Tara Williams Makes Tour History at the OB Cues Ladies 9-Ball Tour

Jennifer Kraber, Amanda Lampert, Sophia Lopez and Tara Williams
Thirty-six players showed up Father’s Day weekend June 20-21st at Legend’s Billiards in League City, TX to play in Stop #4 of OB Cues Ladies Tour 2015 calendar.  Top players from throughout the Texas area were competing for the first place prize in this $2000 added monies event.    Legend’s Billiards, home of the Houston Open, and many other special tournaments throughout the years, is always a player favorite, with courteous and welcoming staff, fans as well as well-maintained Brunswick/Diamond equipment.  We look forward to coming back for years to come.  Special thanks to Mindy and Craig Cohen for hosting us on this holiday weekend!
By days end on Saturday, eight ladies would be returning on Sunday morning to continue in the Main Event. The final four remaining in the winner’s bracket were Sophia Lopez (San Antonio) vs Tara Williams (Ft. Worth) and MzTam Trinh (Austin) vs. Jennifer Kraber (Austin).  The four ladies on the one loss side were Natalie Esparza (Houston) vs. Terry Petrosino (Houston) and Amanda Lampert (Dallas) vs. Board Member Tracie Voelkering (Ft. Worth).
7th-8th places went to Tracie and Natalie, which is her highest finish in only her second event after a tough first round loss.  5th-6th places went to Terry and MzTam, who also had her highest finish ever and 4th place went to Sophia.  Great shooting to everyone.  Keep up the great work!
Tara made her way through Saturday with wins over Janna Preston (7-0), Natalie Mans (7-4), and Amanda Lampert (7-5).  On Sunday, she continued her undefeated run and earned a spot for the hot seat with a win over Sophia Lopez (7-4).  On the other side of the winner’s bracket, Jennifer was making her way through her Saturday matches with the strong play that has made her a consistent and formidable player.  Her winning matches were as follows: besting Natalie Esparza (7-5), Shayla Neris (7-3), and Terry Petrosino (7-6).  On Sunday morning, she continued her run taking down MzTam (7-0) which would secure her spot in the hot seat match.   In the hot seat match, it looked like it was going to be over quickly in Jennifer’s favor when she jumped out to a 4-0 lead.  Tara regained her focus though and managed to get on the board to bring the score to 4-3 with some strong play.  Tara missed a 9-ball to allow Jennifer to pull ahead 5-3, but composed herself and ran the next rack to close it out at 5-4.  A late miss by Jennifer then allowed Tara to tie it up at 5 games apiece.  Trading run outs the next two games, it came down to a single game to decide the winner.  Tara appeared to have the advantage after a solid break, but a tough leave on the 5 ball forced to her to make a few difficult shots in a row.  On the 8-ball, Tara slightly overcut the ball and left it hanging in the pocket but Jennifer was left directly behind the 9-ball.  She looked over her options and decided to go for a jump shot, but couldn’t quite get over the 9-ball, giving Tara ball in hand on the last two balls to take the hot seat match and wait for her finals opponent.
In the semi-finals match, Amanda and Jennifer traded racks early and it appeared that both players would be grinding it out for the single spot available in the finals.  However, when tied at 2-2, Amanda caught a gear and quickly began pulling ahead in the match.  She played some great outs and strategic safeties to shut Jennifer down in the match, finishing out the set with a final score of 7-2. Good tournament Jennifer—nice 3rd place finish!  
As the finals were now set and both Amanda and Tara being champions in their own right, everyone knew it was going to be a strong and solid fight to the finish.  Amanda, seeking to avenge her earlier loss on Saturday to Tara, she quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead.  Tara posted her own solid play to tie it up at 2 games each.  After trading games until tied at 4-4, an early miss by Amanda allowed Tara to pull ahead for the first time in the match.  Tara won the next game as well and looked ready to finish out the set, but a tough leave on the 8-ball gave Amanda opportunity to stay in the match and bring the score to only a one game deficit at 5-6.  On the final game, it looked as if Amanda was going to force a hill-hill set, but a missed six ball allowed Tara to finish the set with a final score of 7-5.  Congratulations to both ladies for a fantastic tournament!  With this fourth win in 2015 for Tara, she makes tour history by becoming the first player to ever win four consecutive events.  She also becomes only the third player to win four stops in a calendar year – Amanda Lampert had four wins in 2013 and Leslie Anne Rogers scored four wins in 2004.   Congratulations on the awesome accomplishment Tara!  You have made your mark in tour history!
Special recognition and thanks to OB Cues our main tournament sponsor. If you want to get serious about your game, check out OB Cues at www.obcues.com
Also many thanks and love to all our families, fans, supporters—we greatly appreciate each and every one of you. Also to the many, many ladies/ players/friends who traveled from near and far; we loved seeing you all again and greatly appreciate you making the journey to play on the OB Cues Ladies Tour. We look forward to seeing everyone once again at Stop #5 – P.O.E.T.S. Billiards in College Station, Texas, August 15-16th weekend.   P.O.E.T.S. Billiards is a new stop on the OBCLT calendar; so let’s show them how these tour ladies roll with a large showing in attendance.  
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Main Event Tournament Results & Payouts: $2000 monies added – 36 players
1st – Tara Williams – $800
2nd – Amanda Lampert – $640
3rd – Jennifer Kraber - $465
4th – Sophia Lopez - $345
5th/6th –Terry Petrosino, MzTam Trinh - $175
7th/8th – Natalie Esparza, Tracie Voelkering - $100
Best of the Rest Tournament Results & Payouts: $100 monies added – 7 players
1st – Kawania Watson - $120
2nd – Teresa Garland - $50
Goody-Giveaway Winners:
$50 Shell Gift Cards (8) – Michelle Cortez, Karen Lawley, Natalie Mans, Krystal West, D’Andrea McQuirter, Teresa Garland, Yvonne Asher, Natalie Esparza
OB Cues Towel – MzTam Trinh
WPBA T-Shirt – Kathy Knuth
MzTam Custom Chalk - Heather Bryant
$30 Tough Luck Draw for drawing the reigning Tour Champ first round – Janna Preston
OB Cues Raffle Winner:  Adam Vargas 
Break Cue Contest – OB Rift Break Cue Winner – Amanda Lampert