Maryland State Women’s 10 Ball Championship

(Pictured: Meagan Smith and runner up Briana Miller)

The Women Maryland State 10 Ball championship was held at Champion Billiard Café Saturday November 6th, Players like Denise Reeve, Patti Jakusz, Eugenia Gyftopoulos, Nicole Vincent, Linda Shea, Briana Miller, and Megan Smith.

Leading the top half of the bracket was Briana Miller with wins over Patti Jakusz 7-1, Nicole Vincent 7-1 Leading the bottom half of the was Linda Shea with wins over Eugenia Gyftopoulos 7-4, Megan Smith 7-5.  Playing for the hot seat was Briana Miller Vs Linda Shea this was a good match with Miller pulling away late in the match to win 7-4 and sending Shea to the one lost side.

Making a move on the one lost side was Megan Smith after losing to Linda Shea  she went on to beat Patti Jakusz 6-5, Nicole Vincent 6-3, and Linda Shea 6-5 to get to the finals.  In the finals it was Megan Smith Vs Briana Miller this was one race to 7, this was a one sided match when it was all said and done it was Megan Smith coming away with the win 7-2 .  I would like to thank all the sponsors and all the players that came out to play.

1st         Meagan Smith       $300
2nd        Briana Miller          $150
3rd         Linda Shea           $75

Linda Haywood-Shea Makes a Comeback Win

Linda Haywood-Shea Makes a Comeback Win at KB Billiards While Neslihan Gurel Takes the World Qualifier

By Alison M. Fischer,

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

Final Results:

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