TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A record 19 members from the East Texas American Poolplayers Association are headed to the national singles and doubles championship in Las Vegas. Thousands of dollars will be on the line, for multiple skill levels.
East Texan Kathy Tingler has only played pool for the past four years, but she took third place in the 2013 national tournament.
"I didn't know how to play," said Tingler. "I did not know how to play when I first started. I told them if I can get third, anybody playing can do well. You just have to practice."
The event begins Wednesday. Several local pool players credit East Texas APA league operator John Ervin, for the growing number of East Texans in the national tournament.
"You have all types of East Texas players going from low skill to high skill players in different groups," said Ervin. "It's great for them to compete in the national title."
2014 East Texas APA Vegas Bound Players:
Will Hill, Brittany Williams, Suni Whittaker, Daniel Tokar, Dana Hillman, Shannon Detro, Marcia Huckaby, Alex Garner, Brandton Helm, Nicole Norton, Daniel Keesey, Gary & Debbie Bailey, Mark Smith, Andy Urban, Kathy Tingler, Terri Urban, Rhett Kramer, Tiffany Waters.
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