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

WPBA Fills Seats

WPBA board finds value in old and new

The WPBA is pleased to announce that it has filled three open seats on the WPBA board of directors. The board appointed Dawn Hopkins, Stuart Mattana and Cristina De La Garza.

Hopkins, former WPBA President and currently a WPBA exempt player, is also a successful entrepreneur. She is busy organizing her first billiards expo in Atlanta this fall. “My time these days is restricted, but I want to help this new board succeed, which is why I volunteered to serve in a limited and temporary role,” Hopkins said.

Known to many in the billiards industry, Stuart Mattana returns to the board for a third time. Mattana has been around professional pool as a fan and in official capacities for more than thirty years. Now retired, this time Mattana has been specifically asked to bring his 28 years of experience in the financial industry to the WPBA. “His command of accounting and financial issues in these tough economic times is crucial as we move forward,” noted WPBA Vice-President Tamre Geene’ Rogers.

The Board also appointed newcomer Cristina De La Garza, a newly exempt WPBA player. De La Garza works with Inside Pool magazine and is an experienced commentator on streamed pool events. More importantly, De La Garza has non-profit experience in her former role as Associate Director for a local non-profit in Austin. She currently works as a program coordinator for the State Bar of Texas. “I’m looking forward to doing my part to bring more events to the WPBA and my fellow players,” De La Garza said.

The board thanks each of these individuals for their commitment to the WPBA. The WPBA is especially grateful to players Hopkins and De La Garza, who are sacrificing personal time by putting the organization ahead of their own professional billiards goals.