JPNEWT TOUR STOP #5 – June 25-26 – Champion Billiards Sports Bar – Frederick MD – 32 player field
(pictured l-r) winnner Karen Corr; Champion Billiards’ owner, Gary Allen; Janet Atwell (3rd); Briana Miller (2nd)
~ by Teri Thomas, July 2, 2016
On the beautiful June weekend of the 25-26th, the back room of Champions in Frederick was full of 32 hopefuls for the 5th annual tour stop of pool’s J.Pechauer North East Women’s Tour. As always, the easiest way to the top is through the A side (as Karen Corr showed), with 6 straight wins: Nicole King 7-1, Sueyen Rhee 7-2, Christy Norris 7-4, Judie Wilson 7-1, Janet Atwell 7-3, and Briana Miller 7-4. But, perhaps more satisfying, is battling your way back from the one-loss side, as Briana Miller found out, with 10 total matches (4 more than anyone else).
The long haul started when Briana Miller lost to Meredith Lynch 7-3, at the first draw. Briana fought back through Sharon O’Hanlon 7-4, Nicole Fleming 7-3, Linda Shea 7-3, Kia Sidbury 7-3, Dawn Fox 7-5, and Judie Wilson 7-1; to face Meredith again, and beat her by the same score. After defeating previous tour stop winner Janet Atwell 7-3, Briana faced Karen Corr in the finals, chalking up respectable four game wins, before Corr took her third JPNEWT victory this year.
Also on a winning streak was Janet Atwell, climbing with wins over Sandy Raber 7-4, Eugenia Gyftopoulos 7-1, Kia Sidbury 7-1, and Meredith Lynch 7-4. After Meredith had knocked back Briana Miller in the first round, she faced down Nicole Nester 7-5 and Dawn Fox 7-2. Then Janet Atwell sent Lynch to face the B-side, by winning 7-4; where Christy Norris gave Lynch a hill-hill battle, before Lynch’s grudge match against Briana Miller.
Judie Wilson struggled for her first win over Valerie Nolan 7-6, and continued through Nicole Fleming 7-3, and Kim Whitman 7-4, before she got CORRed, and then knocked out by Miller. Christy Norris started well, beating Melissa Jenkins 7-4 and Denise Reeve 7-3, before her CORR experience. Norris then barely managed to beat Kathy Friend on the hill, got Eugenia Gyftopoulos 7-2, and couldn’t make it up another hill against Meredith Lynch.
JPNEWT sends thanks to all the ladies who came out to pit their skills against each other, and to Gary Allen, Champion Billiards, for hosting this event! And many more thanks to all of their tour sponsors: J.Pechauer Custom Cues, Coins of the Realm, Britanya Rapp, and Ozone Billiards, who allow them to continue to increase their skills and grow as players. And finally, thanks to Baltimore City Cues, for sponsoring the qualifier spot at this event.
RESULTS: 1st $900 Karen Corr; 2nd $550 Briana Miller; 3rd $400 Janet Atwell; 4th $200 Meredith Lynch; 5th $145 Christy Norris, $145 Judie Wilson; 7th $100 Dawn Fox, $100 Eugenia Gyftopoulos; 9th $ 60 Kathy Friend, $ 60 Kia Sidbury, $ 60 Kim Whitman, $ 60 Sueyen Rhee