The Diamond A Tour – Inaugural event at Dakota’s
JACCS (Junior and Amateur Canadian Cue Sports), a new Canadian billiard organization, held its inaugural event for “The Diamond A Tour” October 2. This new tour caters to juniors and amateur players only (eligibility guidelines are on jaccspool.com). As an organization that concentrates on the future of our sport, we also created a tour where junior enthusiasts could participate and enjoy some exposure as well as tournament experience in advance of our Canadian national championships.
The Diamond A Tour is excited to announce that in the women’s division we welcomed 9 new players new to this challenge format. In total we had 12 women, 14 men, and 3 juniors. The players were divided into two groups—women had their own event as they had more than eight players, and the juniors were included with the men. (Juniors will have their own event if eight or more players participate.) The format was a round robin with a twist: Each round was re-drawn so that no one knew who else was in their group, and it was guaranteed that no one would play the same player twice. In both divisions, each player played seven rounds of six games. In the women’s division, the top six players advanced to Sunday, and eight out of the men’s division advanced to Sunday. Everyone involved played an equal number of games, and played until 11 p.m. Saturday evening for a $25 entry fee.
On Sunday the players in each event were split into two groups for another round robin to start. The top two scores in each group moved on to play a single race to determine first and second places. The second-place finishers from each group played a single race to determine third and fourth.
In the men’s final, Pod Shognosh defeated Oliver Johnson 7-2, and the match for third and fourth place went to Josh Britton, who defeated Kevin Fenwick 7-0. Finishing out fifth through eighth was Ed Forget, Greg Flowers, Marco Hardy, and Darryn Stephen.
In the women’s final we had current Canadian Amateur 9-Ball champion Hanna Kwon, who defeated Penny Devos 5-2. In the playoff for third and fourth places, Loreen Toutant defeated newcomer Maggie Grace 5-2. Rounding out the final six in the women were newcomers Billy-Jo Monague and Betty MacDonald.
The next event is scheduled for October 23-24 at the new JJ Felts in Waterloo (formerly known as Dooly’s). For detailed information please go to jaccspool.com, e-mail us at email@example.com, and please join our facebook page.
Prize Payouts for Dakota’s
Men: 1st – $150, 2nd – $75, 3rd – $50, 4th – 25,
5th thru 8th – $20 Pooldawg Gift Certificate
Women: 1st – $125, 2nd – $70, 3rd – $45,
4th – 6th $20 Pooldawg Gift Certificate
Juniors – Kyle Godfrey – Free private lesson with Harold Green
Cody Godfrey – Phil Capelle Play Your Best 9-Ball