who is arguably one of the best female players in
the Brooklyn/Queens APA league today just topped off
her career by elevating her skill to a level of seven
three-time (ninth place) runner up in the U.S.
Amateur Championships, has been competing in the
sport for quite some time. Unknowing to her, a lot
of other female players around the league have tried
and are still trying to emulate her game.
first encounter with Kim was at Brownstone Billiards
located in Brooklyn. At the time, I never told her
but she was and still is one of the best strategic
players known to me.
She has an arsenal of shots and a defensive database
that seem to be infinite at times.
There are only a few players in the league who have
been a part of as many accomplishments as her. She
has competed in many events and currently own more
championship titles than almost anyone else in the
entire Brooklyn/Queens APA league.
The Kim of 2009 however, wasn't always that sharp,
in regards to the sport. As a matter of fact, going
back to the earlier years, after joining the APA at
a skill level of 3, her technique was so poor that
she fell one level to
that of a 2. For the seasons that followed she would
work her way back up to a 3, a 4 and then eventually
At this level Kim was not very consistent and as a
result she would inevitably fall back to a 4. This
in turn would prove to be a blessing in disguise.
She would participate in the next singles regional
at her current handicap and would go on to earn her
first qualification to compete in the Nationals Singles
Championships at the Riviera
Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the years that followed, Kim qualified and participated
in some of the other APA's highest and most prestigious
events, this included;
one of the elite players in the league today, Kim
has truly lifted the standard of play in the Brooklyn/Queens
APA for females and males a like.
Whether on or off the table she always seem to project
a sense of good sportsmanship and courtesy to friends
and even strangers. It is for this reason why we The8knights,
for 2008, have honored her as one of the APA's best
female and all around player of the year.
You go girl, with your bad self.
By: Vincent Morris