And when I read things like this, it reinforces this elusive thinking for me:
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Omega Tour player George Merchan said:
"I had two main goals coming into this years Omega tour. Don't go 2 and out, place in the money for at least one event, and crack the top 50 by the end of the year. Done, done, and done. I'm excited about what I'm going to accomplish in 2017 "
"Congratulations, George! This is one of the many reasons having the Omega Tour for the players in DFW means so much!"
I started the Omega Billiards Tour along with Mike Hoang of Omega Billiards Supply and we both wanted to provide an avenue that allows all levels of players to play the game they love to improve their skills and where they can make some money at it, too.
It's been a dream come true for me personally, and the tentacles of the tour have spread throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex billiard community. As Mike has always said, starting this tour helps not just the players want to improve and play more, but also has impacted positively the billiard businesses in the area. From increased attendance at pool rooms to the needed table mechanics to the billiard supplies, etc.
George placed 43rd this year out of ~230 players, and that's with missing 2 stops, too.
GREAT job, George! And thank you for the lovely reminder about the purpose of running the Omega Tour (and of my life).