It was an exciting and successful weekend at North American Pool Tour’s (NAPT) first annual, Desert Challenge, November 2-5 at Griff’s Bar & Billiards, Las Vegas, NV.
The event kicked off with an equally successful pro-am charity event. Benefitting Donate Life America: Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation Registration (www.donatelife.net), $480 was raised by 22 teams in a scotch doubles format. With a $20 donation, 22 amateur players were matched up via blind draw with one of the Division I Pro players to play 9-ball, scotch doubles format. Ultimately, Lee Brett and Tara Williams finished in 1st place and Allison Fisher took 2nd place with her partner, Casey Guell. This charity event is held at each of NAPT’s events, with donations going directly to the charity of the host rooms’ choice. All players are welcome to attend and play in these charity events.
The main event started with 61 Division I and II players battling it out for their share of $20,250. In the end, Karen Corr went undefeated, earning yet another first place prize and $3,425, with Allison Fisher following her with a very respectable second place finish and $2,425. Vivian Villarreal and Eleanor Callado rounded out the top four, respectively. Visit www.playnapt.com to view completed brackets. POVpool provided the live-streaming for this event.
The North American Pool Tour would like to thank Mark Griffin and his staff for being fantastic hosts! Griff’s Bar & Billiards (www.griffslv.com) is a classy, non-smoking establishment (smoking area outside) with a full bar & restaurant and plenty of free parking. They proudly offer (8) 9-foot Diamond pool tables, (17) 7-foot Diamond pool tables, an antique 12-foot Brunswick snooker/golf table, and even a Chinese 8-ball snooker table – all in excellent playing condition. Griff’s provides a comfortable, adult atmosphere with helpful, friendly staff and plenty of seating. It’s been a wonderful addition to the Las Vegas region and NAPT is proud to have Griff’s on their list of host venues.
NAPT is currently working on solidifying 2018 dates. Mark Griffin was so impressed with the success of hosting his first NAPT event, Griff’s has signed on for the next two consecutive years. Look for dates to be announced for next year’s event, as well as dates and locations for future stops, in early 2018.
Players from all over North America gather to compete in many NAPT events throughout the year. Top Division I (pro) players receive automatic invites to these events and Division II (semi-pro) players earn invites through participation in ten, regional tours in Canada and throughout America. If there is not a regional tour near you, we welcome the formation of new regional tours. Visit www.playnapt.com to find a regional tour near you, to get help to form your own regional tour, and to learn how to qualify for these exciting events.
The North American Pool Tour (NAPT) was formed in early 2016 to provide an additional opportunity for semi-professional and professional women players to participate in highly competitive billiard events across North America.