LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock's Blair Dickerson has loved playing pool ever since a friend asked her to join a team seven years ago.
"I started shooting on Sunday's APA. It's addicting. I've met so many wonderful people. That's the big deal. I've met the best friends I could ask for. I met my fiancée. It's been such a great experience," Dickerson said.
Blair entered the APA 8-Ball Classic National Championship Tournament and won a tourney in Lubbock. That qualified her to play in the regional tournament in Waco. She won that and qualified to play for the National Championship in Las Vegas.
Blair made it all the way to the Finals and right before starting, her opponent, Tiffany Jones of Bakersfield, California, informed her that she had been moved up a skill level. That put Blair behind the 8-ball for the finals.
"She came up to me just before the finals. You know that you went up to a four right? I said nope, but I do now. Normally I only have to win two games to win the match. Now I had to win three. My opponent only had to win two. I was going in already a game down."
Blair got through it by just playing the type of pool that she was taught to play here in Lubbock. She also tried not to be nervous, chewing a lot of gum. She ended up winning three straight to win the National Championship and $15,000 in cash and prizes.
"It was very overwhelming. I still don't know it's completely sunk in. It's exciting and invigorating. I want others in my skill level to know it's possible . Especially since I'm moving up to a four. Now there's a new three in town."
The local pool community is close. May 12 they will be holding a benefit tournament to help a fellow pool player who needs a kidney transplant. The tournament will be at Fast Eddie's. Registration is that morning on May 12.
You can get more information on the Jessie's New Lease on Life Tournament Facebook page.