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Buddy Hall Makes Way For Understudy in IPT's First Event
by Mason King Jun 23, 2006, 3:53 PM EST
The International Pool Tour announced today that Hall-of-Famer Buddy Hall has withdrawn from the IPT North American 8-Ball Open Championship to be held July 27-30 at The Venetian-Las Vegas. Hall expressed regret for his withdrawl, citing personal reasons: "At this time, I will not physically be able to play the length of time needed to be competitive at the Venetian. I am getting better everyday, and I am very thankful for the IPT, and looking forward to my return at the next tournament!"
Hungarian Vilmos Foldes was chosen to fill Mr. Hall's vacancy due to his two third-place finishes in the 2006 IPT Tour Card qualifying tournaments. Foldes will have the opportunity to earn points toward attaining a 2007 IPT Tour Card and was thrilled by the news. "I have dreamed of this day for pool and for me. I am very happy to be invited by Kevin [Trudeau] and Deno [Andrews]. I now will tell my father the good news," he said.
Hall anticipates he'll be ready to play by the next event, the IPT World 8-Ball Open Championship, which will be held Sept. 2-10 at the Hilton in Reno, Nevada.
The North American Open will consist of 200 players: 150 IPT Members and 50 players who qualify through 25 qualification events throughout North America and abroad. Qualification Tournament details for open tournaments, including dates and locations are listed on www.internationalpooltour.com.
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