US 3-cushion billiard tournament activity for September and October 2017 brought us four events in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest regions. Players came to Minneapolis, MN, Ashland, OR (Two events back-to-back!) and Rushville, IL to meet up and do battle. The events consisted of both USBA sanctioned tournaments for members and regional activity for the local players.
12th Annual Minneapolis Billiard Club Fall Classic
The 12th Annual Minneapolis Billiard Club Fall Classic Tournament held in Minneapolis Minnesota September 22-24, 2017. Lupe Cruz with only one loss in the finals took first and the $1500 first place prize. Brian Haff was second with a two loss performance to secure his $1050 reward. Fred Lamers was third, also with two losses and received $750. The overall flight average in the finals was .689. High run honors went to Fred Lamers with a run of 9.
55th Annual Southern Oregon Billiard Tournament
The Southern Oregon 55th Annual Billiard Tournament was held at the Ashland Elks Club in Ashland, Oregon September 25-28, 2017. This historic tournament started in the Medford OR Elks Lodge in 1963, has evolved over the years, and moved to the Ashland Lodge with the closing in Medford. Originally it was an Elks event, with Lodges from all over the Country sending Three-Man Teams to represent their Members. Several times over the years we had over 100 Players enter this event, making it the largest 3 Cushion Tournament in the World at the time. Father Time has taken its toll, we had just 20 Players this year. Now it is more of a reunion and a gathering of good friends for an annual camaraderie. Players from left to right: Harvey Wixman; Bob Horecky; Don Dayan; Tim Poole; Duke Clark; Galen Lee; and Bob Hilton
Bob & Marti Tracy Memorial Tournament
The Bob & Marti Tracy Memorial, a USBA B/C Tour Event was held at the Ashland Elks Club, Ashland, Oregon September 29 - October 1, 2017. This was the 6th Annual USBA Sponsored B/CTour Event recently renamed with the passing of our good friend Bob Tracy. The field attracted a great turnout of 35 players, including 18 B’s and 17 C’s. We put them in 5 Flights of 7 mixed B/B/ The winner of each Flight went to the Finals. The C/C= Player with the best record in each Flight went to the C/C+ Finals. Both finals were Round-Robin Format. All players in the finals were in the money. Pictured here are the B winner Cesar Cardoza (L) and C Winner Bernie Pettipiece (R).
Rushville Fall 2017 3-Cushion Classic
The Professor-Q-Ball Fall 2017 3-Cushion Classic was held in Rushville, Illinois October 12-15, 2017. The always anticipated Professor-Q-Ball Rushville Fall Tournament proved again why it is a "don't miss" event. The 2017 installment attracted 32 players who assembled to do battle. Emerging victorious was Mazin Shooni (pictured right). Second was George Ashby (center). Third place went to Fred Lamers (left).