Newcomers Take Charge at Billiards Tourney
The theme of this year's tournament was the excellent play of newcomers to the Maryland Senior Olympics as we saw exciting matches in all the age groups.
Ban Nguyen of Silver Spring and Lou Cammarata of Ellicott City were first-time participants who captured gold in the three-day tournament held Sept. 21-23 at the Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center in Silver Spring. Ms. Nguyen captured the women's division and Mr. Cammarata the 80-and-above age group.
For the second straight year, Roscoe Frazier of North Bethesda went undefeated in the 70-79 age group. On his way to the gold medal, Mr. Frazier bested Jim Harbaugh, 2008 gold medalist, then met Jim Thalberg of Glen Burnie in the championship round. Mr. Thalberg rallied from a first-round defeat to win four straight matches but settled for silver when Mr. Frazier swept the finals in three straight games.
Like Mr. Thalberg, Larry Myers of Silver Spring fell into the loser’s bracket in the first round before winning five straight matches for the gold medal of the 50-69 age group. Mr. Myers had to win two matches against undefeated Tony Klemens of North Beach in the championship round. In a title match dominated by defensive strategy, Mr. Myers won 3-1 and 3-0.
Mr. Cammarata claimed his gold medal by defeating Lee Bardleman of Glen Burnie. Mr. Cammarata pocketed a run of six straight balls, including the 8-ball, in an upset in the division. Last year’s gold medalist, Walter Craig of Silver Spring, was upended by Mr. Bardleman and settled for bronze.
Ms. Nguyen went undefeated in the women’s division to take the gold medal. She had been playing for less than a year when she decided to enter the Senior Olympics to gain more experience and improve her game. This was also the first time Rose Otremba of Hyattsville competed in the Games. She had to settle for the silver medal when she scratched attempting to pocket the 8-ball. Peggy Childers, a veteran of the Seniors Olympics billiards competition, captured the bronze medal.
It was also great to see old friend Joe Stotesbury from LaPlata again at this year’s competition. Mr. Stotesbury has been a regular Senior Olympics billiards participant for several years. At 94, he can still rack ’em.
2010 Billiards Results
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