Amanda Lampert Back-2-Back

Amanda Lampert Back-2-Back OB Cues Ladies Tour Wins

(photo: Lisa Marr, Amanda Lampert)

Fast Eddie’s in Round Rock, Texas was the scene for the 8th OB Cues Ladies Tour stop the weekend of October 9th-10th.  In fact, this was the second time this year that they have hosted the OBCLT event and we greatly appreciated their fantastic food, hospitality and friendly faces from the management and staff.  Thank You Fast Eddie’s Round Rock!

Also special thanks to our main title sponsor, OB Cues, for providing the opportunity for amateur lady pool players all over the country to be able to participate in such a fun-filled, competitive, and memorable event year after year.   Thank You OB Cues!

Players from Texas, Arkansas, Colorado and Illinois were anxious to participate in this guaranteed $2000 added monies 9-ball event.  A welcome surprise to the tour was the presence of Samm Diep from Denver, Colorado and everyone’s favorite pool mascot, Frank from Pool Dawg.  Frank was around all weekend sweating the action along with other tour fans, supporters, and family members, cheering on the 38 players competing for the 1st place prize of $750.

As the Main Event approached day’s end on Saturday, 8 players were still left standing.  Winner side matches for Sunday morning would be Helen Laiche vs. Michelle Cortez and Lisa Marr vs. Amanda Lampert.  One loss matches also on Sunday would be Orietta Strickland vs. Kim Pierce and Rachel Hurst vs. Nancy French.  On Sunday morning, Helen and Michelle battled it out with a hill-hill score and Michelle prevailed as the winner and very excited about playing in the hot seat match.  Amanda, recent winner of the Houston Open from the previous weekend, was playing lights out and soundly defeated Lisa 7-2 to earn her spot in the hot seat match.   Amanda then won the hot seat with a score of 7-0 against Michelle; she would wait to see who her finals opponent would be.

As the one-loss matches continued, it looked like it would be a rematch of the hot seat match as Michelle was ahead of Lisa in the semi-finals.  Unfortunately, the rolls, which were bothersome to both players, left Michelle coming up short and she was defeated by Lisa 7-5.  Michelle had a fantastic event though and scored her highest tour finish ever.  She will undoubtedly always be a force to reckon with, so keep up the good work.  Congratulations Michelle!

The finals match was a battle of the speeding tickets.  We teased both players as they both had unfortunate run-ins with a radar gun recently so they both had extra pressure and incentive to win this event to pay off their lead foot incidents.  In true double elimination format, Lisa would have to defeat Amanda twice to win.   As the match progressed, it looked Lisa was trying her best to take it to a second set as she was up 4-1 early.  But Amanda was not having any of it and she kicked into gear to tie up the set.  When it was 4-4, it seemed Lisa was going to force the second set when she took the lead at 6-4, but Amanda once again dug deep.  She took advantage of a miss by Lisa to draw closer at 6-5, then broke and ran to tie the score at 6-6.  The excitement and pressure was growing as the final game became a battle of strategic safeties, a waiting game of who would make a mistake first.  With just the 7-8-9 left, Lisa made a tough 7-ball in the corner but the cue ball rolled within an inch of the 8-ball, appearing to end her chances of the potential run-out.  She deliberated as to what she was going to do, committed to the shot, then made a precise 8-ball shot in the side pocket and was left a long thin cut on the 9 to force the second set.  Unfortunately, she missed the 9-ball giving Amanda a clear shot to pocket the 9 in the corner for her 2nd tour win.  Congrats to both Lisa and Amanda for the crowd pleasing, superb match play all weekend.

Lisa Marr and Amanda Lampert

Join us November 13th & 14th at our Championship Stop of 2010 on at Casper’s Billiards in San Leon, Texas.

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Main Event Tournament Payouts:

1st – Amanda Lampert – $750

2nd – Lisa Marr – $550

3rd – Michelle Cortez – $400

4th – Orietta Strickland – $270

5th/6th – Helen Laiche, Rachel Hurst – $150

7th/8th – Kim Pierce, Nancy French – $100

9th/12th – Alicia Stanley, Jennifer Kraber, Ashley Nandrasy, Tara Williams – $60

13th/16th – Ashley Simmons, Angela Garza, Michelle Prince, Deedra Trammell – $30

17th/24th – Julia Rapp, Christi Murphy, Shayla Neris, Kim Sanders, Janea Taylor, Becky Jones, Veronica Perez, Monica Anderson – $15

A Second Chance event was held with $250 added monies.

