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The Jennifer’s vs. Tara but Firecracker Freight Train Just Keeps on Rolling

 

On the weekend of May 18-19, 2016, OB Cues Ladies Tour made it to one of their favorite stops on the yearly tour calendar at Click’s Billiards in San Antonio.  General Manager Miranda Dalka and her exceptional staff extended their awesome hospitality and services the entire two day weekend.  They were superb hosts to 35 players and a large group of fans, friends, and family members who came out to join in the weekend festivities.  A strong contingent of players from all over Texas came to try their luck and brought out their best pool playing skills as all were vying for the $800 first place prize money.  A big, big thank you to Click’s Billiards and Miranda for supporting the tour and we will most certainly be back next year.

 

Also first and foremost a big high five and utmost thanks to our title sponsor OB Cues.  OB Cues, our main sponsor since 2008, is one of the leading pool cues and shafts manufacturers in the world.  They have a plethora of quality and intrinsically crafted products to complement your pool playing arsenal.  Be sure to check them out at obcues.com---you won’t regret it!  They are also made in the USA, in Plano, TX to be specific.  Thank you OB Cues!

 

To precede with the tournament updates, by day’s end on Saturday, the final eight ladies would continue their winning ways in the Main Event competition on Sunday.  The final four in the winner’s bracket pitted the three Jennifer’s in the tournament, against the lone stand-out, Tara.  Facing each other early Sunday was Jennifer Pavlovick (Grand Prairie) vs Tara Williams (Ft. Worth) and Jennifer Kraber (Austin) vs. Jennifer Yo (also of Austin).  The four ladies returning on the one loss side were Terry Petrosino (Spring) vs. Kim Pierce (Austin) and Orietta Strickland (Dallas) vs. Natalie Mans (League City).

 

7th-8th finishers were Kim Pierce and Orietta Strickland. 5th-6th places went to Jennifer Pavlovick and Natalie Mans. 4th place winner was Terry Petrosino and 3rd place winner Jennifer Yo.  Jennifer Pavlovick has had a couple of high finishes this year already and we hope to see her continued winning ways in more OB stops throughout this year.  Good shooting Jennifer—keep up the great work!

 

Tara Williams made her way through Saturday with wins over Barbara Wisdom (7-4), Corina Campbell (7-3), and Krystal West (7-0).  On Sunday, she continued her undefeated run and to earn a spot at the hot seat with another win over Jennifer Pavlovick (7-0).  On the other side of the winner’s bracket, Jennifer Yo was making her way through her Saturday matches, posting wins over some tough opponents.  She had wins over Frances Marron (7-1), Michelle Cortez (7-6), and Kim Pierce (7-5).  On Sunday morning, she continued her run besting Jennifer Kraber (7-6) for her spot in the hot seat match.   In the hot seat match, Tara jumped to a quick lead and didn’t look back, winning her spot in the finals against Jennifer Yo (7-3).

 

For the 3rd place match, we knew Jennifer would be the victor but we didn’t know which one.   Jennifer Kraber didn’t allow Jennifer Yo to keep as close as she had in the winner’s side match and defeated Jennifer Yo (7-3).  This would then allow Tara the opportunity to challenge all of the Jennifer’s on Sunday.  Big congratulations to Jennifer Yo for this being her highest finish to date in any OB stop.  Jennifer was the 2015 OB Cues Ladies Tour Best Sportswoman recipient and we know that she is truly an asset to the tour and we wish her well in continued success in future OB events.

 

In the finals, in the true double elimination format, Jennifer Kraber would need to beat Tara twice in order to win the event.  Both players started out the match strong, but Tara prevailed to win her third tournament of the year.  Congratulations to both ladies for a great event!  With this third win in 2016 and the last two wins of 2015 for Tara, she broke her own consecutive win record with five wins in a row.  Congratulations for an awesome accomplishment Tara!  Keep on keepin’ on!

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Top 3 Finishers: (from left to right) Tara Williams, Jennifer Kraber, and Jennifer Yo

 

Special recognition and thanks to OB Cues our main tournament sponsor. If you want to get serious about your game, check out OB Cues at www.obcues.com

 

Also many thanks and love to all our families, fans, supporters—we greatly appreciate each and every one of you. Also to the many, many ladies/ players/friends who traveled from near and far; we loved seeing you all again and greatly appreciate you making the journey to play on the OB Cues Ladies Tour. We look forward to seeing everyone once again at Stop #4 – CK’s Billiards in Dallas, Texas, June 25-26th weekend.

 

Good Pool, Good Friends, Good Times – we are the OB Cues Ladies Tour!!!!!

