View Full Version : To Jer: Blackheart Cues

Chris Cass
08-26-2002, 10:41 AM
Hi Jer,

I recently met Karla at the Peoria event this weekend. I got stiffed by my partner (Craig Rice) the day before the event. He applied for the wrong days off. LOL That's college kids for ya. LOL

I talked with Karla a few times. I had told Dan Shepard (last yrs winner Ia. state BCA Open singles) I had a partner, when he asked if he could play with me, days before. He showed up at the tourney with the part owner of a ph in Ia. I asked Dan if he wanted to play? He told me he'd let me know in the morning. He wasn't driving and they planned on returning later that night.

Then, running into Karla later found out she was still out a partner. She was getting I assume Linda Carter, a pro. The pro not able to play I suggested we play. I also told her the board would go nuts. LOL I said, Dan would let me know in the morning.

Later, I found out after Dan's went to the casino. Then, decided to go back home. Leaving me hanging and not even telling me about it. Well, after running into John Abbrozzo(sp?) He hooked me up with the TD. The TD knew a guy that was looking and we hooked up. He was the Michigan state champ. Well, running into Karla the next morning and finding she was stuck too. I felt bad, the woman has heart. Wanting to compete with men, shows this.

Now, the good stuff. Karla gave me the look see of her Blackheart cue. Man, that's some beautiful work Jer. I love the inlays. You did a great job on that cue. She was awfully proud of it too. Even her break cue was sharp. Jer, you do good work, no doubt.


C.C.~~later I'll tell you what V.V. said as she walked in our tourney room. LOL

08-26-2002, 03:25 PM
Do you know the top finishers in any of the amateur divisions? I haven't heard anything yet.

08-26-2002, 03:27 PM
THANKS CRIS, I was down there all day friday( with my wife Connie), & Karla & I tried to find her a partner, but to no avail. She said she would have liked to play as your partner, but it just didn't work out. (she's going to read this, but I'm going to say it anyway), She watched the touring pros like a kid in the candy store. I could tell she was not just watching, but studying them. I know she was thinking, "just let me out there & I'll show you what I can do". I like her... & I'd be happy for her, if she ever makes it to the tour, & pleased that I could help...JER

P.S. sorry we never met, while we were down there.

08-26-2002, 05:00 PM

I'm giggling... a kid in a candy store is RIGHT! I wish I could go to more of those things, although I'd rather be on the BRACKET than in the BLEACHERS (or VIP seats, whenever I could get away with it)!

I try to be likeable.. glad it's working. /ccboard/images/icons/smile.gif And you and your wife are great people! My cohorts all thought so, too!

Had a blast in Peoria, even if my cue didn't leave it's case often enough. Hope to see you again soon! Thanks again for everything you do for me... I couldn't be luckier than to have you on my side.


Chris Cass
08-27-2002, 08:19 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote: Duane Tuula:</font><hr> Do you know the top finishers in any of the amateur divisions? I haven't heard anything yet. <hr></blockquote>

Hi Duane,

Gosh, I recognize your name from out here in the midwest. Anyway, Chad Vilmont, won the 9ball mini. Which was brutal. A race to 5, single elim. and loser breaks. John Abbrozzo, won the 8ball mini, race to 3 swap breaks. The darn thing was booked 2 days before it started. I wish Dean the TD wouldn't have opened the mini till the event started. Only a 64 player field. I guarentee he could have gotten 128 easy.

Oh well, the main event 8ball partners was won by Jamie Baracks and Chad Vilmont. Myself and my partner had them by the throat. Good choice of clean words.LOL We lost by 1/8th" of a ball, hill hill. LOL Well, they did play very strong togather. My partner and I did well defeating Mike Bandy and Jeff Sargent the match before in a hill hill situation also. Both who are really good friends of mine since way back when. It seemed most of the matches were real close. It came down to mistakes or bad rolls, in most matches. The field was pretty strong. I think there were like 80 teams?

I didn't like what I saw when I walked in. 14 tables and it was brutal with seating. Spectators taking up all the seats for the players. Players not leaving the seats after their matches and taking up the area for the incoming players. I had to stand my equipment up on the side anywhere I could find a spot. Often, standing throughout the match. I will say that Dean, the TD ran the tourney smooth. He always had matches going nonstop and didn't waste anytime. Dean and Randy did a great job. I'm looking forward to attending more of his events if possible.



08-27-2002, 12:22 PM
Thanks for the update Chris. Very much appreciated.