Thursday, June 3, 2010

Outlook...not so good.

Well, as usual, I have not been updating this. Long story short, things are not looking so well. As most know, I was laid off from my last job in October of 2007 and have yet to find a job since. Hence, I 'broke" into the pool scene in 2008 and didn't look back. Well, now I am forced to. I have finally achieved my goal of becoming an official WPBA pro.
With being a pro, comes responsibilities and commitment. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like I can hold up my end of the bargain. As it stands currently, I will be unable to compete and attend the WPBA US Open in Norman, Oklahoma, the end of July this year. Kind of disheartening, but I have no other choice. :(
So....until next time....

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Latest updates

Well as most know, the WPBA had their event this past weekend in the beautiful Viejas in Alpine, California! I had a spectacular win in my first match, defeating #7 ranked player and one of the most visible players, Vivan Villareal, the Texas Tornado by a score of next two matches did not go as smoothly, so I will take my wins...and forget the losses for now.
As far as the BAAT tour...i have had less than spectacular finsihes in the first two's hard getting back into a schedule!
And lastly, I am surrently now allowed to play (fingers crossed) that will change...unsure when I find out about it.
Well, Ta ta for now.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year!

Ok, I know, I'm late :)
Holidays have been extremely hectic! I hope everyone got everything they wanted and needed!
I haven't been up to a whole lot over the holidays except being lazy ;)
But, now that the New Year is here, time for me to set some plans and goals into motion.
I am planning (uh-oh) on working out....seriously! I am not going to jump right in, but I was running about a mile a day for awhile then the holidays, so now the plan is to get back there and eventually be running about 3-5 a day on top of some other stuff.
Back to the grind of practicing about 6-8 hours a day until I get back in stroke, seeing as how I have not played any pool in a looooong while.
I am getting excited as 2010 is the year I am officially a Pro Pool player on the WPBA!!!!!!!!!!!!
BTW_check out my bio page on the right :) Headshots will be added soon so please check back! I was extremely happy with how my headshots turned out.
Well, sorry this is so short! I will be blogging regularly again once the rush dies down in the personal life :D

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tour Championships-I need help!!

Hello again,
I received my invitation to the tour championships. The last and biggest tournament of the WPBA season (IMO).
I have mustered up half of the entry, but need help to get the other half.
I am currently ranked #47 on the WPBA thanks to my highest finish (17th) at the US Open. With this tournament I could possibly achieve my exempt status for 2010.
I am currently ranked #1 on the Bay Area Amateur Tour in Florida and as it stands will be #1 for the season.
I am also currently #1 on the Flamingo Billiards Tour, the regional tour for the state of Florida, having won the first 2 stops.
I understand that due to the economy that there will be those that can not donate, BUT send some positive vibes my way and we will call it even. :)
Thanks to everyone for everything!

Monday, October 12, 2009

2nd at BAAT

Well, this past Saturday was a BAAT tour stop at Hammerheads, in Holiday Florida.
I started off the day shooting real strong and felt good doing it. As usual, one of the brackets got backed up and held up the tournament. Bettina Chase (the eventual winner) and I opted to hold off playing for the top of the winner's bracket until the bracket caught up a little more.
When we finally did play, it was a difficult 7-4 race..I lost 4-5. That's tough, spotting someone who is very capable of running the table, 3 games on the wire.
After that match, I was stuck waiting again. Finally my next match was determined, I was playing Shanelle Loraine, a friend of mine from Orlando.
I started off badly, hooking myself on shots and giving her ball in hand with 4-5 ball runs. In an 8-4 race, that's not good. The score was tied at 2 when I finally woke up and won the next 5 games to reach the hill, but again went 'stupid' in the next game, and bam! the match was double hill...OUCH.
I ran most of my balls and got bad on the 6 ball (playing 8ball), so I opted to shoot it, leaving it close to a pocket. I had a masse chance at it and missed it. Shanelle made some great shots and safeties, and with it, control of the table. She ran down to the 8 ball, which was in front of the side pocket. I figured it was game over, but just when I thought that, she shot it and didn't seem to stroke the cue ball enough...pocketing the 8 but scratching down in the corner.....excaped a bullet.
This set up my final against Bettina...another 7-4 race. It was late, we were both tired...and we both made a lot of mistakes. I somehow managed to win the first set double hill. Now onto the 2nd.....she started to wake up and I started to dwindle. I was the only 9 competing in this tournament, therefore I had all the longest races, always having to go to 7 or 8 to my opponents 4-5...with the exception of one match that was 6-5. I started off ok, taking a 3-0 lead, and went down hill from there. My body was giving out, it was going on 2am and I had a wonderful 2 hour drive home to look forward to. Bettina played great and shut me down 4-3, taking her 1st BAAT win. I am so happy for her! It's about time! :)
Either way, I am a winner. By taking 2nd I locked up 1st in points, which is great news to me, since I won't be able to make the grand finale due to the US Amateur Championship being held the same weekend.
Hopefully, I can do the same on the Flamingo Tour.
Also, as a head up I will NOT be in Oregon, but will see most of you in chat!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Flamingo Billiards Stop #2

