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November Billiards Buzz Released

AzBilliards has relased the October issue of the Billiards Buzz online publication.
 
Read our coverage of the International 9-Ball Open, EPBF Klagenfurt Open, Steinway Classic, NAPT Desert Challenge, Maryland State 10-Ball Chempionship and all of the Mosconi Cup updates.
 
Melinda Bailey has a great interview with Dan Louie and is once again joined by Jerry Briesath, Anthony Beeler and Dr. Chris Stankovich. We also have a new contribution from Steve Lillis and his Gospel Trick Shots. 
 
This issue, as well as every other issue, can be found online at http://www.azbilliards.com/buzz/

Pac-West Invitational Starts Friday

The Pac-West Invitational is ready to kick off on Friday morning at 10:00 AM at Sam's Hollywood Billiards in Portland, Oregon. 

 

The field of 53 players, competing for over $20,000 in prize money, includes such notables as Shane Van Boening, Skyler Woodward, Dennis Hatch, Mika Immonen, Oscar Dominguez, Ernesto Dominguez, Corey Deuel, Ramil Gallego, Antonio Lining, Paul Potier, Dan Louie and Stan Tourangeau

 

Follow all of the action with our online brackets, and watch selected matches with our online streaming coverage of the event. Matches get underway Friday morning at 10:00 am with Oscar Dominguez vs Leroy Dorsey.

Woodward goes undefeated to win Men’s Open Chinook Winds 10-Ball Championships

Skyler Woodward

Skyler Woodward added 28 points to his Mosconi Cup ranking total on the weekend of October 7-10, with an undefeated run in the Men's Division of the 4th Annual Chinook Winds 10-Ball Championships. Woodward is 77 points behind the Mosconi Cup rankings leader, Shane Van Boening, and 32 points ahead of Rodney Morris, who finished in the tie for 5th. The $10,000-added event drew 100 entrants to the Chinook Winds Resort & Casino in Lincoln, OR. A $4,000-added Ladies Open event (still ongoing as of this writing) was run concurrently, and drew 29 entrants.
 
Woodward also won the Friday night "Warm Up" event, which drew 73 entrants, and featured three matches between Woodward and Morris; the hot seat match, won by Woodward, and the finals, which they split, with Woodward winning the decisive last match.
 
In the main event, two preliminary brackets yielded 16 competitors advancing to a final bracket of 32, 16 on each side. With memories of Friday night's "Warm Up" in place, Woodward and Morris were still in play to battle it out for the title (and Mosconi Cup points), though Morris, originally defeated, double hill, by Dan Louie in one of the preliminary brackets, was on the loss side.
 
In a winners' side quarterfinal, Woodward downed Todd Marsh 7-3 and advanced to face Chris McDaniel. Filipino Antonio Lining, in the meantime, survived a double hill battle versus Max Eberle to face Amar Kang in the other winners' side semifinal. Kang got by Lining 7-4 and in the hot seat match, faced Woodward, who'd sent McDaniel to the loss side 7-3.Woodward defeated Kang 7-4 and waited in the hot seat for what turned out to be Lining.
 
On the loss side (final bracket, after winning three in the preliminary bracket), Morris had gotten by Ruben Silva 7-5, Chris Byers 7-1 and Ramil Gallego 7-5 to draw Lining. McDaniel drew Chris Eberle, who'd defeated Christ "Spike" Airdo 7-3, and Jason Williams, double hill, to reach him.
 
The potential for a Woodward/Morris matchup in the finals was thwarted by a double hill win for Lining, who advanced to the quarterfinals. He was met by McDaniel, who defeated Eberle 7-2.
 
Lining gave up only a single rack to McDaniel in those quarterfinals, and turned for a re-match against Kang in the semifinals. He eliminated Kang ??-?? to earn a shot against Woodward. To no avail, as it turned out. Woodward made it a single set final with a double hill win to claim the event title.

