Heather Lloyd wins at Rusty’s Billiards; Cristina DeLaGarza wins WPBA Qualifier

De La Garza and Loyd finished second and first respectively at the OB Cues Tour stop at Rusty's Billiards.

De La Garza and Loyd finished second and first respectively at the OB Cues Tour stop at Rusty's Billiards.

Rusty’s Billiards in Arlington, Texas hosted the 6th event of the year for the OB Cues Ladies 9-Ball Tour September 27-28.  Fifty-one ladies came to compete and many new faces were in attendance!  Welcome to all the new players!

On hand were the owners of OB Cues – Royce Bunnell and Don (and Anita) Owens – and we were able to thank them in person for sponsoring the tour!  They provide two OB Cues (each with an OB1 Shaft) to raffle off for money raised in this $2,000 guaranteed-added tournament!

Jeff Pitts and regular OB Cues Ladies Tour player Tracie Voelkering welcomed the ladies but it was the ladies who welcomed the opportunity to play in their pool room!  The non-smoking section was a welcome change for most of the players and the love of pool was always in the atmosphere in their 24-hour pool room.
By Sunday morning, only 12 players survived.  Lisa Marr defeated Amanda Lampert 7-3, Tara McCracken defeated Lisa Henderson-Major 7-3, Michelle Abernathy defeated Kim Pierce 7-3 and Michelle Ram defeated board member Julie Stephenson 7-3.  9th-12th finishers received $85 each. On the winner’s side, Cristina DeLaGarza took care of board member Melinda Bailey 7-2 while Heather Lloyd took care of Bonnie Plowman 7-4.

Cristina DeLaGarza won a hard-fought fight against seasoned Heather Lloyd 7-5 for the hot seat match.  On the one loss side, 7th/8th place finishes were filled by Michelle Abernathy and Michelle Ram who both earned $105.  Melinda and Tara filled out the 5th/6th spots for $160.  Lisa Marr won over Bonnie Plowman 7-4 and Bonnie won $275 for 4th place.  Lisa was stopped by a determined Heather Lloyd who won 7-3.  Lisa earned $410 for 3rd place.

This meant Heather would have a rematch with Cristina for the title in this double elimination tournament.  The first set went hill-hill (with the fans loving every minute of it!) and Heather won and forced the second set.  After a quick break, Heather won the next set 7-2 and earned $750 for 1st place!  Heather had an invite to the WPBA Championship in November and therefore Cristina won the Qualifier for that WPBA event.  Cristina also won $570 for second place.  This was the highest finish for Cristina and her first Qualifier win!!! 

Tournament Payouts:
1st – Heather Lloyd – $750
2nd – Cristina DeLaGarza – $570 + WPBA Qualifier
3rd – Lisa Marr – $410
4th – Bonnie Plowman – $275
5th/6th – Tara McCracken & Melinda Bailey – $160
7th/8th – Michelle Ram & Michelle Abernathy – $105
9th -12th – Amanda Lampert, Lisa Henderson-Major, Kim Pierce, Julie Stephenson – $85
13th-16th – Snowy Belt, Samm Diep, Ashley Nandrasy, Jillian Valles – $50
17th-24th – Monica Anderson, Shayla Neris, Kathy Knuth, Deanna Henson, Nancy French, Sam Holliday, Christy Powell, Shirley Fields – $25

Congratulations to all the ladies!!!
Numerous other winners throughout the tournament weekend included:

Free Entry (refunded their $30 entry fee) – Janice Go, first time tour player
Painting on the Green Canvas – book by Bob Watson – Robyn Petrosino
Strok-n-Style Glove from Ellen Van BurenSamm Diep
(2) Starbucks Gift Cards (courtesy of Carter Nakashima) – Tera Saunders & Lisa Marr
 (2) You Must be a D Player book from sammspocket.com – Julie Stephenson & Terri Petrosino
Cue Holder from Ellen Van Buren – Jerri Winnett
OB Cues Raffle Winners (courtesy of OB Cues)– Monica “Sha-nay-nay” Anderson, OB Cues board member & regular tour player and Janice Cabral, frequent Rusty’s Billiard weekend customer
9-Ball Crystal Ball Winner (courtesy of Randy Autrey)  – Tara “Firecracker” McCracken, OB Cues regular tour player

Also a Second Chance Tournament was held on Sunday–$10 entry fee with 13 players and $100 added monies.

Samm Diep – 1st – $95
Robbie Daugherty – 2nd – $65
Becky Jones – 3rd – $45
Shirley Fields – 4th – $25

A BIG thank you to Rusty’s Billiards, OB Cues (obcues.com), AZBilliards.com (Internet sponsor), Billiards Digest, Pool and Billiard Magazine, and InsidePOOL, authors Carl Miller and Bob Watson, Pro Player Ellen Van Buren, and supporters Samm Diep of sammspocket.com, Carter Nakashima and Randy Autrey.   Also we would like to thank Sam Holliday, Collin County APA League Operator, who brought eight of her league players to play in this event.  This was fantastic.  We couldn’t have had this wonderful event without all the ladies and fans.  Thank you!

See everyone November 22-23 in League City, Texas at Legend’s Billiards for our Championship Stop!