Opinion

The Mystery of the Medal

  • Written by Sal Bello
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Three cushion billiards has a long history of championship events and a celebrated list of the players who emerged victorious. Modern records for the World Championship usually begin in 1928 with the UMB as the listed governing body and Mr. Edmond Soussa of Egypt as the first winner in the event held in Reims, France. Our listing of UMB World Champions takes us all the way up to the present. Several organizations have laid claim at various times to the sanctioning of the championship. So in some years there may be conflicting records as to who was considered champion. Recently we were contacted by a gentleman from Greenwood, South Carolina who was in possession of what appears to be a 3-cushion billiard world championship medal. The identifying markings are scant and he has now reached out to 3CushionBilliards.com to help identify its authenticity and determine who might have won this coveted piece of history. Can you help identify this medal? If you can please contact us and let us know so we can solve The Mystery of the Medal! More pictures and a bit of the back story follows.

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Bob Byrne May 22, 1930 - December 6, 2016

  • Written by Sal Bello
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Bob Byrne - Author, player, teacher and friend remembered

It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Robert "Bob" Byrne author, player and teacher of all things billiards. His seminal work "Byrne's Standard Book of Pool and Billiards" remains a classic to this day. In his life Byrne was loved by all and received many honors. in 1994 He received the Industry Service Award from the Billiard and Bowling Institute of America. in 2001 Byrne was inducted into the Billiards Hall of Fame. His wife Cindy was by his side to the end. Bob will be missed by players, readers and friends around the world. More stories and a picture gallery follows.

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Myung-Woo Cho: Another Great Young Korean To Watch

  • Written by Hong-Gu Kang
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Myung-Woo Cho captured the World 3-Cushion Junior Championship held in Hurghada, Egypt December 8-10. At age 18 his promise of a long and successful career is first being realized. Cho demonstrated his ability earlier in the year by reaching the semi-finals of the UMB World Cup in Guri, Korea where he only lost to eventual winner Jeremy Bury of France. Here is a wonderful profile of this great young Korean billiard player from Korean news site The Dong-A Ilbo.

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Korean Billiards Wunderkind Leading The Way

  • Written by Park Rin
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Kim Haeng-Jik

In France, Korea’s Kim Haeng-jik fell just short of a world championship

Even though he just missed in the finals of the 2016 UMB World Championship, Haeng-Jik Kim (or Kim Haeng-Jik as is preferred in the Asian press) is still recognized as the leading player from Korea. Here is a wonderful article that appeared in the online news site Korea JoongAng Daily about his life and his future in billiards.

Billiards is a sport commonly enjoyed by Korean men of all ages. Most neighborhoods in Korea have at least one billiards hall in the area and nowadays, more and more women are playing the game as well. Among the many games played on the billiards table, three-cushion is deemed as a highlight.

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