Holem double dips Vidal to win Inaugural NRC 9-Ball Challenge in Tacoma, WA

To the best of our knowledge here at AZ Billiards, the Inaugural Nature's Recreational Center (NRC) 9-Ball Challenge, held on the weekend of October 1-2, in Tacoma, WA, was the first pool tournament ever sponsored by a medical marijuana facility. Stephen Holem won five on the loss side to meet, challenge and eventually double dip Marc Vidal to claim the event title. The $6,500-added ($5,000 by NRC) drew 75 entrants to Malarkey's Pool and Brew in Tacoma and was live-streamed throughout the weekend by Rail2Rail Productions.
 
With Holem, already at work on the loss side, the man who defeated him – Alain "Frenchy" Boutin – advanced to a winners' side semifinal versus Joe Spence. Vidal, in the meantime, squared off against B.J. Copeland in the other winners' side semifinal. Vidal downed Copeland 7-2, and in the hot seat match, faced Spence, who'd sent Boutin to the loss side 7-3. Vidal claimed the hot seat, and won what proved to be his last match, 7-2.
 
Over on the loss side, it was Copeland who drew the eventual event winner, Stephen Holem, who'd opened his loss-side campaign with victories over Stan Tourangeau 7-5 and Paul Potier 7-3. Boutin picked up Erik Vargas, who'd survived two straight double hill matches against Dexter Ambang and Dan Louie to reach him.
 
Boutin and Copeland picked up their second straight loss; Boutin falling to Vargas 7-3 and Copeland giving way to Holem 7-2. Holem chalked up the quarterfinal match against Vargas 7-4 and then downed Spence in the semifinals by the same score.
 
Holem took both sets of the double elimination final over Vidal 7-5 to claim the Inaugural NRC 9-Ball Challenge.
 

Jimenez comes from the loss side to win 15th Annual Washington State 8-Ball Championships

Jeff Jimenez came back from a loss in the winners' side quarterfinals to meet and defeat hot seat occupant Todd Marsh and win the 15th Annual Washington State 8-Ball Championships, held on the weekend of September 24-25. Streamed by Rail2Rail Productions, the $500-added event drew 32 entrants to Mugshots in Bellevue, WA.
 
Jimenez took two matches on the winners' side before facing John Duclos in a winners' side quarterfinal. Duclos won that match to advance to a winners' side semifinal against John Plunkett. Marsh, in the meantime, faced Dan Louie in the other winners' side semifinal. Marsh and Duclos got into the hot seat match with identical 6-4 wins over Louie and Plunkett. It was Marsh who claimed the hot seat 6-2 over Duclos.
 
On the loss side, Jimenez opened up his loss-side campaign with a 5-3 win over John Doherty, and a 5-1 victory over Tim Tweedell, which set him up to face Louie. Plunkett drew Kevin Fong, who'd defeated Jeffrey Leonard 5-3 and shut out Paul Alexander
 
Jimenez handed Louie his second straight loss 5-3 and advanced to the quarterfinals. He was met by Plunkett, who got back on the winning track with a double hill win over Fong. Jimenez stopped that run in the quarterfinals with a 5-1 victory.
 
The semifinal was a re-match between Jimenez and Duclos. Jimenez won it 5-2 for a shot at Marsh in the hot seat. It was a single, race-to-8 final, and Jimenez won it 8-4 over Marsh to claim the event title.

Vidal downs Pickering twice to capture The Freeze title

Marc Vidal

They call it The Freeze; an annual event, hosted by Malarkey's Pool & Brew in Tacoma, WA. Given that temperatures throughout this year's March 5-6 event ranged in the upper 50s to low 60s, the title's a bit of a misnomer, and given the level of competition generally on display, you'd think it would boast a title with a touch more heat to it. Last year, Shane Van Boening defeated Rafael Martinez in the finals. This year, Marc Vidal and Simon Pickering worked their way around a host of other marquee names (Warren Kiamco, Jeffrey Ignacio and John Morra, for example) to be the last two standing. Vidal went undefeated in the $1,500-added event that drew 72 entrants to Malarkey's.
 
