Back to the LA Qualifier, there were no easy draws in the event. The highlight first round match up was local favorite Trinh Lu against Ashea Erdahl, a top player from Las Vegas NV, from which Trinh emerged victorious. Trinh then beat Lisa Just (6-2), Vicki Wade (6-0) before falling to Bernie Store (6-4). A few other notable wins were Tina (Palowski) Malm over Brook Thomason (6-4), Stacy Novak over Lila Woodland (6-3) and Vicki Wade over Amanda Pulley (6-4).
Trinh Lu came from the top half and from the bottom half came newcomer Maryann Osias, who overcame a first round loss to Jenny Lee (6-1) to fight through Gigi Callejas (5-4), Vicki Wade (5-1), Lila Woodland (5-2) and Jenny Lee (5-3). Trinh came out firing, not giving Maryann many chances and won 5-1. You could see Trinh wanted the opportunity for payback agains Bernie, who had knocked her into the one loss bracket.
Hiroko and Trinh are both able to accept their invitations and will be representing SoCal at the NYC event.
Overall it was a great day for west coast women’s pool as newcomers and seasoned players came together to support our sport and each other. Thank you to all who attended and helped make this event a success.
(For finishing so high MaryAnn Osias and Bernie Store were both issued invitations and will also be attending the women’s international 10 ball event. )
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Main event Dec 16-21, 2014 in New York City at Steinway Cafe-Billiards. Special PPV Pro Event Invitational on Dec 14th.