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Typhoon 1If there are any people in North America, or around the world for that matter, that haven’t yet heard of the Taiwan Typhoon Pool Team or its great players you should learn a little bit about them now because I am quite confident you will be seeing their names finishing high at major events for years to come.

Members of the Taiwan Typhoon Pool Team! Left to right: Jung-Lin Chang, Ping-Chung Ko, Kai-Lun Hsu, Charlin Chang (friend/relative), Yu-Lung Chang, Yu-Hsuan Cheng, Pin-Yi Ko and Mr. John Liu (Manager/Trainor). Photo courtesy of John Liu
Members of the Taiwan Typhoon Pool Team!
Left to right: Jung-Lin Chang, Ping-Chung Ko, Kai-Lun Hsu, Charlin Chang (friend/relative), Yu-Lung Chang, Yu-Hsuan Cheng, Pin-Yi Ko and Mr. John Liu (Manager/Trainor).
Photo courtesy of John Liu
I had the pleasure to meet all of these players at this year’s US Open and they are all true professionals and champions. Despite a few language barriers, we enjoyed quite a few laughs, figured out their team logo, worked on their “entrance theme music” and looked at nicknames for some of the other great players in attendance.
Here is a small sample of their great career accomplishments to this point!
Pin-Yi Ko
Pin-Yi Ko
1. Ko, Pin-Yi (May 31, 1989)
Nationality: Taiwan
Nickname: Billiards Prince
Age of Pool: 14 years
Accomplishments:
2015 World Cup Of Pool (Doubles) in England – Champion
2015 WPA World 9-Ball Championship – Champion
2015 WPA World 10-Ball Championship – Champion
2014 CSI Invitational 10-Ball Championship – Champion
2014 CSI Invitational 8-Ball Championship – 3rd Place
2013 Indonesia 9-Ball Open – Champion
2013 World Cup of Pool (Doubles) in England – 3rd Place
2012 World Cup of Pool (Teams) in China – Champion
2012 World 9-Ball Championship in Qatar – 5th Place
2012 World 8-Ball Championship in UAE – 5th Place
2011 ESPN 10-Ball Guinness Cup in Indonesia – Champion
2011 Japan 10-Ball Open – Champion
Jung-Lin Chang
2. Chang, Jung-Lin (May 2, 1985)
Nationality: Taiwan
Nickname: Evil Spirit
Age of Pool: 17 years
Accomplishments:
2013 World Cup of Pool (Doubles) in England – 3rd Place
2013 Malaysia 9-Ball Open – Champion
2012 Japan 10-Ball Open – Champion
2012 CBSA China 9-Ball Open – Champion
2012 World Cup of Pool (Teams) in China – Champion
2012 World 8-Ball Championship in UAE – Champion
2011 China 9-Ball Open – Champion
2011 Japan 10-Ball Open – Champion
Pin-Yi Ko (L) and Yu-Lung Chang (R)
Pin-Yi Ko (L) and Yu-Lung Chang (R)
3. Chang, Yu-Lung (Sep 21, 1981)
Nationality: Taiwan
Nickname: Fly Dragon
Age of Pool: 20 years
Accomplishments:
2015 4th Steinway Classic 10-Ball – Champion
2015 World Cup of Pool (Doubles) in England – Champion
2014 WPA World 9-Ball Championship – 3rd Place
2014 China 9-Ball Open – Champion
2012 China 9-Ball Open – Champion
2010 China 9-Ball Open – Champion
Ping-Chung Ko
Ping-Chung Ko
4. Ko, Ping-Chung (Sep 18, 1995)
Nationality: Taiwan
Nickname: King Killer
Age of Pool: 8 years
Accomplishments:
2015 4th Steinway Classic 10-Ball – Runner-Up
2015 WPA World 9-Ball Championship –3rd Place
2014 CSI Invitational 8-Ball Championship – Champion
2014 CSI Invitational 10-Ball Championship – Runner-Up
2013 WPA World 9-Ball Championship (Junior) – Champion
2012 Malaysia 9-Ball Open – Champion
2010 Malaysia 9-Ball Open – Runner-Up
2010 Japan 10-Ball Open – Runner-Up
Kai-Lun Hsu
5. Hsu, Kai-Lun (Oct 3, 1988)
Nationality: Taiwan
Nickname: Sai-Ya Superman
Age of Pool: 12 years
Accomplishments:
2015 US Open 9-Ball – 5th Place
2015 WPA World 10-Ball Championship (Doubles) in Philippine – 3rd Place
2014 WPA World 10-Ball Championship (Doubles) in Philippine – Runner-Up
2011 China 9-Ball Open – Runner-Up
Yu-Hsuan Cheng
Yu-Hsuan Cheng
6. Cheng, Yu-Hsuan (Feb 5, 1988)
Nationality: Taiwan
Nickname: Murdering Scholar
Age of Pool: 11 years
Accomplishments:
2015 US Open 9-Ball – Champion
2015 China Open 9-Ball – Champion
2013 National Professional Billiards Ranking Tournament (No.258) – Runner-Up
2011 National Games of the Republic of China (9-Ball) – Champion
Keep working hard and having fun gentlemen!

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