AWBT Points Race Tight After Sholes Win at Pockets in Tucson

Holly Sholes

AWBT Points Race Tight After Sholes Win at Pockets in Tucson

The Arizona Women’s Billiard Tour’s seventh stop was held at one of our favorite places, Pockets in Tucson, Arizona, as a $500 added event. This was also a paid WPBA Qualifier presented by J. Pechauer Custom cues.

Twenty-two women came out to play. Kristin Haney and Susan Mello met head to head for the hot seat match. Mello got to the hill first and won the match 7-4. Haney went on to play Holly Sholes in the semi-final match. Sholes had just pulled off an incredible come back match which put Michelle Trevino out of the tourney in fourth place. Sholes then beat Kristin 7-3 which put Haney out in third place.

Holly Sholes went on to play Susan Mello for the final match. Mello won the first game and then Sholes won the next two games by making a 5-9 combo, then a quick 1-9 combo which put her in the lead 2 to 1. Mello came back right back and made an incredibly difficult kick shot at a 3-9 combo which tied it up 2-2. Sholes won game five, then snapped the nine in game six which made the score 4-2. Mello was obviously frustrated at this point in the match. Sholes then broke and ran the next rack down to the 8-ball but left herself hooked. She tried to play a safety, but ended up leaving Mello with a difficult shot, which she made but missed an easy shot on the nine. Sholes made the nine ball, which put her up 5-2. Sholes also won the next game which put her on the hill 6-2. Mello didn’t seem to let it phase her and as cool as a cucumber, won the next 3 games, which made the score 6-5. But then Holly snapped the nine ball again on the break which won her the first set.

Mello won the lag and broke to start the second set. Mello missed the eight ball then stood up and to our surprise, announced she would need to forfeit the match. She had been worried all day about making her flight to Canada on time and it was already getting to the point that she had to leave which was really pushing the time crunch. So she had no choice and gave up the fight to make her flight. Congratulations to Susan Mello for an awesome second place finish.

A huge congratulations to Holly Sholes for another first place win and yet another WPBA qualifier win under her belt! We’ll keep you posted as to exactly what 2008 WPBA Classic event she will be playing and, as always, we’ll all be routing for you Holly! Also, watch out for our next event as the top four ladies are in a tight race for the tour champion win – Holly Sholes and Susan Mello are tied at 825 points, Kristin Haney is in third with 665 points, and Michelle Trevino is in fourth with 620 points.

In addition to the main event, there was a second chance event that was held on Sunday. There were eight women that attended. Congratulations to Holly Ryan for her first place ($50) and to Jeri Engh for second place ($25).

The raffle that was held for the beautiful Pechauer Custom cue valued at $520 went to Miguel Diaz from Arizona City. Miguel had traveled all the way up in Phoenix when he got the call that he won and turned right around and high-tailed it back to Tucson to pick up his winning cue! Thanks to everyone for buying tickets and supporting the AWBT! Thanks to your efforts and support, we raised $306 for the AWBT points fund!

We’d like to give a BIG HUGE thank you to Lenny, Donna, Valerie and everyone else at Pockets! We absolutely love coming here - they take such good care of us every time! We look forward to seeing you all at the next tourney which will be a $500 added eight-ball barbox tournament at Alexander’s Sports Bar on October 13 and 14th.