The South Orange County APA will be sending three 8-ball doubles teams (The 1st and 2nd Place teams from the qualifier tournament and the Fall Doubles League Division Winner)) to Vegas during the National Team Championships in August...GOOD LUCK TO ALL TEAMS!
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Here are the results of the 8-Ball Doubles Qualifier held at Coconuts Cafe on Monday, May 31...
($100 entry + $70 cash):
Steve Styck & Patrick McElligott
($100 entry + $30 cash):
Ben MacGregor & Matt Lee
3rd Place ($30 cash):
Bill Toy & Chantel Osuna
Diana Nunn, Franco Blanchard, Dana Shinpo
August 15-23, 2008
Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
The first South County APA team to kick off the 2008 APA Team Nationals was Alter Ego, the team of Meghan Knox and Bill Toy. Their first match started on Friday, 8/15 at noon. The race to four games went back and forth with both teams reaching the "hill" with the seventh and deciding game making it a great match to watch. It looked as though Alter Ego would get another chance at the table as their opponents were up against a tough shot. Unfortunately they were able to pull it off and get out of the rack, defeating Alter Ego 4-3. Alter Ego’s next match was another back and forth battle, again going to the hill only to watch their opponent run out...maybe next year.
Hail No! (who plays out of the Shooters host location), based on the number of teams and their final standings of 65th place, probably finished the strongest of the South Orange County teams. Going five rounds, they won their first two matches, then lost one, won another and then lost their final match around 4 a.m. on Sunday night/Monday morning. Hail No started off strong by winning the first two rounds fairly easily. Round 3 was a little different though as they did not have their best game but still gave it a fight. Being part of a single modified elimination tournament gave Hail No another bite at the apple. Round 4 they again gained there swagger to pull off the victory and head to an 11 p.m. match up that eventually ended their incredible run.
The Masters event is a non-skill level race to 7 (each individual match). Once your team reaches a point total that your opponents cannot reach, the match is over. Seven Out (Doug Masiero, Isaac Wooten, Chris Nicholas) started the tournament strongly only having to play 2 of the 3 players. The next round required all 3 players to step up and they did. Chris, who did not shoot the first round thanks to his teammates, showed why he was anchoring this strong team as he easily defeated his opponent. The next round the team faced a strong team and were unable to pull off the win. Fortunately they were playing in a modified single format which gave them another chance. Moving to the next matchup this also went 3 rounds but team Seven Out was too strong for their opponent and pulled out the victory. In what would be their final round, Seven out fought every rack but was unable to overcome the other team. Finishing in 33rd place Seven Out proved worthy in their first appearance on the Masters stage.
Flatt Out (a.k.a. Mother Buckers) came out of the gate with a Round 1 schedule starting Monday night. Vince Newlan started the team off with a victory giving them a 1-0 lead. Next up was the captain Josh Flatt who struggled at first against a strong player but eventually fought back only to come up a little bit short. Tied 1-1 Jared Linge lost his match to the other team’s captain. Down 2-1 Flatt Out looked to Will Borden to keep hope alive but against some unfortunate rolls, Flatt Out lost their 3rd match which put them in a “do or die” match the next round. Again they started out strong as James Haslip rocked his opponent with a break and run to wrap up his match. Up next was Jonathan Higginson who played a relaxed and controlled game which proved most true when he nailed a full table 8-ball that sweetly rolled into the pocket. Eli Veach was up next against a very strong 5 and they had a back and forth match but in the end Eli’s opponent squeaked this one out. In the 4th match the team looked again to Will, losing no faith in his ability to close things out as he has done before. Against another 5 the game went back and forth but on a much needed 8-ball and some sharking by the other team Will calmly sank the final 8-ball keeping his team alive in the tournament. Playing again at 6 pm there was little rest to be had. In what would be their final NTC match Vince, Jonathan, Doug, Will and James gave everything they had and came up a game short to continue in the tournament.
