TAP Teams Rack up the Money
$22,000 Masters Tournament Payout
The TAP Billiard League in Phoenix, AZ, completed their annual three-day Masters Tournament, the final event for the top-rated teams to qualify for the November TAP Nationals in Charleston, SC.
Tournament play started September 26 using a round robin format to determine the NCAA seeding placement on the championship board for September 27. On September 28 the final four teams from the championship board and second-chance board competed for the cash, trophies, and bragging rights. Prize money was awarded to each qualifying team to defray expenses if they chose to go to the TAP Nationals. If teams decided NOT to go, the prize money was still theirs to use however they wished.
In addition to the prize money, there were three vouchers worth $2,300 each given for hotel expenses (three rooms/four nights) and entry fees ($700) into the national tournament. These were “traveling” vouchers, meaning they were offered to the first-, second-, and third-place teams first. If they decided not to use their prize money to go to Nationals, the vouchers moved down the line and were given to a team who planned to attend. All three top teams accepted the vouchers.
Congratulations to the teams listed below:
8 Ballerz – $5000 + Voucher:
Dan Allen (Cpt), Mike Johns, Tyler Ensign, Nick Cipitti, Dan Wrobleski, Khaled Noaman
Run Em Out – $3000 + Voucher:
Chad Purvis (Cpt), Dean Martin, Mike Sturdivant, Dave Linke, Scott Knapik, Jason Barkac, Rob Unger, Dave Sanders
Big Cahones – $1500 + Voucher: Freddie Lucero (Cpt), Dave Rayner, Dave McNamara, Alex Lucero, Verland French, Mike Kounkel, James Hitzroth, Al Garcia
Young Guns – $1500: Travis Choate (Cpt), Nate Rooker, Aaron Hernandez, Eric Broughton, Pedro Baxin, Steve Clark, Danny Giang
Down to the Felt – $775: Chris Furbish (Cpt), Derek Sabot, James Bender, James Beauchamp, Matt Alfrey, Mike Mulcahy, Ernest Kenneth
The Unknowns – $775: Mike Sturdivant (Cpt), Leo Berrios, Eric Broughton, Gason Sturdivant, Joe & John Huesman, Dan Nielsen, Francisco Serrano
Warped Cues – $775: Ed Rick (Cpt), Matt Pientka, Tony Denton, Shawn Haddy, Lance Wells, Tim & Terry Gillespie
Lummy’s Cafe – $775: Rod Balliette (Cpt), Mike Menker, Matt Colby, Dave Lumm, Jeff Keaton, Mike Revenew, Joe Reinsch
Cool 8 – $500: J. R. Ascencion (Cpt), Brad Hagen, Navin Talreja, Chad Taylor, Shanna Sharp, Alex Lucero, Jim Hitzroth, Dan Shultz
For 2010 and 2011 the TAP Nationals will be held at Bally’s in Las Vegas. TAP’s fall session begins in November – get in on the action for the next two years. Call 602-268-6067 or go to phoenixtap.com for details.