A Letter to the USBA and its Members
I remember many years ago following a 3 Cushion National Championship tournament I felt inclined to pen a letter to the then tournament director out of appreciation for a job well done.
I am moved today to do something similar.
The 2017 version of the 3 Cushion National Championship has just concluded at the Casino Del Sol Resort in Tucson, Arizona. What a setting!! There were 35 players, a few spectators and a dedicated group of USBA enthusiasts running the show. The staff at the Del Sol Resort was magnificently accommodating and much credit must go to their CFO Paul Feltman Jr. who by the way has upped his 3 cushion prowess and will be a force in upcoming events.
It takes many people to coordinate and make a success of an event of this size and stature, but I’d be remiss if I were not to acknowledge and show my personal appreciation to the one person who truly is responsible for the entire concept to come to fruition. That would be the USBA’s current President, Mazin Shooni. Together with Paul Feltman Jr, they had a dream. They had to have worked tirelessly to make that first week of tournaments happen in January of 2017 and then push through the all the challenges and continue on with their desire to give the National Championship a fitting setting and stage. And succeed they did.
New equipment, excellent lighting, comfortable and elegant surroundings, amenities galore at one’s fingertips, relatively inexpensive hotel accommodations, exemplary service and a week of ease and comfort where all a player had to do was play.
My experience tells me that every tournament has its detractors. And although they were present here, they were considerably outnumbered by appreciative happy players.
The 2017 Nationals had its drawbacks, but every tournament has a glitch or two. This was the first in this setting and I’m totally confident that Mazin Shooni will welcome feedback and input from players and combine it with what he knows to make the 2018 version of the National Championship that much better.
So a sincere ‘thank you’ to Mazin Shooni, Paul Feltman Jr and all the other people involved in making this event a welcoming and successful one. I and many others I assure you, look forward to the 2018 National Championship.
- Written by Mazin Shooni
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Pedro Piedrabuena is our new champion for 2017 after impressing players and spectators alike at the USBA 3-Cushion National Championship with a nearly flawless performance. Undefeated throughout the preliminaries and the finals, Pedro demonstrated a world-class skill and concentration at the table that was inspiring. Whether facing a C-Player or a top player, Pedro brought his A-Game to every match. We are extremely proud that he will be representing us at the 2017 UMB World Championship to be held November 1-5 in La Paz, Bolivia.
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On Thursday, June 8 the USBA paid tribute to one of 3-Cushion's legends - player, author and raconteur Bob Byrne. On hand at the event were all the players in the National Championship who were joined by Bob's wife Cindy and many friends who traveled to the Casino Del Sol Resort in Tucson to join in the gala. Pete Folsom served as Master of Ceremonies, and POVPool created a tribute video which was played on the big screen for all the guests to enjoy. Video links and pictures follow.
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The official number was 35. That's how many players were destined to arrive at the Casino Del Sol Resort in Tucson, Arizona for the 2015 USBA 3-Cushion National Championship. The field included 2016 winner Hugo Patino and five former champions: Pedro Piedrabuena, Mazin Shooni, Miguel Torres, Jae Hyung Cho and Frank Torres.
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The fourth annual Parker Hess Memorial 3-Cushion Billiard Tournament was held at the Ashland, Oregon Elks Lodge on May 5 - 7, 2017. Aided by a donation of $1,000.00 to the prize fund from Bob Tracy and a 50% match from the USBA, we were able to attract a full field of 24 players for the first time in several years. Story, pictures and link to complete charts follows.
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Towson, Maryland (May 10, 2017) - The United States Billiard Association (USBA) is proud to introduce McDermott Cue as an official cue sponsor of the USBA.
“We are very excited to begin this new partnership with McDermott,” said USBA president Mazin Shooni. “McDermott is one of the top cue-makers in the world. Their recent debut of a cue line designed specifically for carom billiards made McDermott a natural fit to partner with us and promote the game.” The USBA is the governing body for the sport of carom billiards in the United States holding the annual 3-cushion national championship and sending players to International events around the world. As a non-profit organization, the USBA relies on sponsors like McDermott for their generous support.
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The 2017 Mike Kelley Memorial Tournament was held April 28-30 at Jake's Game Room in Marshalltown, Iowa. This year John Jacobson came out on top ahead of former USBA National Champion George Ashby. See our re-cap and image gallery that follows.
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Current and 3-time USBA National Champion Hugo Patino and 8-time USBA National Champion Pedro Piedrabuena have been selected to represent the Confederacion Panamericana de Billar (CPB) and the United States in the upcoming World Games. The event is scheduled to take place in Wroclaw, Poland July 20-30, 2017. This is the first time the United States has qualified to participate in this event.