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WPBA Announces 2-Year Deal for Masters

Published on December 17, 2015.

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The Women's Professional Billiard Association has negotiated a 2-year deal with Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mt. Pleasant, MI, to host the 2016-17 WPBA Masters 9-Ball Championship. This marks the WPBA's seventh year, and first, multi-year deal with the Michigan casino and resort. The 2016 Masters is set for February 3rd-7th, 2016, with an ESPN3 live broadcast of the semi-finals, and final, beginning on Sunday, February 7th, at 1:00pm EST.

Nestled against the beautiful backdrop of Mt. Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle boasts a plethora of unparalleled amenities for casino goers, and includes for the month of February, one of the most prestigious events in all of women's professional billiards; the WPBA Masters.

The WPBA Masters is one of three WPBA majors that include live stream broadcasting by ESPN3, the 4th most watched sports network in the U.S. For the 7th consecutive year, the WPBA will stage the illustrious Masters Event featuring the top, female competitors in the world of professional billiards. A field of 48, elite players will compete for the prestigious title of "2016 WPBA Masters Champion", with matches beginning on Thursday, February 3rd, running through Sunday, February 7th. Players vying for the 2016 title include defending champion, Jasmin Ouschan, two-time champion, "Little Devil Girl" Ga-Young Kim, "KwikFire" Kelly Fisher, "Duchess of Doom" Allison Fisher, and the "Black Widow" Jeanette Lee.

There are nearly 300 player members participating at the professional and regional tour, grass roots level that make up the Women's Professional Billiard Association. Established in 1976 under "Women's Billiard Alliance", this member owned organization provides opportunities for aspiring female players to reach the pinnacle of the sport. In order to participate on the women's professional billiard tour, a player must qualify through a WPBA Regional Tour which cultivates annually, the WPBA Regional Tour Championships and pro event qualifiers, both of which qualify players for the pro-level. The winners of these regional-tour-level events earn the opportunity to compete among the best in the world.

Sponsors for this year's Masters Event include Auto-Owners Insurance www.auto-owners.com, Simonis Cloth (official cloth) www.simoniscloth.com, Aramith Balls (official balls) www.aramith.com, Diamond Tables (official table) www.diamondbilliards.com, Delta-13 Rack (official rack), www.delta-13.com, and Predator www.predatorcues.com (official cue). On Wednesday, February 3rd, the Masters kicks off with an afternoon Kid's Clinic followed by an evening, Charity Pro-Am supporting the Notah Begay III Foundation. The WPBA encourages all of their fans and followers to attend or tune in to support the organization, Soaring Eagle, and WPBA sponsors. Matches begin on Thursday morning and run through Sunday. Tickets may be purchased online at www.SoaringEagleCasino.com or by calling 1-800-514-ETIX. For more information please visit www.WPBA.com.

Zingales Billiards to Host 2016 WPBA Regional Tour Championships

Published on November 25, 2015.

RTC Tournament Header revised2The Women's Professional Billiard Association (WPBA), through the Regional Tours Committee, is pleased to announce that Zingales Billiards in Tallahassee, Florida, will host the 15th Annual WPBA Regional Tour Championships (RTC). The WPBA would like to thank Michael Zingale, owner, for completing the RFP process and congratulate Zingales on being selected to host the ultimate event in regional tour competition.

The RTC will be held January 7th-10th, 2016 and will consist of 64 players competing in a round robin/double elimination format. WPBA Regional Tour Players from across the U.S., who qualify through one of (13) WPBA Regional Tours and are WPBA members in good standing, will be invited to participate. The winner of this prestigious event takes home the title "2016 WPBA Regional Tour Champion", a portion of over $11,000 in prize money (based on a full field), and a special invite to compete in the 2016 WPBA Masters Championship held at Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mt. Pleasant, MI, February 3rd-7th, 2016.

Spectators will enjoy watching the best amateur and semi-professional players the sport has to offer. The WPBA invites you to come and share in the thrill and excitement of the Regional Tour Championships. The RTC would like to thank its official cloth sponsor, Simonis Cloth, and official cue sponsor, Predator Cues. If you are unable to attend, please tune in to the live stream, sponsored by Simonis cloth, at www.wpba.com.

