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Europeans in PBA launched in first team league

Posted by on September 8, 2020

Europeans in PBA launched in first team league

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The team line-ups for the new competition with six teams

SEOUL - Two Belgian top players, two Spaniards and one Turk are at the start, Thursday 10th of September, for the first session in the team competition of the professional billiards organization PBA in South Korea. Six teams will show up with four men players and one lady. The Korean team league is played over a total of six tournaments. The European players are Frédéric Caudron, Eddy Leppens, David Martinez, Juan Zapata and Birol Uymaz, the other non-Koreans are Robinson Morales and Minh Cam Ma. Filippos Kasidokostas is missing in the line-ups, after the Greek didn't also play in the first individual PBA tournament at the start of July this year.

The PBA (Professional Billiards Association) organized its first individual tournament this year in early July with 42-year-old Seong-uk-Oh as the men's winner and 22-year-old Ye-eun Kim at the women. The first of six tournaments in the team competition will be played over five days, from Wednesday 10 to Monday 14 September. The venue is the same all these days: Sono Calm Goyang, in the Grand Ballroom hall. The six teams meet each other one by one, so in total three games every day. The European players were quarantined for 14 days after arriving in South Korea, as they did for the individual tournament two months ago.

The teams to be launched are Shinhan Investment, Welcome Savings Bank, TS Shampoo-JDX, SK rent-a-car, Crown Haitai and BlueOne Angels. The line-up of those teams is a mix of the most successful Korean players and the best Europeans in the PBA. Frédéric Caudron is the leading player of Welcom Savings Bank, Jung-ju Shin of Shinhan Investment, Dong-Koong Kang of SK rent-a-car, David Martinez of Crown Haitai and David Zapata of BlueOneAngels. Kasidokostas normally leads the TS Shampoo team, but has not arrived in South Korea, although in his area was said that he would leave for Korea for two months. The Greek himself is not available for comment.

The playing format per round starts with a men's double, followed by a men's single and women's single and finally a mixed double according to the Scotch double system. The men's doubles are not played in Scotch double. For a match win, a team is rewarded by three match points, a draw means for both teams one point. The line-ups per team must be announced one week in advance. The team leader designates the players for the order to play.

The first game on Thursday (Korean time):
12.10: Welcome Savings Bank-Shinhan Investmens
2nd: Crown Haitai-BlueOnes Results
3rd race, 22.30: TS JDX-SK rent-a-car.

Some remarkable matches:
Thursday, 11 September:
Caudron in double with Seo against Cho and Jung-ju Shin and later Caudron-Ma.
In the last round (22.30): Byeong-ho Kim with Mi-ra Lee in mixed double against Leppens with Bo-mi Kim
Morales vs Dong-Koong Kang

Friday 11 September: Martinez-Caudron (22.30)
Saturday 12 September: Caudron-Kang, Leppens-Uymaz
Sunday 13 September: Zapata-Kang, Leppens-Zapata, Morales-Uymaz
Monday 14 September: Martinez-Kang.

The six teams and the compositions to choose from:

Shinhan Investment: Jung-ju Shin (KOR), Keon-hwi Cho (KOR), Seong-uk Oh (KOR), Ga-young Kim (KOR), and Ma Minh Cam (VNM).

Welcome Savings Bank: Frédéric Caudron (BEL), Hyun-min Seo (KOR), Ji-seung Han (KOR), Birol Uymaz (TUR), and LPBA Yu-ram Cha (KOR).

TS Shampoo•JDX: Filippos Kasidokostas (GR), Robinson Morales (COL), Gyeong-seop Jung (KOR), Nam-soo Kim (KOR), and Mi-rae Lee (KOR).

SK rent-a-car: Dong-Koong Kang (KOR), Eddy Leppens (BEL), Hyung-kon Kim (KOR), Sang-woon Ko, Jung-suk Lim (KOR), and LPBA Bo-mi Kim (KOR).

Crown Haitai: David Martinez (ESP), In-su Park (KOR), Jae-guen Kim (KOR), Yeong-hun Lee (KOR), Ji-hoon Sun (KOR), Ji-eun Kang (KOR), and Min-ju Baek (KOR).

BlueOne Angels: David Zapata, Won-jun Choi, Min-gu Kang, Gap-sun Kim and Han-sol Seo.

David Martinez (middle in blue shirt) during the team diner after being quarantained

Three of six teams to be launched in the team legue



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My Comments

PBA Team League-some more information
1. The line-up of 6 teams are mixture of most successful International (not European), Korean PBA
players and LPBA players.
Total 36 players, composed of 8 International (6 European among 8)/18 Korean PBA/10 LPBA
players for this first Season PBA TL.

2. Men's Double is played by K-Double rule. each player continues scoring until he fails to.

3. In the Mixed-Double of first day, Byung Ho Kim meets his daughter Bo Mi Kim.
As far as I know, first ever Father & Dughther match in professional carom competition.

4. Mr.Kasidokostas is passing this event (like last PBA Opening Tour last July) due to health issue.
PBA fans hope to see him in the next PBA Tour end of this month.

Message 1/4 - Publish at September 9, 2020 5:22 AM

Really thanks for the valuable information

Message 2/4 - Publish at September 9, 2020 4:39 PM

The Miracle - Professional Billiards Association Tour, Teams
The Miracle - Professional Billiards Association Tour, Teams

The 3 Cushion Game is able to deeply breathe in and hOld its breath forever, even in the masks era.

What a Success, even with “games hold behind closed doors with minimum staffs possible”.

“PBA Team League will be an important milestone in the history of billiards”: INDEED, AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE IN THE HISTORY OF BILLIARDS.

We need YOU, Guys, in EUROPE and AMERICA to revolutionize 3 Cushion.

What a pleasure to be able to see what I am seeing, now, in South Korea PBA Teams. With Public this will be a tremendous success.

Jordi Fontdevila


Jordi Fontdevila

Message 3/4 - Publish at September 13, 2020 11:55 AM - Edited at September 17, 2020 2:50 PM

World's First 3Cushion Professional Team League: an Important Milestone in the History of Billiards
The Professional Billiards Association Tour Team League monumental significance is hard to express in full and it is something not erasable, not removable and not forgettable.

Go Alphas, Go Phoenix, Go Raon, Go Winners, Go Heroes, Go Angels: YOU HAVE OUR FULL SUPPORT (A Firm Professional Atmosphere, Great Players and Great Player Leaders: Ga-young KIM, Caudron FREDERIC, Jae-guen KIM, Dong-Koong KANG, Gyeong-seop JUNG and Sang-pill EOM).

With Public, the Team League will be FANTASTIC.

Great Job, Great Intuitive Strategy, Great Professional Team: Congratulations, again, Mr Young-soo Kim. You are THE MAN. No doubt, at all.

Jordi Fontdevila

Message 4/4 - Publish at September 14, 2020 4:40 PM

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