Anna Takes the Throne

The Hunter Classics Amateur Women's Tour hosted their second stop of the 2005 season at Corner Pocket Billiards in Albuquerque, NM March 19-20. Only 8 players remained on Sunday - 2 matches on the one-loss side and 2 on the winner's side. Leslie Anne Rogers from Texas held a familiar spot, winning all her matches Saturday and started Sunday winning her first match against Rachel Hurst. Then Leslie Anne met up with local Anna Kostanian in the winner's bracket final match. Anna Kostanian, only 17 and a high place finisher in numerous Junior National events, had just defeated Heather Pulford from Austin, TX for her first Sunday match and continued her run as she defeated Leslie Anne with a decidedly 7-2 score to win the winner's bracket. Leslie Anne Rogers would defeat April Davis (from Albuquerque) on the one-loss side to meet Anna again in the finals. Both Anna and Leslie Anne paid the WPBA Qualifier fee and each wanted to win this final match, which included a $750 first place prize and the WPBA Qualifier for the WPBA Cuetec Cues Southeast Classic in June 22-6, 2005 in Hollywood, FL. Anna won the final match 7-5 and secured the WPBA Qualifier and top first place prize of $750!

Wes and Cindy Hunter of Hunter Classics Custom Cues got to visit and set up shop for the spectators and the ladies were able to thank Wes in person. Wes lives roughly 4 hours away from ABQ in Alamogordo (and owns Mission Billiards, in addition to making the well-respected and solid hitting Hunter Classics Custom Cues) and this is one of the few stops that is in close proximity to Wes and Cindy Hunter. Wes was presented a plaque, just a little present from the Hunter Classics Tour for their awesome contribution - he donates a Hunter Classics Custom Cue valued from $1,700 to $2,400 to every stop, and has been doing this for 12 years in a row! This makes the Hunter Classics Tour the largest, longest running regional women's tour in the country.

Visit the Hunter Classics Tour next month at Shooters II in Lake Jackson, TX April 16-17. This event is $2,000 guaranteed added and also a WPBA Qualifier for the WPBA June event in Florida.

Complete payouts:
1st Anna Kostanian $750 plus WPBA Qualifier
2nd Leslie Anne Rogers $550
3rd April David $350
4th Heather Pulford $250
5/6 Julie Stephenson and Rachel Hurst $150
7/8 Susan Wilbur and Miriam Martinez $75
9-12 Kat Asbury, Kathy Kiefer, Tara McCracken, and Marisa Hallet $50