U.S. Amateur Championship

U.S. Amateur Championship

November 7-11, 2018* – Palm Harbor, Fla

*Event dates subject to change

As the Governing Body of Amateur Pool, the American Poolplayers Association (APA) is honored to conduct the 25th Annual U.S. Amateur Championship. Since the inauguration of this event in 1994, the level of competition continues to improve year after year. Only a small percentage of the best amateur players choose to play for the glory and love of the game. Those who enter this event will experience the highest level of amateur billiard play in the United States. Therefore, the U.S. Amateur Championship is only intended for the finest amateur players. The competition will be relentless, and every match won will be well deserved. If you think you’ve got what it takes to be the next U.S. Amateur Champion, we encourage you to enter this event and find out!

The U.S. Amateur Championships offer both the U.S. Amateur Championship and the Womens U.S. Amateur Championship.

U.S. Amateur Championship

November 9-11, 2018

  • Race to 7
  • Combination of 8-Ball & 9-Ball
    • 5 Games of 8-Ball
    • 8 Games of 9-Ball

Womens U.S. Amateur Championship

November 7-8, 2018

  • Race to 5
  • Combination of 8-Ball & 9-Ball
    • 3 Games of 8-Ball
    • 6 Games of 9-Ball

Register for the U.S. Amateur Championships Preliminary Rounds

General Information

  • Double Elimination
  • 4 1/2 x 9 ft. Tables
  • APA & Pro Rules Apply
  • Winner of Lag Chooses Break or Format
Championship Host Location

Stroker’s Sports Bar & Grill
30901 US Hwy 19 North
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
(727) 786-6683


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Location Managers

If you have several patrons who want to participate, you can host a Qualifier event and sponsor the winner. The entry fees you generate would cover your cost to send him/her to a Preliminary Round. Each year, national billiard magazines and local newspapers across the country feature participants and winners of the U.S. Amateur Championship. This is a great promotional opportunity for your business. If you sponsor a player who finishes in the Top 5 of the U.S. Amateur Championship or in the Top 3 of the Womens U.S. Amateur Championship, you’ll receive a commemorative plaque for your establishment.

Entry Fees

2017 Preliminary Rounds – $75 for Non-APA members ($50 for APA members)


In addition to advancing to a pro event, each Champion will receive a magnificent trophy and event jacket.

Both Champions receive a one year free APA membership and are invited to return to the Championship Round the following year to defend their titles. Returning Champions also receive complimentary airline travel, courtesy of APA.

The winners receive paid travel*, lodging and entry into a 2018 pro event.
*Ground transportation(cab,rental car, etc.) will be at player’s expense.

Hotel & Lodging

Doubletree Suites by Hilton Tampa Bay
3050 North Rocky Point Drive West
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 888-8800

All lady contestants advancing to the Championship Rounds of the Womens U.S. Amateur Championship receive two nights complimentary private lodging. Contestants advancing to the Championship Rounds of the U.S. Amateur Championship receive three nights complimentary private lodging. Reservations must be made by Oct. 6, 2017.

APA will also cover an additional night of lodging for those players still competing on Sunday.

Flight Special for APA Members

United Airlines gives APA Members Discounts on Flights to Tampa Bay, FL


United Airlines Now Offering Discounted Flights for APA Members for USAM in Tampa Bay, FL

United Airlines is pleased to offer discounts of 2% to 10% off published fares for travel to the U.S Amateur in Tampa Bay, Florida

Choose your flight times, and access your meeting discounts at www.united.com/meetingtravel Insert Offer Code  ZWYS614731
Call your travel professional or United Meetings at 800-426-1122 for reservations.
Refer to Z Code ZWYS  and Agreement Code: 614731

Contact Us

Have questions or need more information on the U.S. Amateur Championship? Contact us at 636-625-8611 ext. 5510 or ndunn@poolplayers.com.

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Preliminary Round Locations

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Rules of Participation

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Latest News

2017 U.S. Amateur Final Results

The “drive to 5” is complete.  When the final 9-ball dropped at the 2017 U.S. Amateur Championship, it was a familiar name hoisting the trophy. Brian Parks of Bakersfield, Calif., defeated Jeremy Edwards of Farmland, Ind., 11-6 in the final round of this year’s...

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Huang Wins Womens 2017 U.S. Amateur Championship

After several close finishes over the years, Melinda Huang of Los Angeles, Calif., is the newest woman to carry the title of U.S. Amateur Champion.  Huang defeated Amy Theriault of Sandusky, Ohio by a score of 9-4.  She'll advance to a pro tournament next year. Huang...

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U.S. Amateur Championship Day 2 Recap

The real contenders for this year’s coveted U.S. Amateur Championship title began to emerge during the afternoon and into the evening Saturday at Strokers in Palm Harbor, Fla. By the end of the day only four players remained undefeated.  That group included former...

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