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)

WOMEN POOL PLAYERS SHOOT FOR THE CURE

(photo: Winner, JoAnn Mason Parker; Owner of Amy's Billiards, Amy Poulter, and 2nd place finisher Chris Ann Fields)

Stuart, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2010) – The top women billiards competitors in Florida gathered on Saturday at Amy’s Billiards for the Flamingo Billiards Tour breast cancer fundraiser.  Twenty-three players competed and raised more than $500.  The money will benefit the South Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.  Former US Open Champion JoAnn Mason Parker won the event.  The Flamingo Billiards Tour is a stepping stone to competing on the Women’s Professional Billiard Association.

JOANN MASON PARKER WINS CUES FOR THE CURE EVENT

Former US Open winner starts making a come-back

Stuart, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2010) – It was truly a special event as 23 players from Miami to Tallahassee, Ft. Myers to Daytona and in between came together in Stuart, Florida, to compete in the Flamingo Billiards Tour “Cues for the Cure” breast cancer fundraising event, held in conjunction with the American Cuesports/Lucasi Hybrid All-American Tour.

Group of 23 players - photo credit: Ali Panjawni

The modified double-elimination tournament was held at Amy’s Billiards (www.amysbilliards.com) in Stuart, Fla., hosted by room owner Amy Poulter, one of Florida’s top players.

It was also a special day for JoAnn Mason Parker, having friends affected by breast cancer, and winning her first event on the Flamingo Billiards tour.  Parker started the day with a 7-4 win over Emily Wilmoth Broxson.  Shelly Harrison, fresh off winning the Atlanta Billiards Expo Amateur 9-Ball tournament, sent Parker west to the one-loss side, 7-5. Not to be stopped, however, Parker won her match against Jessica Barnes, 7-2, to make it back to the final 8-redraw.

Parker had a revenge match in the single elimination redraw as she matched up again against Harrison, this time winning 7-5. Parker went on to take the next match against Kelly Coyle, 7-4, making it to the finals.

This day was also special to relative new-comer Chris Ann Fields, who made it to the finals, defeating Robin Boggs  7-4, and top tour players Stephanie Mitchell 7-5, Helen Caukin 7-3 and Sabra MacArthur Beahn 7-3.

Other players making to the redraw on the winner’s side included Kelly Coyle , winning over Jeannie Seaver 7-6, and Susan Miller 7-1.  Kelly Cavanaugh made her way to the redraw with a 7-5 win over Amy Poulter, and 7-2 over Marina Souza.  Cavanaugh lost to Beahn in the quarterfinals.  Coyle made it to the semifinals to be knocked out by Parker 7-4.  Amy Poulter made it back from the one-loss side with wins over Barbara Ellis 7-0, Debbie Teichert 7-4, and Christie Cloke, 7-1.  Beahn fought her way back to the redraw after losing her first match to Poulter 7-4, with wins against Broxson 7-6, Mimi McAndrews 7-6, and Mitchell 7-3.

The final match started with Parker easily running out to take the first game.  In game two, Fields, who played tough all day, hung the 1-ball. Parker pocked the next two balls, leaving Fields a safety on the 4-ball.  Fields attempted to jump but scratched. However, Fields made it back to the table for a combo on the nine, score 1-1.  Parker took game three making a tough cut on the nine. In game four, Fields had a nice run going but missed the eight, leaving an easy out for Parker, up 3-1.

As the night wore on, Fields appeared to be losing steam.  She scratched in game five, giving ball-in-hand to Parker for another easy out.  Score 4-1 Parker.  Parker made a great jump shot to pocket the 1-ball in game six.  Playing almost flawless pool, Parker played safe, and got ball-in-hand again to take the lead 5-1.  Fields scratched in game seven, giving ball-in-hand and the game to Parker.  With Parker on the hill, Fields broke but came up dry.  Parker took the game and won the final match 7-1.

This day was also special for other players as well.  FBT player Barbara Ellis celebrated her 76th birthday with all the players.  Debbie Teichert, currently a women’s golf pro, made her return to competitive pool on this day.  FBT player Janice Sesssions raised a record $360 for the breast cancer fundraiser, which benefits the South Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.  The players raised a total of $580 this year!

Parker won $400, a trophy, and paid entry into the Flamingo Billiards Tour $1000-added Invitational in November.  The Flamingo Billiards Tour thanks all of its sponsors, Boynton Billiards (www.boytonbilliards.com), Ozone Billiards (www.ozonebilliards.com), Tweeten Fibre (www.tweeten.us) and the American Cuesports and Lucasi Hybrid All-American tour.  And finally, thanks again to Amy’s Billiards for being a great host and supporting the Flamingo Billiards Tour.

RESULTS

($250-added, modified double-elimination)

1st JoAnn Mason Parker ($400)

2nd Chris Ann Fields ($280)

3rd Kelly Coyle ($185)

3rd Sabra MacArthur-Bean($185)

5th Amy Poulter($90)

5th Shelly Harrison($90)

5th Kelly Cavanaugh($90)

5th Helene Caukin ($90)

9th Marina Souza

9th Stephanie Mitchell

9th Christie Cloke

9th Jessica Barnes

13th Niki Rasmussen

13th Mimi McAndrews

13th Debbie Teichert

13th Robin Boggs

17th Susan Martin

17th Janis Sessions

17th Emily Wilmoth Broxson

17th Melissa Durkin

17th Raquel Panjwani

17th Barbara Ellis

17th Jeannie Seaver

The Flamingo Billiards Tour’s end-of-year event is the $1000-added, Saturday, November 20th at Ultimate Billiards (www.ultimate-billiards.com) in Fort Pierce, Florida.  Please see www.flamingobilliardstour.com for all event details.