Rhonda Pierce and Shane McMinn Top Names This Past Weekend at Magoo’s Billiards

Rhonda Pierce and Evelyn Dysart

This past weekend (November 1st and 2nd) fifty-seven players made their way out to the latest bar table open stop of the Midwest 9-Ball Tour at Magoo's Billiards in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Thirteen women total entered themselves into the ladies only division.  The two events combined offered $2500 added to the players and many of the top names we have recently heard quite a lot about continued to compete with fury.

The women ended up coming down to Rhonda Pierce and Ginny Keeler for the hot-seat match – Pierce took full advantage of that set with a 7-3 win to wait it out in the finals.  On the one-loss side, Brittany Colbert pushed her way to the semis to meet up with Keeler only to end her weekend in third place 7-1.  In the finals, Pierce didn't give Keeler much of an opportunity to get going as she shut her out 7-2 for the victory.

Results (women):
1st Rhonda Pierce $425
2nd Ginny Keeler $255
3rd Brittany Colbert $170

Shane McMinn always seems to end up on top giving everyone a tough run for the money – this weekend in the open division was no different.  McMinn secured the hot-seat on the winner's side of the brackets over Joey Gray pretty handily 9-3, while Gray waited for an opponent in the semis - that individual would be Chip Compton.  Unfortunately for Compton, Gray played strong and stopped him in his tracks 9-4.

The finals would prove to be more of a tester for Gray and he and McMinn ended up in a very close first set.  Gray squeezed past McMinn 9-8 to propel him into the second set of the true double elimination finals.  But the final set of the weekend did not go as smoothly for Gray – McMinn finished up the race 9-4 to be the headliner on Sunday.

The next two events scheduled thus far for the tour are as follows – check out www.9balltour.com for scheduling additions in the near future.

Shooters Billiards
Wichita, KS
November 28 - 30, 2008
$2,000 added
Entry $50 (entry deadline 2pm Friday)
Bar Table 9Ball Tournament
Rated 3-12

Shooters Billiards
Olathe, KS
December 3 - 7, 2008
$1000 added One-pocket Tournament, Entry $100 (entry deadline 8pm Wednesday)
$5000 added Bar Table 10Ball Ring Tournament, Entry $3000 (entry deadline 11am Friday)

Results (open):
1st Shane McMinn $1100
2nd Joey Gray $700
3rd Chip Compton $500
4th Darren Everett $350
5th/6th Charles Shelton/Jim Weast $225
7th/8th Jesse James/Mike Banks, Jr. $125
9th-12th Eric Cape/Steve Deason/Travis Garner/Marty Caylor $100