Corr Roars Back to Win New Jersey Billiard Championship
J. Pechauer New Jersey State Ladies 9-Ball Championship / South Amboy, NJ
by Skip Maloney
Karen Corr came from way behind in the finals of the J. Pechauer New Jersey State Ladies’ Championship the weekend of July 12-13 to defeat Iris Ranola and capture the first-place prize. The $3,000-added event, sponsored in part by Heineken, drew 28 players to Prime Time Sports Bar and Grill in South Amboy.
Corr and Ranola met first in the hot seat match, which Corr had reached by defeating Tiffany Nelson 7-2. Ranola had sent My Han Lac west with a 7-5 victory. Corr prevailed as the last woman standing and awaited Ranola’s eventual return.
On the one-loss side, it was Julie Kelly, having just defeated Romana Dokovic, who was waiting for there for Nelson. Monica Webb, on the heels of a 7-3 victory over Megan Minerich, faced Lac. Nelson and Webb dropped Lac and Kelly into a fifth-place tie and then battled each other to hill-hill before Nelson prevailed in the quarterfinal match.
Ranola and Nelson, who’d played in the finals of the JPNEWT Tour stop in New Jersey last month, won by Ranola, battled back and forth in the semifinals. Ranola prevailed 7-5 in the end and turned back for a rematch with Corr.
Ranola entered the finals with a great deal of confidence and jumped out to a quick 7-1 lead. Corr, however, known for her deliberate and determined style of play, took what followed one game at a time and won the next eight games in a row to reach the hill first. Ranola battled back to win the next game and reach double-hill, but Corr won the deciding game.