Teams from as far as Tennessee, Arkansas are likely to attend
VANDUSER -- Pool players unite. The town of Vanduser will be hosting the First Annual Bud Light Shoot-Out for billiard players from around the area and also from the surrounding states.
Veteran pool player Clay Graviett will be hosting the Shoot-Out and is hoping to have a big turn out for the event.
"I'm hoping to get more local teams to come play in it," Graviett said. "Someone may not know about it so I just wanted to get it out there and see what happens." Graviett said that teams as far as Memphis, Tenn. and Perryville, Ark. are likely to attend.
Graviett has taken part in national pool tournaments in the last couple years. In 2001, the "Claybirds" came back to Vanduser with a first place finish in the American Poolplayers Association (APA) National Team Event that took place in Las Vegas, Nev. Graviett and his team also finished third in the same event in 2004.
The Shoot-Out is expecting to have at least 16 teams participating with five players on a team. The APA skill level system will be implemented. There is a $250 entry fee.
There will be a total of five matches played by each team, and the best three-
out-of-five will advance a team through the tournament.
Grand prize for the winning team will include $1,000 and there will also be drawings for other prizes throughout the weekend.
The Shoot-Out weekend will kick off Friday night with a captains meeting starting at 6 p.m., followed by the first break of the tournament at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, the tournament is scheduled for a 10 a.m. start. That afternoon will feature a break contest starting at 2 p.m. It is $5 a try, and whoever wins will take the pot.
Also on Saturday night, there will be a singles 8-ball tournament with a best two-out-of-three format in place.
The Shoot-Out will begin again on Sunday starting at 10 a.m., and will conclude later that night.
"Anybody that wants to come watch is more than welcome," Graviett said. "There will be food and drinks available and we're just hoping to have a good time."
The Shoot-Out will be held at the Vanduser Pool Hall and at the Vanduser Cafe.
Graviett said if there is anyone interested in the event or have any questions regarding the tournament to call (573) 471-8093 or (573) 620-1204 for more information.