- Published on Sunday, 10 August 2014 14:06
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Thanks to Merrill Hughes, our Treasurer and Board Member we have a glimpse into what we all hope is the next generation of three-cushion players and the future of the game.
Meet Luca Tomassetti an 11 year old 6th grader who loves to have a cue in his hand. Luca hails from Pittsburgh PA and even at his young age has shown great enthusiasm and skill in the sport of three-cushion billiards. Luca started playing three cushion billiards not too long ago and has generated interest from older players wherever he goes. He was recently given a chance to demonstrate his skills having been sponsored by master mechanic Yura K Ra to play in the 2014 Verhoeven Open Tournament at the Carom Cafe in Flushing New York. That’s right, the USBA’s premier International event - the Verhoeven Open - where some of the top 3 cushion players in the world assemble each year.
When arriving at Carom Café in New York, Luca was an immediate topic of conversation. As many of the players began to notice this young man at the tables, they readily welcomed him into the mix. Luca was usually the first one in the room and was constantly practicing every chance he had. He even received some tips from top players as they gravitated to this fearless and engaging young man. He is definitely a welcome addition to our game.
Luca has already proven himself to be an outstanding young player who displays poise, respect and a good understanding of the game. His week at Carom Café was capped with him on the receiving end of a very generous gift from Ira Lee, who presented Luca with a brand new Molinari Cue. Luca put his old cue away and started using his new gift and stayed with it until the end. We know Luca will treasure both the memories and that wonderful cue forever.
As a retired school teacher, Merrill Hughes has had years of first hand experience with youth and sports. It is Merrill's opinion that Luca Tomassetti displays all the best attributes of a fine young man with a very bright future in both sports and his life. We should all be thankful young Luca has shown such great interest in three cushion billiards. Let us hope and work toward seeing more of him and more like him as the years go by.
The USBA is proud to have Luca as a member and we believe he is a great role model for others. The game needs to see more youth involved and we hope Luca is the start of a campaign that recruits more young players of both sexes to billiards. Luca, we thank you for carrying yourself like a seasoned veteran at the Verhoeven Open and we look forward to observing the influence you might have in encouraging other youth of America to learn the game. As Luca shines, the future certainly looks bright for billiards.
- Published on Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:32
Twenty-four players participated in the Third Annual Marti Tracy Memorial 3-Cushion Billiard Tournament, held for the first time at the Ashland Elks Lodge in Ashland, Oregon. (Previously this tournament had been held at the Medford Elks Lodge just 15 miles way.) Just like the two previous Tracy tournaments, this was a USBA B/C Tour event, with separate prizes for B and C tournament winners. This time, there were enough players falling in the C+ category that we had separate finals and prizes for both the C players and for C+ players. In all, we had 10 B players and 14 C players, 7 each of C's and C+'s. The B players participated in one large round robin flight, with the top three finishers winning the trophies and cash prizes. For the C players, we divided them into two mixed flights of C+ and C players, with the top two C+ finishers from each flight playing in a four-person C+ round robin final, and also the top two C finishers from each flight playing in a separate 4-person C round robin final. Scores from the games with the other finalists from the same flight were carried over into the finals, so finalists only had to play against the two finalists from the other preliminary fight.
- Published on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 18:53
Torbjorn Blomdahl Takes Top Honors
The 2014 New York tournament is over and Torbjorn Blomdahl of Sweden is the winner. Blomdahl defeated Eddie Merckx of Belgium in the last game of the 8-man round robin finals to cement the victory. Blomdahl was the most consistent in the finals winning all seven of his games to go undefeated and averaging more than two in all games but one. His grand average of 2.188 was also tops. Frederic Caudron who came in third had the best game of 3.636 and high run of 17, but was eliminated with three losses to Blomdahl. Merckx and Ly The Vinh of Vietnam. Dick Jaspers was fourth ahead of Vinh in a disappointing effort for his fans.The remainder of the final 8 are Huberney Catano, Sameh Sidholm and Alexander Salazar.
The complete result charts for the qualification rounds, the semifinal rounds and the final rounds are posted in the gallery. You will also find the official final rankings based on tie-breaker rules in the gallery. For all the results check out the Gallery here: 2014 Verhoeven Open Charts and Pictures
- Published on Friday, 27 June 2014 09:22
Fifth Dubuque Open Holds Surprises
The fifth annual three-cushion billiard tournament held at the Masonic Temple in Dubuque ended Sunday afternoon with two Chicago-area players taking the top two spots. The winner was Brian Haff, making his first appearance in the Dubuque event. Second was Eric Spencer, who finished fourth last year.
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