Williams Comes Back to Win WPBA Qualifier
Tiger Canadian Women’s Pool Tour / Barrie, ON
Naomi Williams took on the Tiger Canadian Women’s Pool Tour field and came out the winner, not just of the title but of the WPBA qualifier as well. Hosted by Dakota Sports Club in Barrie, ON, this event was held September 6-7 and boasted a $1,000-added prize purse, in addition to the qualifier.
Sunday saw the return of six players—Naomi Williams, Denise Belanger, Darlene Gardiner, Sharlene Watkinson, Veronique Menard, and Corrine Johnson. In the hot seat match, Menard edged out Williams, while on the one-loss side, the field grew smaller as Belanger eliminated Johnson and Gardiner ousted Watkinson. When Gardiner and Belanger then collided, it ended with Gardiner advancing to the semifinal match. Although she played well, Williams was on fire and Gardiner just couldn’t compete with Williams’s safeties and 9 ball combos.
In the double-elimination finals, Williams once again brought her A game to the table, leading the match 4-0. Though Menard won the next two games in a row, Williams grabbed the next three with the help of a couple of run-outs and took the first set 7-2. She quickly followed this up by winning the second set 7-3, cementing her victory and the accumulation of the WPBA qualifier.
1st Naomi Williams
2nd Veronique Menard
3rd Darlene Gardiner
4th Denise Belanger
5th Corrine Johnson