Two local teams qualify for national tourney in Las Vegas

Smokehouse Crewzers of Myrtle Beach and Chalk Is Cheap of Wilmington, NC, qualified for the 2012 APA 8-Ball National Team Championships, conducted by the American Poolplayers Association (APA), through their top performance in the Local Team Championship at Smokehouse Billiards in Myrtle Beach over the weekend.

The two teams will be joining more than 700 other squads from throughout North America who will be traveling to Las Vegas to play at the Riviera Hotel & Casino, Aug. 19-25, to compete for a national title and a portion of the $1 million guaranteed cash and prizes.

Smokehouse Crewzers are members of the APA Pool League and participate in weekly league play at Smokehouse Billiards in Myrtle Beach. Team members include (pictured above, from left to right) Dick Rooks, Crystal Monast, Missy Rhodes, Stephen Rhodes, Jennifer Dix, Greg Dix, Kristy Dimaio and Stephen Pease.

Chalk Is Cheap competes in weekly play at Breaktime Billiards in Wilmington. Team members include (pictured below, left to right) Ginger Blanton, Callie Paul, Dan Guerin, Clay Goins, Angel Morales, Larry Swain and Brandon Beres.

Based in St. Louis, the APA sanctions the world’s largest amateur pool league and 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.

In 2010, the APA National Team Championships were recognized by Guinness World Records as the “world’s largest pool tournament.”

The local APA league is owned and operated since 2009 by World Champion Billiards player Ewa Laurance. Local league play is available in Horry, Brunswick and New Hanover County.

For more information or to get signed up with the APA, please contact Ewa Laurance at 843-685-5625 or by email at info@ccpoolplayers.com, or visit the official APA website at www.poolplayers.com.

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