“JUNIOR NORRIS” MEMORIAL SHOOT-OUT
WE ARE “JUNIOR NORRIS” MEMORIAL SHOOT OUT aka The Junior Norris 9 Ball Shoot Out” and it is the biggest pool tournament in the Texoma Area and it’s held right here in Wichita Falls. 2019 will be the 6th year of the event.
2014 was just a small tournament with local talent of 32 players to honor a hometown legend, Junior Norris. 2015 was a huge celebration and tournament. Junior Norris celebrated his 90th birthday in grand style, surrounded by friends and family, the Wichita Falls community, and 64 great pool players from across the country. For 2 days Fast Eddy’s Billiards & Games hosted an outstanding 64 player tournament and Veteran’s Celebration at which Junior and his two older brothers were presented with their full military honors they had never received from the US Military. Also, each of the three men was presented Honorary High School Diplomas from Wichita Falls High School. Their diplomas were awarded as each of the men left school before graduation to join the military to serve our country during WWII. Junior was also gifted with his 1943 High School class ring that he so treasured.
Junior Norris is a Wichita Falls Hometown Hero, a WWII Veteran, and a Texas Billiards Hall of Famer. The “Junior Norris” Memorial Shoot Out” event is held every year around his birthday and in 2016, Mr. Norris would have been 91 years of age. Sadly we lost Junior, March 9, 2016. Junior was a Husband, Father, Grandfather and Friend, as well as one of the top 9 Ball players in the US. Known in the billiards world as “The Texas Legend” and so much of a player, he was inducted into the Texas Billiards Hall of Fame in 1995 at the age of 70 years. No one has ever loved the “GAME” more than Junior.
The preceding years of the event, the Norris Family provided all the funding. 2016 was a great expansion for the event and moved to a (60,000 sq.ft.) much larger facility. 40 -7’ Valley Tables with 121 players in the OPEN 9 BALL event and 21 Players in the WOMEN’S 9 BALL event. Several great sponsors were instrumental in making this event successful.
2017 was a year for more growth. Beginning in June of 2016 we were contacted by many players who were already registered and paid to ensure a spot in the 2017 Event. With the original 9 Ball ShootOut still in place, 8 ball and 10 ball was added to the mix and each will support a 128 player bracket. Players from all across the US and as far as the Philippines gathered to claim their share of the prize money. It was a very eventful week. Thanks to Mike Amburn of Wichita Falls, TX for hosting the event at his awesome club location. Hospitality was awesome.
2018 will the 5th Annual Junior Norris Event and for five days it will be nothing but POOL, great FOOD, and wonderful fellowship. 2018 Event opens with a 16-player 10 BALL RING GAME where the winner takes all. Will be interesting to see WHO takes the cash ($4,500) as well as the “JUNIOR NORRIS” 10 BALL RING GAME TROPHY. Yes, TROPHY. Also, 10 BALL “OPEN” (64 Players)($1,000 Added), 9 BALL “OPEN” (128 Players)($5,000 Added) and Women’s 9 BALL (64 Players)($1,000 Added) will be hosted at the 2018 Event. We have decided to add awards this year to all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner. Although trophy/plaques have not been given at past events, we have invited all previous winners to come claim their awards. That will make for an especially nice presentation, with a total of 35 past and present awards. This year’s event will be hosted by the MASKAT SHRINE and will be held in their beautiful BALLROOM.
2018 “JUNIOR NORRIS” MEMORIAL SHOOT OUT – Hosted at the Maskat Shrine of Wichita Falls, TX and My Oh My…..What an incredible event. Full fields all around. Players from all over the world converged on the City and what a performance. Five (5) days of the greatest billiard competition we have ever seen. The entire event was a huge success. Volunteers, Workers, Spectators, Vendors, Live-streamer, Old Friends, New Friends, Backers, Buyers, and PLAYERS (Novice, Amateur, PRO, and “THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME “THE MAGICIAN” Efren Reyes)……No way any of this would have been possible without every single one of them. My heart swells with thanks, love and gratitude. My Father, Junior Norris, is so proud and honored by your show of support for this EVENT……THANK YOU!!!
See you all at the next one. 2019-June 19-23
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“Junior Norris” Memorial Shoot Out
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