A little bit after 12 PM, Liza flipped the coined and the games were on. The boys posted first and came out of the gate with a big gun in John Morrin (SL 6); and the girls countered with Diana Nunn (SL 4). The match was closer than some thought as John started off slowly but pulled off the tough win. In Match 2, the girls posted heavy hitter Ginger Amalong (SL 6) in an even race vs. Jeff Youschak (SL 6). Although Ginger got a break-n-run and got to the hill first, Jeff pulled it out after being motivated by an “Uh-Oh. Somebody got beat by a girl!” sticker that girlfriend Krystal smacked on his butt. The boys were winning 2-0, and Match 3 was “make or break” for the girls. Meghan Knox (SL 4) pulled off a 4-2 race win over Sam Bernal (SL 2), giving the girls life. In Match 4, Liza Gazmen (SL 6) vs. Anthony DeRosa (SL 3) entered a 5-2 race, which looked to be one sided as Liza won the first 4 games to get on the hill. But Anthony held strong to win the next 2 games and pull off the victory to give the 8-ball round to the guys.
The Top Gun Tournaments are the session-ending tournaments in both 8-ball and 9-ball formats, where players who participated throughout weekly team play have a chance to compete individually and be named the Top Gun.
The 9-Ball LTC was also a 2-day event, with the dramatic final match taking approximately four hours as it went to the 5th match after a 2-2 tie to decide a winner. The Hail No! team (consisting of captain Jim Stanley, Greg Stanton, Stan Wylazlowski, Evan Huck, Vicki Beasley, David Holder, Daryl Richardson and Kimberly Pelton) competed not only in the first round but also in the final match against the Ides of March team (consisting of captain Josh Pavy, Cesar Brandes, Kevin Miller, Jaan Mannik, Ricardo Brandes, Diana Nunn, Robert Perdomo and Chantel Osuna).
(April 26, 2008) Blue Dolphin Restaurant & Billiards, Dana Point – Three- and four-person teams in South OC APA competed in a non-skill-level tournament for a spot in the 2008 Masters Championship. Each team match was the best of 3, with individual matches competing in a race to 7, using the US Amateur format (combination 8-Ball and 9-Ball). Erik Lentz, Doug Masiero, Chris Nicholas and Isaac Wooten will be representing the South OC APA this summer from August 18-20 in Las Vegas! The Masters Championship is held in conjunction with the annual National Team Championships (NTC). For more information, visit https://www.poolplayers.com/masters_championship.html.
Any Given Tuesday
Congratulations, Blue Dolphin!
(L to R) Nathan Igo (captain), Kimberly Pelton, Chris Igo, Ryan Buist, Adam Fukushima, Richard Yarnall
Kellie's Heroes - 2nd Place
(L to R) Al "Patches" Patch (captain), Tim Nedden, Ron Beard, Kellie Prelitz, Ron Rodriguez, Stuart Dahlquist
Playoff Winner: Shooters
Playoff Runner-up: Blue Dolphin
Division Winner: Blue Dolphin
Division Runner-up: Hail Cesar
Qualifier: Cheap Q's
We were able to raise $547, which will be matched for a total of $1100, donated to CHOC Cancer Institute (www.choc.org) on behalf of Joshua Guillzza and Stacey.
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South Orange County #1
9th Place - $450
South Orange County #2
5th Place - $750
8-Ball SL 4-5
1st Place - $160
8-Ball SL 4-5-6
3rd Place - $40
Scott Johnson/Eli Veach
9-Ball Scotch Doubles Open
1st Place - $320
Local Qualifier boards were also run for qualification into Singles Regional. Scott Johnson won his board and will be playing in the Fall for a chance to advance to the 2008 National Singles Championship. Good luck!
The 9-Ball Southwest Challenge will be held in Vegas in October. This is a 3-person event with a team Skill Level cap of 15. Start thinking about forming your team and save your slot!
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