Maresca Undefeated at Legends Sports Bar

Tony Maresca (1st), Jim Baker (3rd) and Will Kohl (2nd))”](PHOTO description:  [L-R] Tony Maresca (1st), Jim Baker (3rd) and Will Kohl (2nd))The thirty-fifth stop on the 2009-2010 Lucasi Hybrid All American Tour (produced by the American CueSports Alliance – ACS) was produced in Clinton, IA, on Saturday, March 20.  The $500 added event featured a full 32-player field in a double-elimination 9-ball format on 7-foot bar boxes.  Tony Maresca (Clinton, IA) [rated a “6” on a regional handicapping system used] won the A-side bracket, including a “hill-hill” semifinals win over Tommy Fuller (Davenport, IA) [5] 6-4 and a “hill-hill” finals win over Jim Baker (Camanche, IA) [5] 6-4.  On the B-side Will Kohl (DeWitt, IA) [5] and Keith Helfrich (Dixon, IL) [6] ousted Will Thomsen (DeWitt, IA) [5] 5-4 and Woody Van Kampen (Fulton, IL) [6] 6-2 at 7th place respectively.  Kohl then eliminated Tommy Fuller at 5th place by a 5-4 margin, where Fuller was tied with Keith Helfrich, who fell at the hands of Ray Fredericksen (Clinton, IA) 5-2.  Kohl then ended Ray Fredericksen’s run at 4th place, 5-2, and in the next match Kohl gained an entrance to the finals courtesy of Will’s win over Jim Baker 5-3.  The tourney finals ended in one set, as Tony Maresca remained undefeated, clipping Will Kohl 5-3 for the title!

The ACS wishes to thank sponsors Lucasi Hybrid Cues, Championship Billiard Fabric, Nick Varner Signature Cases, Ozone Billiards and Pool Cue Guru for their support in donating “Value-In-Kind” product for this and all stops on the Lucasi Hybrid All American Tour. All entries in the Tour are also entered into a drawing in June for $950-$1,000 Lucasi Hybrid Cues, courtesy of Ozone Billiards.  Sponsorship opportunities and tour stop openings are still available for the 2009/2010 All American Tour by contacting the ACS.

The Tour moves south to Port Charlotte, Florida, on Saturday, April 10, for a $500-added 8-ball stop at Q’s Sports Bar & Girl (contact Ken Coulter at 941-585-9600), and west to Portland, OR, on the same weekend (April 9-11), for the $1,500-added “Memorial 9-Ball Tournament” at the Nite Hawk (contact Bill Mildenberger Jr. at 503-285-7177). Further information, entry details and schedules for the 2009/2010 Lucasi Hybrid All American Tour are available at www.americancuesports.org.

Final Results:

1st Tony Maresca (Clinton, IA)                $335 + $90 side pot

2nd Will Kohl (DeWitt, IA)                      $225 + $60 side pot

3rd Jim Baker (Camanche, IA)                 $160 + $35 side pot

4th Ray Fredericksen (Clinton, IA)          $100 + $15 side pot

5-6th Tommy Fuller (Davenport, IA)           $65 + Free Singles entry to ACS Nationals

Keith Helfrich (Dixon, IL)                 $65

7-8th Will Thomsen (DeWitt, IA)                $45

Woody Van Kampen (Fulton, IL)

9-12th Crist Aiardo (Moline, IL)                   $25

Don Sager (Clinton, IA)

Frank DeCastecker (Moline, IL)

Rocky Mickelson (Savannah, IL)

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Duncan Kaufman Wins Weston Cue Club

ACS Presents Lucasi Hybrid All American Tour Results from Weston Cue Club


L-R) Andy Nikolai (3rd), Rob Hovick (2nd) and Duncan Kaufman (1st)

L-R) Andy Nikolai (3rd), Rob Hovick (2nd) and Duncan Kaufman (1st)

The twentieth stop of the 2009-2010 Lucasi Hybri All American Tour (produced by the American CueSports Alliance – ACS) was hosted in Wausau, WI, atWeston Cue Club.  The $500 added event featured an 18-player field in a double-elimination 8-ball format on 7-foot Valley bar boxes.  Rob Hovick (Marshfield, WI) captured the hot seat with featured wins over Bill Sorensen (Medford, WI) in the A-side semifinals 5-0 and Duncan Kaufman (Sauk City, WI) 5-3 in the A-side finals. Kaufman had earlier knocked off Andy Nikolai (Merrill, WI) to make the A-side finals.

On the B-side Andy Nikolai eliminated Larry Bezotte (Tigerton, WI) at 5th place on the hill 5-4, and Bill Sorensen tied Bezotte by losing at the hands of John Lewis (Suamico, WI) 5-3 in the same round.  Nikolai then ousted Lewis at 4th place by a 5-3 margin, setting up a return match in the B-side finals with Duncan Kaufman.  Kaufman escaped a 5-4 scare to end Andy Nikolai’s event at 3rd place and then had the unenviable task of trying to defeat A-side champion, Rob Hovick for the crown.  In the tourney finals, Kaufman did just that – clipping Hovick in two sets – 5-3 and 5-4 – for the title.

By virtue of Andy Nikolai being the highest-finishing ACS member in the event, he qualified for a free 9-Ball singles entry into the 2010 ACS Nationals in Las Vegas – courtesy of the ACS.  The ACS wishes to thank sponsors Lucasi Hybrid Cues, Championship Billiard Fabric, Nick Varner Signature Cases, Ozone Billiards, Pool Cue Guru and Billiard Gods Productions for their support in donating “Value-In-Kind” product for this and all stops on the Lucasi Hybrid All American Tour. All entries in the Tour are also entered into a drawing in January for a $1,000 Lucasi Hybrid Cue, courtesy of Ozone Billiards.  Sponsorship opportunities and tour stop openings are still available for the 2009/2010 All American Tour by contacting the ACS.

The Tour showcases two stops in Illinois on Saturday, December 19, 2009, with the annual $500 added “King of the Pyramid 8-Ball Tournament” at the Pyramid Club in Addison, IL (contact Wally Bogdanski at 630-688-1719); and the $500 added1st Annual Holiday 8-Ball Special” at Ride the Nine inBloomington, IL (contact Codi Morrow at 309-261-6790). Further information, entry details and schedules for the 2009/2010 Lucasi Hybrid All American Tour are available at www.americancuesports.org.

Final Results:

1st Duncan Kaufman (Sauk City, WI)     $400 + $180 side pot

2nd Rob Hovick (Marshfield, WI)            $260 + $100 side pot

3rd Andy Nikolai (Merrill, WI)                 $160 + $70 side pot + Free Singles entry to ACS Nationals

4th John Lewis (Suamico, WI)                 $100

5-6th Bill Sorensen (Medford, WI)              $60

Larry Bezotte (Tigerton, WI)