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

Bryant Bests Port Arthur Field

Bryant Bests Port Arthur Field

(Photo: Charlie Bryant, Sylver Ochoa, Ming Ng, Marie Chhuon, and Owner Tony Nguyen in the background)

Crazy 8’s Family Pool Hall in Port Arthur, Texas played host to the Lone Star Tour’s twelfth stop of the year on August 28th-29th.   The $1,350 added event not only drew 43 open players and 13 women with almost $6,000 in cash up for grabs, but local Channel 4 News coverage as well. Charlie “Hillbilly” Bryant, Sylver “Cho-Uh” Ochoa, David Gutierrez, Steve Lenz, and Louisiana’s own Troy Woodard were all in attendance. LSBT’s Houston crowd represented as well with Rodney Stewart, Will Felder, Viet Do, Charles Crouch, Brent Thomas, Brian Rosenbaum, Chuck Adams, Eric Renteria, Thomas Juarez and Mike Alonzo.

Match play wrapped up on Saturday evening and brought the final twelve back on Sunday, in the money! On the winners’ side final 8, Bryant bested Will Felder 9-3, Gutierrez dusted Dalton Riley 9-4, Ochoa ousted Brian Rosenbaum 9-2, and it was Mike Alonzo over Viet Do 9-5. After being down by a deficit of 5-1, Gutierrez sent Bryant west by a score of 9-7, and Ochoa stopped Alonzo cold. In the hot seat match, Ochoa sent Gutierrez west 9-0 while the one loss side played out. It was David Heinz over Rosenbaum and Do over Stewart, Woodard bested Felder, and Riley eliminated Chuck Pham. Rosenbaum took down Do to meet up with Bryant, and Riley eliminated Woodard to meet up with Alonzo. One round later, it was Bryant v. Riley but the “Hillbilly” made quick work of him 7-0 then eliminated Gutierrez 7-4. In the final Ochoa came on strong 4-1 then 6-4 but Bryant gave his final answer 9-7.  In overtime, Bryant wasted no time and defeated Ochoa 7-3.  Also, congratulations to Dalton Riley (4th), Viet Do (7th-8th), Rodney Stewart (9th-12th), and Chuck Pham (9th-12th) who had their best finishes to date.

In the ladies event, Ming Ng played near flawless with wins over Love Nguyen, Belinda Lee, Marie Chhuon, and Loretta Lindgren.  It was Chhuon who made her way out of the woods and into the finals, but was out gunned by Ng 7-1.

LSBT recognizes its Official Cue, Poison Cues; Official Rack, Delta-13 Rack; Leagueshirts.com; and Barnett Ranching. LSBT would like to thank Jerry Jordan, Managing Editor of the Examiner in Port Arthur along with Channel 4 local news for their coverage of this event.

The tour debuts at Skinny Bob’s Billiards (formerly G Cue Billiards) in Round Rock, Texas on September 11th-12th.  Join LSBT “on the road”, accept the challenge, and take your game to the next level! See you on the Lone Star Trail!

Open Payouts

1st $800 Charlie Bryant

2nd $400 Sylver Ochoa

3rd $300 David Gutierrez

4th $200 Dalton Riley

5th-6th $125 Mike Alonzo

7th-8th $80 Viet Do, Troy Woodard

9th-12th $45 Chuck Pham, Will Felder, Rodney Stewart, David Heinz

Auction

1st $1,400

2nd $910

3rd $510

Ladies Payouts

1st $265 Ming Ng

2nd $170 Mary Chhuon

3rd $70 Loretta Lindgren

4th $40 Belinda Lee

Ladies Auction

1st $185

2nd $80