LINCOLN CITY — A trio of nine-ball players from Toledo won a bronze title worth more than $1,500 in prize money during a week-long billiards tournament at Chinook Winds Oct. 13-20.
Brenda Polendey, Robyn Krohn and Jeremy Jordan of the team, “Holy Shots,” shared the trophy and cash after defeating a team called “Good Job Lee,” 9-7.
More than 1,000 players from around the Northwest descended on the popular casino for the twice-yearly tournament sanctioned by the Western Billiards Congress of America.
The Holy Shots are sponsored by the Holy Toledo Bar, which gets busy with billiards players on Wednesday nights. Other local venues for the popular game include the Newport American Legion, the Uptown Pub, Rogue Ales (which sponsors the team, “Going Rogue”), The Timbers (9-ball league summer champions) and the Waldport Moose Lodge.
“I’ve been playing since I was 16,” remarked Paul Polendey, who rejoiced with wife Brenda on her victory. “It’s a great game to go out and congregate with people who enjoy having some competitive fun.”
The casino competition was serious, however, with 20 teams entered for each of the bronze, silver and gold categories — classes sorted out by pre-tournament “Fargo” ratings. The Holy Shots were in the bronze division, earning a series of non-stop victories over Bad Moms, Team Doom, and Good Job Lee. Brenda Polendey is a five-year player, while teammates Krohn and Jordan brought 15 years of experience, each, to the table.
Nine-ball pocket billiards has long been considered the “money game” of pool and is the dominant tournament game in professional pool. Played on a six-pocket table with 10 balls, the object is to legally pocket the 9-ball after sinking the lowest-numbered balls.