EKU’s newly founded Billiards Club strives to compete at nationals

EKU now has a club for anyone that enjoys playing pool.

The Billiards Club is brand new to campus and ready to help students get in on the action.

Initially, the group did not have the intention of starting up a club. It was just a group of guys that would get together and play for fun.

“I started getting together with Robert Kellems, our other Co-Founder, back in September of last semester just to shoot around.” Said Jake Bertke, co-founder and president of the club. “I guess you could say that’s when we really started this whole thing.”

Over time, the group began to grow as more and more people began to get involved. The club currently has 13 members.

“At first, Robert would ask some of his friends and I would ask some of mine.” Bertke said. “That is how we first grew from just two people to around six or seven.”

The group officially meets in Middle Powell at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday, but also meets anytime during the week just to shoot around. Bertke said some members of the group will try to go in the morning before class.

“We’ll usually try meeting at around 9:00 a.m. and try to stay until about 11:30 a.m.” Bertke said. “We have a group message between us so we usually just communicate in that about when we’re going to meet up.”

As Powell is the Student Center for EKU, meeting there gives the group very good exposure to other students.

“I guess with Middle Powell having the only pool table on campus, we got kind of lucky.” Said Robert Kellems, Co-Founder of the club. “Students are strolling through Middle Powell every single day and it is also one of the more popular places on campus to relax as well so I guess you could say it definitely works to our advantage with people seeing us together almost every day.”

Even though it is the only table on campus, the group still seems to get it every day.

“There really isn’t anyone else ever playing there to be honest.” Bertke said. “But if there ever is we ask…

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