A couple days ago I won a spot in the Northern California preliminary and will be headed to Tampa, Florida to compete in the final round of the 2016 U.S. Amateur Championship tournament. This tournament is an annual event created and promoted by the APA, and typically features the best of the best APA players in the country. To win the spot I had to compete against several good players, all friends of mine, and this year I was the one who got a few rolls and got lucky. This will be my second trip to Florida, so I know what to expect in terms of hotel accommodations, host location, and most importantly, the competition. I plan to get there a few days early to get comfortable with the location, learn the tables, and also just to relax and enjoy the experience. My first trip to the finals was in 2011, and at that time I was practicing a lot and put a lot of pressure on myself. This time, I’m a different player. I’ve improved my 8-ball and 9-ball games by adding a few tricks/skills from One Pocket, but I have to admit that I don’t practice much anymore. Just been too busy. Oh well. I feel I have a responsibility to represent NorCal to the best of my ability, so I’ll be hitting the practice table pretty intensely over the next month. See ya in Florida!