ACS Midwest 8-Ball Championships a Success

ACS Midwest 8-Ball Championships a Success
ACS Midwest 8-Ball Championships / Hubertus, WI

by InsidePOOL Staff

Men's Open Singles Champions (L-R): William Mueller (2nd), Jay Slonske (1st) and Dean Foster (3rd)

Men's Open Singles Champions L-R: William Mueller (2nd), Jay Slonske (1st) and Dean Foster (3rd)

The Richfield Chalet in Hubertus, WI, proved to be a perfect fit for the annual ACS Midwest 8-Ball Championships in its first three years.  While every division had its share of close competition, it was coincidental that the champion in each singles division went on to anchor the champion in each team division.
 
Women’s Open Singles champion Heather Lavin marched undefeated to the title via victories over Chris Flint 4-1, T.J. Meyers-Jansky 4-3, Donna Whitcomb 4-2, Debbie Rodriguez 4-2 in the winners’-bracket finals, and Donna Whitcomb 4-1 in the first set of the tourney finals.  Eventual Men’s Open Singles champion Jay Slonske suffered a loss in his trip to the crown, first besting Tim Fitzpatrick 5-0, Ron Crom 5-3, Mike Green 5-3, Andrew Stephenson 5-1, and Scott Kugel 5-2 before being whitewashed by William Mueller 5-0 in the hot seat match.  Slonske recovered to eliminate Dean Foster 5-1, rewarding Jay with a finals appointment with William Mueller.  This time Slonske succeeded in two sets 5-1 and 5-3 for the championship.  Women’s Master Singles champion Kelly Haffner lost no matches in her journey to the division title, clipping Pam Patton, Judy Ninke 6-1, Laura Link 6-3 in the winners’-bracket finals and then repeating her performance over Link 6-3 in the finals.
 

Women's Open Team Champions "Rockstars Only" (L-R): Karolina Quigley, Tracy Mallet and Heather Lavin

Women's Open Team Champions "Rockstars Only" (L-R): Karolina Quigley, Tracy Mallet and Heather Lavin

“Rockstars Only” won the Women’s Open Team division, but it did not come easy. They outpointed Miller Time Girls 6-5, Trifecta 6-4, and Pour House 6-2 before being drummed by “Flanagan’s” 6-2.  Rockstars Only (Heather Lavin, Karolina Quigley and Tracy Mallet) recovered to win the semifinals, eliminating “Trifecta” 6-3.  Having to defeat Flanagan’s two sets for the title, Rockstars Only was up to the task, eclipsing Flanagan’s 6-1 in the first set and 6-5 in the second.

The Men’s Open Team division was dominated by “Flanagan’s Jaybirds” (Jay Slonske, John Gonzales, and Ron Crom), as they defeated for the title every opponent they faced convincingly: “T.H.U.D.” 7-3, “River City Billiards” 7-4, “Flanagan’s Killers” 7-1, “Dead Stroke” 7-1, and “Dead Stroke” again in the finals 7-1.  The six teams in the Women’s Master Teams played triple-elimination, and “Main Inn” (Amy Latzko, Lenore McCarthy, and Kim Mickulas) emerged in the hot seat, but it was “Logistically Challenged” (Kelly Haffner, Beth Fondell, and Jessica Frideres) that took the honors via a win over “Flanagan’s PB&J” 8-5, a loss to “Main Inn” 8-4, and then running the table over “Tripped Up” 8-2,” Flanagan’s PB&J” 8-4, and “Main Inn” twice in the finals 8-5, 8-5 for the title.
 

Women's Master Team Champions "Logistically Challenged" (L-R): Kelly Haffner, Beth Fondell and Jessica Frideres

Women's Master Team Champions "Logistically Challenged" (L-R): Kelly Haffner, Beth Fondell and Jessica Frideres

Women’s Master Singles Results:
1st Kelly Haffner $500
2nd Laura Link $300
3rd Beth Fondell $215
 
Men’s Open Singles Results:
1st Jay Slonske $600     
2nd William Mueller $400
3rd Dean Foster $275
4th Scott Kugel $200
5th James Stricker $150
Tony Gong
7th Mike Frisch $100
Jim Ruettiger
9th Andrew Stephenson $50
Greg Rintelman
Tom Radawitz
Tim Krouse
 

Women’s Open Singles Results:
1st Heather Lavin $350
2nd Donna Whitcomb $250
3rd Debbie Rodriguez $150
4th T.J. Meyers-Jansky $100                                                                      
5th Patty Anderson $35
Jennifer Freeman
                

Men's Open Team Champions "Flanagan's Jaybirds" (L-R): John Gonzales, Jay Slonske and Ron Crom

Men's Open Team Champions "Flanagan

Women’s Master Teams Results:
1st Logistically Challenged $1,000    
2nd Main Inn $500
3rd Flanagan’s PB&J $340
 
Men’s Open Teams Results:
1st Flanagan’s Jaybirds $1,000
2nd Dead Stroke $600
3rd Flanagans 1-800-Run-Out $400
4th Flanagan’s Killers $240
5th Bare Down $100
Red Shoes
 
Women’s Open Teams Results:
1st Rockstars Only $700      
2nd Flanagan’s $400                      
3rd Trifecta $200
4th Pour House $120

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