- WOMEN'S PROFESSIONAL BILLIARD ASSOCIATION
Ends ’05 Right Where She Started – No. 1
Duchess of Doom Allison Fisher capped off another
stellar Tour season
by retaining her No. 1 ranking for yet another
year. After a disappointing 4th Place
finish in June at the Southeast Classic, Fisher
was back at the top of her game in August when
the Classic Tour made its annual stop in Peoria
at the Par-a-dice Casino.
defeated Helena Thornfeldt in the finals for
her fourth consecutive Midwest Classic title.
Jennifer Chen and Monica Webb tied for 3rd Place.
there Fisher had her sights set on the U.S.
Open 9-Ball Championship in October. Having
not won the U.S. Open title since the turn of
the millennium, Fisher was determined to bring
the championship back from Albuquerque, N.M.
She did just thatwith a 7-6 victory over arch
rival Karen Corr in the finals. Monica
Webb finished in 3rd Place.
mid-November the tour headed North to the season-ending
National 9-Ball Championship at the Chinook
Winds Casino in Lincoln City, Oregon.
With a sizeable lead over No. 2-ranked Karen
Corr, Fisher had a comfortable margin of error
to retain the coveted top spot.
National 9-Ball Championship would belong to
Korean star Ga-Young Kim however. Kim
knocked Fisher from the tournament, then went
on to defeat Monica Webb in the semifinals and
Vivian Villarreal in the finals 7-6. It
was Kim’s first Classic Tour victory of the
finished in 4th Place, but high enough to ensure
she’d retain a firm grasp on the No. 1-ranking
heading in to 2006.
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PASKI TO BE INDUCTED INTO WPBA HALL OF FAME
On November 9, 2005, veteran professional pool
player Vicki Paski will be inducted into the Women's
Professional Billiard Association (WPBA) Hall
of Fame in front of her peers; the assembled field
of the 29th annual Cuetec Cues WPBA National 9-Ball
Championships. The induction will take place at
the Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City, Oregon,
during the WPBA's Annual Banquet.
of Grand Ledge, Michigan, is the only charter
member of the WPBA (formed in 1976) still in
professional competition. Through her long and
illustrious career as a professional pool player
she has racked up plenty of honors and titles
including a national championship, Sportsperson
of the Year, and WPBA President's awards. Under
her presidency (1992-1996) the WPBA's highly
successful ESPN televised Classic Billiard Tour
was launched (1993) and the first national qualifying
systems and regional tours were established.
to fellow top player and ESPN commentator Ewa
Laurance, "Vicki's contribution to our
sport has allowed so many women the opportunity
to successfully compete as professional pool
players. Everyone in the WPBA owes her a huge
debt of gratitude for the mark she's made on
women's pool and this honor reflects our respect
for her game and her dedication."
along with the other 63 world's best female
pool players will be in Lincoln City, Oregon
next week (November 9-13) for the ESPN/ESPN2
televised Cuetec Cues U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships.
The event is one of eight ESPN televised pool
events on the Women's Pro Billiard Tour this