Vidal and Pickering met first in the hot seat match. Vidal had sent Kiamco to the loss side 7-4, as Pickering was doing likewise, 7-5, to Ignacio in the winners' side semifinals. Vidal moved into the hot seat 7-5 over Pickering and waited for him to get back.
 
On the loss side, Kiamco had the misfortune of running into a surging John Morra, who'd defeated Paul Poitier 7-4 and Eddie Carrido 7-2 to reach him. Ignacio picked up Damian Pongpanik, who'd just eliminated  Sean Lewis and Dan Louie, both 7-3. Ignacio and Morra moved on to the quarterfiinals, both 7-5, over Pongpanik and Kiamco.
 
Morra defeated Ignacio 7-4, and then, by the same score, was himself eliminated in the semifinals by Pickering. Vidal required only a single set of the potential double elimination final, defeating Pickering 7-3, to complete his undefeated run and claim the 2016 Freeze title.

2015 US Bar Table Championships 8-Ball Matches Released on YouTube

CSI is pleased to announce that the 2015 US Bar Table Championships 8-Ball Division matches have been released on the CSI YouTube channel.  Twenty-One (21) matches featuring some of the best players in the world can be viewed in their entirety absolutely free!
 
The 2015 US Bar Table Championships were held February 16-22, 2015 at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino in Reno, NV.  The matches were recorded in “The Kamui Arena” with high definition equipment and full-time commentary by Ken Shuman and other special guests. CSI would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to our primary sponsors:
 
Kamui: “The Official Tip of the 22nd US Bar Table Championships!”
OB: “The Official Cue of the 22nd US Bar Table Championships!”
 
Below are the matches on this YouTube playlist:
 
Match 1: Alex Olinger vs Josh Roberts
Match 2: Dan Louie vs Jeremy Sossei
Match 3: Jayson Shaw vs Robb Saez
Match 4: Mark Tadd vs Justin Bergman
Match 5: Rory Hendrickson vs Jeffrey Ignacio
Match 6: Danny Olson vs Tristan Hansen
Match 7: Taylor Hansen vs Liz Lovely
Match 8: Oscar Dominguez vs Tim Baron
Match 9: David Gomez vs Mike Massey
Match 10: Nick Kruger vs Derek Pogirski
Match 11: Justin Bergman vs Josh Roberts
Match 12: Jayson Shaw vs Jeffrey Ignacio
Match 13: Skyler Woodward vs Joven Bustamante
Match 14: Jason Shaw vs Joven Bustamante
Match 15: Scott Frost vs Justin Bergman
Match 16: Shane Van Boening vs Corey Deuel
Match 17: Corey Deuel vs Steve Knoll
Match 18: Jeffrey Ignacio vs Sean McKay (Hot Seat Match)
Match 19: Justin Bergman vs Sean McKay (Semi-Final)
Match 20: Jessica Frideres vs Liz Lovely (Women’s Final)
Match 21: Justin Bergman vs Jeffrey Ignacio (Men’s Final)
 
2015 US Bar Table Championships 8-Ball Division Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdCfnbGD70QV3ReEMkfC6yya28KtVcwED 
 
CSI YouTube Channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/csipool?sub_confirmation=1
 
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Dan Louie Wins Malarkey’s Annual Thanksgiving 9-Ball Classic Tacoma, WA

The 2014 Malarkey’s Thanksgiving 9-Ball Classic Tournament attracted 77 pool players from Washington, Oregon, California and Canada. The weather wasn’t cooperating on Nov. 29-30, dumping 4-6 inches of snow that Saturday morning, but none of the pool players let that stop them from getting to Tacoma to for some of the best competition in the Pacific Northwest. Entry fee was $75 and the field filled up fast. Malarkey’s added $1,500, to make the total prize money $5,350. With 77 players, the race was to 7 on the A side and was shortened 6 on the B side. Once we got to the money rounds, the B side race went to back up to 7. Played on nine 9 ft Gold Crown tables, it took 16 hours on day 1 to get down to the final 16 players for day 2. Rail2Rail Productions furnished the live stream coverage and a new company from Canada, ScoreSaloon provided live match scoring on their website. 
 
