APA announced on April 28 that the U.S. Amateur Championship trophy will now be known as The Larry Hubbart Trophy in honor of Co-Founder and Billiard Hall of Famer Larry Hubbart who passed away last August. Fellow Co-Founder Terry Bell made the announcement during the Annual APA League Operator Convention in Las Vegas.
“Larry was one of the greatest players of his era. He was always a gentleman and a credit to the game. He loved pool and dedicated most of his life to the promotion and betterment of the sport. I know Larry would be honored to have his name on this most prestigious of all amateur trophies, and recipients will be proud to display it,” said Bell.
The APA also announced the establishment of the Larry Hubbart Memorial exhibit at APA National Headquarters in Lake Saint Louis, Mo. Within this exhibit will reside various awards, artifacts, photographs and articles. Contributions from other’s within the billiard industry are also welcome.
The U.S. Amateur Championship is conducted by the APA, and is the only tournament produced by the APA open to both members and non-members. It’s a double elimination tournament that offers the nation’s top amateur players the opportunity to showcase their skills through a combination of 8-Ball and 9-Ball matches, in the only APA event that does not use The Equalizer® handicap system.