Jennifer Kraber HOT at the Billiard Den

Jennifer Kraber becomes a bride on the OB Cues Ladies Tour

(Photo: OB Cues Top Finishers)

Texas weather, during the month of August is known for their scorching HOT temperatures.  Well, that wasn’t the only thing scorching the weekend of August 21st and 22nd at The Billiard Den in Richardson, Texas.    The OB Cues Ladies Tour held their 6th tour stop of this 2010 season and the heat was on for sure.  Thirty-six ladies were treated with warm and friendly faces along with all of our tour sponsors, supporters, friends and family.  Larry and Marci Rothberg, owners of The Billiard Den, were doing their best to keep everyone cool and we are so grateful and appreciative for the superb hospitality shown by all of their staff.  The Billiard Den has been one of our host sites for the last 4 years and we know everyone always look forward to their delicious food, drinks, karaoke, ping-pong and great pool adventures.  Thank you Billiard Den for all you do!

As our tour point rankings this year have been too close for comfort, top players were ready to widen the gap in the standings.  Lisa Marr, Little Rock, Arkansas-current tour champion as well as 2008 tour champion, was only ahead of Jennifer Kraber, Austin, Texas, by 35 points.  These two players have been neck and neck all year and this past weekend wasn’t any different.  Other top tour players Tara Williams, Ashley Nandrasy, Orietta Strickland and Amanda Lampert were also present and surely had plans to mix-up the rankings as well.  But by the end of the Saturday, eight players were returning in the Main Event and the others would be licking their wounds or preparing for the Second Chance tournament on Sunday.  Top 8 players for Sunday were Jennifer Kraber vs. Orietta Strickland and Lisa Marr vs. Michelle Cortez on the Winner’s side.  The B-side would be Lisa Henderson-Major vs. Angela Garza and Julie Stephenson vs. Julie Comitini.

It was Jennifer Kraber vs. Lisa Marr for the hot seat match and the hard fought, pressure-packed win went to Jennifer in an exciting hill-hill finish.   Angela Garza and Julie Comitini finished 7th/8th; Michelle Cortez and Lisa Henderson-Major finished 5th/6th, Orietta Strickland finished 4th and OB Cues Ladies Tour Board Member Julie Stephenson had an awesome event and finished 3rd place.  It was her highest finish in a long, long time and she played superbly.  Fantastic finish Julie!

Jennifer Kraber, who just this year has been in the finals 3 other times, considered herself “always a bridesmaid, never a bride”.  Well, she can now put that baby to rest as she defeated Lisa Marr in the finals with a score of 7-3.   Jennifer has been an ever present, consistent player on the OB Cues Ladies Tour and this year she is taking the tour by storm.  With her 1st tour win ever since playing when it was the Hunter Classics Amateur Tour and now OB Cues Ladies Tour, and she is at the top in the rankings.  Congratulations Jennifer, you’ve worked hard and so deserving of the top honors.   Excellent job!

Top Finishers from left to right: Lisa Marr, Tracie Voelkering, Marci & Larry Rothberg, Jennifer Kraber, Amanda Lampert, and Julie Stephenson

A Second Chance event always held on Sunday featured 11 players with Amanda Lampert taking the 1st place prize and Tracie Voelkering finished 2nd.  We would like to extend special thanks to Don Owen/Royce Bunnell of OB Cues, our title sponsor, for their continued support.  Be sure to check out all their products at www.obcues.com.  Also thank you to The Billiard Den and to all our fans and supporters.

Our next tour stop will be at Rusty’s in Arlington, TX the weekend of September 11th & 12th.  We hope to see you there.   Visit us at www.obcuestour.com for more information.  Good Pool, Good Friends, Good Times!!!

