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PQQLK9
01-30-2005, 03:42 AM
Racking up interest

By Jason O. Boyd, Rocky Mount Telegram

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Feb. 9-13

Nash Community College

FOR TICKET INFORMATION

Online: www.carolinawbc.com (http://www.carolinawbc.com)

Phone: 800-326-9321

Tony Davis heads the PrimeQuest Association, a newly formed, still in its infant stage, non-profit organization. He's worried that being called the CEO of the organization will mean that he doesn't do any work.

If they only knew.

Davis and his organization were responsible for getting the Carolina Women's Billiard Classic to Rocky Mount. The first stop of the Women's Professional Billiard Association tour will be held Feb. 9-13 at Business and Industry Center on the campus of Nash Community College. A total of 64 WPBA professionals, including local interest Jennifer Paige, will compete for the title in a series of six elimination sessions.

The semifinals and finals will be taped by ESPN for viewing at a later date.

"We formed a planning group and I self-appointed myself, so I am the man," Davis said earlier this week. "They only make eight stops and seven are at major casinos. So we're already standing in pretty tall cotton. It'll be a test to see if the area will support it."

The PrimeQuest Association was founded to help increase interest in this area and to promote the sport of billiards. The group is also the maker of The Spider, the first aiming and training device used for pool. World professional pool player Jeanette Lee, whose nickname is "The Black Widow" recorded an infomercial for the product last year in Rocky Mount before it rolled onto the market.

Davis is hoping this is the first of a number of sporting events to come to this part of the state.

"At the end of March we'll sit down and talk and see if they want to come back or not come back," Davis said. "We are being graded on this first one. The support of this one is as little as putting something on the marquee to as big as buying advertisements. The biggest thing will obviously be filling the stands."

Stands that can seat up to 750 people are expected to be available for anyone who wants to attend the event. Already, fans from Miami are making plans to attend the event along with a number of other people from outside the state.

"We expect 4,000-4,500 people, that's how many seats we expect to sell," Davis said. "About 20 percent of the people are from outside the area code 252, 910 and 919. The beds and heads are filling up the hotels."

Exhibitions will be held in Rocky Mount and Greenville on the Monday and Tuesday before the Pro-Am, scheduled for Feb. 9 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Area notables along with participants in the WPBA will take part in a free form of play with money raised going to the Nash Community College Scholarship Fund. Davis has lined up several interesting people and is trying to get others such as Elizabeth Dole to attend. Another area athlete, D.J. Robinson, 16, will compete in the Pro-Am. Robinson only has one arm but is a skillful pool player.

During the course of the tournament, fans chance win a chance at $100,000 and a trip to Las Vegas to learn pool from Lee.

Jason O. Boyd can be reached at 407-9959 or jboyd@coxnews.com

CarolNYC
01-30-2005, 03:53 AM
Very cool,Nick!
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SPetty
01-30-2005, 06:39 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote PQQLK9:</font><hr>During the course of the tournament, fans chance win a chance at $100,000 and a trip to Las Vegas to learn pool from Lee.<hr /></blockquote>That's pretty cool.

What's with the $100K? Why can't the players play for that?

So you're going, right?