Ewa Laurance Amongst Group to Win League Operator of the Year Awards

LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO (May 13, 2013) – The American Poolplayers Association (APA) recognized five of their top franchisees with League Operator of the Year awards during the APA Annual Convention in late April in Las Vegas.  The five were selected from a group of more than 270 League Operators throughout North America, with one League Operator selected from each market size.

In the Level 1 Market, Greg and Alana Pierce of the Kansas City Northland APA, were honored for their performance during the past year.  Ewa and Mitch Laurance, and their daughter and son-in-law Nikki and Toby Graham of the Coastal Carolina APA were the top League Operators in the Level 2 Market.  In the Level 3 Market, Ned Tosyali of the Golden Gate APA was selected.  Jim Badger and Marc Lancaster of the Memphis APA were selected in the Level 4 Market.  Doug and Gina Nowlin of the Phoenix Metro APA were awarded League Operators of the Year in the Level 5 Market.

The APA awards a number of League Operators each year for their accomplishments in running their League area.  Those selected as League Operator of the Year receive a check for $1,000 and a trophy.

In addition to recognizing the League Operators of the Year, the APA also awarded the Rookie and Journeyman of the Year awards.  Steve Morton of the South Idaho APA received the Rookie of the Year Award, while John Ervin of the East Texas APA was selected for the Journeymen of the Year Award.  The Journeyman of the Year is presented to the top League Operator who is no longer a rookie, but not yet eligible to receive the League Operator of the Year award.

The APA, based in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., sanctions the world’s largest amateur pool league, known as the APA Pool League throughout the United States, and as the Canadian Pool League in Canada.  Nearly 270,000 members compete in weekly 8-Ball and 9″‘Ball League play.  The APA is generally recognized as the Governing Body of Amateur Pool, having established the official rules, championships, formats and handicap systems for the sport of amateur billiards.

The APA produces three major tournaments each year-the APA National Team Championships, the APA National Singles Championships and the U.S. Amateur Championship-that, together, pay out nearly $1.5 Million in cash and prizes annually!

The APA and its championships are sponsored by Aramith, Action Cues and PoolDawg.

For more information on the American Poolplayers Association, visit www.poolplayers.com.

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