Betty Smith, Ruby Thomas and Ginny Bates (from left) staged a spirited battle for medals in the District Pool competition, with Smith winning the 8-Ball Gold Medal and Bates the 9-Ball Gold. (click photo to enlarge)
Looking at the women’s division of the District’s pool event Monday, you might think it would be just-for-fun type play. Wrong!
The 65-74 age bracket had players of a high skill level, far from beginners’ level. Ask Ruby Thomas about it. “Back in the ‘Day’ we played a lot,” she explained. “We’d head to Guys and Dolls (a downtown Shreveport establishment) every Friday and Saturday nights . . . and play plenty.”
Back in the ”Day,” Betty Smith and Ginny Bates played tournament pool, Betty around Corpus Christi where she was raised and Ginny on the Amateur Pool Association circuit for 16 years, reaching the nationals in Las Vegas with her team. We might have guessed this was going to be some good pool when the ladies showed up. Betty and Ginny brought their own weapons, er, pool cues.
As the dust cleared at Randal T. Moore Center, Ginny won the 9-Ball Gold Medal with Betty getting Silver and Ruby Bronze. In 8-Ball, Betty won Gold, Ginny Silver and Ruby Bronze.
Their play was a highlight on a day that saw Jacque Walls and Red Fletcher finish One-Two in 9-Ball and 8-Ball for women 75-79.
In men’s play, Bob Taylor, a veteran in the district competition, won Gold in 9-Ball play, followed by Floyd White and Michael Cczerniecki. White took the 8-Ball Gold Medal with Taylor second and Czerniecki, a newcomer to district competition, third.
“It was a very good day,” Clarence Pinion, in charge of the event for the District, said afterwards. That it was.