Pao & Hopkins Share Victory

Caroline Pao & Dawn Hopkins Share a Victory on the Mezz Women’s Tour

By Alison M. Fischer,

(photo: (l to r)Caroline Pao and Dawn Hopkins)

On August 7th, 2010, the Mezz Women’s 9-Ball Tour held its second stop of their inaugural season at Main Line Billiard Club in Frazer, PA.  A field of thirteen players including top names such as Dawn Hopkins, Megan Smith, Gina Kim-Lipsky, and Erin McManus were set to battle that Saturday.

Also among these top players was arguably the most impressive female junior player in the U.S., PA’s Briana Miller.  Former Junior World Champion and multiple Junior National Champion, Briana continues to prove that she is a strong force at the table. In this event, Briana ran through to the hot seat match after defeating Sam Miskezich, Kathy Friend, and Erin McManus.

In the match for the hot seat, Briana faced Caroline Pao, who
previously had wins over Eugena Gyftopoulos, Linda Cheung, and Dawn Hopkins.  Caroline would then battle against Briana Miller, where she edged ahead to win 7-5 to guarantee a spot in the final.

After Dawn Hopkin’s loss to Caroline Pao, she forged a comeback on the one-loss side, defeating Erin McManus and Gina Kim-Lipsky, before winning the semifinal against Briana Miller, 7-3.  This set Dawn for a rematch against Caroline Pao, but the two WPBA pros decided to share the win.

Congratulations to winners Caroline Pao & Dawn Hopkins! Thanks to all the players who came out to compete in this event, as well as the host room, Main Line Billiards.  Stop #3 on the Mezz Women’s 9-ball Tour will be held on September 18, also at Main Line Billiards in Frazer, PA.

1st: Caroline Pao, Dawn Hopkins – $300
3rd: Briana Miller – $100
4th: Gina Kim-Lipsky – $60

Junior National Scholarship Winners

Ozone Billiards BEF Junior Nationals Scholarship Winners Awarded

(Back row L to R: Billy Thorpe, Landon Shuffett, Jauslinn Arnold, Jesse Engle, Kevin Sun, Danny Olson - Front row L to R: Briana Miller, Liz Lovely, Taylor Reynolds, Shawn Begay, Brendan Crockett)

Nearly 100 junior billiard athletes competed in the Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) 22nd Annual Junior National 9-Ball Championships at Northern Illinois University (NIU) on July 7-11, 2010. Participants took aim to compete for prizes, an opportunity to participate in the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) World Junior 9-Ball Championships and scholarship funds for higher education made possible through the Ozone Billiards BEF Junior Nationals Scholarship awards.

Sponsorship by Ozone Billiards provided academic scholarship funds to be awarded to the top 8 finishers of the four division event, $1,000 to each of the four winners and $500 to each second-place finisher.

19 & Under Boys’ Division

1st Landon Shuffett of Greensburg, KY

2nd Jesse Engel of Columbia Heights, MN

19 & Under Girls’ Division

1st Liz Lovely of Centerville, OH

2nd Jauslinn Arnold of Bakersfield, CA

14 & Under Boys’ Division

1st Billy Thorpe of Dayton, OH

2nd Kevin Sun of Harvard, MA

14 & Under Girls’ Division

1st Briana Miller of Allentown, PA

2nd Taylor Reynolds of Winslow, ME

Congratulations to the winners of the Ozone Billiards BEF Junior Nationals Scholarships. The BEF wishes to thank Ozone Billiards for its support as well as all the 2010 Junior Nationals sponsors: Simonis Cloth, Delta-13 Rack, Aramith Billiard Balls, Billiard Congress of America (BCA), CueSport College International, Dr Cue Promotions and Northern Illinois University (NIU)/ Huskies Den. Also, many thanks to all the product donors who contributed to the junior prizes, the staff and volunteers who helped make this event a success.  A complete list can be viewed on the BEF website at www.Billiard

About Billiard Education Foundation

The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which is committed to promoting education and encourages the development of life skills through youth billiard programs. The BEF funds academic scholarships, produces the Junior National 9-Ball Championships, sponsors billiard athletes to attend the WPA World Junior 9-Ball Championships and promotes “Pool In School” programs. For more information, please visit or call 303.926.1039.