Fisher and Park Team Up To Win
Carolina Ladies J. Pechauer Tour / Hickory, NC
by Lea Andrews
Who says no boys are allowed on the Carolina Ladies J. Pechauer Tour? Stop five winner Kelly “Kwikfire” Fisher made her second appearance on the tour, toting Ron Park along and showing him that you don’t have to be female to win on this tour. Fisher and Park joined twelve other Jack and Jill teams for the $1,000-added Scotch doubles 9-ball event at Randolph’s Billiards in Hickory, NC.
Fisher and Park made their way steadily through the field to arrive in the winners’ side final four, where they met “Jumping” Janet Atwell and her playing partner, Harold Ewing. Team Fisher sailed past Team Atwell, sending them west with a score of 7-1 and moving on to the hot seat match to face Norwegian champ Line “Rockstar” Kjoersvik and her partner, Steve Dyer, who were coming off a 7-5 win over Aimee Kilby and Clint Clark. The tight match went hill-hill, but the final 9 belonged to Fisher and Park, and Kjoersvik and Dyer went to the left side of the bracket to try to fight their way back.
Over on the one-loss side, Katie Cowan and Jeff Abernathy, having knocked Val Finnie and Paul Harrison out 5-3, went on to a 5-3 win over Amanda Miller and Jason Williams. Buffy Jolie, teamed up with co-tournament director Michael Putnam, finished off Jared and Jessica Frideres 5-3 but fell in a hill-hill match to Krystal Ross and Mike Bumgarner. Neither Team Cowan nor Team Ross could make it past the next round, though, as Atwell/Ewing put Cowan/Abernathy in fifth, and Kilby/Clark did the same to Ross/Bumgarner.
Although Kilby and Clark had the home court advantage over Bristol’s Atwell and Ewing, it wasn’t enough to hold the hard-fighting team down, and Atwell and Ewing moved on with a 5-4 win to the semifinals, where another hill-hill match ensued. Atwell and Ewing came out on top again, putting Kjoersvik and Dyer in third.
The first set of the true double-elimination finals turned out to be Atwell and Ewing’s third hill-hill win in a row, and the tournament came down to one last race to 7. Fisher and Park reached the hill while Atwell and Ewing still needed four games, but they fought back, getting the score to 6-5. Ewing’s scratch on the break in rack twelve, though, gave Fisher and Park the opportunity they needed as they took turns making ball after ball to secure the win.