Shawn Putnam and Linda Shea Post Comeback Wins on the Tiger Pool Tour

Shawn Putnam

The Tiger Pool Tour was back at Hagerstown Billiards in Hagerstown, Maryland on December 1st and 2nd for event thirteen. A special thank you goes out to the room owners Tammie and Roger Munson for organizing this event on such short notice. A tough field of forty-eight players entered the open division with eleven ladies on Sunday shooting at the $2000 added money.

The 2007 season is winding down and the point's race is heating up. Current leader Shaun Wilkie started Saturday out right with a strong win over Matt Clatterbuck. This was followed up by a loss to long time tour sponsor Tommy Kay 9-7. Larry Kressel was not impressed and stopped Kay 9-1 for his fourth win of the day. Shawn Putnam was in fine form outscoring his opponents 36-9 on Saturday. Joining these two in the final four winner side were steady competitor Manuel Chau and tour founder Danny Green.

Sunday played out with Kressel coming out on top of Putnam 9-7 and Chau advancing past Green 9-5. Chau continued to play well winning the hot seat 9-5. The elimination bracket saw an important points race match with #2 Brandon Shuff defeating #1 Wilkie. Shuff's day was abruptly cut short by Patrick Painter 7-3. Painter showed this was no fluke as he played a fine match with Putnam. A late mistake by Painter let Putnam off the hook 7-6. This served as a wake up call for Putnam as he placed Carl “Punky” Jones into the fourth spot and gained his revenge over Kressel to set up a final with Chau. The single race to eleven final started out with Chau playing very well and taking a 6-2 lead. One missed shot by Chau turned out to be a huge turning point as Putnam rattled off nine unanswered games leaving Chau no opportunities to win 11-6. 1st was worth $1100 with $700 for 2nd.

A small but tough field of eleven ladies came out Sunday to compete. The final four winner side came down to points leader My-Hanh Lac taking on Cheryl Squire and another matchup with recent rivals Linda Shea and Ming Ng. A pair of hard fought 7-5 wins put Lac and Ng into the hot seat match. Ng advanced with another 7-5 win.

In the elimination bracket, Shea quickly put out Squire and Lac 5-1 and 5-2 to earn another matchup with Ng. These two ladies have won the last 3 events between them. Shea continued her winning ways and cruised to a 9-1 score in the single set final. 1st was worth $350 with $240 for 2nd.