Liz Taylor Makes a Statement

Liz Taylor Makes a Statement to go Undefeated at Prime Time Billiards
By Alison M. Fischer,

Liz Taylor

For their second tour stop of the season, the ladies of the J. Pechauer Northeast Tour headed to Prime Time Billiards in Sayreville, NJ.  A thirty-two player field of players from all over the East Coast came to make a statement in this event.  Some of the top names include WPBA rising stars Liz Ford (NY), Megan Smith (PA), My-Hanh Lac (MD), Liz Taylor (MA), Supadra Geronimo (NY), and Kim Jones (MD).
The first day of competition at Prime Time brought some early surprises, including Megan Smith, winner of the JPNEWT season opener in Frederick, MD, falling to Kim Jones (7-6).  However, Smith powered through her next five matches, only giving up five games total in those sets.
Meanwhile, the winner’s side saw four players go undefeated to return on Sunday.  One final four match up featured 14-year-old phenom Briana Miller against new WPBA tour card holder and Kiss of Death team member, Emily Duddy, where Emily closed the set with a 7-4 win.
In the other final four match, New York’s transplant from Turkey, Neslihan “Ness” Gürel, faced ’08 and ’09 New England Player of the Year, Liz Taylor, but did not fare so well and was sent to the one-loss side, 7-0.  To follow up her shut out in the final four, Liz Taylor nearly blanked out Emily Duddy in the match for the hot seat, ending the set 7-1.
In the previous round, after defeating Rhio Flores and Borana Andoni both 7-5, Liz Taylor faced one of her toughest challenges against one of the events other favorites, My-Hanh Lac, ranked #28 in the WPBA for 2009.  The two battled to double-hill, where Liz took the case game to move to run through to the final match.  However, My-Hanh was far from exiting the tournament… on the one-loss side, she easily defeated Erin McManus (7-2), and Megan Smith (7-3).
My-Hanh Lac also had little trouble with Briana Miler, who had come from the winner’s side final four, winning 7-1.  Also grinding through the one-loss side, Liz Ford then faced Ness Gürel, who came with an upset win 7-3.  Ness then moved on to the quarterfinal, where she was eliminated by My-Hanh Lac 7-2.
In the semifinal match, Emily Duddy was looking to make a comeback after losing to Liz Taylor in the winner’s side final.  Emily and My-Hanh battled through the first half of the match, alternating games until they tied at 4-4, where My-Hanh ran away with the set to finish 7-4.
Liz Taylor awaited a rematch with My-Hanh Lac in the finals, where My-Hanh would look to avenge her earlier hill-hill loss to Liz.  However, Liz Taylor asserted her dominance in this match and never let My-Hanh in the door, winning 7-2.  Congratulations to Liz Taylor on her impressive win!
The next tour stop of the season will be the WPBA Maryland State Women’s 9-ball Championships at Champion’s Sports Bar & Grill in Frederick, MD, to be held on May 1-2.
Final Results:

1st: Liz Taylor – $750

2nd: My-Hanh Lac – $500

3rd: Emily Duddy – $375

4th: Neslihan Gurel – $255

5th/6th: Briana Miller, Liz Ford – $150

7th/8th: Kathy Friend, Megan Smith – $110

9th/12th: Olga Gashkova, Erin McManus, Erica Testa, Kim Jones

Megan Smith Wins 2010 Season Opener

March 28, 2010

Megan Smith wins 2010 season opener on the J Pechauer NEWT tour in Frederick Maryland

Season Opener Winners

Opening Event for 2010 for J Pechauer Women’s Tour – Champions Billiard Sports Cafe in Frederick, MD

Congratulations to the 31 women who competed in this weekend’s event.  It was played in a wonderful room with more than 12 Gabriel and Olhaussen tables.  The staff and food were fantastic . We appreciated our fans especially Rich and Kathy (the real regulars) and all the others including Mike Siegel.  Thank you for your support Gary – we look forward to returning to you on May 1stand 2nd for the Maryland State Championship!

Play started on Saturday with some great first round matches and wins by newcomers including an upset of My-Hanh Lac by new to the area Kim Jones and wins by Aubrey James, Pam Oves, and Shanna Lewis.  We were glad to get some players back out to competition such as Ceci Strain, Kathy Friend, Patti Jakusz and Pauline Mattes.  A special congratulations goes out to Kathy and her new Boy boy..

Briana Miller and Erin McManus continued their winning ways of last weekend at the Super Billiards Expo and both steamrolled through Saturday to return on Sunday.  Sunday’s winner’s side was rounded out by Megan Smith, Shanna Lewis and Neslihan Feliz.  Also playing in the final eight were Sharon O’Hanlon, Olga Gashkova, and My-Hahn Lac.

My-Hanh was on a winning streak of six before she hit the wall of Briana Miller who was focused on the finals.    Briana finished in second place after losing to Megan Smith in the finals   7-2.  Congratulations Megan!

Results:     1st -$500  Megan Smith

2nd $310 – Briana Miller

3rd $200– Neslihan Gurel’

4th $150 – MyHanh Lac

5/6th $100 –  Shanna Lewis  &  Erin McManus

7/8th – $60 – Olga Gashkova  & Sharon O’Hanlon

9/12th $40 – Nicole Vincent, Patty Jakusz, Aubrey James  and Kim Jones