Atwell Named Oklahoma State Champion
OB Cues Ladies’ Tour / Tulsa, OK
Janet Atwell escaped a close call in her double-elimination final match with Ashley Nandrasy to claim the title of Oklahoma State champion at the OB Cues Ladies’ Tour’s July 24-25 stop. Hosted by Magoo’s Billiards in Tulsa, OK, the $750-added tournament attracted 28 ladies to play, including three current WPBA pros.As the event wound down to its second day, winners’ side matches included two regular tour top players, Tara Williams versus Nandrasy, and WPBA veteran Atwell against Melinda Bailey. Atwell attended last year’s Oklahoma State Championship and took second place, so she was looking to improve upon that finish this time. On the B-side of the bracket was another WPBA veteran, Belinda Calhoun, taking on Jennifer Kraber and Tracie Voelkering versus Lisa Marr. As the matches progressed, it was Atwell and Nandrasy playing for the hot seat, and Atwell ended up taking the winners’ bracket handily 7-2.
But Nandrasy had managed a tough bracket and had come too far to back down. After ousting Williams at third place 7-3, she went up against Atwell in the double-elimination final match. As the first set commenced, Atwell missed critical shots while Nandrasy finished games to win 7-2 and force a second set. The second set was a back-and-forth battle that saw the score ultimately reach hill-hill. It all came down to Atwell’s kick at an 8 ball—with a little nudge off the 9 ball, the 8 went in, leaving a straight-in shot on the 9 for the win.
1st Janet Atwell $750
2nd Ashley Nandrasy $550
3rd Tara Williams $335
4th Melinda Bailey $235
5th Belinda Calhoun $150
7th Jennifer Kraber $100
9th Lisa Henderson-Major $50
13th Michelle McDermott $30