The Atlantic Challenge Cup will see top Junior U.S. Players represent our nation against top Junior Players from Europe in the inaugural Atlantic Challenge Cup event July 1-4 in Rankweil, Austria. The organizers have given this update on Team USA training:
“Team USA all arrived in Indianapolis for several days of intensive training and preparations for the upcoming Atlantic Challenge Cup…
“A BIG shout out to our team host who made the camp even possible… Jeanette Lee and the Black Widow Foundation. Thank you so much Jeanette! And another HUGE thank you to Johnny Archer who is also here for the week to help make the team competitive and closer knit group of players.
“We had a very motivating team meeting with Jeanette and Johnny sharing their experience and advice on what it is like to play in a Mosconi Cup type of event such as the ACC.
“A big thank you from the team also goes to Sam Diep-Vidal for all the hard work preparing us to go. Thank you Samm! Thank you Rick Doner for picking the players up from the airport and prepping the team with the rules and refereeing this week. Thank you Don Wardell for setting up the training schedule and keeping the players in competitive scrimmage matches. Thank you to Brickyard Billiards for allowing us to train in your establishment.
“Day One of hard scrimmage matches began today (June 24) against the top university billiard team in the U.S. the Lindenwood University Lions.
“Mark Wilson, Lindenwood coach and Mosconi Captain, battle tested our Team USA with his very talented Lions squad who were passing through on their way to the ACUI Championships. Team USA would like to thank and wish great success to the Lions on their trip to the ACUI tournament.
“Team USA, on their first look as a competitive team, was very promising with a 2-1 match win against the highly talented Lion squad.
“Again we cannot thank the supporting professionals that are preparing the team mentally, emotionally, and physically enough. Today we saw what the team is capable of achieving when they play highly skilled opponents. Team USA has been considered the under-dog versus team Europe but make no mistake about it Team USA will be stunning the Europeans when the last 9-ball falls. That is the mindset the team already has developed in only two days of being together. We still have three hard days of scrimmage play and practice before we head out over the Atlantic. Lots of mental preparation as well good fundamental skills still need to be honed in our short time at Jeanette Lee’s training camp but the coaching and referee staff are liking what we see so far with the motivated players.”
Organizers of the Atlantic Challenge Cup are the Billiard Congress of America, Billiard Education Foundation, European Pocket Billiard Federation and the International Billiard Promotion Foundation.