Linda Haywood-Shea Makes a Comeback Win at KB Billiards While Neslihan Gurel Takes the World Qualifier
By Alison M. Fischer, NYCgrind.com
On the scorching hot weekend of July 24-25, the J. Pechauer Northeast Women’s Tour headed to KB Billiards in Elkridge, MD. In this event, a field of seventeen players competed to win a spot in the 2010 World 9-Ball Championships, which will be held in Shenyang, China over August 23-29.
The dominant player in the winner’s bracket of this event would be Neslihan Gurel. In her second year playing on the tour after moving to the U.S. in 2009 from Turkey, Ness has been steadily moving her way up through to the ranks on the tour, as well as making waves through many other events in the region. In this event, Ness took the hot seat by defeatingSharon O’Hanlon (7-3), Linda Haywood-Shea (7-4), Ji-Hyun Park (7-6), and Kim Jones (7-3).
After her second-round loss to Ness Gurel, Tour Director Linda Shea bounced back on the one-loss side, defeating… Shanna Lewis (7-5), Eugenia Gyftopolus (7-2), Lai Li (7-0), Ji Hyun Park (7-4), Kim Jones (7-4).This set Linda up for a rematch with Ness Gurel in the finals. However, the tables were turned in this final race to nine, with Linda Shea solidly defeating Ness Gurel 9-5 to claim the win. As the second place finisher, Ness was awarded the qualifier to the World 9-ball Championships, along with $1,000 in travel funds.
Congratulations to Linda Shea on her comeback win and to Neslihan Gurel for winning the qualifier. Special thanks goes to KB Billiards for hosting the event, as well as all the players who came out to compete. To view the tour schedule and current standings, visit www.JPNEWT.com.
1st Linda Shea – $350
2nd: Neslihan Gurel – $250 + Qualifier & $1,000 travel fund
3rd: Kim Jones – $160
4th: Ji-Hyun Park – $110
5th/6th: Borana Andoni & Lai Li – $75