Terry Petrosino Wins

OB Cues Ladies Tour Championship Stop Brings 1st Tour Win for Terry Petrosino

(pictured from left to right: Jennifer Kraber, Roy Robinson, and Terry Petrosino)

It was a smashing weekend November 13th & 14th at Casper’s Billiards in San Leon, Texas.    The weather was just how we liked it…..rainy and cool, prime conditions for being indoors and playing 9-ball all weekend long.  Casper’s Billiards is like no other pool room on our tour.  The food menu offers a wide variety of seafood specials, delicious sandwiches, steaks, burgers, etc. to whet everyone’s hungry appetite.   Kathy and Roy Robinson, owners of Casper’s and voted one of the best billiards rooms in the country, served as our host site in March as well as our Championship Stop during 2010.  All of our OBCLT family, friends, supporters always enjoy their time there and looks forward to the next time we will meet again.  Thank You, Casper’s for being part of our OBCLT family.

The OB Cues Ladies Tour (formerly Hunter Classics Amateur Tour) has been in existence for 18 years now.  Our main title sponsor, OB Cues, who took over sponsorship in 2008, owned by Don Owen and Royce Bunnell were also in attendance at Casper’s.  Don & Royce received special recognition from the players for allowing us to continue to pursue our dream and enjoy our passion, as well as providing us a special venue to further develop our extended family and friends by keeping the tour together.  Don and Royce, we couldn’t do it without you and know that we appreciate you more than words can say.  Thank You.

The tour also announced a new co-sponsor named Pool-300.  Pool-300 is a new pool league concept coming soon to a poolroom in your neighborhood.   You will be hearing more about this in the future.  So keep your eyes and ears open for learning more about this new adventure.

As this was our Championship Stop for this year, it was also time to crown our 2010 OB Cues Ladies Tour Champion.  At the time of the Player’s Meeting, it was too close to call as Lisa Marr was ahead in points but only by 150 to her closest rival, Jennifer Kraber.  Midstream in the tournament as Jennifer suffered a 1st round loss and Lisa won her 3rd match of the day, it was announced that Lisa Marr was the 2010 OBCLT Champion for her 3rd year in a row.  Fantastic Job, Lisa!  You are the best!

The 2010 Most Improved Player was awarded to Michelle Prince from Katy, Texas.  Michelle has demonstrated a winning style and attitude throughout the duration of her past two years playing on the tour.  She improved in the rankings from 27th to 15th and was most deserving of this prestigious award.  Congratulations Michelle!  Your hard work has paid off and it shows!

For the Main Event, thirty-two players were vying for the $750 first place prize monies and it was anybody’s guess who was going to be the winner.  Returning on Sunday still undefeated were Angela Garza vs. Lisa Marr and Terry Petrosino vs. Michelle Cortez.  On the one-loss side, it was Jennifer Kraber vs. Ricki Lee Casper and Amanda Lampert vs. Deanna Kinola.  Ricki and Deanna finished 7th/8th while Amanda and Angela finished 5th/6th.

Michelle Cortez, who was celebrating her birthday on Sunday, had a very solid year of high finishes.  In this event, she was defeated by Jennifer Kraber to take 4th place.  With her previous high finishes, she placed 7th in the final 2010 rankings.  Congratulations Michelle!  We are proud of you!

In the semi-final match, it was once again the top two ranked players, Jennifer Kraber and Lisa Marr.  These two have waged plenty of battles against each other all year long and this time was no different.  Jennifer was again triumphant at this event, sending Lisa home with a 3rd place finish.  Congratulations Lisa on being the 2010 OBCLT Regional Tour Champion, for three times in a row.  You are indeed a champion and always pleasant to watch!

Jennifer, after losing her 1st match against OBCLT Board Member, Julie Stephenson 7-6, came back and won 8 matches to earn her spot in the finals match against Terry.  Jennifer had the best year ever since playing on the tour.  She finished overall in 2nd place in the rankings and finished 2nd place at this weekend’s event.   Congratulations Jennifer, you are a joy to watch, always a good sport and a verifiable champion through and through!

Terry Petrosino played in 3 of the 9 OB Cues Ladies Tour stops this year.  Ironically, the last time she played was in March and it was at Casper’s where she placed 9th-12th.  This time, it was different.  She defeated a number of strong shooters, starting out with Tara Williams, Julie Stephenson, Lisa Henderson-Major, Michelle Cortez, Lisa Marr and then Jennifer Kraber in the finals 7-5.  She played very strong and strategic.  Terry always has been a strong contender since playing on the tour but this time there was no looking back.  She was cool and stroking like a champ.  She stayed on target and focused to achieve her 1st OB Cues Ladies Tour win ever and capturing the 1st place prize money of $750.  Congratulations Terry and we know you will be in the winner’s circle at future OBCLT events!