The competition was intense and two players, one from WA and one from Canada, immediately stood out from the crowd, demolishing their opponents as they charged through the brackets: Dan Louie and Simon Pickering.  Dan Louie won the point against Leroy Dorsey and waited for the rest of the B side battle it out. On Day 2, Simon was sent to the B side by Rafael Martinez, but that didn’t stop Simon’s charge to the finals. He defeated some really top notch players, including Bob Zack, Stan Tourangeau and LeRoy Dorsey for a shot at Dan Louie in the Final Match.  Simon won the first set against Dan Louie 7-3, but Dan was not going to be doubled dipped. Dan came back for the second set, stronger than ever and beat Simon 7-5 in that last set, winning the $1,400 first prize money! Simon took home $800 for his efforts. LeRoy Dorsey finished 3rd place.  1st High Woman was Jenny Lewis and 2nd was Joyce Robinson. Congratulations to the players finishing in the money. 
 
Thanks to all the players that participated, Clark Smith, owner of Malarkey’s for sponsoring this event and adding $1,500 to the prize money, Rebecca Easley, the tournament director, for managing 77 players in one weekend,  ScoreSaloon for introducing live match scoring and Rail2Rail for their complete live stream coverage so no one had to miss any of the Malarkey’s Annual Thanksgiving 9-Ball Classic. 

Derby City Day Eight

Johnny Archer

The finals days of the 14th Annual Derby City Classic ae underway. After seven complete days of play, we are into round four of the 9-ball, the semi-finals of the Fatboy 10-ball Challenge and the semi-finals of the 14.1 Challenge.

The 9-ball division started with 83 players in round four and we are starting to see some marquee names eliminated. Johnny Archer handed Rodney Morris his second loss, Steve Hickman upset Charlie Bryant, Benny Conway eliminated Rafael Martinez and Jesse Engel handed Amar Kang his first loss.  Top players now eliminated from the 9-ball division include Morris, Bobby Hunter, Dan Louie, Mark Tadd, Marc Vidal, Brandon Shuff, Earl Strickland, Huidji See and both Louis and Josh Ulrich. We expect at least two more rounds of 9-ball play tonight.

The Fatboy 10-Ball tournament is down to three players with Stevie Moore booking his place in the finals with a 15-12 win over Alex Pagulayan on the Accu-Stats TV table. Pagulayan led the match early, but Moore came back to take control and capture the win. Moore will play either John Morra or Francisco Bustamante, who will play each other later today.

The 14.1 Challenge is also down to three players with Alex Pagulayan waiting for the winner of Darren Appleton and Ralf Souquet. Pagulayan eliminated John Schmidt in convincing fashion on Friday.

Both the finals of the 10-Ball event and the 14.1 event will take place on Saturday.

2011 Western BCA Regional 9-Ball Championships

On October 11-17, 2011 the 14th Annual Western BCA Regional 9-Ball Championships were hosted at Chinook Winds Casino & Resort in Lincoln City, Oregon.  Players from Washington, Oregon and Idaho converged at what is fondly called “Da Beach” to compete for their share of over $75,000 in prize money. While Western BCA volunteers organized the event, Bad Boys Productions set up the 80 Diamond Pool Tables and tracked all results both on the paper brackets that lined the halls and the online brackets available at www.ctsondemand.com.  A moment of silence was held for former Western BCA volunteer Alex Stroup, who succumbed to lymphoma on May 28, 2011.  Many players who knew him well dedicated their performance to him.  Western BCA dedicated the tournament to his memory and extends their love to his family. The stage was set for the best competition in the Northwest. 

