U.S. AMATEUR POOL CHAMPIONSHIP RETURNS TO TAMPA BAY

U.S. AMATEUR POOL CHAMPIONSHIP RETURNS TO TAMPA BAY

TAMPA, Fla. - The nation’s top amateur poolplayers are coming to Tampa Bay in November for the 2011 U.S. Amateur Pool Championship – conducted by the American Poolplayers Association (APA).  Strokers in Palm Harbor will play host to the annual event, which will take place Nov. 4–6.

“We are very excited to host the U.S. Amateur Championship in Tampa.  We selected the Tampa area to conduct the event because of the popularity of pool in Florida and because it’s such a beautiful area of the country to visit,” said Jason Bowman, APA marketing and PR manager.

The championship will feature both Men’s and Women’s Divisions, 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 Men’s Division will field 128.  Each competitor qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship in preliminary rounds held throughout the country in September.  Both champions will automatically return to defend their title in 2012.

U.S. Amateur Championship participants compete in a double elimination tournament, race-to-7, with a maximum of five games of 8-Ball and eight games of 9-Ball.  Once the field is narrowed to the final two competitors, the match becomes a single elimination race-to-11 with up to 13 games of 9-Ball and eight games of 8-Ball.

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.  Nearly 270,000 members compete in weekly 8-Ball and 9 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.

For more information about the APA, its amateur leagues and championships, visit the official APA website atwww.poolplayers.com