Archer & Morris Rock Andy Cloth in Rawlins!

Archer & Morris Rock Rawlins! 
2014 Andy Cloth High Desert Shootout written by Monte Thayer   . Follow us at
The 2014 Andy Cloth High Desert Shootout held in Rawlins, WY on Sept. 26-28 was another huge 
success!  There were over 150 pool players from around the Rocky Mountain region competing for over 
$30,000 of prize money in four different open divisions!  There was also a three division Nubbins 
Memorial Junior’s Tournament and a $400 added Hard Luck 9-ball Tournament on Sunday.  The 
tournament was highlighted by the presence of 4-time World Champion and Hall of Famer Johnny 
“Scorpion” Archer and U.S. Open Champion, Rodney “Rocket” Morris!  Both players not only displayed 
their talent on the table by winning all three of the Masters events, Morris won the single elimination 
10-ball and 8-ball events while Archer grabbed the double elimination Saratoga (an 8-ball & 10-ball 
hybrid game) title, but their grace in interacting with all of the tournament participants was an “off the 
charts” treat for the many players who had only previously read about or seen  these two professionals 
on television!  Event promoter, EJ Glode, was delighted with the turnout for this 3rd annual event and 
along with the tournament committee vows to make this event bigger and more special with some big 
plans for the 2015 tournament!
While the two professionals worked their way through the three Masters events it was players from the 
state of Colorado that dominated the three remaining divisions with Greg Romero taking home the title 
in the Expert Division, Ross Smith was the champion in the Classic Division and Keith Pulley shot his way 
to the top in the Sportsman Division.  In the Masters, Tom Thompson of Pine Haven, WY recorded a big 
win in the Saratoga tournament by beating Rodney Morris to advance to the final match against Archer!  
As well, Andrew Pettenger from Denver, CO played well in shooting his way into the top four of each 
event!  In the junior’s division it was Kyle Chewning of Colorado taking the 18 and under title and in the 
12 and under division it was Aaron Krapes also from Colorado taking 1st place.   The Pee Wee division 
title was claimed by Bailey Glode of Saratoga, WY.  The Hard Luck 9-ball 1st place money went to Bruce 
Wilson from Colorado.
According to Tournament Director, Monte Thayer, this tournament and the Wyoming Open that takes 
place in late March in Saratoga, WY are a great way for pool players across the country to come together 
and have a great time hanging out and competing with some of the sport’s greatest players and just 
having a good time with sport of billiards in addition to competing for significant tournament and 
calcutta prize money.  With the help of some great major sponsors such as Andy Billiard Cloth, Dragon 
Promotions, Polaris, Shively Hardware, Sinclair Wyoming Refining Company, The Newpoint Companies, 
Pic Ranch, Hotel Wolf, Duke’s Bar & Grill, J. Pechauer Custom Cues and the Carbon County Visitor’s 
Council these two events are gonna grow bigger and become much more than just a pool tournament!

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