Forty-six teams signed up for Master Scotch Doubles and top prize was $1950.  With payouts only including the top of the field, competition was fierce.  The only restriction teams faced was that only one Grand Master was allowed per team.  In a race-to-6 format, alternating break, both teams needed to start out strong to increase their odds of victory.  

Out of the 46 teams, only one team had jointly claimed the title previously, and they were defending champions Mike Stevens and Cindy Doty.  After a fifth round loss to Glenn Atwell/Shari Ross, their hopes of a repeat performance were dashed by national grandmaster Dan Louie and 1st year regional master Jessica Orth.  Louie/Orth would go on to defeat their next opponents Seal/Olson, but then came up short when Atwell/Ross, fresh off their hot seat loss to Violette/Jensen, ground out a gutsy hill-hill nail biter to earn their spot in the final.  The first set of the final would also go hill-hill, but this time in favor of Violette/Jensen, who after earning their first titles as Masters, were surrounded by friends and fellow competitors in celebration of their brilliant breakthrough performance.

CINDERELLA SPOTLIGHT:  Both Leo Violette and Angela Jensen were playing in their first event as regional masters.  Leo won the Open A Singles and Angela took 4th place in the Women’s Open Singles at the Western BCA’s Regional 8 Ball Championships in March.  Neither player had any sort of expectations about their performance; however, the way in which they maintained their composure against some of the toughest players in the region, expect to see more titles to come their way.  Congratulations to you both!

Open Scotch Doubles featured 83 couples and a top prize of $1550.  The final four teams on the A side included McDonald/Adams, Coomes/Sleight, Desmarais/Pridgen, and Fenn/Karpins. Jackson McDonald and Robin Adams continued their strong play defeating Coomes/Sleight, while Fenn/Karpins defeated Desmarais/Pridgen.  McDonald/Adams then defeated Fenn/Karpins 5-1 to earn their spot in the final.  The final four teams on the B side included Anderson/Beach, Hostak/Morfin, Nguyen/Hughes, and Cadena/Wilson.  Hostak/Morfin advanced through the B side of the board, surviving three hill-hill matches and one 5-3 match to earn their shot at the title.  Jackson McDonald/Robin Adams had other plans as they defeated Dennis Hostak/Faith Morfin 5-0 in the first set to earn their first scotch doubles title. Great shooting! 

Seventy players signed up for Men’s Masters and top prize was $1250. Only eight players made it to the final board.  On the A side Clark Smith vs. Rick Copeland and Miguel Morfin vs. Eddie Carrido.  Rick and Eddie both continued on the A side to battle it out for the hot seat, which Eddie won 8-4. Dillon Standley defeated Miguel Morfin to earn a spot in the B side finals.  Rick, too, was determined to earn a rematch against Eddie, and ended up defeating Dillon 8-3 to play in his first Master singles final. Rick was shooting well and defeated Eddie in the first set of this true double elimination final.  He appeared to be in position to close out the second set as well; however, Rick sat on the hill, 7-3 in a race to 8, as Eddie rallied back to tie the set at 7.  With Eddie winning the flip for the second set, he would break in the final game.  Eddie broke and pocketed a ball.  With an extremely tough backcut on the 1, Eddie opted for a 1-9 carom shot on the 9, which he made to win the match and top prize.  

