Billiard Congress of America’s Pro 9-Ball

Defending Champion Johnny Archer will have to do it the hard way if he is to repeat at the Billiard Congress of America’s Pro 9-Ball tournament in Las Vegas. Archer was upset by Canadian Mario Mora, 11-8, in the opening round of the men’s division, Sunday. The double-elimination format makes it “sudden death” for Archer from this point on.

The 2000 women’s division winner, Gerda Hofstatter, got by Ann Gray easily, 9-1, to stay in the hunt.

The 64-player men’s and women’s divisions are competing for twin $80,000 prize funds. The event runs through Saturday, May 19, and will be broadcast on ESPN later in the summer.