View Full Version : Pool Scene and Reg Tours In DeMoines IA????
04-22-2002, 08:25 AM
I am considering applying for a job in my field in Iowa. I know nothing of the 'pool scene' there. I honestly don't know exactly where Iowa is?? I mean I know it is some where between NY and LA /ccboard/images/icons/wink.gif is it one of those places with harsh winters? Any info would be appreciated!!!!
Esp what Regional tour is the closest and which pros play/live there?
04-22-2002, 12:25 PM
Being very familiar with Iowa, Des Moines specifically, I can tell you from experience that you cannot get there from here! Principal Financial Group, The Principal, is the State's largest employer. Additionally, Des Moines is also a major college town and the winters are heavy duty.
I live in Iowa, and the pool scene for women is somewhat dismal. There are some very good players, but not very many. It's difficult to find competition, although our BCA state tournament is one of the largest state events sanctioned by the BCA. If you don't mind braving midwest weather, I would look at the Minneapolis area - it's a great area for pool. I've been thinking of moving there myself.
Don McCaughey is the only pro that comes to mind from Des Moines, but there are quite a few great male players from that area. I believe Scott Frost is from Des Moines, but I don't think he lives there any more.
I also play in regional tour events whenever possible, but they are a long way away. There is no regional qualifier tour in the midwest, so you're looking at some travel if you want to play in those. Once in awhile they'll have an isolated qualifier in the Chicago area, but that's still quite a drive.
Anyway, I don't mean to discourage your career plans, but if it's pool you want you'll be happier somewhere else.
04-22-2002, 03:57 PM
Karla, you and Cuechick could be the ones to initiate a Midwest Regional Tour for the WPBA! Why not seek out the options and opportunities. Mike Hurst, who is a regular poster on the CCB, could give you some excellent information and direction. Additionally, since they recently launched their Chessapeake Area Tour, Holly Ryan would also be a good source for information.
Just a little food for thought !!!
04-22-2002, 04:15 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote: cuechick:</font><hr> I am considering applying for a job in my field in Iowa. <hr></blockquote>I don't know what your field is Lara, but I know Iowa has a lot of fields. Lots of fields. And their mostly planted with corn. /ccboard/images/icons/smile.gif
Thanks for the input, and believe me I've thought about it for a long time. There are a couple of problems that I haven't got past. First, sponsorship. The room owner will need some incentive to add money, as quite a bit of added money is necessary. Second, interest. There have been several qualifiers in chicago that I've been to, and the showing is usually quite poor. If they both came together, it may be doable. Also, the WPBA has only recently made more spots available to regional tours, before that it was nearly impossible to get them to commit to more than one. I haven't checked recently, though.
I guess there's a third problem, time. I can't do it alone and have been having a hard time finding anyone seriously interested in helping.
But it's still a great idea, and I hope it happens soon, one way or another!
04-22-2002, 04:37 PM
I have intentionally stayed out of this thread because I didn't want to 'dis' my own area of the USA............but are you out of your ever loving mind sorry that just slipped out. No, seriously /ccboard/images/icons/smile.gif take the job you'll just love it here in the mid-west run for your life........damn these out burst!!!
04-22-2002, 07:27 PM
Thanks karla and everyone else for the info. I don't think I'll pursue this path mainly because of the weather ...I am looking to move but will stick with my original idea which is to head South, to the Charlotte area (Hey Chris from NC may be I can be your house semi-pro???)
This will be the move to settle for a lifetime and I have no plans to buy snow shovels or drive for hours to find a tournament.
Karla I wish you much luck and encourage you to start a tour or find a better area. I know both Alice Rim and just met Sarah Rousey and know of their struggles....
04-22-2002, 07:34 PM
Come on down Cuechick...I need a playin partner.
Charlotte hosts a few female Pros but is a male gambling sharkpit. I hear Chris has a quality place in Boone & I will try it out one weekend. I play in Greensboro and Burlington (small town but has really nice poolroom/restaurant).
04-22-2002, 08:37 PM
Is much as hate to say it. Your better off moving south. I feel and have felt bad for the woman's events here. There simple is low turn outs. I saw a tourney with 4 woman in it with then mes being over 100.
Karla has my simpathy. She's dedicated and an awesome player, yet won't be where she needs to be with the action here, or rather the lack of. I feel the same way but there's more for me than her.
