Because of health and economic reasons, Donny has had to give up his active status as a Certified Instructor. He hopes to return to active status in the future. In the meanwhile, his series of articles on 8-ball defense in Pool & Billiard Magazine is coming to an end. After a number of years writing for P & B, his role as a regular columnist may not continue. He is, however, still offering lessons to those in need of help with their game.
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61 YEARS OF POOL
Donny first picked up a pool cue to play a
game of "bumper pool" with his dad
in an old Wisconsin tavern in 1955. Three months later he was banned from playing in that tavern as his Dad was winning too many drinks and dollar bills betting on the skinny 12-year-old boy.
Although bowling became the youngster's first love in sports, he continued to play pool occasionally, managed a Mickey Mantle Billiard Center briefly in 1965, and organized one of the first successful pool leagues in the Midwest in '66. He won his first pool tournament, the La Crosse Singles title, in 1970, and after retiring from bowling in '73, began to play pool more seriously.
In '81 he won a free trip to the BCA National 8-Ball Singles tournament in Las Vegas, where he lost 5-2 to Nick Varner. Three years later he captured the World Series of Pool Midwest Bar Table 9-ball title in Minneapolis, and followed that by captain/coaching the Red Sails Resort team to the Minnesota State Team title in '85. During the '86-'87 season, he won 30 team and singles events, including a second Minnesota State team title and League MVP while playing for the defending Valley International Team champion Red Sails Resort.
When he had his cue case and three cues stolen in '95, Donny retired briefly from competition and moved to Gainesville, Florida. In 2009, he finished first in league high average for the 47th time, and has recorded winning streaks of 43 and 44 games in league play.
He now plays occasionally, and still loves teaching pocket billiards to those serious about the game of pool.
He has written for Inside Pool magazine in the past and is currently a regular columnist for Pool & Billiard magazine.
FOR LESSONS OR ANSWERS TO ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT POOL, POOL CUES, ETC. contact Donny by email or call (352) 336-9461.
ARE YOU A LEAGUE PLAYER WHO'S BEING OUT-SAFED BY YOUR OPPONENTS? DONNY CAN HELP YOU!
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