Terry Petrosino Wins

OB Cues Ladies Tour Championship Stop Brings 1st Tour Win for Terry Petrosino

(pictured from left to right: Jennifer Kraber, Roy Robinson, and Terry Petrosino)

It was a smashing weekend November 13th & 14th at Casper’s Billiards in San Leon, Texas.    The weather was just how we liked it…..rainy and cool, prime conditions for being indoors and playing 9-ball all weekend long.  Casper’s Billiards is like no other pool room on our tour.  The food menu offers a wide variety of seafood specials, delicious sandwiches, steaks, burgers, etc. to whet everyone’s hungry appetite.   Kathy and Roy Robinson, owners of Casper’s and voted one of the best billiards rooms in the country, served as our host site in March as well as our Championship Stop during 2010.  All of our OBCLT family, friends, supporters always enjoy their time there and looks forward to the next time we will meet again.  Thank You, Casper’s for being part of our OBCLT family.

The OB Cues Ladies Tour (formerly Hunter Classics Amateur Tour) has been in existence for 18 years now.  Our main title sponsor, OB Cues, who took over sponsorship in 2008, owned by Don Owen and Royce Bunnell were also in attendance at Casper’s.  Don & Royce received special recognition from the players for allowing us to continue to pursue our dream and enjoy our passion, as well as providing us a special venue to further develop our extended family and friends by keeping the tour together.  Don and Royce, we couldn’t do it without you and know that we appreciate you more than words can say.  Thank You.

The tour also announced a new co-sponsor named Pool-300.  Pool-300 is a new pool league concept coming soon to a poolroom in your neighborhood.   You will be hearing more about this in the future.  So keep your eyes and ears open for learning more about this new adventure.

As this was our Championship Stop for this year, it was also time to crown our 2010 OB Cues Ladies Tour Champion.  At the time of the Player’s Meeting, it was too close to call as Lisa Marr was ahead in points but only by 150 to her closest rival, Jennifer Kraber.  Midstream in the tournament as Jennifer suffered a 1st round loss and Lisa won her 3rd match of the day, it was announced that Lisa Marr was the 2010 OBCLT Champion for her 3rd year in a row.  Fantastic Job, Lisa!  You are the best!

The 2010 Most Improved Player was awarded to Michelle Prince from Katy, Texas.  Michelle has demonstrated a winning style and attitude throughout the duration of her past two years playing on the tour.  She improved in the rankings from 27th to 15th and was most deserving of this prestigious award.  Congratulations Michelle!  Your hard work has paid off and it shows!

For the Main Event, thirty-two players were vying for the $750 first place prize monies and it was anybody’s guess who was going to be the winner.  Returning on Sunday still undefeated were Angela Garza vs. Lisa Marr and Terry Petrosino vs. Michelle Cortez.  On the one-loss side, it was Jennifer Kraber vs. Ricki Lee Casper and Amanda Lampert vs. Deanna Kinola.  Ricki and Deanna finished 7th/8th while Amanda and Angela finished 5th/6th.

Michelle Cortez, who was celebrating her birthday on Sunday, had a very solid year of high finishes.  In this event, she was defeated by Jennifer Kraber to take 4th place.  With her previous high finishes, she placed 7th in the final 2010 rankings.  Congratulations Michelle!  We are proud of you!

In the semi-final match, it was once again the top two ranked players, Jennifer Kraber and Lisa Marr.  These two have waged plenty of battles against each other all year long and this time was no different.  Jennifer was again triumphant at this event, sending Lisa home with a 3rd place finish.  Congratulations Lisa on being the 2010 OBCLT Regional Tour Champion, for three times in a row.  You are indeed a champion and always pleasant to watch!

Jennifer, after losing her 1st match against OBCLT Board Member, Julie Stephenson 7-6, came back and won 8 matches to earn her spot in the finals match against Terry.  Jennifer had the best year ever since playing on the tour.  She finished overall in 2nd place in the rankings and finished 2nd place at this weekend’s event.   Congratulations Jennifer, you are a joy to watch, always a good sport and a verifiable champion through and through!

