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Stacked North American Platoon to Hit WPC in Philippines
Sep 12, 2007, 6:05 PM

Red-hot Van Boening will bring new blood to the World Pool Championship.
North America will send a strong 15-player contingent to the 2007 World Pool Championship, set for Nov. 3-11 in Quezon City, Philippines.

The squad will feature longtime veterans and former world champions Johnny Archer and Earl Strickland. Hot stick Shane Van Boening will make his first appearance at the event, which is produced by U.K.-based Matchroom Sport.

The group includes the top 12 North Americans in the United States Professional Pool Players Association rankings, as dictated by the event’s formula for assembling the entire 128-player WPC field. The formula also calls for inclusion of recent champions and high finishers at the WPC, as well as recent participants in the annual Mosconi Cup invitational event between Europe and America.

Here’s the gang of 15, and their tickets to the event:

Corey Deuel (Canton, OH) – Top 12 UPA Rankings
Johnny Archer (Atlanta, GA) – Top 12 UPA Rankings
Mike Davis (Beltsville, MD) – Top 12 UPA Rankings
Rodney Morris (Houston, TX) – Top 12 UPA Rankings
Robb Saez (Springhill, FL) – Top 12 UPA Rankings
Shawn Putnam (Canton, OH) – Top 12 UPA Rankings
Ronnie Wiseman (Detroit, MI) – Top 12 UPA Rankings
Charlie Bryant (Houston, TX) – Top 12 UPA Rankings
John Schmidt (Mobile, AL) – Top 12 UPA Rankings
Charlie Williams (Orlando, FL) – Top 12 UPA Rankings
Troy Frank (Melbourne, FL) – Top 12 UPA Rankings
Shane Van Boening (Sioux Falls, SD) – Top 12 UPA Rankings
Earl Strickland (Greenville,SC) – Former World Champion
Jeremy Jones (Houston,TX) – Former U.S. Mosconi Cup
Tony Robles (Bronx, NY) – Former U.S. Mosconi Cup

The squad appears in good shape to improve on America’s performance in the 2006 World Pool Championship in Manila, Philippines, where none of the nine U.S. players in attendance cracked the top 32.

The UPA is the representative North American player organization for the World Pool-Billiard Association, which sanctions the event. Winners and runners-up of all UPA events in the past year automatically receive invites for the WPC, regardless of nationality. For more information, go to www.upatour.com.