MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - There's something in the pool at L&W Sports Bar in Macon.
No, this sports bar doesn't have a swimming pool.
I'm talking about the pool team. Four men and four women make up the bar's team, which is competing in the American Pool Association National Championships in Las Vegas.
"There's a lot of big names in pool out of Atlanta," says Kevin West, co-captain of the team. "There are a lot of big names, but this is a small town. It's a small city; Macon is a small place. For a team to come from a place like this and make it to the big stage, and to hopefully win the big stage, that would mean a lot for middle Georgia."
L&W's was opened in 1977 by Will Hammock. When he passed away, his kids, Amy and Wesley, kept the family tradition alive and started up a 9-ball team.
"9-ball is a game of skill, by far," says L&W's co-owner and member of the team, Amy Hammock. "You have to make the balls in numerical order: 1-9. Nine being the last, 1 being the first. It's a game of hook shots, it's a game of--you can go out there and you can run nine balls or you can run one at a time."
Although they're experiencing the glitz and glamour in Vegas, paid for, by the way, by the APA, these pool masters say they just enjoy playing the game.
"Pool--any kind of problem that I have, it eases my mind," says player Travis Patat. "Always has."
"I enjoy playing pool," says Hammock. "It's very relaxing. It's a good way to stay off the streets, and it's (in) AC."
"To me, it's a getaway," says West. "It's definitely a getaway. It doesn't matter what's going on in your life, you can get down and you can just hit those balls, and I mean, it's just relief."
They're hoping to bring the title to Macon and the little bar they call home.
"We're ready for the big show," says West. "I think this team's ready. We've been practicing hard and I think that's what it's really all about. Hopefully, all the practice results in a win and victories."
"I feel like my father is looking down on us right now, and he's waiting on us to go out there and win the gold," says Hammock. "It'd mean a lot for this little bitty place."
The team will take on hundreds of other teams from around the country while in Vegas, and if they make it to the final ten, their matches will be televised nationally on ESPN.