Cherry Bomb strikes again on AWBT

Samm Diep

Fabulous BullShooters Billiards in Phoenix, AZ hosted the 5th stop on the Arizona Women’s Billiard Tour on Sept. 25 & 26. This stop offered another severe test for the ladies by featuring 9-Ball on 9-ft. Gold Crown tables.

The eventual winner, Samm Diep (Aurora, CO), wasn’t shooting extremely hot in her first match as she lost that one to Susan “Madhatter” Mello (Scottsdale, AZ) by the score of 7-5. It didn’t take long for Diep’s game to heat up, however, as she proceeded to tear through the loser’s side with wins over Susan Wilbur (Gilbert, AZ), Susan Williams (Chandler, AZ), Salena Holland (Phoenix, AZ), and Edwidge Cavanna (Tucson, AZ); setting up a re-match with Susan Mello who was sent to the final of the loser’s bracket by one very determined Sara Miller (Glendale, AZ).

This repeat match between “Cherry Bomb” and the “Madhatter” wasn’t to be, however, as Mello was then forced by her job to forfeit out of the tournament and report to work.

The holder of the hot seat was none other than BullShooters’ own, Sara Miller. Sara earned her perch by taking down Pat Schultz (Peoria, AZ), Barbara “Barracuda” Lee (LaCanada, CA), Ashea Erdahl (Phoenix, AZ), and Susan Mello.

The final match between Miller and Diep was a single race to 9. In this match, “Sammy” continued her run-out ways by jumping out to a 6-1 lead before Sara managed to mount something of a comeback by winning 3 of the next 5 games. The last of Miller’s hopes were dashed in game 13, however, when she scratched, giving Diep ball-in-hand with the 9-ball hanging in the corner pocket.

This tournament win marked Samm Diep’s second on the AWBT this season, and propelled her to second place in the point standings, right behind leader Susan Williams.

As with all AWBT tournaments this season, raffle tickets for a J. Pechauer custom cue, were sold to anyone present, and the drawing was held just prior to the final match. This particular raffle raised $221 to help support the AWBT, and the lucky winner of the beautiful $620 cue was Roger Long.

The winner of the Second Chance tournament was Susan Williams and she took home $75. Alicia Streenz placed second and won $50 and Jeri Engh (Osceola, WI) placed third and won $20. Thank you to all the ladies that participated in the Second Chance event.

Our “Lucky Loser” this tournament was Pat Schultz. Pat will have free entry into our next event which is October 23-24 at BullShooters. It will be our final event of the 2010 season. Hope to see you there!