KONG WINS THE PRO-AM QUARTERLY DEBUT AT COMET BILLIARDS
On February 16, 2008, SDA Productions, ran its 1st quarterly
straight pool tournament called "The North Jersey 14.1
Straight Pool Pro/Am Quarterly". The event, to be held
four times a year, is open to all skill levels of experienced
straight pool players. The tournament is being held at Comet
Billiards, located in Parsippany, NJ.
In order to participate, players must be certified at one
of six Skill Levels with the highest level being Skill Level
1, the lowest being Skill Level 6. Skill Level 1 has a match
point of 150 balls and Skill Level 6 has a match point of
50 balls. There is a 20-ball difference between each consecutive
Skill Level. Skill Levels are roughly determined based on
a player's average record of high ball runs over a period
of one year. In addition to being certified at a particular
Skill Level, to discourage player's from playing at a lower
Skill Level then what they should be playing at, Penalty Points
are added to a player's score, which equals to 10% of their
match points, for each time they run balls beyond their designated
Skill Level category.
To further reinforce the handicapped system, first round of
play is a draw round among same Skill Level players, whereby
sixes play against other sixes, fives against other fives,
and so on. When there is an odd number of Players in any particular
Skill Level, the sole player or last position draw of that
Skill Level plays against the first position draw of the next
lower Skill Level. In an odd number field of players, the
only "bye" in the first round gravitates down to
the lowest Skill Level player who draws the lowest position.
For the second round of play there is a redrawing of all Skill
Levels for both winner side players and loser side players.
The Tournament then continues on in a typical double elimination
Specially designed Rack by Rack score sheets were developed
for the Tournament so that ball runs and fouls could be easily
recorded with the scoring.
The Tournament gathered a lot of interest among the local
pool players with nearly 30 players registering, and eventually
yielding a full field of 16 players.
The Tournament, which started at 11:30 am, ran just over one
day with the final double elimination round between Joey Kong
and Jason Michas being played on the following day. Other
notables who played in the Tournament were Pat Fleming, playing
at Skill Level 2, the highest Skill Level in the field and
the only 2 in the Tournament, and Bill Horne, playing at Skill
Level 3, who won the Tournament High Ball Run prize with a
53 ball run.
Joey Kong playing at Skill Level 3, went undefeated winning
the Tournament. Jason Michas, playing at Skill Level 4, took
second place. Third place was won by Tom Little also playing
at Skill Level 4, while Bob Riley, playing at Skill Level
5, took fourth place.
Full Tournament results and payouts can be seen on the attached
Tournament Flow Chart. Any pool player who is interested in
participating in future tournaments can register with Scott
D. Abramowitz at 973-736-3435 or can email enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A tentative date for the second quarterly tournament has been
set for May 10th and 11th if a second day is required.
to view tournament chart.