Tampa Bay Hosts U.S. Amateur Pool Championship

Brian Parks; Photo courtesy of the American Poolplayers Association
Brian Parks; Photo courtesy of the American Poolplayers Association

LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO — The nation’s top amateur poolplayers will be coming to the Bay Area next week for the 2014 U.S. Amateur Pool Championship – conducted by the American Poolplayers Association (APA).  Stroker’s, a local poolroom in Palm Harbor, will host the annual event which showcases the top players from around the country Nov. 5 – 9.

“We’re excited to host the U.S. Amateur Championship in the Tampa Bay Area.  Tampa was selected because of the popularity of pool in the state of Florida, and because it’s such a beautiful area of the country to visit,” said Jason Bowman, APA Marketing Director.

The championship will feature both an Open and Women’s Division, with the winner of each division advancing to the U.S. Open Pro Championship next year. 

The Women’s Division will feature 32 players, while the Open Division will field 128.  Competitors qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship in Preliminary Rounds held throughout the country Sept. 26-28.  Champions in each division will automatically return to defend their title in 2015.

U.S. Amateur Championship participants compete in a double elimination tournament that features a combination of both 8-Ball and 9-Ball formats.

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 and as the Canadian Pool League in Canada.  More than 250,000 members compete weekly in APA Leagues.  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 more than $1.5 Million in cash and prizes annually!

The APA and its championships are sponsored by Aramith, Action Cues and PoolDawg.

For more information about the U.S. Amateur Championship, visit www.usamateurchampionship.com.

Release courtesy of Jason Bowman, American Poolplayers Association