Decastecker Takes Down Pechauer Billiard Tour Stop
The twenty-sixth billiard stop of the 2007/2008 Pechauer All American Tour (produced by the American CueSports Alliance – ACS) was hosted at Miller Time Billiards in Davenport, IA, on Saturday, January 12. The $500 added event drew thirty-one players in a double-elimination 8-ball format on 7-foot bar boxes. Frank DeCastecker (E. Moline, IL) ran undefeated to the finals. In the hot-seat match, DeCastecker (rated a “5” on a regional handicap system used) slipped past Mike Sterling  (Rockford, IL) 5-3.
Earlier in the A-bracket semi-finals, DeCastecker dominated Tim Le  (Iowa City, IA) 5-1, while Sterling clipped Dan Kuhl  (Moline, IL) 4-3. In the B-side quarterfinals Kuhl toppled Rodney Flenoi  (E. Moline, IL) 5-4, while Rich Bideaux  (Moline, IL) ousted Le 5-1 – both losers placing 5-6th. In the semifinals, Kuhl eliminated Bideaux at 4th place, and Kuhl continued his hot hand in the B-side finals by knocking off Mike Sterling 5-1. The tourney finals featured Dan Kuhl versus DeCastecker, with Kuhl having to win two sets to claim the title. But DeCastecker closed out the event in the first set on the hill for a 5-4 title win.
By virtue of Frank DeCastecker being the highest-finishing ACS member in the event, he qualified for a free 9-ball singles entry into the 2008 ACS Nationals in Las Vegas – courtesy of the ACS. The ACS wishes to thank sponsors J. Pechauer Custom Cues, Championship Billiard Fabric and Nick Varner Signature Cases for their support in donating “Value-In-Kind” product for this and all stops on the Pechauer All American Tour. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the 2007/2008 All American Tour by contacting the ACS.
The Tour is red hot on the weekend of January 18-20, as three big events will be showcased: 1). the 4th Annual Winter Shootout – a $3,500 added 8-ball event (men’s women’s divisions) at Lassiter’s in Clinton, IA (contact Alan Birkett at 563-243-4361); 2). the Nebraska State Invitational – a $1400 added 8-ball/9-ball/Scotch Doubles event (men’s women’s divisions) at Fort Crook Billiards in Bellevue [Omaha], NE (contact Claire Banks at 402-291-7665); and 3). a $500 added 8-ball event at Starship Billiards in Decatur, IL (contact Tom Fankhauser at 217-433-8868). Further information, entry details and schedules for the 2007/2008 Pechauer All American Tour are available at Americancuesports.org
1st Frank DeCastecker (E. Moline, IL)
2nd Dan Kuhl (Moline, IL)
3rd Mike Sterling (Rockford, IL)
4th Rich Bideaux (Moline, IL)
5-6th Rodney Flenoi (E. Moline, IL)
Tim Le (Iowa City, IA)
7-8th Rory Smith (Galesburg, IL)
Terry Anderson (Davenport, IA)