This post is a bit overdue in that the tournament was held on 4/25/2021
TeamTTMD was well represented with a contingent of players, shooting in the 550 and under Fargo, 9 Ball Tournament at The Green Turtle in the Harford Mall, Harford County, MD.
It was nice to see players from all over the area coming together and supporting local tournament director Brian Kilgore. The Green Turtle has been stepping up and working hard to improve the tournament. The players were treated to new Dynasphere balls this time around.
Thank you to our teammates (SP) Mary Watkins, (SP) Nick Spriggs, (SP) Wayne Everhart, (SP) Kelly Daniel, (PR) Michelle Brigerman, (PR) Kan-Kan, and (PR) Kimberly Smith-Martin for taking the trip. Watching the team, cheering one another on was a great feeling.
Thank you Kelly Daniel and Kimberly Smith-Martin for the photos.
The event, for our team, was highlighted by an excellent run by Michelle Brigerman and Nick Spriggs.
For Michelle, this was a very special day in that this was the highest she has placed in a non-APA singles event. We are very proud of Michelle for branching out into singles tournament play. She had a great showing besting some solid shooters placing tied for 9th.
Nick Spriggs was shooting some absolute stellar pool, jumping and kicking to get out more than once. Nick said he just ran out of gas, finishing in 3rd. We are looking forward to watching Nick’s game mature. The sky is the limit for this young talent.
Don’t be shy in reaching out to Brian Kilgore for the next “Turtle Tournament”.
Congratulations to (SP) Kelly Daniel and (VIP) Vinnie Biondo Sr., for battling it out all day after being sent to the B side in their second match.
Over the past few days, we have been hearing more of the event and some of the shot-making that took place. From many accounts, there were some wow moments.
For Kelly and Vince, this was their first time as partners, but have often faced off against one another in tournaments.
Kelly admits it was a long day and says it was hard to stay focused and be positive, but they both found a way to pick each other up when they were down. An all-important ingredient for any successful scotch doubles team. (Read more about her experience on her Facebook page)
We are extremely proud of both players for their tenacity and for representing with class.
This is the third week that Kelly has made a strong run and each time a little closer to the top. We are extremely proud of her determination and the hard work she is putting in to improve her game.
TeamTTMD was well represented by (SP) Leroy Taylor, (PR) Kim Smith-Martin, (SP) Mary Watkins, (PR) Michelle Brigerman, (VIP) John Loller, and (VIP) Zach Nantz. Thank you to all of our teammates and VIPS that competed and supported one another even though they may have had to battle against each other.
Here are a few photos from the event courtesy of Kelly Daniel.
Thank you to Alishia Hixson and The New Green Room Billiards for a well ran event.
This past weekend we had the pleasure of streaming the Delaware, Maryland, Virginia Amateur Tour, by Chris Wilburn.
This tour is turning into a premier event around the DMV area, featuring top amateurs as well as league players looking to get their feet wet in an intermediate-level tournament, before moving into an open. This is a great tour to work on the mental focus and physical stamina that is often described as tournament legs, to compete at a higher level.
TeamTTMD was well represented with (SP) Wayne Everhart, (SP) Kelly Daniel, (SP) JR Hepner, (SP) Chris Funk, (PR) Brian Dietzenbach, and (PR) Lenny Valley, in attendance.
We’d like to congratulate (PR) Brian Dietzenbach on his flawless run going undefeated and taking home 1st prize, showing grit and determination– fighting through some tough matches.
Congratulations to Jim Davis and Bethany Sykes for finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. Both players were playing fabulous pool all day.
(SP) Chris Funk had a strong showing placing 4th. Chris is an unflappable and respectful pool player– you will never see him lose his cool. Chris is the type of guy that will fight rack for rack in a match, but then take a few minutes afterward to work with a teammate on a particular shot or talk pool and share knowledge. We are looking forward to watching Chris compete at the MD State Bar Table 9 Ball Championship this weekend as well as the TTMD 10 Ball Open in June. Thank you Chris for all you do for our team and pool.
Congratulations to (SP) Kelly Daniel who had an absolutely fabulous run finishing tied for 9th. Kelly has been working very hard to elevate her game, focusing on tournaments like the DMVAT and the JPNEWT. Over the last few weeks, she has enjoyed 13th and 9th place finishes in some really strong fields. It is clear to everyone watching her play that she is working hard and gaining confidence. Kelly shared with us that her goal this year was to make it to the Day 2 of a JPNEWT event. We think she is well on her way!
Thank you to (SP) Jr Hepner for competing and giving your all. He and I finished 13th, played respectable pool– fought hard, and enjoyed spending time with our teammates and friends.
We wanted to give a special shout-out to (PR) Lenny Valley on his first DMVAT. Lenny was a trooper, taking the trip with no guarantee to be able to play in the event, however, he wanted to support his teammates and help out with the stream if we needed the help. Lenny was able to compete in the tournament and was “Johnny on the spot” when we needed help. Thank You!
We could not go without saying thank you to Chris Wilburn. The guy is a bundle of energy and works tirelessly to put on a fair tour for the amateurs, while also moving the event around to support many pool rooms in our region. It is not easy to be thoughtful about a tour schedule and work to avoid conflicts with other tours and tournaments. Thank you Chris for all you do to support the venues, the players, and pool.