VNEA

 

Class of 2010

Ruth Klock

Charter: Aspen Amusements, Carbondale, CO

Ruth has been a league Captain for 17 years including
"Captain Of The Year". She's also received
"Sportsman Of The Year", "Aspen Amusements Hall Of
Fame Member" and "Ben Freeman Award" for courtesy,
helpfulness and friendly sportsmanship.

She has been a member of Aspen Amusements leagues for 22
years. Ruth has always helped to find new members and
encouraged new teams to join the league and attend the
International Championships in Las Vegas.

Ruth attended her first VNEA Tournament in 1986 at the MGM
Grand in Las Vegas. She has competed in the Open and
Women's Divisions for numerous years and was honored to
carry the Colorado flag in the Team Opening Ceremonies.

 

Stub Foley

Charter: Automated Amusement, Games People Play, JE&S
Video - Colorado

Stub has Captained numerous teams during his

VNEA career and has also given lessons to a number of
VNEA Master players on the "Diamond System" which he
learned at a very young age.

As a multiple winner of the Team Tournament Sportsmanship
Award, the award was retired in his honor. Stub also won
the C Division of the Colorado State Singles Tournament in
2005... Stub was 89 years old at the time. Stub has also
topped the leaderboard at other various State Singles and
Team competitions.

Stub has played in the VNEA International Championships for
the last decade. His most memorable time was his first time
playing in Vegas and experiencing the caliber of talent that
the field possessed.

"I started playing pool at the age of 8. I have played
for 86 years except for the 4 years I was in the Army
during WWII where there were no pool tables in New Guinea or
the Phillipines".

George Thompson
Charter: Rushmore Amusement, Rapid City, SD

George and his team have always competed strongly at the
South Dakota State Tournament and they have consistently
finished atop the leaderboard at numerous local
competitions. He has also served as the Chairman of the
Board for his local VNEA League.

For over 27 years George has proficiently ruled as Head
Referee for the South Dakota State Tournament. He has also
served as a Referee and Statistician for the International
Championships for many years. His team has also challenged
for titles in the Las Vegas event.

As a member of the South Dakota Hall of Fame, George can now
add the VNEA Hall of Fame to his list of accomplishments.
George has always been a great supporter and dedicated
member of the VNEA.

"Looking back over the years, I have had many wonderful
memories working with the VNEA Tournament Director and
Committee. The VNEA offers a challenging sport in which all
players can compete regardless of their skill level".

Becky Wooldridge

Charter: Wal-Mac Amusements, Edmonton, Alberta

Becky is a force in the Wal-Mac system winning Vegas trips
in Women's Regular, Women's Open and Regular Vegas pool
leagues. She has served on several Committees and Boards
throughout her career as well as acting as Captain on
numerous teams.

In 2003, Becky's team (Snifter's Stirred Not Shaken)
captured the Sportswomen's Team title in Las Vegas. In
2006, her team (Sportsman 75 Selects) took home another
"Charlie" for a 4th place finish in the Women's
Intermediate Division. 2010 will mark her 18th appearance
at the VNEA International Championships.

Becky still considers winning her first "Charlie" in
2003 her most memorable moment in VNEA competition.

"Being a part of Wal-Mac Amusements and the VNEA has been
great and I have gained many long lasting friendships
through this Association. I have enjoyed volunteering my
time and being a part of this league. I want to thank my
Charter Elmar for this nomination - I am truly honored".

Gary Wooldridge
Charter: Wal-Mac Amusements, Edmonton, Alberta

Over the past 19 years, Gary has played in numerous leagues
for Wal-Mac. Gary is a Certified Referee and has worked at
the Western Canadian Championships and also served as Head
Referee for Wal-Mac events. He is also involved in the
Charter Steering Committee and has assisted with Board
Committees on an ad-hoc basis.

Since 1993, Gary has participated and competed strongly in
every VNEA International Championships.
As a pool player, it has been a pleasure for Gary to meet
and play against so many other great pool players. He has
always felt it was important to give back to the sport and,
as such, has enjoyed his time helping the Junior players and
dedicating his time to his Charter.

"I sincerely want to thank Wal-Mac Amusements (Elmar
Klapstein) for this great honor. I have been involved in
the pool league since its inception in 1991 and have seen it
grow to one of the premier pool leagues in Canada and the
VNEA".