Five Questions: Sun City Billiards Club elects all-female board

By: Mary Clark, The Press Tribune
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Femininity is something not often associated with pools halls and billiards tournaments.

But Marie Levens and the rest of the all-female board of executives for the Sun City Roseville Billiards Club are turning the tables. Levens took up billiards, a historically male-dominated sport, with her husband years ago but only played infrequently.

Since moving to Sun City, Levens and her friends began to play twice a week, once with just the ladies and once in a mixed tournament. This year, Levens, Jean Stevens, Kathleen Codon and Bonnie Reynolds were elected president, vice president, secretary and treasurer respectively by a club comprised of less than a quarter women.

President-elect Levens knows that these women will soon have their hands full with 90 club members, weekly tournaments, quarterly meetings and an annual dinner.

1. When did you begin playing pool?

My husband and I lived in Twain Harte and every summer we would go down to the desert near Palm Springs and there was a pool table there that I started playing on. I didn’t start up again until 2002 here at Sun City.

2. What is the general attitude toward women in billiards?

It used to be that we were sort of the oddballs, but now we’ve come into our own. There are many tournaments here that both men and women participate in and compete against each other.

3. How long has the club existed and how often do you meet?

We have club meetings quarterly. Otherwise, there are people playing every day. I play with the girls on Mondays and in tournaments on Fridays.

4. What is the significance of the election of an all-women board?

I think it will be different. I know we will all have a good time together. If they could, the men would probably prefer to just play and not have to go to meetings. Only about 20 of our 90 members are women.

5. What is the best part about the club?

Overall, it has been a really wonderful social club. Many friendships have been made. A lot of people get together to play with the same people every day. There is a real sense of camaraderie.