Check us out at www.obcuestour.com or Facebook/obcuestour

 

Tournament Results & Payouts: $2000 monies added – 35 players

1st – Tara Williams – $800

2nd – Jennifer Kraber – $640

3rd – Jennifer Yo - $465

4th – Terry Petrosino - $345

5th/6th –Jennifer Pavlovick, Natalie Mans - $175

7th/8th – Kim Pierce, Orietta Strickland - $100

 

Best of the Rest Tournament Results & Payouts: $100 monies added – 8 players

1st – Kawania Watson - $100

2nd – Monica Anderson - $65

3rd – Julie Enzensperger - $15

 

Goody-Giveaway Winners:

$50 Shell Gift Cards (6) – Michelle Cortez, Shayla Neris, Natalie Mans, Jennifer Pavlovick, Kim Pierce

MZ Tam Custom Chalk – Barbara Wisdom

$30 Tough Luck Draw for drawing the reigning Tour Champ first round – Barbara Wisdom

OB Cues Raffle Winners:  Terry Petrosino (again) and Miranda Dalka

$20 worth of OB Cues Raffle tickets (5) – Courtesy of Tournament Champion Tara Williams – Naomi Garcia, Amy Emerson, Sophia Lopez, Lisa Bailey, Jennifer Yo

 

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Tara Williams sets another new record at the OB Cues Ladies 9-Ball Tour

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Fifty-two players set a season high attendance the weekend September 19-20th at Slick Willie’s Family Pool Hall in Austin, TX to support the OB Cues Ladies Tour and remember the loss of a local Austin OB player, Emma Stewart-Davis.  This was the second year for Slick Willie’s to host the ladies event and we were very happy to be back at their excellent establishment.  A very big thanks goes out to Rob Mercado for accommodating the OB Ladies again on this weekend of pool and remembrance.

 

Sunday rounds were scheduled to start late to allow players time to attend the memorial celebration for Emma Stewart-Davis in Elgin that morning.  Emma began playing on the OB Cues Ladies 9-Ball in 2013 and quickly became a positive force on the women’s tour.  Her kind words of encouragement and laid back attitude helped players feel at ease.  Though she played just a few short years on the tour, she was so open and warm, that she made a mark that will last for years.  Her mother said it best about Emma, “She was beautiful when she opened her mouth” – her beauty was both external and internal in the loving way she treated everyone she met.  She will be deeply missed by all the players and spectators of the events.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to her husband, James Davis, Jr, her son, James Davis III, her family, and all of those whose life she touched during this difficult time.

 

After a late run on Saturday night, fifty-two players were reduced to eight ladies returning on Sunday afternoon. The final two remaining in the winner’s bracket were Ricki Casper and Tara Williams.  The six ladies returning on the one loss side were Amanda Lampert vs Terry Petrosino, with Sheri Palma-Jones awaiting the winner and Kim Sanders vs. Kawania Watson, with Jennifer Kraber awaiting the winner.  Placing in the money, but not returning to Sunday, were the 9-12th finishers: Marilina Nieves (San Antonio), Tam Trinh (Austin), Kari Grant (Austin), and Natalie Mans (League City). 

 

Eliminated first round Sunday morning at the 7/8th positions were Kawania Watson of San Antonio and Amanda Lampert of Frisco.  Kim Sanders of Leander and Sheri Palma-Jones of San Antonio finished in the respective 5/6th positons.  Jennifer Kraber of Austin took the 4th place position.

 

Ricki Casper of Houston made her way through Saturday with wins over Rachel Hurst (7-3), Kim Sanders (7-4), Amanda Lampert (7-4), Kari Grant (7-2), and Sheri Palma-Jones (7-4).  On the other side of the winner’s bracket, Tara Williams of Fort Worth was making her way through her Saturday matches.  She posted wins over Michelle Cortez (7-4), Darcy Durham (7-3), Barbara Wisdom (7-3), Tam Trinh (7-6) and Jennifer Kraber (7-3).   In the hot seat match on Sunday, Tara got ahead early in the match against Ricki and didn’t look back.  Tara showed solid play in the match with several run-outs, finishing the match with a score of 7-1.

 

For the 3rd place match, Terry made her way through six matches in the one-loss side before facing Ricki, to see who would come out ahead to face Tara in the finals.  Just like in the last tour event for this round, Terry was an unstoppable force in this match.  She kept control of the match the entire time and was able to secure her spot in the finals with a 7-2 win over Ricki.  Congratulations to Ricki for her great play all weekend and for her highest finish to date on the tour! 

