Singles Regional Results: Four more of our players advance to Vegas in April to compete for $15,000 1st place prize PER TIER! That’s FIVE 1st place winners possible! Jose Salas, 6, Joliet advances into the 9Ball Shootout (beating Ritchie Idrovo in the finals). In the 8ball Classic is Jimmy Porcelli, 7 from St. Charles (beating his friend Brad Smirich in the finals), Jeff Turner, 6 from Lockport and Ryan Dodge, 5 from Joliet. Also playing are Jeff Sergent, 7 from Joliet and Jason Palacios, 5 from Lockport, who qualified in the October Regional. Good luck to all of you! Have a great time! Who will bring home the money? Watch the APA Facebook Fan page for updates on their status, Apr 24-27th.
Jack ‘N Jill Vegas Results: Jaime Guajardo and Amber Kwasigroch from Joliet; won the Jack 'N Jill National Singles Championship.
New tournament locations: 9Ball Citywide. Each year the 9ball Citywide has been held at a pool hall, but when Q Billiards removed several tables, we were forced to look elsewhere. While Pockets in Crestwood is an option, there are too many issues to return there. We hope that Arlington Lanes will solve that problem. With 16 Diamond tables (we only need 12), there will be quality table conditions, which needs to be the top priority. We have negotiated a very reasonable green fee, saving you money. It’s easy to find, there’s 3 nearby, reasonable hotels, reasonable food and drink prices, and it’s only a 2 day event. (a final match may be necessary on Sunday but will be played locally).
The Summer Challenge will be held at the Wyndham in Lisle, Sept 20-21. We used this hotel several years ago for Shoot Faced tournaments and are happy to go back. Conveniently located on the exit of Naper Blvd and I-88. I’ve acquired a very reasonable rate for such a nice hotel.
Summer Session is the best opportunity to qualify for Citywide in both 8ball and 9ball. More Top Point to Citywide teams due to larger divisions, and a shorter session, saving you money on dues. While a lot of teams and players take off the summer session, with good reason…. vacations, other sports, or just a break… you still want a night out with your friends and a cold beer in a cool bar. With the addition of the playing-twice-rule (Kane and Kendall summers only), you can keep the team together, rotating your players out for vacations and summer events. Why not keep it in mind this year?
Vegas APA News 2014 and 2015: A few changes. The APA events will remain at the Riviera Resort and Casino. There was talk of a new location, but for many good reasons, 2014 and 2015 will be held at the Riviera. ALSO, both Vegas Doubles events will be moved from August to April, held during the Singles Championships, and the Jack ‘N Jill event will be moved from April to August, during the team event. ALSO, a Ladies Only pre-registered event will be added to the August event. More details to follow, but it’s a 3 person format, limit 13 handicap points. This should make some ladies happy. Watch for more Vegas news on the APA Buzz emails, the APA magazine, Facebook and on our local site.
Top Gun \ Top Gal tournament will be held Sunday, June 2nd at the Doubletree in Alsip. Reminder that a runner up to a current Top Gun champion from the summer and\or fall sessions would also qualify for the award and tournament invitation. A list of current winners is posted on the local site. Limited to two winners per division. This does not apply to Top Gals. Remember, there will no longer be a Summer Top Gun \ Top Gal tournament. Those winners advance to the Fall event held in January.
Patches… new offer. After so many years of collecting patches, some of you may want something new. I heard of a “trade in” program from my fellow league operator in DuPage. (I’m not above stealing ideas and Joe doesn’t mind). Trade in 20 of the same type of patch (8B, 9B, B&R, Rackless) in exchange for a cute, crystal trophy. I think you’ll like it. (I’m like trying to keep the trophies different). So… if you have a bunch just lying around, let me know.
Thanks for your continued support and participation. Please call or contact me with any questions or comments
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