The WPBA is pleased to announce that it has filled three open seats on the WPBA board of directors. The board appointed Dawn Hopkins, Stuart Mattana and Cristina De La Garza.
Hopkins, former WPBA President and currently a WPBA exempt player, is also a successful entrepreneur. She is busy organizing her first billiards expo in Atlanta this fall. “My time these days is restricted, but I want to help this new board succeed, which is why I volunteered to serve in a limited and temporary role,” Hopkins said.
Known to many in the billiards industry, Stuart Mattana returns to the board for a third time. Mattana has been around professional pool as a fan and in official capacities for more than thirty years. Now retired, this time Mattana has been specifically asked to bring his 28 years of experience in the financial industry to the WPBA. “His command of accounting and financial issues in these tough economic times is crucial as we move forward,” noted WPBA Vice-President Tamre Geene’ Rogers.
The Board also appointed newcomer Cristina De La Garza, a newly exempt WPBA player. De La Garza works with Inside Pool magazine and is an experienced commentator on streamed pool events. More importantly, De La Garza has non-profit experience in her former role as Associate Director for a local non-profit in Austin. She currently works as a program coordinator for the State Bar of Texas. “I’m looking forward to doing my part to bring more events to the WPBA and my fellow players,” De La Garza said.
The board thanks each of these individuals for their commitment to the WPBA. The WPBA is especially grateful to players Hopkins and De La Garza, who are sacrificing personal time by putting the organization ahead of their own professional billiards goals.
May 6th – 9th, 2010–The Viking Cue – Olhausen Billiard Classic Tour was hosted by The Green Room in Jackson, MS. The event drew in 109 entries and paid out $19,390 to the players that rose to the top of the fields.
The event kicked off on Thrusday night with the 1-Pocket Tournament and finished up early Monday morning with the finals of the 9-Ball Tournament. Players were afforded many opportunities to make it into the cash as the event offered $1000 Added 1 Pocket on Thrusday, $400 Added 10-Ball Tournament on Friday night, $3000 Added 9-Ball Tournament on Saturday and two separate 9-Ball Mini Tournaments ($400 Added and $200 Added) on Sunday.
Cliff Joyner would take the lead in the race to 5 and win the 1-Pocket event by defeating Billy Young 5-4 in the finals on Friday night.View the brackets for this event by clicking here.
1st Cliff Joyner $1400
2nd Billy Young $800
3rd Danny Smith $480
5/6th Jason Evans / Nick Vita $150 each
Friday nights 10-Ball Tournament would be won by Daniel “Lil D” McKenney as he made his way thru the bracket undefeated to claim first.
Saturday would kick off the Viking Cue Olhausen Billiards Classic Tour 9-Ball Event. The event format was a race to 13 on both sides of the chart. Players from around the region vyed for their shot at the first place prize moneys with a payout of over $12,000 the serious billiards came out in all that entered the tournament. Gary Abood would be the last man standing as he defeated Nick Vita in the first set of the double elmination format that is standard on all of the Viking Cue Olhausen Billiards Classic Tour events. The upsets were plentiful thru out the weekend as players that were expected to make their way to the finals would fall out of the tournament short of the money.View the full brackets by clicking here.
1st Gary Abood $ 4500
2nd Nick Vita $2700
3rd Benny Conway $1700
4th Daniel McKenney $1200
5/6th Justin Bergman / Chuck Raulston $700 each
7/8th Josh Hillard / Billy Young $200 each
9/12th Danny Smith / Herman Quarles / Jason Evans / John “Rerun” Lacy $150 each
Sunday’s $400 Added and $200 Added 9-Ball Mini Tournaments were both won by Gary Lutman. Gary defeated Paul Dodge 5-0; Chris Viator 5-1; Dean Burkhammer 5-0; and Justyn Cone in the first set of the double elimination format in the $400 Added event. Gary took home $400 for 1st place win, Justyn cone received $240 for 2nd place.
Lutman defeated Brock Freeman , Danny Smith and Johnny Sparks to take first in the $200 added Mini 9-Ball Tournament Sunday night. Lutman took home $260 for 1st place. Johnny Sparks received $100 for 2nd place.
Live Streaming for this event was provided by The Big Truck Show. You can view additional videos by clicking here to go to the showpage.
The Viking Cue – Olhausen Classic Tour staff would like to thank The Green Room in Jackson, MS owner Truett Hawkins, manager Zach Boyd and it’s staff for hosting this event. We will be off next weekend but look forward to see you all at Classic Billiards in Conyers, GA for The Viking Cue “Handicapped” Tour’s $1500 Added event. Click here for more information on this event and to print a flyer.