Lampert Back in the Winner’s Circle
OB Cues Ladies’ Tour / Arlington, TX
Amanda Lampert returned to her winning ways to take her first OB Cues Ladies’ Tour victory of the season over Heather Pulford. The seventh stop was held September 11-12 at Rusty’s Billiards in Arlington, TX, and hosted 38 participants.
Last season’s most improved player of the year, Melinda Bailey, most likely had the toughest bracket of the event. She began with a match against Orietta Strickland and then defeated points leader Jennifer Kraber 7-3. Her next match was against her best friend, Lampert. Bailey was down 6-3 in the race to 7 but dug deep and made it a hill-hill affair; however, Lampert went on to secure the win. Bailey then went on to eliminate Strickland 7-5 and Michelle Cortez 7-2 before facing Pulford, who eliminated Bailey 7-5, sending her home in fourth place.
Lisa Marr, after suffering an unexpected whitewash from Pulford, finished in third place. But she is still in the running for the 2010 tour champion with Kraber.
The finals match between Lampert and Pulford seemed like old times. These two have been pitted against each other many times before. Heather, formerly from Austin, TX, last year moved to the Bay Area, and it was a pleasant surprise to the players and fans to see her smiling face and superb playing skills once again. Pulford would have to defeat Lampert twice if she was going to take first place. Lampert missed some critical shots in the first set, and Pulford was able to reach the hill 6-3 as a result. But Lampert came on strong to make it a hill-hill battle. When Pulford came up short on the 7 ball in the final rack, Lampert ran out for first place.
1st Amanda Lampert 750
2nd Heather Pulford $550
3rd Lisa Marr $400
4th Melinda Bailey $270
5th Jennifer Kraber $150
7th Orietta Strickland $100
9th Monica Anderson $60
13th Julie Stephenson $30