Thirty-seven ladies signed up in the Master division and the top prize was $950.  The final four ladies on the A side included Shawn Wolf vs. Susan Preston and Suzanne Smith vs. Jessica Orth.  Shawn and Suzanne defeated their opponents 7-5 and 7-3 to advance to the hot seat match, which Suzanne won in her closest match of the event 7-6.  The remaining ladies on the B side included Barb Thompson vs. Regene Lane (first time Western BCA participant) and Shari Ross vs. Jo Woodward.  Barb and Shari would continue in the event, defeating their opponents 7-4 and 7-3.  Barb would continue on to defeat Susan, and then Jessica (fresh off her win over Shari.)  The only thing in between Barb and another shot at a title was Shawn.  Shawn played great and defeated Barb 7-4 to earn a rematch against Suzanne in the final.  It was a true double elimination format, so Shawn would need to beat Suzanne twice.  Suzanne took an early 4-1 lead, but then faltered when a position error and a poorly executed safety allowed Shawn to get within 1 game.  At 4-3, Suzanne and Shawn exchanged racks, neither lady able to get an edge.  That 4th game was the last that Shawn would get, as Suzanne played consistently to run out the final two racks from the 5 and the 4 to earn her first Master Singles Title.

One hundred and eight players signed up in the Men’s Open A Division and top prize was $1000.  On the A side, Greg Odal played John Brown for the hot seat.  Both players had been shooting extremely well.  Greg survived three consecutive hill-hill matches prior to the A side final, while John had dispatched his opponents by a larger margin.  Greg shot with determination and sent John to the B side by a score of 7-3.  On the B side, Phong Nyugen played Roy Garza to earn a spot in the B side final.  Phong defeated Roy handily to advance.  Phong, who had received his first loss from Greg (hill-hill) a couple rounds earlier, then succumbed to John by the same score.  The final was a rematch of the hot seat, with a similar outcome.  Greg shot with great determination and focus defeating John in the first set, 7-2. Welcome to the Masters Division, guys!

One hundred and forty-four players entered the Men’s Open B Division and top prize was $750.  On the A side, match ups were Brent Kirschenmann vs. Chap Cook and Gary Lewis vs. Mayolo Munoz.  Brent and Gary defeated their opponents to square off for the hot seat.  Brent then defeated Gary 6-3 to earn his spot in the finals.  On the B side, Scott Perry played Paul Bennett and Larry Nathan played Dave Avegio.  Scott and Dave both advanced through their matches 6-2 and 6-5, respectively.  Chap and Mayolo were eager for redemption and handed Scott and Dave their walking papers 6-4 and 6-0.  Chap then defeated Mayolo 6-4 and Gary 6-5 to earn his spot in the final against Brent.  Brent was fiercely determined to earn the title and did not let Chap have a game in the first set, winning top prize by the score of 6-0.  Welcome to the Open A, gentlemen!

Ninety-eight ladies signed up for the Open event and top prize was $775. Topping the A side, Bernie Foster vs. Rebecca Easley and Kathy Stanley vs. Sara Moore fought to play for the point.  Rebecca and Kathy both survived hill-hill battles to earn a shot at the hot seat.  Both ladies shot well; however, Kathy edged out Rebecca 6-4.  On the B side, final board match ups included Julie Stallings vs. Michelle Hughes and Suwanna Kroll vs. Lynda Moore.  Michelle and Suwanna both defeated their opponents, and it seemed that momentum from their wins carried them through their next rounds, where Michelle defeated Sara and Suwanna defeated Bernie.  Michelle then played Suwanna and defeated her as well to earn a spot against Rebecca in the B side final.  Rebecca was hungry for a rematch with Kathy and defeated Michelle 6-3 to advance.  The first set of the final was an epic battle, when tied at 5-5, Kathy made the 9-Ball on the break to win the set and earn the title.  Great job ladies and welcome to the Masters!

Thirty-six men signed up for the Senior Singles event and the top prize was $440.  The A side final four include matchups of Owen Miller vs. Bill Ruddick and Vernon Joe vs. Mike Knight. Owen and Vernon both advanced through their matches 6-5 and 6-3, respectively.  Vernon shot with amazing intensity and defeated Mike 6-0 to earn a rematch in the final against Owen.  Owen, however, had plans of his own and with consistent shotmaking and safety play defeated Vernon 6-0 in the first set to earn his Senior Singles Title.  

