Li Sweeps JPNEWT

The J. Pechauer Northeast Women’s Tour (JPNEWT) tour returned to Maryland and held a17-player field event at Top Hat Cue Club in Parkville, Maryland.  This was a $500 added event.  However, since this event was held in Maryland, Coins of the Realm added an additional $500 to the pot ($300 toward first and $100 towards second and third places).  
This event drew newcomers Jia (Zhao) Li, Amanda Reinken, and Teresa Thomas.  Of these three, Li intercepted Linda Shea’s winning streak.  Linda is currently the top ranked JPNEWTer.  Jia Li is ranked within the top 40 ladies in the world.  I recall first seeing her while practicing at the 2013 Ultimate 10-Ball Championships in which she finished 9th place.  Prior to that, she fell to Allison Fisher at the 2013 Super Billiards Expo Women’s Pro event in the finals.
Jia’s path  went through Borana Andoni 7-4, Kia Sidbury 7-1, and in-laws Nicole Nester 7-3 and Colleen Shoop 7-2 to claim the hot seat.  Meanwhile, Dawn Fox defeated Alex Calabrese 7-4 but was sent west by Nicole Nester 7-4.  Fox was able to hold strong on the 1-loss side which took her straight to the finals.  Fox put down Amanda Reinken, Linda Shea 7-5, Sharon O'Hanlon 7-4, Borana Andoni 7-4, and Colleen Shoop 7-4.  In spite of her strong previous wins, Fox couldn’t get past Li and took second.
Top finishers were:
1st Jia (Zhao) Li   $685
2nd Dawn Fox 355
3rd Colleen Shoop 270
4th Borana Andoni 120
5/6th Nicole Nester and Sharon O’Hanlon   $75
7/8th Judie Wilson and Linda Shea $50
The JPNEWT continues to thank its sponsors:  J. Pechauer Custom Cues, Coins of the Realm (Maryland events).  JPNEWT appreciates Top Hat Cue Club and its staff for it support.