Story & Photos by Patty Quillinan
The BEF North Carolina Junior State 9-Ball Championships took place at The Green Room in Pineville, NC on March 21, 2015. 22 participants played in three age divisions: 18 and under boys, 14 and under boys, and 18 and under girls. The tournament was co-sponsored by Four Seasons of Lake Norman and The Green Room in Pineville, NC.
There were 12 participants in the 18 and under boys division. Justin Martin took home the first place title, while Austen Russell recorded a second place finish.
The 14 and under boys division had 12 players. Matthew Quillinan claimed the first place title and Peter Abatangelo ranked second in this bracket.
In the girls division, Jackson placed first, while Leah Quillinan took home the second place title.
6 players earned entry into the 2015 BEF Junior Nationals that is being held in Las Vegas in August 2015. The following players qualified for Las Vegas from this tournament: Amber Jackson, Justin Martin, Austen Russell, Garrett Kinney, Matthew Quillinan, and Peter Abatangelo. Scholarships are provided to the first place winners for the 18 and under and 14 and under age groups.
In addition to their sponsorship, Four Seasons of Lake Norman raffled off 2 pool cues to benefit the BEF. A special thank you goes to the Charlotte Metro APA for providing lunch for all participants.
18 & Under Boy Division
|1st Place||Justin Martin, age 16||Wilmington, NC||Trophy, Paid Entry to 2015 BEF Jr Nationals, $100 Academic Scholarship|
|2nd Place||Austen Russell, age 17||Charryville, NC||Trophy, Paid Entry to 2015 BEF Jr Nationals|
|3rd Place||Garrett Kinney, age 16||Randleman, NC||Paid Entry to 2015 BEF Jr Nationals|
14 & Under Boy Division
|1st Place||Matthew Quillinan, age 13||Huntersville, NC||Trophy, Paid Entry to 2015 BEF Jr Nationals, $50 Academic Scholarship|
|2nd Place||Peter Abatangelo||Trophy, Paid Entry to 2015 BEF Jr Nationals|
18 & Under Girls Division
|1st Place||Amber Jackson, age 15||Clover, SC||Trophy, Paid Entry to 2015 BEF Jr Nationals|
|2nd Place||Leah Quillinan, age 15||Huntersville, NC||Trophy|
For more information on sponsoring, hosting, or participating in a Junior State Championship, visit billiardeducation.org or call (303) 926-1039. Complete list of nationwide junior events listed here: http://billiardeducation.org/events/