1. APA Celebrates 40th Anniversary
2019 marked our 40th Anniversary and we kept the partying going all year long! Take a look back at major moments in APA history: https://www.facebook.com/poolplayers/videos/916526102053089/.
2. Battle of Skill Level 2s at World Championships
It was one of the most exciting championship matches we’ve ever seen! The 8-Ball World Championship came down to the fifth and final match and two skill level 2s decided the outcome. See how it all played out: https://poolplayers.com/2019-8-ball-world-championship-results/.
3. PoolDawg Championship Arena Gets a Facelift
PoolDawg Championship Arena underwent a major facelift in August, transforming into an amateur arena unlike any other for our finalists to live out their moment of glory!
4. Mosconi Cup Vice-Captain Joins Commentary Team at U.S. Amateur Championship
We welcomed Team USA Vice-Captain Jeremy Jones to the U.S. Amateur Championship as a commentator for the live stream throughout the tournament. Just weeks after the event, he helped lead Team USA to their second consecutive Mosconi Cup title! Watch the matches here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbHCILPWG6XCcOwtXGVJLaCRz0RVp53ni.
5. Woman Wins Jack & Jill Championship on Broken Leg
In an amazing feat, Kimberly Horowitz took home the Jack & Jill Championship title with her partner after playing the entire event with a broken leg. Watch here: https://poolplayers.com/2019-jack-jill-doubles-championship-results/.
6. New U.S. Amateur Championship Winner is Crowned
A newcomer to the U.S. Amateur Championship took home the title in 2019 – Blake Baker of Las Vegas earned the title in his first U.S. Amateur Championship appearance. Read more here: https://poolplayers.com/2019-u-s-amateur-championship-blake-baker-storms-onto-the-scene/.
7. Tina Larsen Becomes First 3-Time Womens U.S. Amateur Champion
Tina Larsen became the first woman to claim the Womens U.S. Amateur Championship three times. Read more here: https://poolplayers.com/2019-womens-u-s-amateur-championship-concludes-with-epic-back-and-forth-battle/.
8. First Ever Gray Tier Champion Crowned
2019 was the first year for the 9-Ball Shootout Gray Tier (skill levels 7-8) at the Poolplayer Championships. It was Edward Arciniega of National City, Calif., taking home the inaugural title. View results here: https://poolplayers.com/2019-apa-9-ball-shootout-final-results/.
9. Abe Schaad follows U.S. Amateur Championship win with 8-Ball Classic Title
After taking the 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship by storm, newcomer Ab Schaad followed his win with an 8-Ball Classic win in the Purple Tier. View results here: https://poolplayers.com/2019-apa-8-ball-classic-final-results/.
10. APA Leagues Make a Difference
APA Leagues around the world are making a difference in their communities. Throughout the year, and especially during the holidays, we saw APA Leagues running various charity events in their area for causes near and dear to their hearts. View stories here: https://poolplayers.com/pooltogether/.