A Message From The President
At the USBA National Tournament (June 6-11), the USBA will honor a great supporter and lover of the game, the late Robert Byrne. As an author, scholar, historian, and player, he will be sorely missed. In his will, Bob demonstrated his love for Carom Billiards by bequeathing to the USBA his book and video collections and many of his literary papers, including the original manuscript of McGoorty: A Pool Room Hustler. It was Bob’s wish that the USBA would sell these items and use the proceeds to promote billiards.
To maximize Bob’s generosity, I have established a USBA Historical Committee, chaired by our secreatary Tom Paley. Tom has enlisted Dennis Dieckman to catalogue, market and auction all this material. After two-months of hard work, the catalogue is complete and available to anyone interested in owning a piece of history. The inventory also includes items leftover from the Carl Conlon Estate Auction, and items from Dennis’ personal collection, including cues, books and magazines.
To get a copy of this inventory, please email Dennis at . Please act quickly, as bidding has commenced. All monies collected will go to the USBA. Anyone else who would like to donate similar materials to help fund the USBA’s efforts to promote carom billiard, please get in touch with Dennis.
Finally, I am pleased to report that the USBA now has a team of dedicated members working on its behalf, and I am very excited for the future. We still need more people on the team. If you have a passion for the game and want to help, contact me personally. We want to hear your ideas on how to promote our beautiful sport.
USBA 3-Cushion National Championship - Confirmed Players
Who will be there - how did they get there?
The road to the USBA 3-Cushion National Championship can take many paths. To begin, all former title holders are automatically entered. Next, a series of qualifying events are held throughout the country, where one or more players can win paid entry into the event. In addition, anyone who participates in a qualifier tournament can enter the National Championship for a reduced entry fee. And finally, a player may elect to compete by paying the full entry fee, even right up to the day of the event (if there is space available.)
Players!: If you wish to enter the Nationals the entry fee is $500 (or $300 if you have played in any of the qualfier events listed below.) Make check payable to "USBA" and send to:
33 Players Confirmed So Far...
|Player||Qualifying Entry||Player||Qualifying Entry||Player||Qualifying Entry|
|Hugo Patino||2016 USBA Nat'l Champion||Tung Nguyen||Paid Entry||Doug Deitel||Paid Entry|
|Pedro Piedrabuena||8X USBA Nat'l Champion||Chris O'Brien||Paid Entry||Baldomero Tejeda||Paid Entry|
|Mazin Shooni||2006 USBA Nat'l Champion||Ramses Verlinden||Paid Entry||Pete Folsom||Paid Entry|
|Miguel Torres||2008 USBA Nat'l Champion||Tom Paley||SBE Qual Oaks PA||Gary Cohen||Paid Entry|
|Ertan Tarhan||Higgins Qual Tacoma WA||Ken Holstrom||SBE Qual Oaks PA||Jae Cho||2010 USBA Nat'l Champion|
|Robert Spicknall||Higgins Qual Tacoma WA||Peter Hull||SBE Qual Oaks PA||Paul Feltman Sr||Mancave Qual Tucson AZ|
|Camilo Medina*||Europa Qual Boynton Bch FL||Paul Frankel||SBE Qual Oaks PA||Paul Feltman Jr||Paid Entry|
|Carlos Ramos*||Europa Qual Boynton Bch FL||Frank Torres||4X USBA Nat'l Champion||John Fleming||Paid Entry|
|Tony Ferrara||Amazin Qual Malden MA||David Palmer||Paid Entry||Ho Sik Ahn||Hard Times Qual Burbank CA|
|Joe DeAmato||Amazin Qual Malden MA||Ahmet Ozan||Houston TX Qual||Vicke Pineda||Hard Times Qual Burbank CA|
|Craig Powers||Paid Entry||Hector Ocampo||Paid Entry||Mike Massey||Paid Entry|
* NOTE: Ellis Lawrence won the event at Europa Billiards but is unable to attend the Championship Tournament.
- Hits: 35
The amazing Mr. Mazin Shooni went undefeated in the prelims and the final round robin flights to win th Nationals Warm-Up Event at his club in Malden, Massachusetts. Pictured above (L to R): Joe DeAmato, Jose Pinto, Ellis Larence and Mazin Shooni.
- Hits: 302
Legendary trick shot artist Mike Massey has thrown his hat into the ring and will play in the 2017 USBA 3-Cushion National Championship. A four-time World Artistic Pool Champion, a two-time Snooker World Trick Shot Champion, and four-time Trick Shot Magic Champion, Massey has also excelled in eight-ball and nine-ball. He is no stranger to the pocket-less game, having played in a number of Three-Cushion Tournaments as well. (Video follows)
- Hits: 115
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.
- Hits: 135
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.
- Hits: 145
Ho Si Ahn (right, above) and Vicke Pineda (left, above) placed 1st and 2nd resepectively in the National Qualifier tournament held at Hard Times Billiards. Each player was awarded paid entry into the USBA 3-Cushion National Championship to be held in Tucson, Arizona June 6-11.
- Hits: 166
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.
- Hits: 325
The USBA National Qualifying Tournament held at Goodays Billiards In Houston Texas on April 9 ended in dramatic fashion, with Ahmet Ozan defeating Jorge Gonzalez 25-24 to win entry into the USBA 3-Cushion National Champioship. Players pictured above (L to R) Doug Deitel, Ahmet Ozan, Jorge Gonzalez and Jay Karahan