 

Terry Petrosino of Houston secured her second spot in the finals in two events and was poised to take on Tara Williams.  Just like the last event, she was coming through the one-loss side and needed to win two sets against the current tour champion to win the event and the $770 first place prize.  She once again jumped in the lead to get ahead 4-1, but Tara worked to close the gap at 4-3.  A few missed opportunities allowed Terry to once again pull ahead again in the match. Tara continued to fight her way to keep it close, but Terry was determined to close the first set out and managed to grab the first set with a final score of 7-5.  Both players regrouped and came back to the table ready to have one set determine the winner.  This time, Tara controlled the match, getting ahead quickly, but this time it was Terry clawing her way back into the match.  Tara once again dug deep to gain a firm lead and was able to close out the final set with a score of 7-4 and take the win.  Congratulations to both ladies for another great tournament!  With this fifth tour stop win of 2015, Tara Williams breaks another OB Ladies Tour record by becoming the only player to win five stops within a calendar year.  She also secured her 2015 Tour Championship with this event, becoming the fourth player in tour history to win the Tour Champion award in consecutive years.

 

 

 Top 3 Finishers: (from left to right) Terry Petrosino, Tara Williams, and Ricki Casper

 

Special recognition and thanks to OB Cues our main tournament sponsor. If you want to get serious about your game, check out OB Cues at www.obcues.com

 

Also many thanks and love to all our families, fans, supporters—we greatly appreciate each and every one of you. Also to the many, many ladies/ players/friends who traveled from near and far; we loved seeing you all again and greatly appreciate you making the journey to play on the OB Cues Ladies Tour. We look forward to seeing everyone once again at Stop #7 and the tour championship stop at Rusty’s Billiards in Arlington, Texas, November 7-8th weekend.

 

Good Pool, Good Friends, Good Times – we are the OB Cues Ladies Tour!!!!!

Check us out at www.obcuestour.com or stay up to date with instant news by adding us on Facebook/obcuestour

 

Tournament Results & Payouts: $2000 monies added – 52 players

1st – Tara Williams – $770

2nd – Terry Petrosino – $600

3rd – Ricki Casper - $465

4th – Jennifer Kraber - $345

5th/6th – Kim Sanders, Sheri Palma-Jones - $205

7th/8th – Kawania Watson, Amanda Lampert - $125

9-12th - Marilina Nieves, Tam Trinh, Kari Grant, and Natalie Mans - $90

 

Best of the Rest Tournament Results & Payouts: $100 monies added – 18 players

1st – Michelle Cortez - $120

2nd – Angie Payne - $85

3rd – Monica Anderson - $50

4th – Helen Hayes - $25

 

Goody-Giveaway Winners:

$50 Shell Gift Cards (5) – Erin Mickle, Helen Hayes, Julie Stephenson, Darcy Durham, Amanda Lampert

WPBA T-Shirt – Annette Saunders

$30 Tough Luck Draw for drawing the reigning Tour Champ first round – Michelle Cortez

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Terry Petrosino Scores the Win at OB Cues Ladies 9-Ball Tour Stop #5

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Twenty-eight players showed up ready for pool action August 15-16th weekend at P.O.E.T.S. Billiards in College Station, TX.  This was the first time the tour was at P.O.E.T.S Billiards.  Special thanks to John Wine and his staff for taking care of all the ladies, fan and supporters.  They were gracious in their service and hospitality.  The equipment was great and lots of room to feel at ease for this two day event.  Extra special thanks to longtime tour player Gail Roles for all her assistance in securing this site and making us all feel welcome in her hometown.  P.O.E.T.S. added $2K to this event and everyone was certainly appreciative of the warm welcome!

 

By day’s end on Saturday, six ladies would be returning to continue their winning ways in the Main Event on Sunday morning.  The two undefeated players in the winner’s bracket were Michelle Cortez (Austin) and Terry Petrosino (Houston).  The four ladies returning on the one loss side were Sophia Lopez (San Antonio) vs. Julie Stephenson (Keller) and Jennifer Kraber (Austin) vs. Tara Williams (Ft. Worth).  Placing in the money, but not returning to Sunday, were the 7/8th finishers Angie Payne (Austin) and Kawania Watson (San Antonio). 

 

Eliminated in the first round Sunday morning at the 5th-6th position was Julie Stephenson (Keller) and Jennifer Kraber (Austin).  For the second tournament in a row, Sophia Lopez (San Antonio) took 4th place and showed she will be a consistent top finisher on the tour.  Good tournament to one and all!

