom Cues –
G-Cue Billiards –
Billiards Press –
Cheqio –

Scott and McGovern Split Stingers’ Six Pocket Event

Ed Scott and Mike McGovern

28 players from around the Valley showed up for Sophia Morquecho's novel new 6Pocket tournament at Stingers Saturday, April 30. It was match play format with each player shooting seven alternating racks. Players rack their own, break  wide open, and run the table until they miss.  One point per ball and highest point total wins.   It was also handicapped with lower rated players getting 5 extra points per rating level. Interestingly, the cross-level matches were much tighter with the spot than same-level matches with no spot.
Tournament highlights included Aaron Purdys near perfect 104. Aaron rattled his 15th ball in the first rack and then went on to run six perfect racks. Chuck Parrill had the second highest string with five perfect racks in a close match with Oscar Avila Sr. that he actually lost by one point.  Joe Nicita and several other players strung 4 perfect racks. Eight rated Mike McGovern went straight to the hill undefeated. Ed Scott lost his second match to Aaron Purdy after starting his first two racks with a total of two points, but went on to win seven matches on the losers side and then win the first set in the finals. Ed and Mike called it quits at that point and decided to share the Arizona State 6Pocket title as co champions. 
Payouts were: 
1/2 Mike McGovern $355
1/2 Ed Scott $555 (w sides) 
3 Aaron Purdy $240
4 Oscar Avila Jr $170 (great tournament by 6 rated player)
5/6 Pete Barrios $65
5/6 Matt Koskella $65
Many thanks to Mark Griffin and Dick Clark from the National 6Pocket organization who sponsored the event and Dale at Stingers Sports Bar who sponsored and hosted this new event. 

Desert Classic Tour Becomes Diamond Pool Tour

Scott Frost

With the recent changes to the Desert Classic Tour, also comes a rebranding, new tour ownership and more announcements. Starting with the 2015 season, The Desert Classic Tour will be known as the Diamond Pool Tour.  
The Tour has changed ownership and is now being run by Mike Howerton, Scott Frost and Chuck Parrill. All three new owners have been fixtures in the Arizona Pool Community for years and are very excited to be involved with the tour. 
Diamond Billiard Products has come on board as a title sponsor for the tour, and the tour will be giving away a Diamond 7’ Smart Table at the 2015 Season Finale to one lucky tour participant. All paid entries to the tour during the 2015 season will earn that player one entry in a random drawing that will be held at the season finale. The lucky winner will be responsible for delivery and setup fees, but the table will be free of charge.
The 2015 Season Finale will actually take place in 2016, with a $2,500 added event at Casino Del Sol Resort in Tucson. Casino Del Sol Resort, southern Arizona’s premier entertainment and gaming destination, offers nearly 1,000 slot machines, live blackjack, poker and bingo. Guests can choose from six restaurants and three bars that feature live entertainment Thursday – Saturday nights, in addition to world-class entertainment at AVA Amphitheater.
Also joining the 2015 season as a sponsor, will be QB Custom Cues. QB Custom Cues have been producing quality cues for well over 10 years and are coming on board with two custom cues to be awarded to players this season. One cue will be awarded at the season finale to the season’s top “B” player, and another will be awarded to the season’s top junior player. Remember that Arizona junior players play for free at all Diamond Pool Tour stops.
Every event on tour will feature a $250 added second chance tournament on Sunday, sponsored by Neil’s Garage Cabinets. Neil’s Garage Cabinets are the Valley’s oldest Garage Cabinet Company. Serving Arizona since 1971 their reputation for fast, professional and quality service has kept past customers and new customers alike choosing Neil’s Garage Cabinets for their Garage and Storage needs. Neil’s believe in giving back to the community and are proud to support the USO, Boys and Girls Clubs, Arizona Speedway and now the Diamond Pool Tour. Greg Mack is the President of Neil’s Garage Cabinets East Valley is pleased to become a part of the Arizona Pool Community and hopes to build a lasting relationship with all at DPT.
Greenmail Internet Marketing has come on board to sponsor the top female finisher bonus as each event, as well as a bounty on the winner of the previous tour stop. The first event of the 2015 season will see a $50 bounty on the Desert Classic Tour’s 2014 Season Finale winner Mitch Ellerman. If a player can eliminate Ellerman from the event, they will win an additional $50 in prize money, as well as the appreciation of all other players still in the event. 
These sponsors will join Volturi Custom Cases, Cue Sport International and the local BCA, APA and TAP pool leagues as sponsors of the 2015 Diamond Pool Tour. 
A new website is in the works for the tour, but until that site launches, players can find more information on the old Desert Classic Tour website at
The first event on the schedule will be February 7th and 8th at Skip & Jan’s in Tempe. The game will be 10-Ball on the 7’ Diamond Smart Tables. Signups begin at 11am. Players meeting at noon and play begins immediately following the players meeting. Fans who can’t make it to the first event are invited to check out to watch the stream all weekend long, courtesy of “Fast” Lenny Marshall.