33rd ISA: Memories of Midland. We Give You Golden Cue Recepients Glenna Earle and Kenny Offenther!!

REFLECTIIONS by the MEN’S 1st Place Finisher  IMG_3060 (3)HOF Ken Offenther

32nd ISA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP KENNY OFFENTHER 

MY FIRST IMPRESSION WAS WOW – WHAT AN EVENT! FROM THE CHECK IN AT THE HOTEL TO THE SUNDAY PRACTICE THRU THE DAY BEFORE, AND OPENING DAY EVENTS, IT WAS AWESOME TO BE PART OF A TRULY HISTORIC EVENT AND I AM GRATEFUL TO HAVE BEEN SELECTED.

AS FAR AS THE MATCHES, I GOT OFF TO A STRONG START WNNING MY FIRST 6 MATCHES BUT THEN FALTERED, LOSING 2 OUT OF THE NEXT 3. MY FINAL IST STAGE MATCH WAS AGAINST THE #2 SEED SELECTION BILL BRYAN OF CANADA AND I KNEW A LOSS HERE COULD MEAN NOT MAKING THE TOP 16. FORTUNATELY I HAD A STRONG GAME AND ADVANCED. WHEN THE SCHEDULE FOR THE FINAL 16 WAS LISTED I WAS TO PLAY HENRY STRONG AND THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN FATAL! BUT AN ERROR HAD BEEN MADE AND I ENDED UP PLAYING ANOTHER PLAYER AND WON.

IN THE FINALS I PLAYED THE UNBEATEN BILL HOYER WHO I WAS TOLDIMG_3061 WAS A GREAT CLEARER, SOMTHING I AM NOT. LUCKILY I HAD THE GOOD COLOR FIRST AND BUILT UP A 42 POINT LEAD AT THE HALF ONLY TO SEE IT SLOWLY SLIP AWAY. I LEAD BY 24 POINTS AND BILL HAD THE LAST SHOT OF THE MATCH, A DIFFICULT ONE THAT WOULD HAVE TIED THE MATCH AND PUT IT INTO OVERTIME!! THAT DIDNT HAPPEN — I WAS LUCKY!

THE BANQET WAS SENSATIONAL AND MANY MOMENTS FROM THIS EVENT WILL BE IN MEMORY FOR LIFE. Ken Offenther.

Click on pix to explode.  All pix by David Martin. You “must” click on lower pic of our Banquet Hall!!  Fantastic Hall!!  Fantastic Pic!! 

You may wish to revisit this Slide Showhttp://photopeach.com/album/i05jr3 

Stan McCormack. 2014 08 30.

This entry was posted in ISA (INTERNAITONAL). Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.