Rousey Wins Spirit Tour Finale

Sarah Rousey

Sarah Rousey might have been the lowest ranked WPBA player and Ladies Spirit Tour non-regular who accepted the invitation to play in the Ladies Spirit Tour season finale this weekend, but no one told her that. Rousey, currently ranked 19th on the WPBA point list, rode the winners side and scored back to back 7-6 wins over Kim Shaw and then Monica Webb to get to the match for the hot-seat against Ladies Spirit Tour #1 ranked Tracie Hines. Rousey then won that match 7-5 to earn the hot-seat.

On the one loss side, Hines had to face Helena Thornfeldt who had lost her first match of the tournament to Monica Webb but bounced back with seven wins in a row to get this far. Thornfeldt ran out of gas against Hines though as Hines won 7-2 to earn another shot at Rousey in the finals.

The final match featured each player going on game winning streaks at different times. Rousey held an early 3-1 lead, but Hines came back and won three straight games to take the lead at 4-3. Those three games would be the last for Hines though, as Rousey won the next four games for the 7-4 win.

The seaon finale was a $7500 added event with great thanks to LTL Universe, Simonis Cloth and Rocky McElroy of Capones Billiards who hosted the event. Rousey earned $2225 for first place, while Hines settled for $1525. Helena Thornfeldt and Bonnie Coats filled out the top four spots.

Complete Results:
1st Sarah Rousey $2225
2nd Tracie Hines $1525
3rd Helena Thornfeldt $1025
4th Bonnie Coats $625
5th/6th Debbie Schjodt, Monica Webb $350
7th/8th Lauren Galen, Ellen Van Buren $250
9th/12th Veronique Menard, Kim Shaw, Niki Rasmussen, Jeannie Seaver $185
13th/16th Jessica Barnes, Emily Wilmoth, Stephanie Mitchell, Crystal McCormick $140
17th/24th Farla Cuillerier, Amanda Westerman, Laura Lindauer, Heather Barkley, Emily Duddy, Vanessa Seaver, Leslee David-Blakie, Tiffany Nelson $100
25th/32nd Amanda Davidson, Malia Swanson, Kelly Jones, Beth Amato, Roberta Case, Janice Sellner, Denise Khidirian, Janis Sessions $75
33rd/35th Helene Caukin, Kelly Coyle, Libby Blake $50

Photo courtesy of Roberta Case