Tournament Payouts: $2000 monies added

1st – Jennifer Kraber – $750

2nd – Lisa Marr – $550

3rd – Julie Stephenson – $400

4th – Orietta Strickland – $280

5th/6th – Lisa Henderson-Major, Michelle Cortez – $160

7th/8th – Angela Garza, Julie Comitini – $110

9th/12th – Monica Anderson, Kim Pierce, Melinda Bailey, Corina Campbell – $60

13th/16th – Michelle Prince, Rebecca Riley, Annie Doyle, Tara Williams – $35

Second Chance Tournament – $100 monies added

1st – Amanda Lampert – $95

2nd – Tracie Voelkering – $60

3rd – Michelle Prince – $40

4th – Janna Preston – $15

Other Tournament Winners:

Free Tournament Entry $30 – Christi Murphy

(2) $25 Starbucks Gift Card – Kim Pierce & Janna Preston

OB Cues Ladies Tour Shirt – Shirley Fields

OB Cues Raffle Winners – Tommy Williams & Sean Rothberg

Ga Young Kim Defends Title

Ga Young Kim Defends US Open Title & Regains #1 Ranking

(Ga Young Kim Photo courtesy of WPBA Staff)

(Norman, OK) August 4th, 2010: It was a star-studded week at the Riverwind Hotel and Casino where the Women’s Professional Billiard Association held its prestigious 2010 US Open Championship.  Sixty-four beautiful and talented billiard professionals converged on the Norman, Oklahoma venue in search of the championship title.

Thursday thru Friday’s match-play narrowed the field to eight finalists and included seven hours of ESPN original programming. Kyoko Sone reached her first WPBA TV appearance with wins over Julie Comitini, Jennifer Barretta, Megan Smith and Allison Fisher. She was defeated 7-4 by Julie Kelly who also made it to TV along with Vivian Villarreal, Jasmin Ouschan, Kim Shaw, Karen Corr, Ga Young Kim and Gerda Hofstatter.

Ouschan, hoping to maintain her #1 ranking, would have to get past an always aggressive Vivian Villarreal in the quarterfinals to keep her title hopes alive.  It was a tight match as the score went hill-hill with Vivian breaking in the final game. After repeated safety shots on the 1-ball, it was Ouschan who made the first mistake giving Villarreal a look at a sliver of the 1-ball. Villarreal successfully pocketed the 1-ball with brilliant shape on the 2-ball and closed out the game and the match to knock out Ouschan.

With Ouschan out of the tournament, the #1 ranking on the tour was up for grabs and several top players were still in contention to grab those points. In other quarterfinal matches, Corr bested Shaw 7-5, Kelly sank Sone 7-4, and Kim defeated Hofstatter 7-3.

Corr started Sunday’s semifinal matches dominantly with a shut-out against Villarreal, while, Kim made quick work of Kelly with a 7-2 win and was on her way to face Corr in the finals. Kim and Corr have met many times in the finals with close matches. Kim had an opportunity to close out the match at 6-3 but came up short on the 7-ball and was left with a tough shot, which she missed.  Corr capitalized on the mistake, stayed focus, and found herself facing a hill-hill game for the championship. With the final break of the match, Kim pocketed two balls and left a perfect opening on the 1-ball. She ran the first 2 balls with tough position on the 4-ball. Expeditiously, she pocketed the four thru the eight, but overran her position on the nine.  Without a moment’s hesitation, Kim aimed thin and fired the nine in the corner for her second consecutive US Open Title. This win puts Ga Young Kim back on top of the WPBA rankings.

ESPN/2 coverage of the 2010 US Open Championship airs:

Quarterfinals: Sunday, Sept. 26, 1-5pm on ESPN2, and

Semis and Final: Sunday, Oct 3, 2–5pm on ESPN2.

WPBA extends many thanks to its sponsors: American Poolplayers Association, Cuetec Cues, Simonis Cloth, Delta-13 Rack, Diamond Billiards, Pooldawg, and Mueller Recreational Products. The WPBA would also like to thank the venue host, Riverwind Casino in Norman, Oklahoma who just recently updated their property to include a newly built hotel with a laundry list of amenities.

The next event, the WPBA Atlanta Classic, will be held at the Gwinnett Convention Center in Duluth, Georgia, Sept. 30 – Oct. 3rd during the first ever Atlanta Billiard Show produced by pro player Dawn Hopkins.

We look forward to seeing you in Duluth or at any event you may be able to attend.  In the meantime, please visit HYPERLINK “http://www.wpba.com”www.wpba.com for the most up to date information and live streaming details for the women’s pro tour.