Wheelchair American 8 Ball Pool - 2015 APA 8-Ball Wheelchair Challenge
29th April - 3rd May 2015 / The Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, U.S.A.
BATES IS THE 2015 CHAMPION
45 players from across the country travelled to Las Vegas to compete in the 2015 8-Ball Wheelchair Challenge. As usual, the event was part of this year’s American Poolplayers Association National Singles Championships.
After a hard graft of tournament play, the final was contested between Ron Bates and Joel Fini, in a best of nine rack clash.
Fini deposited the opening games to establish a 2-0 lead, only to see Bates fight back when levelling it up after taking the next two.
The match would then continue to be close, going all the way to a decider at 4-4.
Eventually, it would be Bates who came through in the ninth to claim his maiden Wheelchair Challenge title and $1,600 prize money. Fini had the consolation of $800.
The ‘Sportsmanship Award’ was won by Bennett Jewett.
Final Standings for the 2015 APA 8-Ball Wheelchair Challenge
Winner: Ron Bates (Coldwater)
Runner-Up: Joel Fini (Des Moines)
3rd Place: Gregory Neumann (Collinsville) & Marland Redfield (Marshall)
5th Place: Scott Kilber (Dayton), Jared Zaman (Paola), Bennett Jewett (Apex), Paul Patey (Corner Brook)
9th Place: Deana Butler (Alton), Clint Cook (Woodstock), Josh Johnson (Rayville), Steve Pento (Medford), David Johnson (Adrian), Charlie Hans (Cincinnati), Josh Burns (Guelph) Joel Goodman (Sherwood)
For the full standings from the event, please visit the APA site here.
Written and published by Michael Day