Lloyd Scores Second Hunter Classics Tour Win
Hunter Classic Women’s Tour / Tulsa, OK
by Rick Davis
The Hunter Classics Tour held their sixth stop over the July 28-29 weekend where a talented 36-player field mixed things up at Magoo’s Billiards in Tulsa, OK. In the end it came down to the battle of past champions until Heather Lloyd had completed her comeback capping off a great event.
Late action on the winners’ side saw Lloyd, winner of the tour’s second stop, met Leslie Anne Rogers, who had claimed two tour stops of her own this season. Both players carved a path through six matches to reach the hot seat match, as neither was lucky enough to draw one of the many byes. In the hot seat match Rogers took control early and skipped through 7-3.
On the one-loss side Amanda Lampert eliminated Michelle McDermott 7-5, while Julia Gabriel drilled Kim Pierce 7-1. In lightning fashion the quarterfinals blazed by as Gabriel knocked out Lampert 7-4; just as quickly Lloyd ousted Gabriel by the same score in the semifinals.
This brought Lloyd back to the finals for a rematch against Rogers, but it was an uphill climb with the true double-elimination format. Lloyd came out strong, taking the first set 7-3 and making it clear she was still in contention, and as the final set inched towards double-hill no one could pick a clear winner. At last the action climaxed with Lloyd taking the second set 7-6, winning the event and claiming her second tour win of the season.
1st Heather Lloyd
2nd Leslie Anne Rogers
3rd Julia Gabriel
4th Amanda Lampert
5th Kim Pierce
7th Kathy Batson