By Markus Noé
Spring has sprung and that means we are well into the second half of the pool season here in Canada. As the weather increasingly gets better many players will soon be trading in their pool sticks for golf clubs. Since 2010 usually in the late spring, the team at Even Time have put on the Classique de Billiard des Appalaches in Thetford Mines Québec which has been very popular among amateurs and professionals.
The Classique has divisions from "B" to Semi-pro with each division having the option to play both 9 and 10 ball. Last year to replace their current pro division they introduced the Archer Cup 10 Ball tournament in honor of the American legend Johnny Archer. It was well attended by some of the best players living in North America including Thorsten Hohman, Johnny Archer and Mike Dechaine. For Canadian top pro's John Morra, Erik Hjorleifson, Danny Hewitt and Alain Martel were all present. In previous years, before it was called the Archer Cup, Ralf Souquet, Jayson Shaw, Jeremy Sossei and Shane VanBoening have made appearances. After talking to one of the main organizers Marco Sanschargin he has informed me that he will be reaching out to a lot of these players again and is hopeful for an even more stacked field this year.
In addition to the Archer Cup there will be an open 9 ball tournament to give players another chance at some cash. Registration for all divisions can be done at www.eventime.ca . These tournaments are capped at 32 players in each division and tend to fill up fast so I recommend reserving your spot as soon as possible. I have participated in the amateur divisions the last two years and I can attest from experience these tournaments are well run and the playing conditions are first class. If you are a die hard fan of pool, in your down time between matches you can walk into the pro arena and be treated to some of the best players in the world. They will also be playing for a projected $6500 for first with a full field which will add the intensity. If you have any questions you can contact Marco Sanschagrin through Facebook . For details on last years event you can read the full report here