Worlds 2002

Las Vegas, Nevada

January 18-20, 2002

Las Vegas

John Perez (36-19) of Revere Massachusetts defeated former world champion  Mike Naidus of Los Angeles California four games to none in the world series.  The Star Tournaments National Championship was held at Harrah's Casino on the strip in Las Vegas January 18-20.  Perez defeated Jeff Watson four games to three in the semi-finals and two-time world champion Bill Meinhardt four games to three in the quarter-finals  to reach the final.   Naidus defeated the co-managers Mike Cohen and Eric Wayne four games to none in the semi-finals and Dan Martin four games to three in the quarter-finals to reach the finals.

Perez started out 10-12 and then won 14 of his last 15 in divisional play to finish 24-13 and edged out 2001 Star Tournaments points champion Don Leong for a place in the final eight.

The final eight consisted of division winners Dan Martin, Jeff Watson, John Perez, Bill Jempty, co-managers Mike Cohen and Eric Wayne, and Bill Meinhardt.  Entering the field of eight as second place wild-card shootout winners were Don Leong and Mike Naidus.

The field of 51 was the second largest ever for a Star Tournaments National Championship Tournament.

The final finishers.  Note that the third place through sixth place was a double elimination tournament that allowed all non-divisional winners a chance at third through sixth place.

1st John Perez $5000
2nd Mike Naidus $1100
3rd Jeff Watson $800
4th Bill Meinhardt $600
5th Vince Velten $350
6th Sparky Atkinson $150

Full Tournament Recap

National Tournament Newsletter

 

 

Finals

John Perez of Revere Massachusetts defeated Mike Naidus four games to none.

Semi-finals

John Perez defeated Jeff Watson four games to three.

Mike Naidus defeated Mike Cohen/Eric Wayne four games to none.

Quarter-finals

John Perez defeated Bill Meinhardt four games to three.

Jeff Watson defeated Don Leong four games to one.

Eric Wayne/Mike Cohen defeated Bill Jempty four games to three.

Mike Naidus defeated Dan Martin four games to three.

 

Wild Card Shootout Round

Mike Naidus defeated Bill Nervig

Mike Naidus defeated Fred Meier, Naidus advances

Vince Velten defeated Steve Helling

Don Leong defeated Vince Velten, Leong advances

 

Divisional Play (Friday & Saturday)

Records include all games in the Third Place Bracket

Division A -- Ed Killmer

Carl Bible 9-15
Dan Martin 20-4 24-9 28-15
Hank Smith 10-14 15-18
Scott Sutton 12-12 13-14
Bill Katona 13-11 18-15 19-17
Ed Killmer 10-14
Steve Helling 13-11 18-15 19-17
David Little 6-18 9-21
Tony Luburic 14-10 18-15

Division B -- Bill Jempty

Vic Horvath 12-12 19-17
Ed Daley 14-10 17-16 26-21
Eric Mendoza 7-17
Mike Meszaros 14-10 17-16 21-20
Joe Sheehan 9-15 10-17
Bill Jempty 15-9 21-12 25-18
Bill Nervig 15-9 21-12 22-14
Spencer Trask 11-13 14-16
Steve Davidson 11-13 16-17

Division C -- Don Leong

Pete Nelson 16-12 17-19 20-22
Steve Garret 14-14 15-16
Danny Van Klaveren 16-12 18-18 19-20
John Perez 16-12 24-13 36-19
Stan Suderman 11-17
Willy Dominguez 10-18 11-20
Robb Schreiber 11-17 12-19
Don Leong 18-10 24-13 26-19

Division D -- Tom Anderson

Tom Anderson 9-19 12-22
Mark Van Klaveren 21-16
Bill Meinhardt 23-14 32-21
Sparky Atkinson 21-16 26-20
Sal Caridi 13-15 18-18
Vince Velten 21-16 22-18
Steve Baldeaux 11-17 14-20
Jim Galloway 11-17 11-19

Division E -- Mike Naidus

Bryan Lewis 11-13 12-15
Mike Naidus 14-10 18-15 26-22
Craig Schneider 13-11 17-16 18-18
Kirk Tallant 13-11 16-17 17-19
Marshall Palmer 13-11 14-13
Dave Goldstein 12-12 13-14
Matt Trask 12-12 24-19
Mike Cohen/Eric Wayne 14-10 21-12 25-21
Randy Davidson 6-18 8-20

Division F -- Ben Leong

Bill Halpern 15-13 18-19
Jeff Watson 20-8 25-12 36-18
Will Roberts 12-16 17-20
John Christie 14-14 19-18 26-23
Ben Leong 12-16 15-19
Marc Blumberg 12-16 13-18
Mark Huamon 10-18 13-21
Fred Meier 17-11 22-15 25-18