 

Terry made her way through Saturday with wins over Shayla Neris (7-5), Michelle Yim (7-6), Amanda Lampert (7-4), and Tara Williams (7-6), besting the tour champion in her first match loss since the first match of the first tour event of 2015.  On the other side of the winner’s bracket, Michelle was making her way through her Saturday matches with her steadily consistent play.  She posted wins over Helen Hayes (7-6), Julie Stephenson (7-5), Leslie Anne Rogers (7-6), and Sophia Lopez (7-5).   In the hot seat match, it was a slow and steady race to the finish line.  Both players displayed their superior skills at the table, but a few missed opportunities by both ladies, kept the match close throughout.  Michelle ended up on top in the match 7-4 and got to wait to see who would be coming through the one-loss side to meet her in the finals.

 

For the 3rd place match, Terry once again met up with Tara.  Just like when they met in the winner’s side on Saturday, Terry jumped ahead quickly in the match and never looked back.  With solid play and some great kick-shots, she shut down the tour champion’s winning streak, leaving Tara to settle for a 3rd place finish by a final score of 7-4.

 

At this event, Terry showed us why she was so successful on the tour in the past.  Her last event to win on the OB Cues Ladies Tour was in 2011.  In early 2012, she decided to take a break and did not participate on the tour in the last two years, but she decided that this was the year to come back and try her hand again at being competitive in women’s events.   We are glad she did as it was a pleasure to watch the finals match between Michelle and Terry.  In this true double elimination format, Terry would need to beat Michelle twice to take the win and she intended on just doing that.  She quickly got up early 4-0 in the match during the first set, but Michelle was down, but not out.  Michelle focused on getting control in the match and came back to close the gap 4-3.  On the next game, it looked like Michelle would tie the score up, but a missed opportunity on an 8-ball allowed Terry to gain another game.  After that, they traded racks back and forth, with Terry coming out ahead in the first set 7-5 and forcing one final set for the title.  In the second set, Terry once again dominated the match early with her solid play and run-outs.  This time, she did not allow Michelle to come back in the match and finished out the final set with a score of 7-4.  Congratulations to both ladies for a great tournament! 

 

 Top 4 Finishers: (from left to right) Sophia Lopez, Terry Petrosino, Tara Williams, and Michelle Cortez

 

Special recognition and thanks to OB Cues our main tournament sponsor.  Don Owen, Royce Bunnell, we couldn’t have all our fun and excitement without you. OB Cues makes the best low defection shaft in the market.  They also have a fine line of cues with special Infinity inlay features.  Corporate office and factory based in Plano, TX and all products made in the USA.   If you want to get serious about your game, check out OB Cues at www.obcues.com

 

Thanks again to P.O.E.T.S. Billiards.  If you happen to be in the neighborhood, be sure to check them out.  Also grateful to our other sponsors:  Ozone Billiards, MzTam Trinh at mztam.com for all your personalized and custom pool cases, chalkers, many more goodies.  And the one and only Carter Nakashima, our mentor, our photographer, our #1 fan and mainly our forever friend!  We love you, Carter.  We love you one and all.

 

Also many thanks and love to all our families, fans, supporters—we greatly appreciate each and every one of you. Also to the many, many ladies/ players/friends who traveled from near and far; we loved seeing you all again and greatly appreciate you making the journey to play on the OB Cues Ladies Tour. We look forward to seeing everyone once again at Stop #6 – Slick Willie’s Billiards in Austin, Texas, September 19-20th weekend.

 

Good Pool, Good Friends, Good Times – we are the OB Cues Ladies Tour!!!!!

Check us out at www.obcuestour.com or stay up to date with instant news by adding us on Facebook/obcuestour

 

Tournament Results & Payouts: $2000 monies added – 28 players

1st – Terry Petrosino – $800

2nd – Michelle Cortez – $630

3rd – Tara Williams - $455

4th – Sophia Lopez - $330

5th/6th –Julie Stephenson, Jennifer Kraber - $155

7th/8th – Angie Payne, Kawania Watson - $50

 

Best of the Rest Tournament Results & Payouts: $100 monies added – 9 players

1st – Angie Payne - $120

2nd – Diana Cardona - $70

 

Goody-Giveaway Winners:

$50 Shell Gift Cards (6) – Kawania Watson, Janna Preston, Monica Anderson, D’Andrea McQuirter, Tracie Voelkering, Mindy Williams

8-Ball Tire Air Caps – Tara Williams

WPBA T-Shirt – Amber Quinn
MzTam Custom Chalk – Judy Alvarez

$30 Tough Luck Draw for drawing the reigning Tour Champ first round – Amber Quinn

OB Cues Raffle Winner:  Will occur the weekend of September 21st