The North American Pool Tour (NAPT) held its second stop of the year at Shooter’s Sports Bar and Billiards in Grayslake, Illinois, from August 18-21. Sixteen-year-old April Larson took home the coveted crystal trophy after cruising undefeated through the field of 58 women. Players from across the country converged on the Chicagoland area to compete for a total purse of $19,500.
Play heated up earlynight as players gathered for a scotch doubles charity Pro-Am event. Spectators and local players paired up with tour pros in a friendly race to 2 in 9 ball. They played on the venue’s 15 stellar 9-foot Diamond tables. The event raised $620 for Pool After School, a non-profit organization that teaches children how to play pool after school. Tour player Bonnie Arnold and Julian Flores claimed bragging rights after running through the field of 31 teams.
As the main event unfoldedmorning, Larson started off strong with wins over Beth Fondell (7-3) and Adrianne Beach (7-0). She would continue her work against Jacqui Schroeder (7-5) and Jia Li (7-5). , Larson’s solid mechanics and competitive drive served her well as she claimed the hot seat after besting Bonnie Arnold (7-2) and Tara Williams (7-4).
Not to be outdone, Williams regrouped from her only loss in the tournament. She went on to defeat Naomi Williams (7-5) in the semi-finals for a rematch against Larson. Unfortunately, Williams struggled early in the finals. Larson, displaying her well-honed cue skills, finished the tournament with a decisive 7-0 victory.
“Our second stop of the year was a huge success,” says NAPT president Adrianne Beach. “The women showed an elevated level of play and true sportsmanship. A huge thanks to Shooter’s Sports Bar and Grill for hosting this event.”
After three days of play, Larson took home the crystal trophy and $3,400. Williams pocketed $2,400 for her solid second-place finish. Other top finishers in the event included Naomi Williams (3rd), Taylor Hansen (4th), Cassie Francois (5-6th), and Bonnie Arnold (5-6th). You can find the full results online at www.playnapt.com or visit the NAPT’s Facebook page.