Schjodt Shoots Down Van Buren in Spirit Tour Finals

Debbie Schjodt

The Ladies Spirit Tour was in action this weekend for their July stop at the Anastasia Billiard Room in St. Augustine, FL. Twenty seven players, including three of the top five points list players, threw their hat in the ring for this event.

The big story on Saturday was the play of tour veteran Helene Caukin. Caukin, ranked #20 after playing on four of the five 2006 events was on a tear scoring a 7-4 win over #1 ranked Tracie Hines and a 7-5 win over #2 ranked Jeannie Seaver to remain unbeaten on Saturday.

Caukin's Sunday didn't go as well as Saturday as she dropped a match to Ellen Van Buren to start Sunday play. Meanwhile, the other winners side match saw Betty Sessions send Debbie Schjodt to the one loss side. Van Buren went on to take the first hot-seat of her Spirit Tour career with a hill-hill win over Sessions.

On the one loss side, Debbie Schjodt eliminated Betty Sessions and set her sights on Van Buren in the double elimination finals.

This wasn't Schjodt's first time playing in the pressure of the finals and that experience came through for her as she defeated Van Buren 7-3 and 7-4 for her second tour win in three events.

Schjodt earned $750 for first place, while Van Buren took home $500 in prize money. Sessions and Jeannie Seaver filled out the top four spots.

The Ladies Spirit Tour will be at Capone's Billiard Lounge in Spring Hill, FL on September 23 - 24 for their next event.

Complete Results:
1st Debbie Schjodt $750
2nd Ellen Van Buren $500
3rd Betty Sessions $300 & WPBA Qualifier
4th Jeannie Seaver $200
5th/6th Crystal McCormick, Helene Caukin $125
7th/8th Niki Rasmussen, Leslie Blaikie $75
9th/12th Amanda Westerman, Ashley Edens, Tracie Hines, Roberta Case $50

Photo courtesy of Roberta Case