Man With A Golden Arm
Mary Kenniston ?
Yes, good name from the past. Competed as Mary Kenniston and then as Mary Guarino. She has one of the best collections of pool photos in the world. She is also an accomplished match commentator. She was a proprietor of the no longer existent Cuetopia poolroom in Las Vegas. Nice lady, too, whom I've caught up with at Derby City a few times and also at the International. I always enjoy Mary's company.Mary Kenniston ?
Still plays a little, too. If memory serves, she played in the 2021 American 14.1 in Virginia.Can't forget Billie Billings. I believe she resides in the NYC/NJ area. She has a website with some great pool photos and is still active in the teaching area.
Yup, as you suggest, there are some good stories out of the NY Metropolitan area on the women's side:If there was a competition for which city has produced more pro women pool talent as defined by the WPBA.
Then New York City is the place for a woman to be if she wants to climb those ranks.
Behind every great pro woman player is a room with challenging regulars.
I could disclose names based on my avatar pic, but I will not.
Let's just say if you see a top ranked woman player, its like she is part of a larger group of equally talented women players.
I think Melissa Herndon almost sharked me once in Amsterdam, I had never really seen pro position play up close. But I learned a lesson fast that night, if they have the talent recognize it immediately. At that point in the interaction I conceded and was given leave.
What is the secret to New York City and which city can rival it in terms of pool participation and regular weekly events?
After that meeting I would become a regular at the club until developing an appropriate mastery. Women can be inspiring in many ways.
Melissa showing me the upper limits, its an experience most guys should be humbled with at least once.
I knew Harvey, he lived in South Florida a while back.Jeanette's first full year of competition was 1991 and she really isn't part of the story in the formative years of the WPBA. Same is true of Vivian and Gerda, but all three of them were around by 1992. I might have included Joanne Mason, however, daughter of the renowned pool instructor Harvey Mason. That was an oversight.
For players in the 1990s, I indicated that I was focusing on those away from the spotlight.
Yes, Nikki Benish was a top 10 ranked player in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Later known as Nikki Hollandsworth, I believe she hails from South Carolina.I used to like Nikki Benish. I know she was never a top player, but when I was a teenager I had a crush on her.
Yes, John's mother, Anita Kuczma, competed on the WPBA. I'd guess her most active years in WPBA play were from 1995-2000.Long time ago and haven't seen her in many many years. John Morra"s mother was a decent player as well. His dad and I go back well over 50 years and I donated my lunch money to him lol.