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Laurance to present billiard exhibition
By Wade Allen
World-renowned billiard queen Ewa Laurance, also known as “The Striking Viking,” is coming to campus as part of the 2009 Homecoming activities.
Laurance, who has been ranked number one billiard player in the world numerous times, will appear in the Hawk's Nest Game Room in the U.C. on Sept. 30 at 10 a.m.
Her exhibition show, which is free admission to the UNCP community, will feature challenge matches, a question and answer segment, a billiards trick shot show and an autograph signing for fans.
You may know Laurance as the color commentator for ESPN Championship Billiards or as the host of the Game Show Network’s popular show “Ball Breakers.”
Either way, she has proven herself one of the most decorated billiard players of all time.
Laurance has competed on the Women’s Professional Tour and has been featured in countless magazines including “People,” “Forbes,” “Glamour” and “Sports Illustrated.”
She was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America’s Hall of Fame in 2004 and has written three books entitled “The Ewa Mataya Pool Guide,” “Quick Start Guide to Pocket Billiard” and “The Complete Idiot's Guide to Pool & Billiards.”
Laurence, who currently lives in Myrtle Beach, S.C., was born in Gavle, Sweden.
In 1981, she visited New York City to compete in the billiard world championship. After the championship, she remained in the United States and became a U.S. citizen.
For more information about Laurance’s visit to campus, contact U.C. Director Cynthia Oxendine at 910-521- 6584.