Abbink Posts Undefeated Billiards Run
Jacoby Cues Great Lakes Tour / Livonia, MI
by Dave Hanshaw
The Jacoby Cues Great Lakes Tour kicked off its fifth season September 8-9 at The Rack in Livonia, MI, offering a WPBA qualifier and $750 added. Steve Lomako, owner of The Rack, welcomed players from the Midwest and Canada who came to compete. The field was deep in talent with players such as Hall of Famer Vicki Paski, road player Rachael Abbink, teen phenom Liz Lovely, and former tour points winner Julie Melman.
Abbink proved to be unbeatable this weekend, posting wins over Melman 7-3, Liz Labowitch 7-3, Becky Todd 7-2, Tracy Johnston 7-3, and winners’-side final Vicki Paski 7-3 to place her in the finals. The more exciting story of the weekend, though, would be how her opponent got there. Kelly Pendleton, who started with a bye and then lost her first match to Tina Hess, recovered from her early trip to the one-loss side. She claimed victories over Shannon Crosthwaite 7-3, Samantha Patton 7-1, Becky Todd 7-1, and June Maiers 7-5, taking her to Sunday’s play. She continued with wins over Irene Henry 7-6, Lovely 7-1, and Paski 7-6 in the semifinals before being outlasted by Abbink in the final by a score of 9-7.