Former US Champion George Ashby won the Spring 2017 Professor-Q-Ball 3-Cushion Rushville Tournament held March 9-12. This was Ashby's second time as Rushville champion having won the very first event in 2013. Lupe Cruz, also a repeat winner, was 5th this year. Right behind Ashby was Fred Lamers (2nd) and Felipe Razon (3rd). More about the event and our picture gallery follows.
Pictured above (L to R) are the 10 playes including the 8 finalists: Sabino Marquez, Lupe Cruz, Jim Bishop, Fred Lamers, George Ashby, Adrian Viguera, Olegario Gonzalez, Craig Powers, Felipe Razon and Luis Milan.
On March 9-12 thirty players assembled for the eighth Rushville Open Tournament, each hoping to cash in on the prestige and big payout of a win. Tournament Directors, George Ashby, Gary Eake and Bruce Venzke have been running this event since 2013. Players from all over the country travel to play in this always challenging and fun competition.
In past years different players have alternated as winners. In the last two events (October 2016 and this year) we have seen repeat winners. Here is a little history of the event winners:
- January 2013 - George Ashby
- January 2014 - Lupe Cruz
- January 2015 - Adrian Viguera
- May 2015 - Miguels Torres
- October 2015 - Hugo Patino
- March 2016 - Fred Lamers
- October 2016 - Lupe Cruz
- March 2017 - George Ashby
An event like this cannot be run without the help of many people.Thanks goes out to all the players, sponsors and supporters who continue to make this a fantastic tournament. That list includes: Noel Mendoza for donating a Schuler Cue, Bill Smith for donating his instructional DVD’s sets and Mazin Shooni for donating three sets of billiard gloves. All donations were placed in the raffle, with the winners being Craig Powers for the Schuler cue, John Jacobson for the Bill Smith DVD and Gordon Hamblen, Luis Milan and Fred Lamers for the gloves.
Here are the generous prize payouts for the event:
1st $1,100 - 2nd $1,000 - 3rd $825 - 4th $700 - 5th $565 - 6th $450 - 7th $350 - 8th $200 - 9/10 $100
The total payout amounted to a whopping $5,390.00! Just another reason all the players are looking forward to the next installment of the Rushville Open Tournament which is the Fall event that has been sceheduled for October 12-15, 2017..
Enjoy our image gallery (below) where you can see the charts for the final 8 players.