The roster updates for the WPBA Colorado Classic are coming fast and furious. We just got word that the 3 qualifier spots have been filled and are as follows:
NEWPT Qualifier: Stacie Bourbeau
MALT Qualifier: Samantha Patton
JPNEWT Qualifier: Bora Jeong
In addition, we got word that our buddy Debbie Schjodt is going to have to skip this event, so Ramona Biddle will be taking her place. The pick’em roster has been updated, so if you haven’t done so already, be sure to get your picks in.
Hangover be damned! I was determined to make it back into the office today and sure enough here I am, Monday morning to report on the wild times in Oregon. After landing in Portland, I grabbed my rental car and hit the road for what I thought was going to be a 2 hour drive to Lincoln City. Instead of using my handy dandy Magellen GPS to lead the way though I decided to try and kick it old school with a map. 4 hours and countless stops for directions later, I did finally arrive at the Chinook Winds Resort.
The place was pretty damn swanky… much nicer than I expected. The last time I’d been to an Indian Casino was when I was in college driving through Palm Springs so I wasn’t expecting much. This place was like a mini-vegas hotel though. Anyway, I got checked in and somehow managed to pull a room with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.
After getting settled in I headed over to the APA room to check out the scene. Didn’t take too long to find her though… I just looked for the tallest girl in the room and like a beacon of light, there she was playing in some of the mini-tournaments the APA was running with drink in hand.
All I can say is that if you ever have the opportunity to attend a WPBA event, you will not be disappointed. Melissa Morris, Sarah Rousey and Debbie were even able to get me out on the dance floor which is something that hasn’t happened since my Bar Mitzvah. I also had the extreme pleasure of hanging out with the infamous OMGWTF who is just as funny in person as she is on her blog.
We’ll be helping Frank get his pictures up on Frank’s Blog in the next couple days, so be sure to stay tuned for that.
Lots of matches have taken place already in Durham with more to come this afternoon and evening. On the winners side, notable names moving on include Kelly Fisher, Allison Fisher, Ga Young Kim, Sarah Rousey, Jasmin Ouschan, Xiao Ting Pan, Anna Kostanian and Karen Corr. PoolDawg’s own Debbie Schjodt struggled in her frist match, losing to 10 ball Junior Champ Liz Lovely but bounced back nicely, taking down Irene Henry 9-4. Next up for Debbie is Kim White. If she can make it past White, she’ll face the winner of the Jennifer Chen/Janet Atwell match this evening.
The Carolina Classic starts today as the top 64 players in women’s billiards make their way to Durham North Carolina. We’ll be updating the blog throughout the week with highlights and results and Frank will be posting updates with the help of our favorite WPBAer Debbie Schjodt on his blog.
Once the WPBA announces the initial draws we’ll let you know. Be sure to check back frequently for tournament updates!
Our girl Debbie Schjodt had a tough run at the US Open, but that didn’t stop her and Frank from having a good time and representing for PoolDawg! In addition to playing in the tournament, Debbie spent hours playing challenge matches and doing the meet and greet with fans which is why we so dig our Tequila Schjodt.
After the US Open, Frank, Debbie and the ladies of the WPBA decided to let loose at a local karaoke bar. If you check out Frank’s Myspace Page and go to his photo album, you’ll find tons of pictures of Frank hanging out with Sarah Rousey, Ga Young Kim, Xiao Ting Pan, Jasmin Ouschan, Monica Webb, US Open Champ Kelly Fisher and tons of other women from the tour.
Speaking of Frank’s MySpace page, Frank is really on the prowl for friends and he’s not above bribing people. Just for the MySpacers, we’re going to start doing a monthly giveaway. Every month, Frank will be choosing someone to get a $25 gift certificate. If you have a MySpace page and you want in on the action, just send a friend request.
Last thing, I wanted to thank everyone on the WPBA tour who took the time to take all those pictures with Frank. You gals are the best!!