Congratulations to CHRIS KAISER, the new NAPL Singles 9-Ball Grand Champion!

FALL 2017 NAPL Championships

  NAPL  Fall 2017  Singles 9-Ball Championship Final Four  L-R:  Chris Kaiser (1st), Kanami Chau (2nd), Paul Lyons (3rd) and Jerry Almodovar (4th)

NAPL Fall 2017 Singles 9-Ball Championship Final Four
L-R:  Chris Kaiser (1st), Kanami Chau (2nd), Paul Lyons (3rd) and Jerry Almodovar (4th)

Another great season of NAPL Singles 9-Ball wrapped up this weekend.  After 15 weeks of regular season play, players from the NY-area's NAPL singles leagues came together to find out who's the best in their class and who has what it takes to call himself or herself the NAPL Singles 9-Ball Grand Champion.

Held at Steinway Billiards January 6th & 7th, players faced off against others in their handicap class in three separate tournament brackets to claim cash prizes and bragging rights for best in class of the NAPL singles league.  The C+ Class players were combined with the B & Higher, with the furthest advancing C+ players playing off for top spot.  These final four winners continued on to battle in championship style in a new double elimination tournament to determine who was THE best overall.  Check it out!

Fall 2017 Class Winners

During playoffs each season, players first compete for the title of Champion of their own handicap class before fighting for top prize.  Jerry Almodovar (B), Chris Kaiser (C), and Kanami Chau (D+)  all dominated their charts, going undefeated to win their class.

Paul Lyons (C+)  took a more difficult path, having lost his first round match.  The C+ Class chart had been combined with the B and Higher due to the number of players competing, however they played within their own bracket until that part of the chart merged with the rest.  In the end, Andrew Tasso and Paul Lyons were eliminated at the same point (5th/6th) and played a final match to determine the winner from the C+ division.  

Congrats to all for top notch performances! 

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Final Four

Earning the NAPL Singles 9-Ball Grand Champion title is no small accomplishment.  To even have a chance, one must first rise to the top and claim the title of Best in Class, or Champion of their division.  Jerry Almodovar, Paul Lyons, Chris Kaiser and Kanami Chau did exactly that this weekend.  With this achievement under their belts, they faced off in a new double elimination tournament for top honors.

Jerry Almodovar, B & Higher Division Champion, took on Paul Lyons, Champ of the C+ Class, while Chris Kaiser, C Division Champ, faced off against Kanami Chau, the D+/D Class Champion.  Click the pic to see how the drama unfolded.

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In the end, "there can be only one."  Kanami Chau sat in the hot seat, prepared to battle against Chris Kaiser in the finals.  Chau had sent Kaiser to the loss side in the first round with a decisive 6-3 win, and beat Paul Lyons in a double hill match to sit in the hot seat, but Kaiser was ready for the rematch.  He got to 6 first, sealing the deal in the extended race with an 8-3 win over Chau.  A very well-deserved congratulations to Chris Kaiser, the new NAPL Singles 9-Ball Grand Champion!