Webb Scores San Diego Classic
Women’s Professional Billiard Tour San Diego Classic / Alpine, CA
Monica Webb won the Women’s Professional Billiard Tour’s (WPBA’s) San Diego Classic in the finals over Ga Young Kim, taking home her second first-place title in less than a year. The San Diego Classic was hosted by Viejas Casino in Alpine, CA, this past week.
In the semifinals, Webb earned an early lead over Jeanette Lee, though Lee did mark a game when Webb missed a key 2 ball. However, that was the only rack she was able to put under her belt. At 3-1 in her favor, Webb was able to pocket a 3-8 combo and run out from there, and some excellent safety play and a nice bank shot helped her to the hill. In the final rack, she pulled off a solid 5-9 combination to cement her place in the finals.
The second semifinal match between Kim and Gerda Hofstatter was more hotly contested. Kim took an early lead and never relinquished it. Though Hofstatter took the second rack, it was mainly Kim who shone in this match. Up 3-1, Kim watched as Hofstatter played an 8-9 combo to draw within a rack. However, after Hofstatter almost sank the 9 ball on her following break, Kim cleared the table to go up 4-2. Hofstatter answered with a solid bank on the 5 to run out and make it 4-3. Yet another combo on the 9 ball gave Kim the next rack, with Hofstatter replying by running out after Kim scratched on a 6-9 combo. Though Hofstatter broke and ran the next rack, Kim dealt one back to her by doing the same. In the final game, Kim was awarded ball in hand after Hofstatter scratched and cleared the table to advance to the finals.
Kim drew first blood in the final rack after Webb fouled, and she won the next game as well. Webb retaliated by capitalizing on an open shot after Kim attempted a jump, getting on the board. Things looked dismal for the Webb camp when Kim took the next two racks in a row, but Webb was unfazed, implementing two jump shots and a 3-8 combo to win the next rack. She scored the next two racks as well, tying the score at 4 apiece. Kim broke and ran the next rack, but Webb again was let back in after Kim missed the 7 ball in the next rack. When Kim came up dry on her next break, she cleared the table to reach the hill 6-5, and on her final break, she was able to dish up for the 7-5 victory and her second WPBA title.
1st Monica Webb
2nd Ga Young Kim
3rd Jeanette Lee
5th Kelly Fisher
Yu Ram Cha
9th Kim Shaw