3rd championship within reach

Published 12:21 am Saturday, July 9, 2011

Thomas Carroll and Travis Newsome watch as defending champion Jerome Wooten gets a practice round in Friday afternoon.

Jerome Wooten of Kansas City, Mo., will have an opportunity to defend at least one of his World Championship Domino titles today.

Wooten, who last year won the singles championship, and with his partner, Robert Newsome, also of Kansas City, won the doubles championship.

Wooten will play Woody Hamilton in the singles finals this afternoon.

“I play online every day,” he said. “We have a club – the Green Duck – where we play every day except Sundays”

Wooten said winning in the Andalusia Rotary Club’s tournament takes a combination of skill and luck. Asked if he came south this week with the intention of repeating as the champ, he said, “Every year I intend to win.”

There were 140 players competing in Friday’s adult competition. Doubles competition begins at 8 a.m. today.

This year marks the 36th annual World Champion-ship Domino Tournament.