Pool Players of the Brooke Recap

(Left to right) Bob Ogle, 1st place; Phelps L'Hommedieu, 3rd place; Julie Ferguson, 6th place and Top Lady; Randy Smith, 2nd place; Steve Searl, 4th place; not shown: Lowell Hegg, 5th place

(Left to right) Bob Ogle, 1st place; Phelps L’Hommedieu, 3rd place; Julie Ferguson, 6th place and Top Lady; Randy Smith, 2nd place; Steve Searl, 4th place; not shown: Lowell Hegg, 5th place

Pool Players of The Brooke (PPB) wants to thank our generous sponsors Leah Kari of Secure Senior Health Solutions and Mike’s Catalina Barber Shop. On Saturday, Feb. 29, the PPB Billiards Club hosted an 8-ball singles tournament in SaddleBrooke One’s Catalina Recreation Center (CRC) billiards room. The format was single game, double elimination.

Tournament directors were Randy Smith and Joe Giammarino. Ron “Dblo7” Ridge was manning the online tournament bracket again and did a fine job. Thanks, Ron. Randy Smith assisted by collecting the entry fees and filling in on the brackets when necessary. The following field of 25 players gathered to play competitive 8-Ball. Dan “Oh No!” Stebbins, Phelps “Frenchfry” L’Hommedieu, Steve Searl, Jim “Shooter” Fabio, Dick “The Stick” Schroeder, Randy “Thin Man” Smith, Lowell Hegg, Tom “Blind Squirrel” Barrett, Rick Watkins, Linda Watkins, Chris Madsen, Julie “Cutter” Ferguson, Jerry Cogswell, Jay “The Shamrock Shooter” Clary, Bob “O” Ogle, Rodger “Pocket Dodger” Beard, Steve Wiley, Jan “Banker” Stebbins, Lou Doganieri, Terry Sterling, Fred “The Baker” Dianda, Jim “Aviator” Wydick, Joe Vidmar, Dick Steinsvagg, and Dick “The Visor” Titus.


1st: Bob “O” Ogle—His game definitely peaked in this tournament! (8 wins, 1 loss)

2nd: Randy “Thin Man” Smith—Close, but no cigar! (4 wins, 2 losses)

3rd: Phelps “Frenchfry” L’Hommedieu—Respectable performance. (4 wins, 2 losses)


Bob started by defeating Jan Stebbins, Jerry Cogswell, Rick Watkins respectively. Then he lost to Randy Smith, which sent Bob to the loser’s bracket. In the loser’s bracket, Bob beat Lowell Hegg, Steve Searl, and Phelps L’Hommedieu in that order. This put Bob back up against Randy Smith in the finals. Bob defeated Randy twice to come out on top in this tournament. Congrats, Bob. Your play was controlled, steady, and top notch!

Sponsor’s Gifts:

Lowell Hegg received Leah Kari’s gift. Julie Ferguson received Mike’s Catalina Barber Shop’s gift certificate.

The PPB wants to extend a big thank you to all our participants and sponsors. On a special note, we had three brave PPB ladies, Linda Watkins, Jan Stebbins, and Julie Ferguson, who jumped into the 8-ball competition against 22 male competitors. Good job, ladies; especially our top lady, Julie Ferguson, who beat Chris Madsen and Lowell Hegg!

The 8-Ball Singles tournament started at 1 p.m. and lasted four hours with 49 games of 8-ball being played. We competed and met some new friends that shared our passion. That is a good day! Rack’em up!

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