Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Texas Open Players Tour, soon to be know as Southwest Amateur Tournaments, hosted their Texas Open II at the Amarillo Convention Center in Amarillo, TX, Nov 2-4th.

Playing under The Southwest Eight Ball League and the New BCA Pool League Rule Book, 88 players in all drove from as far afield as Colorado and Oklahoma to compete. And let's not forget Texas. San Antonio, Austin, Odessa, Dallas-Ft Worth were well represented as 20 Scotch double teams, 22 women and 64 Men played their hearts out on the Diamond 7 Smart Tables decked with Simonis 860 Tournament Blue cloth. Tight, Pro cut 4-1/2 pockets and Red Circle cue balls with Super Aramith Pro balls comprised the best equipment in tournament play today. The new BCAPL table lights, complete with scoring beads, kept track of the action.

Men’s division-Matt Valdez of Colorado made it worth the visit as he conquered Dallas' Clay Renfro in the finals from a field of 64 men. Jim Ryan, also from the Dallas The Southwest Eight Ball League, welcomed third.

1st--$576, 2nd--$432, 3rd--$346.

1st, 3rd & 2nd Matt Valdez, Jim Ryan, Clay Renfro.JPG

Women’s division--Our congratulations to Nina Stillwell from the Metro Pool League of Arlington, Twila Horne from Odessa/Permian Basin Pool Players League, and Kellie Beard from the Amarillo Lone Star Eightball League who finished first thru third.

1st--$290, 2nd--$245, 3rd--$165.

1st, 3rd & 2nd Nina Stillwell, Kellie Beard, Twilla Honne.JPG

Billy Payne and Toby Stogner from Amarillo, Anthony Cangelosi and A. Hathaway from Oklahoma City, and Champ Massongill and Kim Larson from Odessa shared honors in Scotch Doubles.

1st--$240, 2nd--$180, 3rd--$120.

1st Place Payne-Stogner.JPG

2nd Place Cangelosi-Hathaway.JPG

3rd Place Massongill-Larson.JPG

Lance Sullivan from the Dallas Southwest Eightball League won the 2nd Chance Cue tournament sponsored by Southwest Amateur Tournaments.

Cue Winner-Lance Sullivan.JPG

Up coming events at the E-Center in Harker Heights, TX next year  will add two new divisions -- MASTERS and SENIORS.  Dates are slated for Feb. 8-10th, July 18-20th, Oct. 17-19th, and a 9-ball event, Nov. 27-29.


Entry forms and more details are available on www.sw8ball.org or www.playbaca.com websites.

Texas Open Players Tour

Texas Open Players Tour, August 3-5. Grapevine, Texas

It's a long drive from Vegas to Grapevine, Texas but, the good news is, it gets cooler. Delivering a truck full of 7 foot Smart Tables, and then installing them to pool player perfection, is all in a days work for Ric Jones, Diamond's mechanic on a mission.

150 plus, pumped-up BCAPL, VNEA & APA members were soon to arrive and compete in 3 divisions: Men's, Women's, and Mixed Scotch Doubles. Ric's team was on deadline to convert the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center into an ocean of Tour Blue Simonis 860 covering the 7' Diamonds and their tournament standard, tight, 4-1/2" Pro cut pockets. Red Circle cue balls and Super Aramith Pro balls round out the best equipment known to tournament play today. The new BCAPL tournament lights, complete with built in scoring beads, make it easy for competitors, and their fans, to keep track of the action.

Grapevine is just 5 minutes north of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center hotel overlooks a tall, cascading fountain on a lake nestled in 40 forested acres--not exactly your average pool tournament venue.

Local BCA Pool League Operator Robert Tabor garnered state-wide competitive, pool playing men and women who grabbed at the chance for a weekend away to hone their pool skills, and enjoy the services and amenities expected of a top vacation resort. Where else can you enjoy a post match cool down with a dive into a lake, or mellow out with your other pole and indulge in a spot of fishing? Sigel and Hall would have loved it.

This is the first year of the Texas Open Players Tour. The first event was in Houston last June. Grapevine is the second stop of three scheduled for 2007.

The Texas tour is, undoubtedly, destined for success. 110 Men signed on in the Open Singles. There were 63 Mixed Scotch Doubles teams which accounted for more than half the field being women. 44 decided to go it alone and vie for the women's title.

Our thanks to all who participated and congratulations to those who placed, and of course, our winners.


1st Place: Ashley Nandrasy - Metro Pool League (METRO) Arlington, TX / Southwest Eight-Ball League: (SWEL) Dallas, TX / 8-Ball Express Aubrey, TX
2nd Place: R L Casper - Southwest Eight-ball League (SWEL) Dallas, TX (Not Pictured)
3rd Place: Annie Doyle - Austin Pool Players League (A.P.P.L.E.) Austin, TX



Mixed Scotch Doubles
1st Place: Richard and Patricia Wenninger - West Texas Billiards Mineral Wells, TX
2nd Place: Jeff Georges and Christine Powell - Southwest Eight-Ball League (SWEL) Dallas, TX



1st Place: Miguel (Mike) Jackson - Metro Pool League (METRO) Arlington, TX
2nd Place: Tony Ewart - Metro Pool League (METRO) Arlington, TX
3rd Place: Curtis Gage - Metro Pool League (METRO) Arlington, TX (Not Pictured)



Take note, one thing is for sure, don't mess with the men of Arlington.

For those who spent too much time fishing instead of practicing, the Texas Open Players Tour offered a 2nd Chance Single Elimination 9-Ball Tournament. Our congratulations to Tom Wilerson - Southwest Eight-Ball League (SWEL) Sherman, TX on his 1st place finish.

The next stop of the Texas Open Players Tour is in the Ambassador Hotel. Amarillo, Texas, November 2-4. See you there.

Need a tournament near you? Call Ric Jones at 702.719.7665 or visit playbca.com
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