Melman Maneuvers One Loss Side For 3rd Win Of Season

The owners and staff of Playtime Billiards in Portage, Michigan (near Kalamazoo) welcomed The Jacoby Cues Great Lakes Tour on June 11th-12th for stop # 10 of the 2004-2005 Season. The room, owned & operated by Jim & Beth Reinholt, is perfect for both serious and recreational players alike, with eleven 7-foot tables and ten 9-foot tables and enough room for any event. Playtime Billiards, which recently relocated, also contains a retail billiards store and pro shop with everything from pool tables and cues to game room furniture and all the accessories you could need. Jim & Beth were great hosts and made everyone who attended feel welcome, inviting the ladies to play in the weekly Sunday tournament as the GLT event came to a conclusion.

Tournament play in the first round transpired with close match scores all around as the format for this event was changed to a race to 9 instead of the usual 7. In the second round, tour points leader Julie Melman was dispatched to the one-loss side by Ohio's Dawn Fox (8-9). In other action, Columbus Ohio's Tracy Cantrell was busy working her way to the hot seat, with impressive wins over Julie Ekman (9-8), Chandra Claypool (9-7), Dawn Fox (9-6), and touring pro Gail Grecar (9-4), to take the winners' side. Meanwhile, on the one-loss side, Melman was on a quest to the finals with victories over Sandra Rives (9-7), Hollie Burk (9-1), Angela Mears (9-8), Dawn Fox (9-8), and Gail Grecar (9-4) to set up the championship match with Cantrell. In the finals, Melman took early control and never looked back with a final score of 11-5. Cantrell settled for second place money and the qualifier to the W.P.B.A. Midwest Classic, as Melman had already qualified for this event.

We would like to thank Jim & Beth Reinholt and all the employees of Playtime Billiards and recommend this room to anyone within driving distance. And as always thanks to our sponsors:

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Complete Results:
1st Julie Melman $400
2nd Tracy Cantrell $270 + Qualifier
3rd Gail Grecar $180
4th Dawn Fox $105