Locals rack ’em up to vie for bid to APA national tourney

APA Pool League teams from Horry, Brunswick and New Hanover counties will be competing in a local qualifying tournament at Smokehouse Billiards in Myrtle Beach.

Winners of this Local Team Championship advance to the $600,000 APA 8-Ball National Team Championships at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Aug. 19-25.

The area has already crowned a Ladies-only champion, a 9-Ball champion and a Masters champ. An 8-Ball doubles and 9-Ball doubles local APA qualifier also was held, producing two more teams that are Las Vegas-bound. Seven teams in total will be representing the area at the National APA Amateur Championship.

Members of APA Pool League teams became eligible to compete in the Local Team Championship by participating in weekly league play during this past year and placing tops in their division during the summer, fall or spring sessions. Last year, more than 700 North American teams comprised the APA 8-Ball National Team Championships field.

The APA, based in Lake St. Louis, Mo., sanctions the world’s largest amateur pool league, known as the APA Pool League, throughout the United States and Canada. Over 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.

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.

The local APA league is owned and operated by World Champion Billiards player Ewa Laurance. For more information or to sign up with the APA, contact her by phone at 843-695-5625, by email at info@ccpoolplayers.com, or visit the official local APA website at www.ccpoolplayers.com.

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