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01-08-2005, 07:58 AM
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Organizers think big-name players may show up for billiards tourney

By Kevin Van Brimmer
staff writer
January 8, 2005

VERO BEACH Most billiard players would be hard-pressed to ever challenge such professionals as Charlie Williams and Mike Segal.

But that's exactly what local players can do today and Sunday in the East Coast Open 9-ball tournament at Cunningham's Pool and Darts in Vero Beach.


"It's hard for everyday guys to get those kind of guys on a table," Bob Cunningham said. "And it's almost impossible to get them on a table for just $65."

Of course, the players in the J. Pechauer Southeast Open 9-Ball Tour event will be playing for a lot more than $65. The winner will earn more than $900 and the top quarter of the field will finish in the money.

Cunningham doesn't know for sure if Williams or Segal will show up, but said there's a chance they, or other world-class players, will break a few racks.

"A lot of those guys live in Florida or are down here right now," Cunningham said. "Segal's from Orlando. Nobody is going to fly from California for a $1,000 pot, but if they're in the area, they could show up."

Event organizer Tommy Kennedy said he likely will be playing this weekend. Kennedy is a big name himself, having become the only non-ranked player to ever win the U.S. Open Championship, in 1992.

"I'm just trying to promote the game of pocket billiards," Kennedy said. "Pool has kind of died down a little."

The tournament is open to anybody, including women and junior players. Registration ends at noon today and play will start at 12:30 p.m.

This is the fourth year Cunningham's has played host to the event and Cunningham said it usually draws 40 to 60 players and just as many fans. Admission is free to spectators. Reserve seating is available for $10 a day.

"It's always a fun event," Cunningham said. "The local guys get a chance to watch and play against the pros. If they hand you your (butt), who cares? You still got to play on a table with them."

- kevin.van.brimmer@scripps.com

If You Go

WHAT: J. Pechauer Southeast Open 9-Ball Tour East Coast Open.

WHERE: Cunningham's Pool and Darts, Miracle Mile, Vero Beach.

WHEN: Today and Sunday. Play begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

REGISTRATION: Play is open to anybody. Registration closes at noon today.

COST: $65 plus $5 for tour card for men. $25 plus $5 for tour card for women and juniors. WPBA member ladies pay $65.

FORMAT: Modified Texas Express 9-ball. Double elimination until finals.

ADMISSION: Free to spectators. Reserve seating available on first-come, first-served basis for $10 a day.

Billy
01-08-2005, 10:24 AM
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Organizers think big-name players may show up for billiards tourney

By Kevin Van Brimmer
staff writer
January 8, 2005

VERO BEACH Most billiard players would be hard-pressed to ever challenge such professionals as Charlie Williams and Mike Segal.

But that's exactly what local players can do today and Sunday in the East Coast Open 9-ball tournament at Cunningham's Pool and Darts in Vero Beach.


"It's hard for everyday guys to get those kind of guys on a table," Bob Cunningham said. "And it's almost impossible to get them on a table for just $65."

Of course, the players in the J. Pechauer Southeast Open 9-Ball Tour event will be playing for a lot more than $65. The winner will earn more than $900 and the top quarter of the field will finish in the money.

Cunningham doesn't know for sure if Williams or Segal will show up, but said there's a chance they, or other world-class players, will break a few racks.

"A lot of those guys live in Florida or are down here right now," Cunningham said. "Segal's from Orlando. Nobody is going to fly from California for a $1,000 pot, but if they're in the area, they could show up."

Event organizer Tommy Kennedy said he likely will be playing this weekend. Kennedy is a big name himself, having become the only non-ranked player to ever win the U.S. Open Championship, in 1992.

"I'm just trying to promote the game of pocket billiards," Kennedy said. "Pool has kind of died down a little."

The tournament is open to anybody, including women and junior players. Registration ends at noon today and play will start at 12:30 p.m.

This is the fourth year Cunningham's has played host to the event and Cunningham said it usually draws 40 to 60 players and just as many fans. Admission is free to spectators. Reserve seating is available for $10 a day.

"It's always a fun event," Cunningham said. "The local guys get a chance to watch and play against the pros. If they hand you your (butt), who cares? You still got to play on a table with them."

- kevin.van.brimmer@scripps.com

If You Go

WHAT: J. Pechauer Southeast Open 9-Ball Tour East Coast Open.

WHERE: Cunningham's Pool and Darts, Miracle Mile, Vero Beach.

WHEN: Today and Sunday. Play begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

REGISTRATION: Play is open to anybody. Registration closes at noon today.

COST: $65 plus $5 for tour card for men. $25 plus $5 for tour card for women and juniors. WPBA member ladies pay $65.

FORMAT: Modified Texas Express 9-ball. Double elimination until finals.

ADMISSION: Free to spectators. Reserve seating available on first-come, first-served basis for $10 a day. <hr /></blockquote>

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