Parker's Finals Appearance Highlights 2023 IPA World Blackball Championships for Team USA


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The 2023 IPA World Blackball Pool Championships, played on UK 7-foot style tables, took place from Jan 31 to Feb 6, 2023 in Coventry, England. Professional pool players from all over the world arrived to compete for seven days in this prestigious event, and to stamp their mark in the history books of professional Blackball Pool. The various categories that players could compete in included Opens, Seniors (over 40), Women, and Masters (over 50), Doubles and Mixed Doubles. What made this particular event different from those previously hosted is that this event would be showcased on the very popular YouTube video streaming platform ‘Channel 4’, which boasts a large viewing audience of over 2.4 million followers.

This called for an opportunity for USA to once again compete in an international Blackball Pool event shortly after competing in the WPA World Blackball Championships recently held in Morocco in October of 2022. The 3 USA players who travelled to Coventry were none other than BCA Hall of Famers and multiple World Pool Trick Shot Champions Mike “The Tennessee Tarzan” Massey, and Tom “Dr Cue” Rossman. Joining the USA team of players, was current sponsor and President of Gospel Trick Shot Ministries Steve Lillis also known as “Leapin” Lillis, and USA Blackball team coach and manager Wayne Parker from South Africa. Wayne also formerly competed in the IPA Pro tour event in the Seniors category in May 2022, and reached the finals losing to England’s Wayne Fryer, and was also a bronze medalist in the Seniors category at the 2022 WPA World Championships held in Morocco, making him a strong contender for the IPA World Seniors title this year.

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