By Ken Coulter
The seventh stop on the 2013-2014 Pure X Cues All American Tour stop – presented by the American CueSports Alliance (ACS) – was showcased in the Snowbird Open #6 – at Q’s Sports Bar & Girl in Port Charlotte, FL – on Saturday, November 16. The $357-added, handicapped [Masters racing to 6/ Open racing to 4] 8-ball tourney on 7-foot Valley bar boxes drew 20 players.
The winner’s-side semifinals found Albert Baker [Master] (Port Charlotte, FL) defeating Odell Hosler (Port Charlotte, FL) 6-2, and Romadon Nichols (North Port, FL) losing to Bill Bloom (Sarasota, FL) 4-3.
On the one-loss side Will Smith of Fort Myers, FL was defeated by Steven Richmond [Master] (Fort Myers, FL) 6-0. In addition, Jake Neeley (Fort Myers, FL) lost to Kym Dyer [Master] (Venice, CA) 6-3. Romadon Nichols found himself on the winning side of the next match against [Master] Stephen Richmond 4-3, while [Master] Kym Dyer went on to defeat Odell Hosler 6-2. Nichols won the tough match 4-3 against [Master] Kym Dyer to compete for the one-loss finals.
Back on the winner’s-side [Master] Albert Baker was defeated by Bill Bloom 4-5, meaning Bloom took down the winner’s-side honors and would have to be beaten twice by the one-loss contender. The one-loss side finals pitted Romadon Nichols against [Master] Albert Baker which resulted in a 4-2 victory for Nichols and the opportunity to defeat Bloom twice for the title. The finals were controlled once again by the unstoppable Bloom in a first-match win of 4-2 to take first place honors!
By virtue of Bill Bloom also being the highest-finishing ACS member in the event, he qualified for a free 9-Ball singles entry into the 2014 Universal Cues ACS Nationals at the Tropicana Las Vegas – courtesy of the ACS. The Pure X Cue and Nick Varner case were won by James Hamilton of Port Charlotte, FL. The ACS wishes to thank sponsors Pure X Cues, Championship Billiard Fabric and Nick Varner Signature Cases for their support in donating “Value-In-Kind” product for this and all stops on the Pure X All American Tour. Sponsorship opportunities and tour stop openings are still available for the 2013/2014 All American Tour by contacting the ACS.
The Tour moves west over the Thanksgiving weekend for the annual $1,000-added “8-Ball Turkey Shoot” at Match-Ups in Fort Collins, CO on Saturday-Sunday, November 30-December 1 (contact Mike or Nicole Hellmer at 970-482-2337). Further information, entry details and schedules for the 2013/2014 Pure X Cues All American Tour are available at www.americancuesports.org.
1st Bill Bloom (Sarasota, FL) $587.00 + Free Singles entry to ACS Nationals
2nd Romadon Nichols (North Port, FL) $275.00
3rd Albert Baker (Port Charlotte, FL) $100.00
4th Kym Dyer (Venice, FL) $50.00