I’ve known this was in the works for some time, but the other day Liz Ford and the APA made it official. Liz is now the proud owner of the Green Mountain APA serving Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, Lamoille and Washington counties in Vermont.
As most of you know, Liz has been a friend of PoolDawg for years, helping us out with copy writing, lending a hand in our trade show booth from time to time and of course imparting her wisdom to all of our customers via her Dawg Training monthly column.
She’ll be joining a number of other pro players who own APA franchises including fellow WPBA player Ewa Laurance and trick shot champion Andy Segal. We all wish her the best of luck with her new business and hope she still has some time to keep up with her monthly column!
Anyone in the Vermont area can head to http://gm.apaleagues.com to learn more about joining an APA league in Liz’s area.
In an effort to bring more education and information to the PoolDawg website, we’ve added not one, but two new featured columnists – WPBA touring pro Liz Ford and pool player/instructor/writer/entrpenuer Samm Diep. Most of you already know Samm, since she’s become an honorary member of our staff, complete with her own South Park character and bio on the staff page. Plus, she’s in all those “what’s in the case” videos that are all over YouTube, knows just about everyone in the billiards industry and writes a fantastic instructional blog.
And then there’s Liz Ford. She finished last season ranked #27 (although based on the new WPBA ranking system, she’ll be ranked #23 to start the 2010 season). Liz has pool on her mind 24/7 (as you can see in the picture below) and we’re really excited to have her unique insights on our site.
In addition to writing for us and playing professionally on the WPBA tour, Liz was also featured on a very cool TV show called “Time Warp” on The Discovery Channel. I was able to find a clip of it on YouTube, so be sure to check it out.
I just checked over at our friend Liz Ford’s blog and it looks like she’s going to be on The Discovery Channel tomorrow. She’s appearing on their show Time Warp, where they’ll look at Liz shooting pool, a samurai swordsman and a hummingbird all in their unique super slow motion that they capture with high speed cameras. Here’s the official description from The Discovery Channel:
“The Time Warp team reveal the secrets behind a samurai swordsman’s lethal blow, a pool pro’s award-winning moves, and the innerworkings of a hummingbird. Plus, the artful side of an accident with tempered glass.”
The show is officially titled “Samurai Sword Master” and will be airing 11/5/08 at 8PM EST/PST.
It’s changed names a few times in the past five years, but it still remains as one of the most prestigious US billiards events for both the men’s and women’s tours. The men will start playing today, but the women whittled 64 down to 32 this weekend in their elimination rounds. There are some fresh faces in still in and some very recognizable names that are out.
Who’s In: Among the survivors are tour mainstays like Allison Fisher, Karen Corr and Ga Young Kim. In addition, there are some new faces that are battling their way through the bracket including Liz Ford, Debbie Schjodt and Caroline Pao. In addition, WPBA newcomer Anna Kostanian looks to improve upon her impressive performance in the San Diego Classic with two early wins.
Who’s Out: Megan Minerich, Kim White and ESPN commentator Ewa Laurance are just a few of the names who had to pack their bags early. Competition has been fierce with lots of hill-hill battles and no one looks like they’re going to have an easy path to get to the Final Four.
For the 4th consecutive year, PoolDawg is proud to once again sponsor this fantastic event. Our resident marketing guy Mike Feiman will be on hand to watch the TV rounds as well as to check out the Expo and all the new cues.