Local Pool Player Jared Amyot Hits the Road and Finds Success! by Markus Noé – Cornwall Ontario – 3/28

photo courtesy of Andrew Attard
There comes a time in every young pool player’s life where you have to go out on the road and see what you’re made of.   A Cornwall native Jared Amyot has been doing just that. For the past few months Aymot has been travelling all over Quebec and Ontario in an attempt to improve his game and to obtain the attention and respect of the pros.
This past November, Amyot accomplished his most impressive finish yet in a pro tournament. This was at the “Challenge du Quebec”, which was a $20K added tournament that encouraged elite players from all around to come to Quebec City.
The Field boasted some of the best players in Canada and the world. A few of the big Canadian names were, “The Dancing Bear” Alain Martel, “The Machine Gun” Luc Salvas, Eric Hjorleifson, Jason Klatt, Danny Hewitt.
Also American Shane Van Boening, a truly world class player and former U.S Open 9 Ball Champion, found his way to Quebec City, he was the heavy favorite going in and did not disappoint. Boening took home first place along with $9,000. Now, while Boening was wowing the audience, Aymot was quietly making his way through brackets and taking down some big names in the process.
It started with an impressive comeback win against local favorite Francis Crevier . Down 6-1 Aymot showed mental toughness and came back to win 9-7.   He continued on his winning path taking down former Canadian 8-ball champion and Quebec legend Danny Hewitt.   Then Aymot followed this up with another impressive performance defeating long time journeyman Harold Rousseau.  His breakthrough performance came to an end against a Quebec City pro Patrick Adams who knocked him out in 5th place taking home $1,500 .
Amyot had another great showing this past week in at the 404 9-ball tour, which took place at Big Whigs in Newmarket .  Among the pool community it is well known that the GTA is home to the majority of Canada’s top players.  This makes the 404 9-ball tour one the most competitive bi-weekly tournaments in the country. Aymot cut through this field landing himself in the A side finals against longtime professional Mario Morra, who used to play professional Snooker in England.  Amyot handed Morra his first lost 7-5 sending him to the B side finals and putting Amyot into the final.
Morra won his next match and booked himself into the final where he and Amyot decided to split the winnings rather then play it out because of the late hour. This is a common scenario among pool players after a grueling two day event.
When asked what results like this mean to an upcoming semi-professional pool player Amyot said, “It makes me very proud, and gives me confidence to continue on knowing that I can play and win against the top players in the country.”  In the near future Amyot plans to stay on track and play as many tournaments throughout Ontario and Quebec as he can, while seeking that elusive professional title.

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  1. Go Jared!
    Great writing Markus, it shows through that you care a lot about this topic.

  2. Now theres something diffrent Markus.Excellent article on a home town boy.Enjoyed the article.

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