Strickland Takes Over Number-One Spot
OB Cues Ladies’ Tour / Arlington, TX
The OB Cues Ladies’ Tour has a new number-one player: Orietta Strickland, winner of the tour’s September 17-18 event. Hosted by Rusty’s Billiards in Arlington, TX, the tournament attracted 36 players to vie for the $750 top prize.
Strickland went undefeated through the event, besting Christy Powell 7-2 in the winners’ side final four and advancing to meet Tara Williams, who had just defeated Ming Ng earlier in a hill-hill affair. As Strickland and Williams were familiar with each other’s style, the hot seat match was a close one, with Strickland winning 7-5.
Ng ended up going home in fifth place, tying with Powell. Kim Pierce was having a great tournament, having knocked out both Ng and Lisa Marr, two solid opponents, before being eliminated herself in fourth place by Leslie Anne Rogers.
In the semifinals it was Williams versus Rogers. These two had played each other earlier Saturday, where Williams handed Rogers her first loss 7-6. The semifinals were no different—once again it was a 7-6 match with Williams the victor.
In the true double-elimination format, Williams had to best Strickland twice in the finals to take the title. Though Williams won the first set 7-6 to force the second, Strickland pulled through to emerge the winner 7-5. Strickland not only earned top prize but is now the new tour points leader going into the final stop of the year.
1st Orietta Strickland $750
2nd Tara Williams $550
3rd Leslie Anne Rogers $400
4th Kim Pierce $280
5th Ming Ng $160
7th Lisa Marr $110
9th Jennifer Pavlovick $60