LAS VEGAS - Rack Attach and Monster 9 from the Adirondack American Poolplayers Association are representing Fulton and Montgomery counties in Las Vegas in the team championship -open nine-ball division, conducted by the American Pool players Association.
The event began Thursday at Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Rack Attach plays out of Sharp Shooters Billiards and Sports Pub in Amsterdam. Team members include Brandon Lair, Bill Gotobed, Steven Doolittle, Zenessa Morrison, Kenneth Cronin, Justin Bottisti and Bert Fraiser. Monster 9 is one of the teams that play out of The Cellar in Gloversville. Alfred Rowback, Brandon Lair, Ricky Havel, Zenessa Morrison, Joseph DeMarco, Ashley Gugenberger and Katelyn Rowback make up the team.
Charlie's Boys and Dave's Shooters will play in the eight-ball event that starts today. The teams will compete for $25,000 first-place prize money at the 2014 APA eight-ball national team championship - open division.
On Charlie's Boys are Charles Bartlett, Robert Baker, Ed Smullen, Matthew Dwyer II, John Hickling, Chad Bartlett and Ashley Allen. Charlie's Boys home table is at Sharp Shooters. Dave's Shooters, out of Dave's Sports Bar, includes Sharon Brower,David Noble Jr, Timothy Dempsey, Patti Hatchett, Katherine Cammarere, James Sandford and Thomas Mancini.
The teams play in a 16-week session to qualify of an end of year tournament to go to National Team Championship in Las Vegas and play for $1 million guaranteed purse.
Matt Heroth and Christina from Brookside Tavern and Joe and Kelsey Tesiero out of Sharp Shooters of Amsterdam qualified for the doubles tournament.
From the Masters league, two teams qualified.
Who's Next and Anger Management will both represent the area in Las Vegas.
Who's Next features Brandon Lair, Jesse Dunkleberger and Matt Heroth, while the Anger Management team includes Michael Goodspeed, Robert Baker and Ryan Spoar.
The APA, based in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., sanctions the world's largest amateur pool league, known as the APA Pool League, throughout the United States, as well as the Canadian Pool League.
More than 265,000 members compete in weekly eight-ball and nine-ball league play.
The APA is generally recognized as the governing body of amateur pool, having established the official rules, championships, formats and handicap systems for the sport of amateur billiards.
The APA produces three major tournaments each year-the APA National Team Championships, the APA National Singles Championships and the U.S. Amateur Championship-that, together, pay out nearly $1.5 million in cash and prizes annually.
Ivan and Tina Quintana have owned and operated the APA franchise in Fulton, Montgomery and Hamilton counties for the past three years.
For more information or to get signed up with the APA, call Ivan Quintana at 222-1153 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the APA, visit poolplayers.com or adirondackapa.com.