2017 UMB World Cup Ho Chi Minh CIty

Eddy Merckx of Belgium wins the UMB World Cup in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam May 2017

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Eddy Merckx of Belgium Wins 2017 UMB World Cup Ho Chi Minh City,Vietnam
Eddy Merckx of Belgium made multiple come from behind victories on his way to winning the third UMB World Cup of 2017 held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In the final match he showed his class and tenacity defeating the great Torbjorn Blomdahl of Sweden who had a strong showing throughout the event to reach the final round. Story and pictures will post soon. Replay of select matches available courtesy of Kozoom to premium members.

A Message From USBA President Mazin Shooni

mazinshooniAt the USBA National Tournament (June 6-11), the USBA will honor a great supporter and lover of the game, the late Robert Byrne. As an author, scholar, historian, and player, he will be sorely missed. In his will, Bob demonstrated his love for Carom Billiards by bequeathing to the USBA his book and video collections and many of his literary papers, including the original manuscript of McGoorty: A Pool Room Hustler. It was Bob’s wish that the USBA would sell these items and use the proceeds to promote billiards.

BobByrneHoldingCue192X195To maximize Bob’s generosity, I have established a USBA Historical Committee, chaired by our secreatary Tom Paley. Tom has enlisted Dennis Dieckman to catalogue, market and auction all this material. After two-months of hard work, the catalogue is complete and available to anyone interested in owning a piece of history. The inventory also includes items leftover from the Carl Conlon Estate Auction, and items from Dennis’ personal collection, including cues, books and magazines.

To get a copy of this inventory, please email Dennis at . Please act quickly, as bidding has commenced. All monies collected will go to the USBA. Anyone else who would like to donate similar materials to help fund the USBA’s efforts to promote carom billiard, please get in touch with Dennis.

USBAlogo100X95Finally, I am pleased to report that the USBA now has a team of dedicated members working on its behalf, and I am very excited for the future. We still need more people on the team. If you have a passion for the game and want to help, contact me personally at . We want to hear your ideas on how to promote our beautiful sport.

Mazin Shooni

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