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Laurance challenges students in pool
By Wade Allen
Challenge matches She performed an exhibition, offered challenge matches with students and gave everyone in attendance 8x10 autographed color pictures to take home as souvenirs.
“She was really engaging and open with the students,” University Center Director Cynthia Oxendine said. “We had a lot of participation from staff, faculty, students and several members of the community.”
Laurance is a worldrenowned billiard player and has been a color commentator for ESPN and host of The Game Show Network’s show “Ball Breakers.”
“She was not as expensive,” Oxendine said. “Since she was centrally located, she did give us a discount.”
The event was sponsored by the University Center and, according to Oxendine, had been in the planning stages since summer 2009.;
Laurance has been named best billiard player in the world several times, authored three books concerning the sport and was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America’s hall of fame in 2004.
In 1981, she visited New York to compete in the billiard world championship. After the championship, she remained in the United States and became a U.S. citizen.