Arizona Women’s Billiard Tour / Tucson, AZ
by Lea Andrews
After taking down everyone in her path to the finals of the Arizona Women’s Billiards Tour August August 15-16, Stacy Novack earned first place and a ticket to WPBA’s Pacific Coast Classic. Novack was among the field of 15 who gathered for the $500-added WPBA qualifier event, held at Pockets Pool and Pub in Tucson, AZ.
Following a 7-4 win over Darlene Stinson, Novack arrived in the hot seat match against Adrianne Ferguson, who was coming off her own 7-4 win over Sara Miller. Novak made quick work of Ferguson, sending her west 7-1.
On the one-loss side, Annie Gray took down last stop’s winner Angel Paglia 7-4 only to fall hill-hill to Susan Williams, who’d just gotten past Kathleen Lawless 7-4. Meanwhile, Heather Torpin had a strong 7-1 win over Carol Webb to face Susan Mello, who’d ousted Barbara Lee 7-3. Torpin came out on top 7-5 to face Miller, whom she edged out 7-6 to meet Williams, who’d taken care of Stinson 7-4. Williams came out strong against Torpin, holding her to two games to advance to the one-loss semifinals against Ferguson. There, Williams made it to the hill but couldn’t close it out, giving Ferguson her chance to avenge her hot seat loss.
In the true double-elimination finals, Ferguson started off well, getting on top 3-2, but she couldn’t stay there. Novack tied it at 3 and pulled ahead to 5-3, though Ferguson fought to stay close, getting the score to 6-5. In the following rack, Ferguson’s miss on the 6 ball left Novack hooked, but she made a clean hit, leaving Ferguson hooked herself. Ferguson managed to hit the 6, but the cue ball found a pocket, giving Novack ball in hand for a winning run-out.
1st Stacy Novack $290 + qualifier
2nd Adrianne Ferguson $195
3rd Susan Williams $125
4th Heather Torpin $85
5th Darlene Stinson $55