To my fellow pool players in the Commonwealth of Virginia!
First, I hope that all of you are well, as we are almost halfway through 2010. It has been an exciting year for me as I decided to branch out and to run State Championships in other disciplines. As many of you know, I ran my first Virginia State 14.1 Championships in February 2010. I could not have been more pleased with the turnout and quality of players that came to the event. I am currently in talks with other poolrooms to hold my first 10-ball and one-pocket championships.
I want to tell you about the event that got me started in promoting and directing state championships and the cause for my excitement this year, the 2010 Virginia State 9-Ball Championships. It is hard to believe that this year will be my seventh State 9-Ball Championship. As 7 is a holy number, it is truly a blessing that I get to share wonderful news about this year’s championship with you.
1) As promised last year, I have a website that will be my conduit to the players for all of my state championships. The website is www.va-pool.com. Go check it out and register. By registering, you will be kept up to date on all of the information about the state championships.
2) This year’s Virginia State 9-Ball Championships will be held once again at Diamond Billiards in Midlothian, VA. Thomas and Cindy Dorsey have gone above and beyond to ensure that the event be held at Diamonds. Thanks guys! It’s going to be a great event this year!
3) Thanks to the following sponsors:
a) Diamond Billiards, LLC
b) Dorsey, Wright & Associates
c) Inside POOL Magazine
d) The Pool School, Dallas, Texas
e) Diamond Billiard Products
These folks have already signed as sponsors for this year’s event, and because of their sponsorship I am pleased to announce that this year’s Virginia State 9-Ball Championship will have a $10,000 total purse!
4) As we have in the past state championships, the top two male players will be sent to the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships to represent the State of Virginia. As many of you now know, Barry Behrman, founder and promoter of the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships, opened the event to women for the first time at this year’s U.S. Open. With that, I am pleased to announce that women may also participate in this year’s Virginia State Championships, and the top female finisher will also get paid entry to the U.S. Open this year. Welcome ladies! I look forward to seeing you at the event.
As I said, this year’s State Championship will be an exciting one—one you won’t want to miss. As the field is limited to 64, this year’s event will fill up soon, so please get your entry fee in now.
Thanks again for all of your support over the years, and I look forward to seeing you at this year’s Virginia State 9-Ball Championship!
Founder, Director & Promoter
Virginia State Pool and Billiards Association