Yesterday was the 2nd stop of the newly established Flamingo Billiards Tour, held at Amy's Billiards in Stuart, Fl. The day started out really well for me. I got to the pool hall early and was able to practice. Actually felt like I was hitting the balls well and I quickly adapted to the tables. Being a new tour, it started a little later than expected but still ran smoothly.
My first match was a re-match of tour stop #1's final, against the solid Helene Caukin. I must have entered the 'zone' or something, because I don't remember a whole lot in that match other than a 9 ball snap and the 2 big mistakes I made, resulting in a 7-2 win for me....oh and a ball in hand moment where I almost shot the 7 for shape on the 5...LOL....but we will just leave that there. :)
My next match was against a local player...she was tough and came out strong. I eventually bent over far enough to find my head and pulled the match out 7-5...phew!
Those 2 wins put me into the redraw and final 8, as only 16 players showed. (i think)
when the B-side caught up...b-side players drew their fate of players in the a-side for single elimination...
Niki Rasmussen drew me, Christine Nevins drew Jeannie Seaver, Helene Caukin drew Tracy Mcreary and Robin Boggs drew Amy Poulter.
Niki had beaten me pretty badly at my last BAAT tournament, so there was a little pressure. I pulled out the match 7-1.
2 out of the 4 original a-side players won, Jeannie and I...then we were staged to play each other, while Helene Caukin was coming back with a vengeance after her 1st round lost to me, playing Robin Boggs.
The first few games were a little depressing as I kept hooking myself and giving Jeannie ball in hand, which is never a good idea. Next thing I knew I was down 5-2....the rest of that match was a it reached hill hill. Jeannie played some great safes against me and kept control of the table.....I made a hit on the 6 but left a perfect shot...I looked away at this point and the only thing that brought my attention to light was when the crowd gasped loudly and I looked up to the cue ball drop in the side pocket with only the lone 9 remaining on the table....I got lucky...REALLY lucky. stress is soooo bad.
Finals came...surprise surprise....rematch of the first match of the day AND the final from the first tour stop...Helene Caukin.
The Finals came out really shaky for both of us. Neither of up could put more than a 3-4 ball run and even then miss something stupid. We teeter tottered back and forth until the score was 2-2....the next score was 5-2 me and it was break time. When we came back to the table it was my break. I racked them up and broke, pocketing a ball. I had a long tough shot on the one and postion play to the 2 was even harder. I made up my mind, got down and fired it in drawing back about the length of the table for the 2. I came up short on the 3, which in turn I hooked myself on the 4. I studied where I wanted to kick, had decided the side I wanted to hit because it increased my chance of caroming it off the 9 into the side, got down and fired. (momentary brain lapse as I forgot the tables bank short) the cue ball flew into the rail hit the 4 so thin, it cut ALL the way down into the corner. Couldn't help but laugh at myself. Next problem, long, straight shot on the 5, having to draw straight back half the table for a shot on the 6. Got down and fired it with no problem. Needless to say, I finished the rack and reached the hill. Then next game, I went stupid on the 7 ball and scratched. However I got back to the table facing a table length straight in on the rail shot on the 8 ball with the 9 ball down by the cue ball....ugh. I opted to just stop the cue ball and attempt the long rail bank on the 9, not good, I lost that game. It was my break again, I racked, broke and pocketed a ball. I could see the one but had no open pocket so I played a safe. Helene missed the kick which gave me ball in hand. I ran out to the 4-9 combo and sealed the victory. 2-for-2 SWEET!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