Good Luck in NC.
C.C.~~wants to see more woman players competing.....
Cuechick, I'm in NC, but if it's a pool hotbed you're looking for, I hate to say that Charlotte is NOT the place. At one time Helena, Monica, Gerda, Ewa and Allison were all living in the Charlotte area. Except for Allison (who has a home in Charlotte) they've all since left.
Put it this way - there's virtually no one of quality (including males) to test Allison's game. What's worse, the last time she went in to a Charlotte area poolroom to practice (other than Mother's) even in mid-afternoon with plenty of open tables she was charged for her practice time by the classless owner - who knew who she was! Not surprisingly, that place is now up for sale.
I don't know what your field is, but actually the research triangle area (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) would IMO be a better choice to live. A number of good players, although not many nice poolrooms. IMO as far as the Carolinas are concerned, the Greenville / Spartanburg SC area is the best pool hotbed for quality players and rooms - and not a bad place to live (less than 2 hours from Atlanta - another pretty good pool town).
However, no city that I've ever been to bar none can compare to Tulsa as being a pool crazed city/town. I guess there's not much else to do out there. The young talent in that town (3-time 18 year-old Junior BCA champ McMinn and 3-time 14 year-old BCA boys champ Straun) are nothing less than spectacular, but from what I hear there are a number of others in town that can give them weight! - Chris in NC
04-22-2002, 10:19 PM
Any girl from Clinton,Ia can show the pros how to play pool on a bar table.Lol.Bettendorf,Ia is not bad either.
If u want to move to south,here are Vagabond`s picks:(1) Phoenix,Arizona.lots of talented players come from all over USA for better climate.Every day of the week u can find a tournament to play some where in the town.If u get tired u can drive 8 hours to LA and play Melissa Herndon or Stacy Hurst or stefanie Bock(2) Dallas, Houston or Austin,Texas(3)Fort Lauderdale or Tampa,Florida
PS: Tulsa Billiard pallace,ofcourse is my most favorite place in USA,is mostly for ``action`` oriented players.
I talked to Scott Frost in Olathe,KS. and he said that he was living in Pheonix,AZ. He said, that he has family in Demoines,IA and was coming back to visit very soon'''''''JASON THA TWISTER LAURIA
Vagabond. Sadly I'm going to disagree with you about pool players in Ft. Lauderdale. The weather is great, some good looking people around here and lots to do.........BUT..........the pool isn't that great. Don't get me wrong, I live here, the pools OK. Not alot of action, not alot of tournaments. If you put the Tri-county area together (West Palm, Broward, and Dade) well then you might have something. However, I welcome all ya all to come down and check us out, I'd play with any ya.
06-12-2002, 09:59 AM
Hey Karla : )
Have you had the chance to talk with James and Sarah Rousey in Chicago?
Name some names from Clinton, IA. I've played most of them, I think. Do you visit there often?
Thanks for the compliments and the sympathy. /ccboard/images/icons/smile.gif Still thinking I'll run into you at a tourny here or there. But I haven't been to many (probably because there aren't many!) lately. John Stich said there is a possibility of two casino tournaments in Tama this coming season. Maybe I'll get to see your disappearing drink trick there? /ccboard/images/icons/smile.gif But you'll have to do it with soda cuz they don't serve beer or liquor!
I haven't talked to Sarah. She sent me email awhile back, but it's on my old hard drive that I'm having problems reading from. If you have her address, could you email it to me?
CueChick you make it sound like Iowa is in another country! I haven't been through there in years. I do know this though, they have corn fields, and narrow bridges.
~~ never liked a semi comming at me on a rural bridge
06-12-2002, 08:36 PM
What kind of carpet? LOL John's having one this weekend in Beloit, Wisconson. The stipulation is you've had to attend one of his MN. tourney's. I think a casino event he put on counts too. Don't know? Thinking of calling him and maybe go down with Jesse.
C.C.~~see what you started SPetty? I knew I'd never live that one down. Mexican beer sucking carpet huh. LOLLOL
As a former room owner, I can tell you that it's the availibility of backers that makes an Action Room. If the road players are there, it's because the Stakehorses are there. Wilmington has a couple of pretty high rollers.
06-12-2002, 10:56 PM
It had been many years since I visited Iowa.I am always fond of Iowegians.They are nice people. Cheers
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