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

Stottlemyer Takes Rockaway Billiards

(Picture winner Brett Stottlemyer and 2nd place finisher Matt Krah)

The Mezz Pro-Am Tour made its way to Rockaway Billiards in Rockaway NJ on Sunday June 13th. A Strong field came out to play players like Brett Stottlemyer, Matt Krah, Chip Klein, Adam Kielar, Shaun Wilkie, Jim Conn and Josh Brothers.

Leading the top have of the bracket was Matt Krah with wins over Michael Wong 7-6, Mark Stewart 7-3, and Shaun Wilkie 7-4.  Leading the bottom half of the bracket is Brett Stottlemyer with wins over Chip Klein 7-1, Jose Burgos 7-3, Mike Miller 7-5, and Adam Kielar 7-4.

Playing for the hot seat was Brett Stottlemyer Vs Matt Krah, this match was all Matt krah from the start winning easily 7-3 and sending Brett Stottlemyer to the one lost side.  Making his move from the one ost side was Chip Klein with wins over Caroline Pao 7-4, Jay Brotherton 7-4, Jorden Brandes 7-4, Michael Wong 7-6, Shaun Wilkie 7-5, Adam Kielar 7-2, before running into Brett Stoittlemyer this was a good match when it’s all said and done it was Brett Stottlemyer winning 7-4 to get to the final.

The finals it was a rematch between Matt Krah VS Brett Stottlemyer, Brett Stottemyer   has to beat Matt Krah twice to win the event.  The first set was a great one that went hill hill and when it was all said and done it was Brett Stottlemyer winning 7-6.  In the second set it was all Brett Stottlemyer winning easily 7-4 and the event.  I woud like to thank all the sponsors and the players that came to pay.

1st            Brett Stottlemyer            $820
2nd           Matt Krah                         $400
3rd            Chip Klein                         $225
4th            Adam Kielar                     $100
5th/6th      Shaun Wilkie                    $80
Josh Brothers                  $80