Karen Corr wins PA State Championships

Karen Corr
Karen Corr became the first pool player to successfully defend her title as the Pennsylvania State Ladies 9-Ball Champion for three years in a row.
On September 15th and 16th the NorthEastern Women’s Tour came together in Frazer, PA at Harry Metzger’s Rack ‘M’ Up to play for the PA State Women’s 9-Ball Title. On Sunday, the play was down to the final 8 players. Karen Corr played fellow UK snooker player Kim Shaw to battle for the hot seat. Kim had tournament wins over Joanna Tammaro, Frankie Duffy, Patti Jacusz, Romana Dokovic, and Megan Smith. Karen had tournament wins over Christine Tyirin, Julie Kelly, Jennifer Barretta, and Megan Smith.
The battle for the hot seat was see-saw all the way, with Karen maintaining a 1 game advantage until it was 5-4 when Karen jawed the 7, but hooked Kim behind the 9. Kim kicked, but missed the 7 completely and gave Karen ball-in-hand to go on the hill. But Kim came up empty on the break and Karen ran out to the 5, only to miss and leave Kim a tricky cut shot which she made, but left herself snookered on the 6 behind the 9. Kim missed the 6 and Karen ran out for the hot seat.
Kim was then faced to play NEWT favorite Megan Smith, who is looking to gain her Touring Pro status on the WPBA. Kim’s precise snooker-style play overwhelmed Megan with a score of 7-2 to face Karen for a rematch. Kim had won the Player’s Choice Qualifying spot.
In this rematch for the finals in a single race to 9, it started out the same as the last between the two, with a close battle ensuing. Karen made two difficult racks in a row to go up 4-2 when Kim scratched on the 3 in the 7th rack and then Karen took off and rana 3-pack on Kim to go on the hill at 8-2. Kim battled back with 2 more racks, but couldn’t hold off Karen anymore and Karen won, 9-4.
The NEWT tour wishes to thank East Coast Vending and the Coatesville Coca-Cola Bottling Company as well as Harry Metzger at Rack ‘M’ Up for adding $1000 to the prize fund as well as the Player’s Choice Qualifying spot. We also thank Pechauer Cues for their continued support of our tour.