Terry Petrosino played in 3 of the 9 OB Cues Ladies Tour stops this year.  Ironically, the last time she played was in March and it was at Casper’s where she placed 9th-12th.  This time, it was different.  She defeated a number of strong shooters, starting out with Tara Williams, Julie Stephenson, Lisa Henderson-Major, Michelle Cortez, Lisa Marr and then Jennifer Kraber in the finals 7-5.  She played very strong and strategic.  Terry always has been a strong contender since playing on the tour but this time there was no looking back.  She was cool and stroking like a champ.  She stayed on target and focused to achieve her 1st OB Cues Ladies Tour win ever and capturing the 1st place prize money of $750.  Congratulations Terry and we know you will be in the winner’s circle at future OBCLT events!

See you in 2011 – 1st Tour Stop, January 29th & 30th at Rusty’s in Arlington, Texas – www.obcuestour.com

Tournament payouts – $2000 added monies

1st – Terry Petrosino – $750

2nd – Jennifer Kraber – $550

3rd – Lisa Marr – $400

4th – Michelle Cortez – $260

5th/6th – Amanda Lampert, Angela Garza – $160

7th/8th – Deanna Kinola, Ricki Lee Casper – $100

9th/12th – Lisa Henderson-Major, Natalie Mans, Julie Stephenson, Ashley Nandrasy – $50

13th/16th – Monica Anderson, Yvette Reyes, Amber Stone, Belinda Lee – $30

Second Chance – $350 added monies

1st – Ashley Nandrasy – $135

2nd – Natalie Mans – $100

3rd – Lisa Henderson-Major – $65

4th – Robyn Petrosino – $30

5th/6th – Julie Stephenson, Tara Williams – $10

Other Tournament Winners:

Free Entry – $30 – Jennifer Kraber

Starbucks Gift Cards $25 each – Deanna Kinola, Janea Taylor

14.1 DVD Collection – Ashley Nandrasy (DVD’s provided by OBCLT Supporter Samiel Nguyen)

Pool Dawg Box of Master Chalk (provided by OBCLT Player Samm Diep) – Kim Pierce

Pool Dawg Towel (provided by OBCLT Player Samm Diep)  – Lucille Donahue

Pool Dawg Glove (provided by OBCLT Player Samm Diep)  – Becky Jones

OB Cues Ladies Tour Bumper Stickers – Shirley Fields

OB Cues Ladies Tour Magnet Button – Rebecca Riley, Belinda Lee

America Heart Dress for Red Pin – Ricki Lee Casper

Breast Cancer Pins – Monica Anderson, Yvette Reyes

$200 Perfect Attendance Winner – Monica Anderson

OB  Cues Raffle Winners:

Clement Nicolini – Casper’s customer

Frank “Pancho” Gonzalez – Casper’s customer

Amanda Lampert Back-2-Back

Amanda Lampert Back-2-Back OB Cues Ladies Tour Wins

(photo: Lisa Marr, Amanda Lampert)

Fast Eddie’s in Round Rock, Texas was the scene for the 8th OB Cues Ladies Tour stop the weekend of October 9th-10th.  In fact, this was the second time this year that they have hosted the OBCLT event and we greatly appreciated their fantastic food, hospitality and friendly faces from the management and staff.  Thank You Fast Eddie’s Round Rock!

Also special thanks to our main title sponsor, OB Cues, for providing the opportunity for amateur lady pool players all over the country to be able to participate in such a fun-filled, competitive, and memorable event year after year.   Thank You OB Cues!

Players from Texas, Arkansas, Colorado and Illinois were anxious to participate in this guaranteed $2000 added monies 9-ball event.  A welcome surprise to the tour was the presence of Samm Diep from Denver, Colorado and everyone’s favorite pool mascot, Frank from Pool Dawg.  Frank was around all weekend sweating the action along with other tour fans, supporters, and family members, cheering on the 38 players competing for the 1st place prize of $750.

