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May 8, 2018 > Local resident earns top tier spot at Pool Championships

Local resident earns top tier spot at Pool Championships

Submitted By Cynthia Phillips

Craig Nicholson of San Leandro captured 17th Place in Black Tier Skill Level 6-9 of the American Poolplayers Association?s (APA) 2018 9-Ball Shootout, held during the 2018 APA Poolplayer Championship April 25-29 at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Nicholson qualified for the 9-Ball Shootout after winning the regional competition held in October (9-Ball) and March (8-Ball) at California Billiards in Fremont. Although Nicholson previously qualified for regionals in 2016 and 2017, this year he actually won the trip to the National Poolplayer Championship.

Nicholson, 47, has been playing pool over 25 years, but has been a member of APA for three years. Nicholson is a quality assurance manager of a flooring company and married Cindy Kassab on April 21, 2018 in Castro Valley. They immediately headed to Las Vegas for their honeymoon so Nicholson could compete in both the 9-Ball Shootout and 8-Ball Classic.
Nicholson was one of only 396 amateur poolplayers to qualify for the championship, the nation?s most rewarding 9-Ball singles tournament?offering guaranteed cash and prizes totaling over $175,000!

Nicholson finished in 17th Place, earning additional cash and prizes including an Action Commemorative Championship Cue, Commemorative Duffel Bag, Commemorative Action Cue Case, and a Commemorative Prize Bundle of pool gear, totaling over $1,000 in cash and prizes. Entrants pay a one-time fee of only $20 to qualify for the tournament.

Nine other members of Heart Of The Bay Pool League also competed in Las Vegas. Their final standings are as follows: Alex Almendral of San Lorenzo and Craig Nicholson tied for 65th place in the 8-Ball Classic. The Brothers with Robert Battinich of Castro Valley and Ken Collins of Patterson finished 129th place in the 9-Ball Doubles Championship. 8 Ball Ballers with Brad Ashmore of Alameda and Robert Soule III of San Leandro finished 129th place in the 8-Ball Doubles Championship.

Mini-mania tournaments (mini?s), limited to 8-32 entrants, were started hourly during the championships and several members entered them. Alex Almendral finished 2nd place (winning $60) and 5th place in 9-Ball mini?s. Robert Battinich finished 3rd in 3 9-Ball mini?s and 5th in an 8-Ball mini. Richard Dickerson of Alameda finished 3rd in an 8-Ball mini and 5th in a 9-Ball and 8-Ball mini. Ken Collins of Patterson finished 5th place in 2 9-Ball mini?s. Kaye Syhongpan of Hayward competed in 2 9-Ball Mixed Doubles mini?s with Brain Mark and Kevin Bui, both of Fremont, finishing 17th place in both.

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