Webb Claims Billiards Tour Season Opener
Ladies Spirit Tour / Holiday, FL
by R. Case
The Ladies Spirit Tour season opener brought out 34 women to Hammer Heads Billiard Lounge in Holiday, FL, March 15-16. Owners of Hammer Heads, Dan and Nora LaVoie, added $1,200 to the event, bringing the total purse to $3150, plus the qualifier spot for the WPBA Great Lakes Classic. The event drew WPBA pros Monica Webb, Helena Thornfeldt, Tiffany Nelson, Tracie Hines, and Debbie Schjodt, with Webb capturing the first-place prize.
On the second day of the event, the final 12 returned to battle it out for the $720 first place money and the qualifier spot. Emily Wilmoth sent pro Debbie Schjodt home but couldn’t continue the winning streak against pro Tiffany Nelson. By making her way past Denise Khidirian and Autumn Duncan, upcoming star Michell Monk secured her claim to the paid entry for the WPBA Great Lakes Classic. After defeating Stephanie Mitchell in a double-hill game, she was the last amateur standing against the pros, but she could not collect her game against Nelson, while Thornfeldt and Webb battled for the hot seat match.
After sending Thornfeldt to play Nelson for third, Webb waited patiently undefeated. It was Nelson who wanted the challenge of the match with Webb for first place. In a true double-elimination format, Nelson had her sights on beating Webb twice. The first match was a test of patience with safety plays, but Nelson won that match with a score of 7-5. The second match, however, would not prove as easy for Nelson, as Webb claimed the season opener with a score of 7-2.