As the Main Event approached day’s end on Saturday, 8 players were still left standing.  Winner side matches for Sunday morning would be Helen Laiche vs. Michelle Cortez and Lisa Marr vs. Amanda Lampert.  One loss matches also on Sunday would be Orietta Strickland vs. Kim Pierce and Rachel Hurst vs. Nancy French.  On Sunday morning, Helen and Michelle battled it out with a hill-hill score and Michelle prevailed as the winner and very excited about playing in the hot seat match.  Amanda, recent winner of the Houston Open from the previous weekend, was playing lights out and soundly defeated Lisa 7-2 to earn her spot in the hot seat match.   Amanda then won the hot seat with a score of 7-0 against Michelle; she would wait to see who her finals opponent would be.

As the one-loss matches continued, it looked like it would be a rematch of the hot seat match as Michelle was ahead of Lisa in the semi-finals.  Unfortunately, the rolls, which were bothersome to both players, left Michelle coming up short and she was defeated by Lisa 7-5.  Michelle had a fantastic event though and scored her highest tour finish ever.  She will undoubtedly always be a force to reckon with, so keep up the good work.  Congratulations Michelle!

The finals match was a battle of the speeding tickets.  We teased both players as they both had unfortunate run-ins with a radar gun recently so they both had extra pressure and incentive to win this event to pay off their lead foot incidents.  In true double elimination format, Lisa would have to defeat Amanda twice to win.   As the match progressed, it looked Lisa was trying her best to take it to a second set as she was up 4-1 early.  But Amanda was not having any of it and she kicked into gear to tie up the set.  When it was 4-4, it seemed Lisa was going to force the second set when she took the lead at 6-4, but Amanda once again dug deep.  She took advantage of a miss by Lisa to draw closer at 6-5, then broke and ran to tie the score at 6-6.  The excitement and pressure was growing as the final game became a battle of strategic safeties, a waiting game of who would make a mistake first.  With just the 7-8-9 left, Lisa made a tough 7-ball in the corner but the cue ball rolled within an inch of the 8-ball, appearing to end her chances of the potential run-out.  She deliberated as to what she was going to do, committed to the shot, then made a precise 8-ball shot in the side pocket and was left a long thin cut on the 9 to force the second set.  Unfortunately, she missed the 9-ball giving Amanda a clear shot to pocket the 9 in the corner for her 2nd tour win.  Congrats to both Lisa and Amanda for the crowd pleasing, superb match play all weekend.

Lisa Marr and Amanda Lampert

Join us November 13th & 14th at our Championship Stop of 2010 on at Casper’s Billiards in San Leon, Texas.

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Main Event Tournament Payouts:

1st – Amanda Lampert – $750

2nd – Lisa Marr – $550

3rd – Michelle Cortez – $400

4th – Orietta Strickland – $270

5th/6th – Helen Laiche, Rachel Hurst – $150

7th/8th – Kim Pierce, Nancy French – $100

9th/12th – Alicia Stanley, Jennifer Kraber, Ashley Nandrasy, Tara Williams – $60

13th/16th – Ashley Simmons, Angela Garza, Michelle Prince, Deedra Trammell – $30

17th/24th – Julia Rapp, Christi Murphy, Shayla Neris, Kim Sanders, Janea Taylor, Becky Jones, Veronica Perez, Monica Anderson – $15

A Second Chance event was held with $250 added monies.

1st – Ashley Nandrasy – $150

2nd – Lisa Henderson-Major – $110

3rd – Samm Diep – $80

4th – Jennifer Kraber – $50

5th/6th – Veronica Perez, Kim Sanders – $20

7th/8th – Tara Williams, Christi Murphy – $10

Other Tournament Winners:

Tournament Free Entry – $30 – Karen Cathey

Pool Dawg Towel – Tara Williams

Pool Dawg – Box of Chalk – Lisa Marr

Pool Dawg – Glove & 9-ball key chain – Angela Garza, Jennifer Hayes

Starbucks Gift Card ($25 each) – Deedra Trammell, Michelle Prince

9-Ball Anyone Letter Opener – Veronica Perez

Assortment of Pool Pins – Carol Clyde

Pool Table Trinket Box – Orietta Strickland

9-Ball Key Chain – Alicia Stanley

10-Ball Key Chain – Ann Malone

Vitality Day Spa products (courtesy of player Lisa Henderson-Major) – Ashley Simmons

OB Cues Raffle Winners:

Becky Jones (regular tour player)

Kenny Huber (local Fast Eddie’s customer)