Lampert Scores First at OB Cues Season Opener
OB Cues Ladies’ Tour / Arlington, TX
Amanda Lampert made an incredible recovery from a first-round loss to come back and win the OB Cues Ladies’ Tour’s season opener over Melinda Bailey. Held at Rusty’s Billiards in Arlington, TX, the weekend of January 26-27, the $2,000-added stop featured a field of 41 ladies.
Lampert lost her first match of the day hill-hill to Michelle Cortez. Lampert is always a warrior and can never be counted out, and she finished Saturday with four back-to-back wins. On Sunday she continued with her winning streak and two hill-hill matches. One hill-hill match was against Kim Pierce, who had lost her second-round match and was also fighting her way back. Pierce had won her next seven matches before being eliminated by Lampert, finishing in fourth place.
The second double-hill match that Lampert survived was against Orietta Strickland in the semifinals. Strickland was playing very well but had lost a heartbreaking hot seat match to Bailey hill-hill. She had made some uncharacteristic mistakes—she missed two 9 balls by hanging them in the pockets and made a 9-ball bank but had an unfortunate cue ball scratch for a loss. In the final rack, she had attempted to make a 6-9 combo but left the 9 ball hanging, and Bailey had had an easy 6 ball combo to win the match. In the semifinal match, both Lampert and Strickland played their hearts outs and Lampert scored the win in a hill-hill match.
Advancing to the final match against Bailey, Lampert completed her 11 match wins by double-dipping Bailey with scores of 7-3, 7-2 to earn first place and the $750 payday.
1st Amanda Lampert $750
2nd Melinda Bailey $550
3rd Orietta Strickland $400
4th Kim Pierce $265
5th Kathy Knuth $150
7th Malinda Williams $100
9th Liz Mitchel $70
13th Angie Payne $30