US Amateur Championship Qualifier

Phew...loooooooong weekend, small tournament...I don't get it!
I was orginially scheduled to qualify for the US amateur championships at Strokers II in Tampa last weekend, but as most of you know, I was in Colorado. Sooooo, I was luck that they were able to change it for this weekend in Gainesville. I didn't know what to expect, I heard a lot of great things about the pool hall Art of Billiards, had never been there and didn't even recognize a name on the roster...???????
Well I opted against getting a hotel room as it was less than a 2 hour drive...I got there this past Saturday at 9 am when the doors opened. Beautiful Diamond tables filled up te room and I immediately got practice.Registration and the players meeting took place and matches started getting called around 11ish,
I didn't receive a bye in the 11-13 woman field hence I had a first round match. I started out ok, but missed a lot of shots early on which cost me. Don't remember much other than that besides a stupid shot on a 9 that I scratched on. the match went hill-hill and i pulled it out with a 3-9 combo.
My next match was called a little after 1. This match went a little smoother for me and I pulled it out 5-1. Then the dragging started, my next match wasn't scheduled until 5:30...I mean come on, seriously?
I walked around, chatted with some people I knew and with some others that recognized me from when I won in 2006. I finally decided to go out to my car and just relax, lay back and get some shut-eye...:)
I went back in the pool rooma little before 5....I think it was around that time my next match started. This match was looking tight from the onset. I broke the 1st rack of 8 ball, didn't make a ball, she ran out, she broke didn't make anything I ran out. She was a real good 8 ball player and pocketed balls easily. she was up on me after the 8ball set 2-1....I woke up in 9 ball though and pulled out the match 5-3.
I had one last match for the 7:30pm....for queen of the hill.
This was a tough match.....again I found myself down 2-1 after the 8 ball set....made some uncharacteristic mistakes in the 9 ball set and the match reached double hill....we traded misses/safes on the 7 ball until I was left a viable shot...the 8 ball wasn't going to be pretty though...I got the best shape I could, but was left one tough cut shot up the rail past the side pocket. I took my time, got up and down a couple times and eventually pocketed it and left a long cut on the 9 ball, ugh. (doesn't ever get any easier, does it?) I again took my time and shot it in.
WooHoo! So now I am Queen of the hill! and more importantly finally done for the night....but i had my drive home and then back again the next morning for 1 whole match! Doesn't that sound great!
Yeah...ok, so I drove back on Sunday. I got there a little early in hopes of getting some sort of practice....yeah that didn't happen. I got about 5 minutes before my match was called....
somewhere around 2 the match was called. One final race to 9.
I started out on the wrong foot, shooting cut shots straight into the rail. I switched to defense mode and was able to tie up after the 8 ball set 3-3.
I came out strong in 9ball. Don't remember exact scored, but was up by a 2 game lead....I quickly lost that with stupid misses. All in all, I know I missed two 8 balls and a 9 ball and the match reached double hill....again....
There was an ugly cluster of balls and of course no 3-foul in this tournament. We traded misses on the 2 ball for awhile. I went for a ridiculous attempt at a carom on the 9 ball from the 3...yeah that didn't work out so well. She missed and left me an off angle 3-4 combo, I opted a safe, but fell short and her a shot. If the match wasn't double hill, she would have drilled this shot and never looked back, but I think the nerves got to her and she dogged it pretty badly....during the miss, the balls got shuffled and the 4 ball got put in a bad situation by the side pocket. I studied that shot before I shot for awhile....debating to play safe on the 3 or go for the out. I finally opted to go for it...(Aggressive...hmm..maybe just a little)
So onto next obstacle....shooting the 3 ball across table, with the bridge and having to draw back to get perfect on the 4......I lined it up and fired it in....watching the cue ballcome back and willing it to pass the 5 ball so I could see the 4. PHEW!!! It got there!
Now, the 4 ball....again I looked at the shot and studied it from every angle.....I made up my mind got down and made it...the rest was a prett open lay out, I just had to keep my calm and make balls...which is what I did....another hill-hill thriller and I won!
I will be at Strokers II in November for the championship rounds! I can't wait!!!