|Megan Smith Wins the New York State Championships to Claim Back to Back State Titles!
After going through her career without a single state title, in the JPNEWT’s 2010 season, Megan Smith has now won back to back State Championships in Maryland and now in New York. On June 19-20, 2010, Megan went undefeated through a field of 23 players hailing from across the East Coast, making this her third win out the four stops so far in 2010.
On the first day of the event, Megan drew a first-round bye, and in the second round came out of the gate firing on all cylinders, with a break and run in the first rack vs Gail Glazebrook, followed by two more in that match, winning 7-3. In the third round, Megan defeated Neslihan Gurel to move into Day 2. Gurel, who is in her 2nd season on the JPNEWT, would go on to finish tied for 5th in this event.
To start off Day 2, four players remained in the winner’s bracket. In this round, Megan Smith would defeat tour director Linda Haywood-Shea 7-4, while Kim Jones knocked junior phenom Briana Miller to the one-loss side by a 7-5 scoreline. In the match for the hot seat, Megan Smith stayed strong to defeat Kim Jones 7-4.
On the one-loss side, New York’s Emily Duddy came through to the quarterfinal to face Briana Miller, who eliminated Emily in a close 7-5 set. This bumped Briana up to to the semifinal, where her run at the title was ended by Kim Jones, also 7-4.
Kim Jones then had another shot at Megan Smith in the final match, but Megan kept right in the groove that sent her undefeated through this event, to win 7-4. “I was really pumped up for the finals, and I knew I was ready to win.” said Megan.
Congratulations to Megan Smith on another great performance, as well as to runner-up Kim Jones, who received an entry into the 2010 WPBA US Open, which will be held on July 28-August 1 at the Riverwind Casino in Norman, OK.
$750 Megan Smith
500 Kim Jones
350 Briana Miller
240 Emily Duddy
150 Neslihan Gurel / Linda Shea
100 Borana Andoni / Shanna Lewis
9-12th Gina Lipky, My Hanh Lac, Erin McManus, Gail Glazebrook
The next stop on the JPNEWT will be the New Jersey State 9-ball Championships on July 17-18 at Primetime Billiards in South Amboy, NJ.
– by Allison Fischer of NYCGrind.com
Liz Taylor Makes a Statement to go Undefeated at Prime Time Billiards
By Alison M. Fischer, NYCgrind.com
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.
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