Henson and Sanders Claim Round Rock

(pictured: Kim Sanders, Jennifer Kraber)

Skinny Bob’s Billiards in Austin, Texas drew 52 entries at the latest Lone Star extravaganza held November 6th-7th. The $1,350 added stop featured Open 9-Ball, Ladies 9-Ball, and One Pocket events all sponsored by Poison Billiards, Delta-13 Rack, Leagueshirts.com, Poolwebsites.com, and Barnett Ranching. The new white delta-13 rack with rack-n-ball carrying case made its Lone Star Tour debut complete with personalized leather inserts. It was a huge hit!

Saturday’s main event produced few upsets and pitted David Henson v. Casey Crews and James Davis Sr. v. Jason Hunt on the winners’ side for Sunday. On the one-loss side, Doug Young faced off with John Neumann and Brian Sanders met Drew McCoy. From the winners’ side emerged Henson v. Davis and Hunt v. Sanders on the one-loss side.  Davis lost the hot seat 9-6 to Henson while Hunt fell prey to Sanders 7-4.  Sanders ousted Davis 7-5 for a shot at Henson. Both men played a speedy final where Henson jumped to a 3-1 lead, then 5-2 over Sanders. The final score favored an undefeated Henson, 9-7.

The ladies event drew 17 players along with Jennifer Kraber, Nicole McDaniel, Kim Sanders, and Loretta Lindgren, who all made it to the final four winners’ side.  Kraber defeated McDaniel and Sanders bested Lindgren for a Kraber v. Sanders hot seat match. On the west side, it was Rapp over Bartz 5-4 while Sanders sent Kraber west 7-4. Kraber advanced to meet Sanders in the final. It was 6-3 Sanders when Kraber came alive and made it hill hill. In the final game, Kraber missed a crucial 7-ball which ultimately cost her the set 7-6.  Congratulations to Kim Sanders and David Henson who won their first Open event titles and James Davis Sr. who captured the One Pocket event.

Open Payouts:

1st David Henson $680

2nd Brian Sanders $480

3rd James Davis Sr. $290

4th Jason Hunt $190

5th-6th Doug Young, Casey Crews $100

7th-8th David Neumann, Drew McCoy $45

Ladies Payouts:

1st Kim Sanders $260

2nd Jennifer Kraber $180

3rd Julia Rapp $110

4th Jasmine Bartz $55

One Pocket:

1st James Davis Sr. $260

Oklahoma State Champion

Janet Atwell is the 2010 OB Cues Ladies Tour Oklahoma State Champion

(photo: Janet Atwell and Ashley Nandrasy)

The OB Cues Ladies Tour held its 5th tour stop of this season and our host stop is always a favorite spot for all pool players around the country.  We are speaking about Magoo’s Billiards in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Everyone at Magoo’s from the staff to the owners to pool patrons to friends and family joined us for some great fun and good times July 24th/25th weekend.

Special thanks to Jim and Laura McDermott for welcoming us to their fabulous poolroom; they have been regular hosts on our OB Cues Ladies Tour for many years now and we hope to continue to enjoy their hospitality and spacious environment for future events.

As this stop was an Oklahoma State Championship, WPBA pros were allowed to play and we were excited to have 3 current WPBA players join the competition.  Janet Atwell, Belinda Calhoun and Kyoko Sone were looking to get in some table time and practice before the WPBA U.S. Open in neighboring Norman, Oklahoma this upcoming week.  As the tournament draw was completed, right out the shoot it was Belinda Calhoun and Kyoko Sone to start things off.  Twenty-eight ladies rolled up their sleeves and said “let the games begin” as the heat inside was just as hot as outside.  Players were vying for the guaranteed 1st place prize money of $750 and as the tournament day wound down, eight ladies were still in the running.

On Sunday, winner side matches included two regular tour top players Tara Williams vs. Ashley Nandrasy and WPBA veteran Janet Atwell vs. Melinda Bailey.  Janet Atwell attended last year’s Oklahoma State Championship and took 2nd place.  She came back to avenge that finish and was on a 1st place quest.  On the B-side of the bracket was another WPBA veteran Belinda Calhoun to take on Jennifer Kraber and Tracie Voelkering vs. Lisa Marr.  As the matches progressed, it would be Janet vs. Ashley for the hot seat and Janet looking more to win this event as she played pretty sporty taking the winner’s bracket with a score of 7-2.

But Ashley was not finished yet.  Ashley had an excellent tournament run in a very tough bracket.  She managed wins over Denise Jones 7-3; Julie Comitini 7-0; Belinda Calhoun 7-4; Tara Williams twice 7-4 and 7-3 to get another shot at Janet.  In true double elimination–race to 7 format, Ashley would have to defeat Janet twice.  As the 1st set commenced, Janet was missing critical shots and Ashley was finishing games and won 7-2 to force a second set.   The second set was a teeter-totter match.  It was 1-0, 1-1, 2-1, 2-2 and so on.  All in all, the second match consisted of a battle of safeties, kicks, banks, caroms and fortunate rolls for both players.   As the score was hill-hill, it all comes down to Janet kicking at an 8-ball and with a little nudge off the 9-ball, the 8 goes in, leaving a straight in shot on the 9 for the win.  Congratulations to Ashley for a nice 2nd place finish.  Also congratulations to Janet for her 1st place win and $750.  Janet is also sponsored by OB Cues who coincidentally is also our Tour Sponsor so be sure to check them out at  HYPERLINK “http://www.obcues.com” www.obcues.com.

Our 6th stop of the season will be at Billiard Den in Richardson, Texas, August 21st-22nd weekend.  Check us out at  HYPERLINK “http://www.obcuestour.com” www.obcuestour.com   Good Pool, Good Friends, Good Times

Tournament payouts — $2,000 added monies

1st – Janet Atwell – $750

2nd – Ashley Nandrasy – $550

3rd – Tara Williams – $335

4th – Melinda Bailey – $235

5th/6th – Belinda Calhoun, Lisa Marr – $150

7th/8th – Jennifer Kraber, Tracie Voelkering – $100

9th/12th – Lisa Henderson-Major, Cindy Parvala, Julie Comitini, Amanda Lampert – $50

13th/16th – Michelle McDermott, Kathy Knuth, Theresa Wilson, Veronica Perez – $30

Other Tournament Winners:

$30 Free Entry – Veronica Perez

OB Tour Magnetic Buttons – Michelle Prince, Melinda Bailey

OB Tour Bumper Sticker – Lisa Marr

Tiger Shaft Burnisher – Becky Jones

Starbucks Gift Cards ($25) – Jennifer Combs, Janet Atwell

Vitality Day Spa Hand & Foot Spa Kit – Kathy Knuth (donated by Lisa Henderson-Major)

Fight Pink Breast Cancer Shirt – Janet Atwell

OB Cues Raffle Winners – Snowy Belt & Lisa Henderson-Major (2 tour players)

A Second Chance event was held with 14 players on Diamond 7’ tables–$100 added monies

1st – Kyoko Sone – $100

2nd – Amanda Lampert – $70

3rd – Janna Preston – $45

4th – Lisa Henderson-Major – $25