Tara Williams Brings Home the Bacon
April 4th and 5th weekend the Billiard Den, Richardson, TX hosted the third stop of the OB Cues Ladies 9-Ball Tour. Billiard Den is always a favorite stop of the OB Cues tour as hosts Larry and Marci Rothberg and the staff provide hospitality, service and friendly faces throughout the whole weekend.
This stop also marked some major firsts for some of the players by overcoming some of their personal bests since playing on the tour. Fifty-six ladies were ready to do battle and even though several of our regular tour players were playing at the WPBA San Diego Classic, there were plenty of fan favorites amongst the crowd. Favorites at this event were Amanda Lampert, Tara Williams, Lisa Marr, and Kyu Yi just to name a few. After all the dust was settled, it would be Tara Williams and Ashley Nandrasy competing for the first place guaranteed $750.
Tara had the toughest bracket to get through and it was predicted if she could get all the way through to the winner’s bracket, she would more than likely take it all. Her first match of the day was against Lisa Marr—always a force to be reckoned with on the tour. Tara soundly defeated Lisa with a 7-1 victory. Then she faced Tori Jones, Shayla Neris, Melinda Bailey, Amanda Lampert, and Ashley Nandrasy for the hot seat. Tara made it all the way to win the winner’s bracket, took a deep breath and awaited her opponent in the finals.
Ashley Nandrasy overcame her previous high 13-16th place finishes in four previous OB Cues tour stops throughout the years, by gaining a spot in the finals. Ashley defeated Robyn Petrosino, Linda Long, Julie Stephenson, Elissa Jordan and then lost her 1st match to Tara 2-7 when playing for the hot seat. She then secured a spot in the finals by defeating Lisa Henderson-Major, 7-1 and would have a rematch with Tara for the whole kit and caboodle.
Lisa Henderson-Major from Little Rock, Arkansas and a regular tour player and traveling buddy of Lisa Marr scored her all-time personal best on the OB Cues Tour. In the battle of the Lisa’s and travel partners on Sunday afternoon, Lisa Henderson-Major defeated Lisa Marr 7-6 to get to play for 3rd place. Lisa lost to Ashley next match and placed 3rd in the tournament, but earned her highest finish yet.
Lisa Marr, after losing her 1st round match to Tara, was not going to go out easily. She won 9 matches before losing to her road partner, Lisa and finishing 4th place.
Additionally, we would like to mention that Elissa Jordan from Houston, Texas scored her highest finish ever by placing 5th/6th.
As the finals were set with Tara vs. Ashley, it was more of a battle with the tables and rolls for both players in the first set. As both players tried to get something started, Ashley had several 9-ball combinations and fared better with the tables as she would win the first set 7-5. Tara, with a look of frustration, was not out for the count. She dug deep down and pulled it into high gear and controlled the final match 7-2.
Sponsors for the OB Ladies Tour include OB Cues. The next stop is Bogie’s Billiard in Houston, Texas, June 13th and 14th.
Main Event – 56 players – $2,000 added
1st – Tara Williams – $750
2nd – Ashley Nandrasy – $580
3rd – Lisa Henderson-Major – $415
4th – Lisa Marr – $285
5th/6th – Elissa Jordan, Amanda Lampert – $165
7th/8th – Kyu Yi, Tracie Voelkering – $120
9th/12th – Melinda Bailey, Deanna Henson, Julie Stephenson, Trinh Lu – $80
13th/16h – Michelle Abernathy, Jennifer Pavlovick, Terry Petrosino, Shayla Neris – $50
17th/24th – Kathy Knuth, Monica Anderson, Jessica Massey, Linda Long, Helen Hayes, Rosa Rios, Rebecca Riley, Tina Lehrmann – $25
25th/32nd – Christy Powell, Kelley Vaughn, Suzanne Murray, Tori Jones, Julie Comitini, Ophelia Charleston, Snowy Belt, Milica Kozomara – $10
Numerous Tournament Winners:
$30 Free Entry – Suzanne Murray
Tiger Products – Towel – Ophelia Charleston
Tiger Products – Bridge – Linda Long
Tiger Products – Burnisher – Milica Kozomara
Tiger Products – Hat – Amy Hall
Starbucks – Tara Williams
Starbucks – Becky Jones
OB Cues Tour Button – Robyn Petrosino
OB Cues Tour Key Chain – Ann Malone
OB Cues Tour Key Chain – Kathy Knuth
OB Cues Bumper Sticker – Bobbie Davis
Glove – Ashley Nandrasy
OB Cues Raffle Winners:
Vietmy (Samiel) Nguyen – OB Cues Ladies Tour fan and loyal supporter
Mike Kiernan – Billiard Den customer
Second Chance Event – 25 players – $167 monies added
1st – Helen Hayes – $135 – This is Helen’s 4th Second Chance 1st place finish—Helen, the Second Chance Queen
2nd – Deann Bray-Warner – $102
3rd – Snowy Belt – $70
4th – Milica Kozomara – $50
5th/6th – Kim Pierce, Amy Hall – $20
7th/8th – Corina Campbell, Tina Lehrmann – $10