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Aft wins amateur billiards title
by Maurice Dixon
December 04, 2013 11:03 AM | 2027 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special Photo<br>Dana Aft won the Women’s U.S. Amateur Pool Championship in Tampa last month.
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Dana Aft won the Women’s U.S. Amateur Pool Championship in Tampa last month.
After finishing third in the Women’s U.S. Amateur Pool Championship three years ago, Dana Aft redeemed herself by capturing the title last month in Tampa.

“Winning this title meant a lot,” Aft said. “This is a goal I’ve been working towards for a while. Three years ago, I came really close but didn’t win it.”

With the victory, Aft earned a spot in the 2014 U.S. Open Pro Championship, which she said will take place in June.

During the race-to-5 format in which games of 8-ball and 9-ball are played, Aft defeated her opponent by pocketing the 4-ball then knocking in the 5-ball and 9-ball on a combination shot.

“Generally, people play 8-ball first then finish the set with 9-ball because essentially you can win it in 9-ball but you can’t win it in 8-ball,” Aft said.

To stay sharp, Aft practices at home regularly and will participate in a tournament on a weekly basis.

“Playing pool is not like riding a bike,” Aft said. “It’s something you have to do every day to maintain at least. It’s definitely a lot of work.”

Aft, who is 30 years old and lives in Dunwoody, discovered her interest in billiards while attending Georgia.

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