It’s Smith Again In Houston

The sixth stop on the Jacoby Cues Great Lakes Tour was held on February 11th & 12th at Clicks Billiards in Houston, Texas.

The Slick Willie’s Family Pool Tour

This tournament welcomed players from around the West Texas, including the #20 player in the WPBA, Janet Smith. Smith, who had won the last event at Slick Willie’s Family Pool in December, made it to the winner-side final before being challenged; there she would fall to friend and Fort Worth native Joan Beatty by a score of 7-6. Beatty made her way to the hot seat with victories over Beatriz Wix 7-2, Jody Fall 7-5, and Brandy Snyder 7-4. Smith had dispatched her first three opponents, Baby Ramos 7-3, Gail Johnson 7-2, and Trish Jardin 7-1. After falling to Beatty, Smith bounced back with a semi-final win over JD Jenkins 7-6 to secure a spot in the finals. There her steady play earned her a 9-5 title victory, leaving Joan Beatty with second place and the qualifier to the WPBA Great Lakes Classic.

Thanks To Houston’s Clicks Billiards

The tour staff would like to send special thanks to the Houston Clicks owners, for picking up this spot last minute due to a cancellation. Also a big thank you to the outstanding support offered by the billiards service at this Houston location. They set up the pool table for this tournament.Please check out this warm and friendly establishment as they have tournaments most every night of the week in which ladies play free. As always, many thanks to our sponsors.

Fox Can’t Be Stopped At Bankshot

Bankshot Billiards in Hilliard, Ohio welcomed the Jacoby Cues Great Lakes Tour on March 4th and 5th, featuring 25 players from the Midwest and Canada, all vying for a WPBA qualifier and added money. The field was rife with talent of all ages, including 2005 BCA 14 & under junior national champ Chelsea Hardwick and her older sister, Allison, the Dallas, Texas location.  Fort Worth youth were also well represented, thanks to rising star Elizabeth Lovely—no stranger to the tour.  So with sharpshooters of all ages in the ring, as they say, “Let the battle begin!”

Dallas Cowboys StadiumSaturday play began without a single first-round upset, lining up some Round 2 fireworks.  Ohio native Gail Grecar would send Team USA member Tina Meraglio to the one-loss side by a score of 7-4.  Tour points leader Julie Melman would fall to Ohio’s Tracy Cantrell (7-4), while Mona Remedios from Edmonton, Alberta bested Elizabeth Lovely (7-2).  Grecar would make her way to Sunday without a loss, with added wins over Tracy Cantrell in a 7-6 nail biter and Mona Remedios (7-3).  Grecar’s opponent for the Sunday’s winner side final would be Fort Worth’s Stephanie Goens, who posted wins over Suling Hsu (7-5), Susan Swartz (7-4), Tina Carpenter (7-6), and Dawn Fox (7-5).

On the one-loss side, Elizabeth Lovely was making it clear that she wanted to play on Sunday by edging out Suling Hsu (7-5), Kelli Hudson (7-2), Chelsea Hardwick (7-2), and Tina Meraglio (7-4).  This set up a Sunday rematch between Lovely and  Remedios.  When all was said and done, the only thing Lovely would find different was the final score, as Remedios beat her again, this time 7-5.  This would be the last win for Remedios as Dawn Fox–coming off a 7-1 victory over Tracy Cantrell—thwarted Remedios’ quest for the title (7-4).  This victory groomed Fox’s path to the semi-final match against Stephanie Goens, who fell victim to Grecar for the hot seat (7-4). The semi-final would decide the qualifier winner since Grecar, as a touring pro on the WPBA, was exempt from the qualifier.  Fox found herself on the right end of a 7-1 score in a tension-filled match, earning her the qualifier and a spot in the final against Grecar.  Fox, all warmed up and with qualifier and in hand, would dispatch Grecar 9-5 in the finals to take the win and 1st place in the tour points race.

The tour staff would like to thank Bankshot owner Don Reed for hosting this event and making everyone feel more than welcome.  We look forward to our return next season. As always, many thanks to all of our sponsors.

Meraglio Miraculous In Season Finale

Billiards On Main in Galesburg IL, hosted the last stop of the 05-06 season of The Jacoby Cues Great Lakes Tour on April 1st & 2nd.  The room, which is owned and operated by Mark Hammerl, is quickly becoming the heart of pool in this part of the Midwest, having hosted a men’s tour event the week before.

Trophy from houston billiards tourPlayers from all over the Midwest came out to contend for the qualifier to the WPBA Midwest Classic, which will take place in Peoria, Illinois on July 26th -30th. This weekend would see added drama as the tour points race between Dawn Fox and last year’s winner and co-tour coordinator, Julie Melman reached a fever pitch.  The title was up for grabs, as Fox held a narrow pre-tournament lead of just 40 points.  Fox would see that lead dissolve on Saturday with a second-round loss to Cleveland’s Tina Meraglio, backed by another loss to another Ohioan, touring pro Gail Grecar.  These losses, along with Melman’s victory in her first three matches, sealed the deal leavening Fox runner-up in the tour leadership quest. The final rounds to be held in Houston, Texas at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Meanwhile, Tina Meraglio was on her way to Sunday play with added wins over Sandra Rives 7-3, Jennifer Combs 7-5, and Melman 7-1.  Her opponent for Sunday’s winner side final would be Quincy, Illinois native Cindy Palmer, who had worked her way there with victories over Susan Wade 7-5, Jenean Mallory 7-5, and Donna Ferguson 7-2.

Sunday one-loss side play would see Melman fall to Cheryl Morell, Jennifer Combs defeat Ferguson, and finally Morrel topple Combs 7-5.  The winner’s side final would put Palmer in the hot seat with a win over Meraglio 7-5.  This would set up a semi-final match between Morrell and Meraglio, with Meraglio eventually emerging on top.  The finals–a single race to 9–brought the tension of playing for the qualifier spot and along with it a very close match.  Palmer and Meraglio traded games until they were locked at 7-7, when Meraglio would take the next two games for the victory and first place.

The tour staff would like to thank Billiards On Main owner Mark Hammerl for hosting this event and making everyone feel welcome.  We also want to remind everyone that our next season starts in September at Hall Of Fame Billiards in Warren, MI