See you in 2011 – 1st Tour Stop, January 29th & 30th at Rusty’s in Arlington, Texas – www.obcuestour.com

Tournament payouts – $2000 added monies

1st – Terry Petrosino – $750

2nd – Jennifer Kraber – $550

3rd – Lisa Marr – $400

4th – Michelle Cortez – $260

5th/6th – Amanda Lampert, Angela Garza – $160

7th/8th – Deanna Kinola, Ricki Lee Casper – $100

9th/12th – Lisa Henderson-Major, Natalie Mans, Julie Stephenson, Ashley Nandrasy – $50

13th/16th – Monica Anderson, Yvette Reyes, Amber Stone, Belinda Lee – $30

Second Chance – $350 added monies

1st – Ashley Nandrasy – $135

2nd – Natalie Mans – $100

3rd – Lisa Henderson-Major – $65

4th – Robyn Petrosino – $30

5th/6th – Julie Stephenson, Tara Williams – $10

Other Tournament Winners:

Free Entry – $30 – Jennifer Kraber

Starbucks Gift Cards $25 each – Deanna Kinola, Janea Taylor

14.1 DVD Collection – Ashley Nandrasy (DVD’s provided by OBCLT Supporter Samiel Nguyen)

Pool Dawg Box of Master Chalk (provided by OBCLT Player Samm Diep) – Kim Pierce

Pool Dawg Towel (provided by OBCLT Player Samm Diep)  – Lucille Donahue

Pool Dawg Glove (provided by OBCLT Player Samm Diep)  – Becky Jones

OB Cues Ladies Tour Bumper Stickers – Shirley Fields

OB Cues Ladies Tour Magnet Button – Rebecca Riley, Belinda Lee

America Heart Dress for Red Pin – Ricki Lee Casper

Breast Cancer Pins – Monica Anderson, Yvette Reyes

$200 Perfect Attendance Winner – Monica Anderson

OB  Cues Raffle Winners:

Clement Nicolini – Casper’s customer

Frank “Pancho” Gonzalez – Casper’s customer

BACK FROM QATAR AND BACK ON TEXAS’ RADAR…

BACK FROM QATAR AND BACK ON TEXAS’ RADAR…

HILLBILLY MAKES HIS FIRST MARK ON THE 2010 LSBT

(photo: Charlie "Hillbilly" Bryant, David Parker)

The Lone Star Billiards Tour held its first ever Men’s & Ladies 9-Ball Open at the corporately owned Slick Willie’s dairy ashford location in Houston, Texas.  Manager Gaylan Spreen was a fantastic host with his 27 Brunswick Medalist tables recently recovered with 860 Simonis cloth, re-leveled, and ready to go! Everyone was treated to a smoke free environment, polished pool balls, and the friendliest wait staff in Houston.

This event drew 57 players who battled for over $5,000 in prize money. Tour favorites on the men’s side included Charlie Bryant, James Davis Jr., Sylver Ochoa, Andy Jethwa, David Parker, and Doug Young. All of these accomplished players made it to the final 12 on Sunday including Lake Charles’ own Derek Fontenot who defeated Danny Tam 9-5 to reach the winner’s side final four.  Ochoa bested Jethwa 9-4, Bryant defeated Davis 9-3, and Parker served it up cold to Danny Tam 9-8. Fontenot and Bryant emerged as hot seat opponents but it was Bryant who found himself in all too familiar territory, once again.

Fontenot patiently waited for the west side to play out.  After Parker and Ochoa took a hit on the winner’s side, they met up with Jethwa and Tam respectively.   Parker bested Jethwa 7-3 and Ochoa slid by Tam 7-6.  Again, it was Parker who advanced two more rounds after he ousted Ochoa, then Fontenot, who finished a respectable third.   It was Parker v. Bryant in the final. Bryant commanded the set early on, while Parker struggled to gain ground. Parker wowed spectators with his dramatic shot making but it proved no match for Bryant.  Many congratulations and a debt of gratitude goes out to David Parker (Houston, Tx.), Derek Fontenot (Lake Charles, La.), and Charlie Bryant(Santa Fe, Tx.) for their outstanding play, sportsmanship, and personal friendship.

Ricky Casper

On the ladies’ side, it was tour regular Ricky Casper who finished the event undefeated and captured her very first tour title. Belinda Lee put up a great fight, but lost to Casper 7-6 in the final match.  Texas State Open Champion Kyu Yi finished third and also finished 13th-16th in the Men’s Open event, while tour rookie Kimmy Nguyen took home fourth.  Well done ladies!

Belinda Lee

We want to thank our tour sponsors: Poison Cues, Delta-13 Rack, James Barnett, and Eugene Lee. Special thanks go out to Gaylan Spreen and the Slick Willie’s Corporation, who hosted a first rate event. Also, congratulations to Ernesto Bayaua who won the AX5 Poison Cue Raffle!

Our next event is at Crazy 8’s Billiards in Port Arthur, Texas, 1250 Hwy 365, (409) 960-7399. For more information visit www.lonestarbilliardstour.com .  Watch our live pool action at ustream.tv/channel/lonestarbilliardstour.

God Bless Everyone, and God Bless Texas.

OPEN 9-BALL PAYOUTS:

1st $800 Charlie Bryant

2nd $500 David Parker

3rd $300 Derek Fontenot

4th $330 Sylver Ochoa

5th 6th $225ea. Andy Jethwa, Danny Tam

7th-8th $150ea. Sonny Bosshamer, Doug Young

9th-12th 100ea. Danny Lee, Aaron Remijio, James Davis Jr., T.J. Ortiz

13TH-16TH 00. Rick Johnson, Ernesto Bayaua, J.C Torres, Kyu Yi

LADIES 9-BALL PAYOUT

1st $200 Ricky Casper

2nd $110 Belinda Lee

3rd $70 Kyu Yi

4th $55 Kimmy Nguyen

5th-6th $35 ea. Heather Bryant, Teresa Garland

7th-8th Laura Hsu, Loretta Lindgren

9th-12th Michelle Prince, Geraldine Guinto

OPEN AUCTION PAYOUT:

$1000

$700

$360

$200