Update on the Billiard Room

by Mike Ohrel, QCBC President.

Hello QCBC Members,

I hope that this email finds you healthy, wealthy, safe and a bit wiser. Can you believe it has been 47 days since we had to abandon the billiards room and hunker down for the long run.  It feels like an eternity. Most of our lifestyles have changed as we are beginning to understand the “New Normal”. It is my hope that you were not impacted severely with all the economic changes, being separated from friends and family, using local amenities and for some of you, your employment. As Gov Ducey begins to open our state, Quail Creek follows suit to open our amenities slowly and cautiously. I am still a bit unsure and uncomfortable to go out into larger crowds and gathering and am taking it slow.

With all of this happening, the QCBC Board has been virtually meeting monthly to remain on meeting schedule and be dialed in as much as possible to the constant changes. One of our highest priorities is getting the Billiards room ready, not only with the current remodel but also defining how Billiards going forward will look and play. Because the Billiards Room is also open to all QC residents, we expect that the Robson Board will set most of the guidelines that the QCBC BOD will further refine to meet our game play needs. Expect small groups only 6-8 allowed in the room, a sign-in, reservation, or scheduling system of sorts and of course – distancing. There is also cleanliness and sanitation issues to overcome. Robson will enforce Billiard Room guidelines in a similar manner as Anza and the Pool and has already published the following of how they are enforcing these guidelines. We can only expect something similar when it comes to the Billiards Room with the following:

We understand that not everyone will feel comfortable returning to playing pool. For those who do want to get back out and play, please understand that it is your personal responsibility to follow all the rules, guidelines and protocols. Only you can dictate whether these facilities stay open for play; failure to comply with these guidelines could result in the closure of the facility. Your behavior will determine how we move forward. Following guidelines and rules, especially related to social distance, are an absolute must. Until further notice, only Quail Creek residents are allowed to use Quail Creek facilities.

We are also soliciting other Robson Communities as they are encountering similar distancing guideline rules. Public locations like Pockets and Clicks are also adjusting their hours and occupancy limits and are open for play.

Now for some fun news!

I’m sure you have been following the Club House remodel. The Billiards Room is painted, and our new lights are up! A BIG thanks to John Anderson for his continued support through the ordering and install process. The lights look fantastic – see attached! From what we understand…we are getting new chairs, maybe a bench, and new artwork too! As of yet, we have not been told a re-open date, but expect July 1 is probably close.

We are on the verge of being able to order QCBC Pool Team shirts! We have run through a small pilot for the board members ordering several “Polo Shirt” style shirts with our logo embroidered over the left chest. The shirts are high quality and come in a variety of colors. Please look at the attachment from our first sampling.  Our next pilot will be made available to the A and B flights of our traveling tournament team allowing us to “represent” Quail Creek Billiards even moreso. I will be reaching out to you in a separate email with information. If all goes well with the second pilot shirt orders, we will be able to make the shirts available to the remainder of our members.

Dennis Desmond (our Tournament Chairperson) has been working diligently with other local clubs to begin future tournament planning. Due to all of the restrictions each club faces, a schedule is currently hard to come by. However, they know we are out there and are coming after them! We are hoping to have at minimum one tournament per month, if not two once things get a little closer to normal. On a side note… we are getting estimates and samplings together for a new trophy display case to display our winning achievements.

And finally. We still have two openings on the QCBC Board. Vice President and Facility Committee chairperson. For the past few months, things have been slow so the vacancies did not slow us down too much. However, as we begin to start up again, we are asking and can really use your help. Neither of these positions take a lot of time and no experience is necessary. Please give some consideration to run  for either of these positions. We have had some interested in these positions but would like a few more candidates to run.  So, if you want to be a part of making this club better than what we already are, now is your chance to be a part of that. I am looking to fill these positions by 7/1, so if interested just shoot an email to qcbilliardsclub@gmail.com  

As we near the opening date of the Clubhouse, be on the lookout for more updates and information. You can only play so much on-line and Video Billiards. I am ready for the real deal.

Stay safe out there and remain healthy. Over the next few months, we will see a lot of changes. Some will work and some will not. Be patient with Robson as well as our board. We are moving cautiously keeping your safety as our number one concern. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we plow through this.

As always… If you have any questions, don’t hesitate reaching out to me directly or sending an email to qcbilliardsclub@gmail.com.

More to come!

Mike Ohrel, QCBC President

How to use the Ball Washer

Periodically the QCBC maintenance volunteers clean billiard balls used in our pool room.  That task is made easier by our ball polisher machine made by DIAMOND BILLIARD PRODUCTS, INC. Here is a summary of what you need to know to use the ball polisher.  It does a great job if you do it right.

For more information watch this Diamond video.

  • Always put 8 balls into the ball holder. Using fewer balls will unbalance the unit with the possibility of it throwing balls out.
  • Put about a dime size drop of cleaning solution on the balls at the 6 and 12 o’clock positions in the holder. Too much cleaning solution will clog up the carpets in the cleaner.
  • Run the ball washer for 5 minutes.  Use the built-in timer.
  • Remove balls and put in the next 8 for cleaning.
  • Cover and stow the machine.

Join the QCBC Travel Team

We are looking for ten QCBC members to represent our club and compete against other billiard clubs in southern Arizona. The game is usually 8-ball.  We want 6 primary and 4 alternate players to commit to being available to play one Saturday per month from October through April.  So far everyone competing as a team has had a great time. Join us!

For more information contact Dennis Desmond.

 

October 10-Ball Results

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Here are the results of our QCBC Sponsored 10 Ball called shot Tournament held October 28, 2019. We had a tie and  the winners of the 1 game shoot out were Adrian Lelea and Fred Vissser. The second place team was Chuck Astleford and Doug Decker.  A great time was had by all participants.