Zingales Billiards is located at 1861 W Tennessee St, Tallahassee, FL 32304. For more information, call Zingales at 850.224.8644.

About the Women's Professional Billiard Association (WPBA)
The WPBA was established in 1976 under the name of the Women's Professional Billiard Alliance and is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2016 as the oldest pro player organization in the sport. The WPBA sanctions and produces the Women's Pro Billiard Tour, which features the greatest women players from around the world. For more information about the WPBA, its top players, and sponsors, visit www.wpba.com.

WPBA Member Lisa (D'Atri) Davids Loses Battle With Cancer

Published on November 16, 2015.

Lisa Davids

On October 15th, 2015, long-time WPBA player, supporter, and friend, Lisa (D'Atri) Davids, lost her battle with cancer. For years, Davids competed at the highest level of competition on the women's pro billiard tour until cancer took her out of the game. Lisa was proud of her accomplishments and expressed an unparalleled passion for the game. She finished 3rd at the 2009 Tennessee State Women's 9-Ball Championship, competed on the Mid Atlantic Ladies Tour (MALT), and in 2011, started a blog about her pool career on AZ Billiards. WPBA Tournament Director, Steve Tipton, nicknamed her "the energizer bunny" as Davids was always in a constant state of excitement, and motion. Her determination was unwavering, and her smile, infectious. "When you saw her play, you couldn't help but smile. To see someone's raw love for the game and enjoyment of the sport exposed like that, it's priceless. That's what she brought to every event, until she couldn't. I'll miss her, terribly", says WPBA President and player, Kimberly Newsome.

Who better to tell the story of Lisa Davids, than Lisa herself? Below are a couple of Lisa's blog posts, which include a response from Dave K.

Hi all or nobody...lol

I am not really sure if anybody will read this or not. I am beginning to blog as a 2011 resolution commitment to myself.

Who am I? My name is Lisa Davids, I was formally known as Lisa D'Atri but have recently married.

I have been involved in all aspects of pool for over 20 years now.

Years ago I used to have my own column about women's pool. I was known for years as Miss Cue from Cue Sports Journal.

I have taught pool for over 16 years now, and was BCA certified instructor when it first began and for the next 13 years. I have not taught pool for 2 years now, since I moved to Georgia.

I have been in hibernation for the past couple years due to being diagnosed with cancer and going through chemo and radiation.

I still showed up to play in many WPBA events and play in regional events as well during this period. And even won a few events while I was sick as a dog!

I am cancer free now and want to get back in the pool loop again.

Not just in competition, but in writing, business, social interaction, and lessons once again.

I believe i have many great stories from my past to share, as well as what I have learned in my life from pool that perhaps a few of you could relate to and/or enjoy.

Please feel free to leave comments and/or questions to help me be a good/great blogger.

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Welcome Lisa, great first entry. Congratulations on getting your health back in order and on getting back into pool.

All the best,

DaveK

-Posted 01-23-2011 at 10:39 AM by DaveK

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Thanks for the best wishes Dave. I love pool so much that I played in tournaments regardless of my health. When your life may suddenly have a time limit coming up...it is important to do what you love and love what you do NOW!

The people I know in the the pool world are my family..when you sick family important. Also I could hurt at home resting or hurt while I compete...except I wouldn't hurt when "I was in the moment" competing. I couldn't sit down or hardly walk for over 8 months, I couldn't wear pants either due to the cancer, so I would throw a tablecloth on as a skirt and go compete.

That is how much I love pool and my new husband loves that I love pool.

A special shoutout to Blackjack, I believe it was, that offered to help me with fundraising while I was sick to help offset my expenses...except I was way too sick to respond or say thanks at the time. It might have been someone else not sure...but it was someone for sure from az billiards.

Many blessings to and from our billiard community!

-Posted 01-23-2011 at 12:17 PM by DiamondGirl

The WPBA extends its deepest condolences to her family and friends.