La Mesa man runner up in U.S. amateur pool final

Josh Watson

Josh Watson of La Mesa, recently finished runner-up at the 2023 U.S. Amateur Pool Championship. Watson advanced undefeated to the championship match against a field of the top amateur pool players from across North America. His only loss came at the hands of eventual champion, Brett Stottlemyer of Pasadena, Maryland, in the championship final.

The U.S. Amateur Championship was produced and conducted by the American Poolplayers Association at the Wyndham Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida Nov. 2-5.

Watson was one of only 128 players who qualified for the championship rounds by winning one of several qualifying tournaments held across the country. Nearly 3,000 players attempted to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Championship.

The double-elimination tournament offers the top amateur players the opportunity to showcase their skills through a combination of 8-Ball and 9-Ball matches.

Watson’s semifinal round victory, which secured his spot in the championship match, can be viewed online at Jacob Watson VS Joshua Watson – 2023 U.S. Amateur Championship.