Headline Players at WPBA Masters January 26-29

International and Local Favorites Vie for Title in Season Opener

MT. PLEASANT, MI - The Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort hosts the best female billiard players in the world January 26-29, 2012, when the Women's Professional Billiard Association WPBA Masters 9-Ball Championship kicks off the 2012 Women's Pro Billiard Tour season.
Defending Champion: Jasmin Ouschan (Austria)  
2010 World 10-Ball Champion  
2009 3x tour champion and Player of the Year  
Current Rank: #3
Ga Young Kim (Korea)  
2010 US Open 9-Ball Champion  
2009 US Open 9-Ball Champion  
2009 Colorado Classic Champion  
Current Rank: #1

Allison Fisher (Charlotte, NC)
2009 BCA Hall of Fame Inductee  
4x World Champion and WPBA Title Record Holder: 76 titles since 1995!  
Current Rank: #2
Jeanette Lee (Indianapolis, IN)
2007 World Team Cup and Empress Cup Champion
2005 China Invitational Champion
Current Rank: #7
Vicki Paski (Lansing, MI)
2011 Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame Inductee
2005 WPBA Hall of Fame Inductee
1993 WPBA president/co-founder of WPBA Classic Tour
Current Rank: #50
Lonnie Fox (Adrian, MI)
10 time Michigan VNEA 8 Ball Champion
9 time Michigan VNEA 9 Ball Masters Champion
2011 BCA National Masters Team Champion
2011 VNEA International Intermediate Team Champion
Preliminary rounds begin Thursday, January 26, through Saturday, January 28 with 40 top players and 8 WPBA Regional Tour representatives. The tournament will conclude on Sunday, January 29 beginning at 1 p.m., when the final four players remaining will compete for the title of 2012 WPBA Masters Champion. These three final-round one-hour matches will be taped by ESPN for future television broadcasts. Tickets are available via startickets.com.
Alongside the WPBA Masters will be the Soaring Eagle Open III, featuring amateur singles 8-Ball and 9-Ball tournaments in men and women's divisions, with $10,000 in added prize money. This event will begin on Thursday, January 26 and continue through Sunday, January 29, 2012. Visit www.soaringeagleopen.com for more information.

About the Women's Professional Billiard Association (WPBA)

The WPBA was established in 1976 as the Women's Professional Billiard Alliance, and is the oldest pro player organization in the sport. The WPBA sanctions and produces the Women's Pro Billiard Tour, which features ESPN-televised events with the world's greatest women players. Visit www.wpba.com for more. The WPBA Classic Tour, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2012, is sponsored by the American Poolplayers Association, Diamond Billiards, Iwan Simonis, Delta 13, Pooldawg and Aramith.
About the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort

The Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort is the Midwest's premier AAA Four Diamond gaming and hospitality destination offering top-name entertainment year-round, award-winning dining, high stakes bingo and a full-service spa. For more information, visit www.soaringeaglecasino.com