“Winning this title meant a lot,” Aft said. “This is a goal I’ve been working towards for a while. Three years ago, I came really close but didn’t win it.”
With the victory, Aft earned a spot in the 2014 U.S. Open Pro Championship, which she said will take place in June.
During the race-to-5 format in which games of 8-ball and 9-ball are played, Aft defeated her opponent by pocketing the 4-ball then knocking in the 5-ball and 9-ball on a combination shot.
“Generally, people play 8-ball first then finish the set with 9-ball because essentially you can win it in 9-ball but you can’t win it in 8-ball,” Aft said.
To stay sharp, Aft practices at home regularly and will participate in a tournament on a weekly basis.
“Playing pool is not like riding a bike,” Aft said. “It’s something you have to do every day to maintain at least. It’s definitely a lot of work.”
Aft, who is 30 years old and lives in Dunwoody, discovered her interest in billiards while attending Georgia.