Kielar Earns Maryland State Billiards Title
Maryland State Open 8-Ball Championships / Frederick, MD
On Saturday, November 15, All-Star Billiards of Frederick, MD, hosted the 2008 Maryland State Open 8-Ball Championships. The tournament was open to both professional and top-level amateur players with BCA rules in effect, and of the 55 entrants, Adam Kielar from Quakertown, PA, was the player who took home first place.
With a talented field that included nationally known players such as Shaun Wilkie, Brandon Shuff, Scott Tollefson, and Ryan “The Genie Man” McCreesh, getting to the finals was no easy task. Throughout the day, Matt Clatterbuck looked nearly unstoppable, pocketing balls with ease and getting nearly perfect cue ball position for the next shot. Clatterbuck mowed his way through a talented field with quality wins over Joe Wright, Kevin West, Joey Ryan, Danny Nicholson, and finally over Kielar in the hot seat match. After a long day, Clatterbuck relaxed and waited to see who would emerge as the winner from the one-loss side of the field.
Up to that point, Kielar had bested a number of players, including Tollefson, Brett Stottlemyer, and then after playing Clatterbuck, he faced Shuff in the semifinal match. In a race-to-three semifinals, Kielar eliminated Shuff 3-1 to set himself up for the rematch with Clatterbuck in the finals.
In the race-to-7 finals, Kielar defeated Clatterbuck 7-5 to become the 2008 Maryland State Open 8-Ball champion. The final match was not without its share of controversy. In the final game, Kielar faced a shot where the cue ball was near the 2-ball at the head of the table and his object ball was clustered among Clatterbuck’s high balls at the opposite end. Kielar called the 6 ball in the far corner, and the ball went in after glancing off of a high ball. This left an open shot on the 2 ball in the corner and a routine shot on the 8 ball to clinch the match. Despite some input from the crowd, tournament director Larry Nicholson did not rule the shot a foul.
1st Adam Kielar $800
2nd Matt Clatterbuck $450
3rd Brandon Shuff $300
4th Brett Stottlemyer $200
5th Danny Nicholson $130
7th Joey Ryan $90
9th Joe Stem $70