VNEA

 

1994 Hall of Fame

 

Jack Dunbar
Charter: Derrick Music Company – Charleston, West Virginia

Jack has participated in over 40 local tournaments and placed second in the Frank Veltri Open 9-Ball Tournament in 1993.

Jack has also been very active in the promotion of the VNEA International Championships in Las Vegas. He has helped spread the word of the terrific experiences and thrills of worldwide competition to new and even seasoned league players.

Jack won the Men’s Regular Singles 8-Ball Division of the International Championships in 1989 and returned in 1993 to capture 5th-8th place in the Masters Division of the same event. Jack’s team captured first place in the Men’s Regular Team Division in 1991 and again as a Masters team in 1993.
"I am most honored to be one of the initial inductees into the VNEA Hall of Fame." – Jack Dunbar

 


 

Janene Hague
Charter: Dahlco Music & Vending – St. Paul Minnesota

While serving as the secretary for the Dahlco VNEA pool league system, Janene kept stats, ran qualifiers, and looked to help wherever possible. Janene’s involvement in the sport has ranged from instructing youth and organizing Junior leagues to coordinating a women’s professional tournament in 1988.

Janene was the MOMA State Singles Women’s Champion in 1982 and Women’s Masters Champion in 1994. She was also a team member on the MOMA State Woman’s Team Champion in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988 and Women’s Masters Team Champion in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1994.

Janene won the VNEA International Women’s Singles Championship in 1987. She was a member of the VNEA International Women’s Team Champion in 1985 and 1986. Janene was also a member of the Women’s Masters Team Champions in 1988, 1989, 1991 and her team finished second in 1992.

"My most memorable time in VNEA competition was the first year we won the Women’s Team Event. It was a real team effort." – Janene Hague
 


Tony Liburdi
Charter: Town & Country Amusements – Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Tony has been very instrumental in expanding Town & Country Amusements charter system to more than double their original number of teams.

Tony’s involvement in local leagues and tournaments as both a coordinator and director has made him a major asset to his charter and the Association. Tony also serves as a referee for many events and spreads his pool knowledge to other players as a card carrying Certified Instructor

Tony was a member of the VNEA Men’s Masters Team Champions in 1985. He finished second in the Men’s Team Division in 1982 & 1986. Tony has placed in the top 8 of both the 8-Ball and 9-Ball Divisions throughout his accomplished career.

He has served on the VNEA Rules Committee and Player Advisory Board.

"Before VNEA and local charter holders, pool players had no goals. Now they have the ambition to do their best and go to the International Championships." – Tony Liburdi


 

Larry Martin
Charter: Gapter Amusement – Cheyenne, Wyoming

As a strong supporter of the VNEA, Larry has been very active in local and regional competition. Since 1982, Larry has consistently finished atop the leader board in local VNEA Tournaments.

In the past, Larry has served as Captain of his team and was President of his VNEA league. Larry has also served as a member of the VNEA Players Advisory Board and is a card carrying Certified Instructor.

Larry has made several appearances at the International Championships competing not only in Las Vegas, but also in Milwaukee and Reno. Placing in the money a number of times, Larry is a force to be reckoned with in the VNEA.

"I feel that the VNEA rules and league system are the best of any league that I’ve played on." – Larry Martin
 


 

Dick Spitzer
Charter: Rushmore Amusement – Rapid City, South Dakota

Dick has played a major part in the organization of local VNEA pool leagues in his area. He has also served as Tournament Director for many locally held and statewide tournaments.

Dick has been on the Board of Directors or Chairman of his local league system many times over the years.

Dick has won the following state championships: 2-time "B" 8-Ball; 6-time "A" 8-Ball; 3-time "A" 9-Ball; 6-time "A" Team. He also was a member of the VNEA International Regular Team Champions in 1984 and Masters Champions in 1989.

His team finished second in the Regular Division in 1983 and second again in 1988 as a Masters team. Dick finished third in the Men’s Masters 8-Ball Division in 1990 and captured the title in 1992.

He has also been a member of the VNEA International Championships Tournament Committee.

"It has been a pleasure to be associated with the VNEA both as a player and as a Committee member over the years." – Dick Spitzer