Cole Back on Top
Northwest Women’s Pool Association / Spokane, WA
by Suzanne Smith
Liz Cole took control of the field at the July 9-10 stop of the Northwest Women’s Pool Association, dominating Mona Remedios in the finals to take the title. The tour’s fourth stop of the season was hosted by Black Diamond Billiards and Eatery in Spokane, WA, where a field of 23 ladies came out to play.
Six ladies returned for Sunday’s matches, and right off the bat Jane Montour sent Kimberly Kirk home in fifth place 7-4, while Sheila Moss eliminated Deby Welfringer 7-6 in the same place. Montour and Moss matched up in the quarterfinal match, and Montour ousted Moss 7-4 to earn her spot in the semifinals.
In the battle for the hot seat, Remedios and Cole matched up for the first time, and Remedios defeated Cole 7-5 and delivered her to the one-loss side of the chart. There Cole faced off against Montour and bested her 7-4, sending her home in third place and earning a second shot at Remedios.
The single race-to-9 finals saw Cole jump out to a 3-0 lead before Remedios got on board. They exchanged racks to bring the score to 4-2 Cole, and then Cole turned things up a notch and won the next four racks to reach the hill first. Remedios rallied to win the next couple of games to bring the score to 8-4, but Cole won the final game to resume position on top of the NWPA standings, leaving Remedios in a close second.
Seven ladies came to play in a $100-added second chance tournament Sunday. After a first-round bye, Jessica Orth lost a hill-hill match up against NWPA tour president Tamre Rogers. Rogers then defeated bested Makus for the hot seat. Orth battled through three hill-hill matches to earn her spot in the final against Rogers, which was one race to 4. Orth defeated Rogers 4-2 to earn the top prize of $52.
1st Liz Cole $365
2nd Mona Remedios $250
3rd Jana Montour $155
4th Sheila Moss $115
5 Deby Welfringer $74
7 Phyllis Fernandez $54