1st – Ashley Nandrasy – $150

2nd – Lisa Henderson-Major – $110

3rd – Samm Diep – $80

4th – Jennifer Kraber – $50

5th/6th – Veronica Perez, Kim Sanders – $20

7th/8th – Tara Williams, Christi Murphy – $10

Other Tournament Winners:

Tournament Free Entry – $30 – Karen Cathey

Pool Dawg Towel – Tara Williams

Pool Dawg – Box of Chalk – Lisa Marr

Pool Dawg – Glove & 9-ball key chain – Angela Garza, Jennifer Hayes

Starbucks Gift Card ($25 each) – Deedra Trammell, Michelle Prince

9-Ball Anyone Letter Opener – Veronica Perez

Assortment of Pool Pins – Carol Clyde

Pool Table Trinket Box – Orietta Strickland

9-Ball Key Chain – Alicia Stanley

10-Ball Key Chain – Ann Malone

Vitality Day Spa products (courtesy of player Lisa Henderson-Major) – Ashley Simmons

OB Cues Raffle Winners:

Becky Jones (regular tour player)

Kenny Huber (local Fast Eddie’s customer)

Oklahoma State Champion

Janet Atwell is the 2010 OB Cues Ladies Tour Oklahoma State Champion

(photo: Janet Atwell and Ashley Nandrasy)

The OB Cues Ladies Tour held its 5th tour stop of this season and our host stop is always a favorite spot for all pool players around the country.  We are speaking about Magoo’s Billiards in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Everyone at Magoo’s from the staff to the owners to pool patrons to friends and family joined us for some great fun and good times July 24th/25th weekend.

Special thanks to Jim and Laura McDermott for welcoming us to their fabulous poolroom; they have been regular hosts on our OB Cues Ladies Tour for many years now and we hope to continue to enjoy their hospitality and spacious environment for future events.

As this stop was an Oklahoma State Championship, WPBA pros were allowed to play and we were excited to have 3 current WPBA players join the competition.  Janet Atwell, Belinda Calhoun and Kyoko Sone were looking to get in some table time and practice before the WPBA U.S. Open in neighboring Norman, Oklahoma this upcoming week.  As the tournament draw was completed, right out the shoot it was Belinda Calhoun and Kyoko Sone to start things off.  Twenty-eight ladies rolled up their sleeves and said “let the games begin” as the heat inside was just as hot as outside.  Players were vying for the guaranteed 1st place prize money of $750 and as the tournament day wound down, eight ladies were still in the running.

On Sunday, winner side matches included two regular tour top players Tara Williams vs. Ashley Nandrasy and WPBA veteran Janet Atwell vs. Melinda Bailey.  Janet Atwell attended last year’s Oklahoma State Championship and took 2nd place.  She came back to avenge that finish and was on a 1st place quest.  On the B-side of the bracket was another WPBA veteran Belinda Calhoun to take on Jennifer Kraber and Tracie Voelkering vs. Lisa Marr.  As the matches progressed, it would be Janet vs. Ashley for the hot seat and Janet looking more to win this event as she played pretty sporty taking the winner’s bracket with a score of 7-2.

But Ashley was not finished yet.  Ashley had an excellent tournament run in a very tough bracket.  She managed wins over Denise Jones 7-3; Julie Comitini 7-0; Belinda Calhoun 7-4; Tara Williams twice 7-4 and 7-3 to get another shot at Janet.  In true double elimination–race to 7 format, Ashley would have to defeat Janet twice.  As the 1st set commenced, Janet was missing critical shots and Ashley was finishing games and won 7-2 to force a second set.   The second set was a teeter-totter match.  It was 1-0, 1-1, 2-1, 2-2 and so on.  All in all, the second match consisted of a battle of safeties, kicks, banks, caroms and fortunate rolls for both players.   As the score was hill-hill, it all comes down to Janet kicking at an 8-ball and with a little nudge off the 9-ball, the 8 goes in, leaving a straight in shot on the 9 for the win.  Congratulations to Ashley for a nice 2nd place finish.  Also congratulations to Janet for her 1st place win and $750.  Janet is also sponsored by OB Cues who coincidentally is also our Tour Sponsor so be sure to check them out at  HYPERLINK “http://www.obcues.com” www.obcues.com.

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Tournament payouts — $2,000 added monies

1st – Janet Atwell – $750

2nd – Ashley Nandrasy – $550

3rd – Tara Williams – $335

4th – Melinda Bailey – $235

5th/6th – Belinda Calhoun, Lisa Marr – $150

7th/8th – Jennifer Kraber, Tracie Voelkering – $100

9th/12th – Lisa Henderson-Major, Cindy Parvala, Julie Comitini, Amanda Lampert – $50

13th/16th – Michelle McDermott, Kathy Knuth, Theresa Wilson, Veronica Perez – $30

Other Tournament Winners:

$30 Free Entry – Veronica Perez

OB Tour Magnetic Buttons – Michelle Prince, Melinda Bailey

OB Tour Bumper Sticker – Lisa Marr

Tiger Shaft Burnisher – Becky Jones

Starbucks Gift Cards ($25) – Jennifer Combs, Janet Atwell

Vitality Day Spa Hand & Foot Spa Kit – Kathy Knuth (donated by Lisa Henderson-Major)

Fight Pink Breast Cancer Shirt – Janet Atwell

OB Cues Raffle Winners – Snowy Belt & Lisa Henderson-Major (2 tour players)

A Second Chance event was held with 14 players on Diamond 7’ tables–$100 added monies

1st – Kyoko Sone – $100

2nd – Amanda Lampert – $70

3rd – Janna Preston – $45

4th – Lisa Henderson-Major – $25