Carolina Ladies J. Pechauer Tour / Hickory, NC
by Lea Andrews
Kim “The Cooler” Shaw, who topped the field at the Carolina Ladies J. Pechauer Tour stop in May, did it again on July 18 at Randolph’s Billiards in Hickory, NC. Although a scheduling conflict with a nearby APA ladies’ event reduced the size of the field, the 12 ladies who arrived for the $500-added event were strong and ready for the action.
Shaw arrived in the hot seat match following a shut-out win over amateur player Dana Aft, and waiting for her there was fellow WPBA player “Jumping” Janet Atwell, who was coming off a 7-5 win over Marianne Merrill. Prevailing 7-4, Shaw waited in the hot seat for her opponent in the finals.
On the one-loss side, up-and-comer Buffy Jolie made her way through tournament director Alicia Putnam 5-1 and Merrill 5-4 to arrive in the quarterfinal match against Aft, who’d edged out Aimee Kilby 5-4. Moving past Aft 5-3, Jolie encountered a big obstacle in the semifinal match, but she didn’t let it stop her as she ended Atwell’s journey 5-3.
In the true double-elimination final match, Jolie started off strong, getting off to a 5-3 lead, but it was at that point that “The Cooler” turned on the heat. Shaw didn’t allow Jolie another game, closing out the win in one set 7-3.