The tournament finished off with the three team divisions: Women’s Team, Men’s/Mixed Team and a brand new division, Men’s/Mixed Open B Team. 

Men’s/Mixed Team started with 102 teams fighting for a $3,000 1st place payday.  Men’s/Mixed Teams are allowed 1 Master or Grand Master per team. Little Dutch Inn (Tim Desmarais, Clayton Foran and Nick Lopez) a team of all OPEN A players, punished many of those teams with a Master, on their way to an final 14-7 victory over Lloyd’s Team (Joe Landi, Brent Langley and Stan Tourangeau).  

The new division, Men’s/Mixed Open B Teams, featured 40 teams for its first time and Probable Cause (Dave Mackey, Jose Velasquez and David Zelany) started winning and never looked back. Facing team Egitserp (Prestige spelled backward–Paul Bennett, Brent Kirschenmann, Martin Seguin and Steve Kesting) in the finals, Probable Cause continued their streak defeating Egitserp 11-9, winning $825.  

The Women’s Team event whittled 48 teams down to the final 2 on Sunday. The Gatekeepers (Michelle Barkdoll, Faith Morfin, and Andrea Saenz-Maes) played strong and consistent to make their way to the finals. Like the Men’s Teams, the Open players in this final really stepped up their game; Andrea attributes their wins to Faith and Michelle. The Gatekeepers emerged victorious over Marco… (Shari Ross, Talya Makus, and Kathy Stanley), and earned $1,710 by beating them with a score of 11-7.

Grand Masters Challenge
The Grand Masters Challenge Division was created to give the top 8 men and women Grand Masters and Masters in Western BCA a tougher challenge with a Round-Robin format tournament. At this Regional event, the men played 10-Ball and the women played 9-Ball. The players played sets of 8 games, with the scores tallied at the end. After 3 days of stellar shooting and grueling safety battles, Liz Cole rose above the ladies’ field and Glenn Atwell topped the men’s division to capture the titles of Grand Masters Challenge Champions. 

It was Liz Cole who came out on top after the first day.  Her opponents noticed her exceptional play early on, with her amazing combos and awesome run-outs, and they knew she would definitely be the one to catch at the end. 2011 8-Ball GMC Champion Linda Carter came within 3 points of catching Liz, but was unable close the gap. In a show of gracious sportsmanship, Linda presented Liz with her beautiful glass Championship trophy. 

Likewise on the Men’s side, Glenn Atwell started out strong and never let up as he charged to his pending victory. His steady stroke, calm demeanor and deadly accuracy gave him a strong lead. Dan Louie, who won the Men’s GMC at the 2011 8-Ball Championships, made a valiant attempt to surpass Glenn in points, but fell short by 4 points. In an equally impressive example of sportsmanship, Dan Louie presented Glenn with his Championship trophy. 

Western BCA and all of the Grand Masters wish to thank Tiger for their sponsorship and generous donation of a cue stick for a raffle. Scott Virgin of Cherry City League won that raffle drawing. Congratulations Scott! And, Congratulations to our Grand Masters Champions, Liz Cole and Glenn Atwell!!  
Final Scores

Liz Cole–36
Linda Carter–33
Cindy Sliva–31
Cindy Doty–30
Josie LeRoy–25
Mary Hopkin–23
Andrea Saenz-Maes–23
Kimberly Kirk–23
       
Glenn Atwell–37
Dan Louie–33
Stan Tourangeau–30
Eddie Mataya–27
Rich Geiler–25
Steve Lingelbach–25
Don Wirtaman–25
Todd Marsh–22

All the players and winners at this event exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and competition. Congratulations to all the winners! For a more detailed version of this article and complete results, please visit www.westernbca.org. Western BCA looks forward to seeing you all next year at the 8-Ball Championships in March, 2012!