Keeney and Tagley Win Big on Arizona Women’s Billiard Tour
Arizona Women’s Billiard Tour / Tempe, AZ
by InsidePOOL Staff
A strong field of 25 women showed up to compete in the Arizona Women’s Billiard Tour’s July 19-20 stop at Kolby’s Korner Pocket in Tempe, AZ. This event was a $500-added WPBA qualifier presented by J. Pechauer Custom Cues. The qualifier, which was for a paid spot in the Carolina Classic, was captured by Nicole Keeney, while the first-place spot went to Nina Tagley.
Eight players returned for Sunday matches. It was an out-of-towner mix-up on the A side with local star Kathleen Lawless and Colorado’s up-and-comer Nicole Keeney matching up, while Keeney’s hometown cohort Samm “Cherry Bomb” Diep and Michelle “Samurai” Abernathy from Texas battled it out. Colorado prevailed as travel buddies Keeney and Diep came out ahead to meet up for the driver’s seat match. Both players struggled but ultimately, after a fatal missed 9 ball by Diep, the score was tied 4-4. The momentum had shifted and Keeney captured the A side.
On the B side, WPBA veteran Susan “Mad Hatter” Mello took a loss from local champ Nina Tagley, and Liz Bernreuter took down Trinh Lu, leaving Lu and Mello with tied for seventh-place finishes. Lawless then defeated Bernreuter 7-0, while Tagley eliminated Abernathy. Tagley went on a tear, leaving Lawless with a fourth-place finish, and after a back-and-forth battle with Diep, ultimately coming out ahead with a 7-5 victory.
With Diep knocked out, Keeney secured herself the WPBA qualifier. Entering the finals, Tagley continued her hot streak, leading 3-1 right out of the gate. Though Keeney already had the WPBA prize in hand, she still fought hard but in the end came up short, with Tagley winning both sets 7-3.
1st Nina Tagley
2nd Nicole Keeney
3rd Samm Diep
4th Kathleen Lawless
5th Michelle Abernathy
7th Trinh Lu
9th Dawn Anderson