The 2012 APA US Amateur Championship was held over the weekend. The Men's division was held at Stroker's in Palm Harbor, while the Women's event was held at Crooked Cue in Clearwater, FL. The final rounds for both events were held at Storker's on Sunday.
This year, 128 men and 32 women competed in the event, looking to add the title of "US Amateur Champion" to their belt. More than 1,700 players from around the country attempted to qualify for this year's tournament.
Tammie Jones of Muncie, IN defeated Asia Cycak of raleigh, NC in the women's final to take the title. "This is the tournament I've wanted to play in my entire career and to be able to come here and win this Championship means the world to me," Tammie said. "The title U.S. Amateur Champion lasts forever, and that was in my mind every single match," she added.
Former champion Brian Parks of Bakersfield, CA defeated Daniel Gordon from Marietta, GA in the Men's final. Parks won the event in 2009, making this his second U.S. Championship title. “The competition just gets better and better. There are so many top notch players here, and to go through the 128-player field that we do, it just seems to get harder and harder to win, but I can’t wait to come back again next year,” Parks said.
Jones moves on to the WPBA U.S. Open next year, while Parks will move on to the U.S. Open Championship.