2011 was the year of Rebecca Wagner for the Arizona Women’s Billiard Tour as she not only won the 6th and final event of the season, but also took the top prize as the best player on the tour.
Only participating in five of the six total tournaments, Rebecca came in first place four times to easily win the tour championship by more than 200 points, and receive the opportunity to play on next years WPBA tour.
Press Release by Tres Kane of the AWBT – November 25th
Rebecca Wagner won the final stop of the Arizona Women’s Billiard Tour (AWBT) 2011 season with her finals win over Kristin Haney, 9-5. This event was held at Bull Shooters in Phoenix, on November 19th & 20th. Rebecca was nearly unstoppable this year with four wins and a 7th-8th place finish in the five tournaments she played this season. This win crowned Rebecca as the AWBT 2011 Points Champion and gives her the opportunity to compete in the Women’s Professional Billiards Association (WPBA) tour in 2012.
The tournament started Saturday with twenty-four women. The AWBT point championship was still to be decided. Several players had a chance at the crown if they could win this event and Wagner made an early exit. Tournament director, Tres Kane, announced at the player’s meeting there would be a $30 bounty for anyone who could win a match against Ms. Wagner. This was motivation for the AZ ladies to break the strangle hold the Las Vegas ladies have put on the AWBT title this season.
In the 3rd round, Susan “Mad Hatter” Mello, claimed the bounty as she sent Rebecca to the loser’s side with a 7-1 trouncing. With this win, she joined Terri Johnson-McCauley, Kristin Haney and Stacy Allsup for Sunday’s final four on the winner’s side. Though down, Rebecca was not out as she beat Justine Bishop 7-4 to come back and play on Sunday as part of the final four on the one-loss side. Joining her would be SaraMiller, Susan Williams and Susan Wilbur.
Sunday’s play began with Kristin Haney defeating Terri Johnson-McCauley 7-5 and then going on to win the hot seat with a 7-2 win over Stacy Allsup. Rebecca was working her way back through the loser’s bracket by eliminating Sara Miller 7-3 (7th-8th), Terri Johnson-McCauley 7-2 (5th-6th) and Susan Williams 7-3 (4th). The next opponent for Rebecca would be Stacy Allsup. These two Las Vegas ladies have won all five previous stops this season. These two champions started their match with some uncharacteristic sloppiness. But as the match progressed, Rebecca became more focused, accurate and came away with a 7-4 win and a lock on the AWBT point’s title. Congratulations to Stacy on a great season: two wins, two 3rd place finishes and a 4th place finish in five tournaments. Awesome young lady!
Kristin Haneygot into her 2nd tournament final with her deadly accurate shooting and fierce competitiveness. She would need all of it as she now faced Rebecca in the one match final race to 9. They traded the first two games but Rebecca began to take full advantage of Kristin’s misses and ran out to a big lead. Nearing the finish line, Rebecca ‘stubbed her toe’ to close it out and allowed Kristin a few more games. In the end, it was an easy 9-5 win and her 4th tournament win this season. Congratulations to Kristin Haney on another great 2nd place finish. Congratulations to our AWBT 2011 Tour Champion Rebecca Wagner! This season, you have set the standard high and have given our ladies a goal to strive for.
In the ‘free’ 2nd Chance Tournament, held on Sunday, Leandrea Gaff took it down earning $100.00 for 1st place. Coming in 2nd place was Pat Shultz pocketing $60.00. And finishing in 3rd place, grabbing $30.00, was Las Vegas’ Sondra Faith. Thanks to all eight ladies who came back to compete in the 2nd Chance Tournament on Sunday.
The next AWBT event will be in March, 2012, at Bull Shooters. Date is still to be determined, so that gives all you ladies three months for some serious practice, let’s get more ladies involved and make the 2012 season even greater! Look for more information about the Annual Membership Meeting taking place in January, 2012.
Thanks to Bull Shooters owner’s Mike and Julie Bates, and their staff for hosting our final event of the season. Bull Shooters has been a tremendous supporter of women’s pool this season and previous seasons. Mike not only added $300.00 to the tournaments, but also added $100.00 to the 2nd Chance Tournaments that are held on Sunday.
Thanks to Chris Paradowski, of Tucson, for adding to the ‘Rebecca Wagner bounty’ of this event. (Rebecca Wagner claimed the 2nd half of the bounty by winning the tournament)
Thank you to our “secret sponsor” for their $100.00 added to every prize fund this season. We encourage this behavior. We need more sponsors!
Thanks to my co-director, Kristie Ortega.
Thanks to Sunday’s ‘Birthday Boy’ Scooter Waterhouse. Everyone enjoyed the cake!
For more on the Arizona Women’s Billiard Tour (AWBT), you can check out their website and Facebook page, or you can contact Directors Tres Kane and Kristie Ortega at firstname.lastname@example.org.