I’m flying to Scottsdale, Arizona tonight for the BCAPL Southwest Regional Championships. Since I don’t play in the BCA league, I had to purchase a BCA Player Membership and will be entering the tournament in the Advanced/Masters category. Out of the hundreds of players expected to show up for the tournament, only fifteen of us fall within this group. I did a little research on the other fourteen players and get the feeling I’ve got a very tough row to hoe. Some of them placed high in the US Bar Box Championship Open 8-Ball, and some have finished in the money at various other open events. Oh well, enough whining, I just need to suck it up and play my game.
Wish me luck!
I haven’t been practicing much lately. Every night for the past week or so I’ve dreamed about playing pool. Each dream follows a similar plot line…I’m playing a match against an obviously inferior opponent but I just can’t seem to close out the match. On every shot I take I lose cue ball control and end up leaving myself with either a two rail bank or a three ball combination. Egads!
I guess my subconscious mind is starting to get concerned about my lack of practice. Each year I enter this malaise period right before the U.S. Amateurs in which I know it’s time to ramp up my preparations, but for some reason I just can’t follow through. Sigh.
I’ve got five short weeks before the U.S. Amateur Preliminary tournament, so I know it’s crunch time. Maybe I just need a change of pace. I think I’ll start entering some 8 ball, 9 ball, and 10 ball tournaments that I normally don’t compete in just to get myself out of my current comfortable schedule. Maybe I’ll travel to some out of town tourneys also, just to get a change of scenery. Let’s see if either of these changes gets me out of my current funk and gets my motivation back up.