Cole Closes out Stellar Year

Cole Closes out Stellar Year
Northwest Women’s Pool Association / Bellevue, WA

by Suzanne Smith

Liz Cole topped off a stupendous year with a season-ending victory at the Northwest Women’s Pool Association’s November 19-20 stop, taking the title over Kimberly Kirk. The tour’s finale was held at The Parlor in Bellevue, WA, and drew 20 ladies.

Unfortunately, because of snow, a few of the tour’s top players were not in attendance. On the winners’ side, Cole squared off against Michelle Hughes, while Shelby Locati battled against recently crowned 2011 U.S. Amateur champion Suzanne Smith. Cole and Smith won their matches 7-4 and 7-2, respectively. Cole then bested Smith 7-4 to secure her sixth final appearance of the season.

On the west side, Kirk defeated Jessica Orth 7-5, while Deby Welfringer bested Clodagh Lancaster 7-5. Kirk then eliminated Locati in fifth place 7-6, and Welfringer sent Hughes home in the same slot 7-3. In the quarterfinals, Kirk ousted Welfringer 7-2 and, continuing her superb play, eliminated Smith in third place 7-4 to secure her spot in the finals against Cole.

Straight out of the gate, Kirk stroked the ball well to take a 3-0 lead, but a couple of untimely errors by Kirk then allowed Cole to tie up the match. The match seesawed to 6-6, at which a hung 8 ball by Kirk allowed Cole to take an 8-6 lead. Kirk then scratched on the break for the first time of the set in the next rack, and Cole methodically ran out the rack to secure the title.

Liz Cole topped off a stupendous year with a season-ending victory at the Northwest Women’s Pool Association’s November 19-20 stop, taking the title over Kimberly Kirk.

Liz Cole topped off a stupendous year with a season-ending victory at the Northwest Women’s Pool Association’s November 19-20 stop, taking the title over Kimberly Kirk.

Five ladies returned Sunday for a $100-added second chance tournament. Alisha Rogers won the most games in the round robin competition to claim top prize, while only one game separated second and third places.

Main Event Results:
1st Liz Cole $345
2nd Kimberly Kirk $240
3rd Suzanne Smith $145
4th Deby Welfringer $105
5th Shelby Locati $70
Michelle Hughes
7th Jessica Orth $50
Clodagh Lancaster

Second Chance Results:
1st Alisha Rogers $45
2nd Tamre Rogers $35
3rd Andy Ruth $30
4th Sara Mulleniex $25
5th Talya Makus $15

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