Typically I use this blog to let everyone know about what’s going on in the world of PoolDawg. Every once in a while though, I feel the need to comment on industry items. After seeing this press release discussing WPBA players playing in the US Open, I felt that a comment was necessary.
There was a press release that came out the other day discussing women playing in the US Open which I honestly found quite disconcerting. Typically I don’t comment on such things, but given the fact that our sponsored player, Sarah Rousey, is playing in this event, I felt the need to say something. The press release, which can be found here, makes the following statement:
“Of course, the WPBA organization is not so foolish to think that the top women play at a level comparable to the top men, but the WPBA takes pride in the fact that its top players have dared to mix it up with the top men, and while doing so, have enjoyed some scattered successes. In point of fact, like the majority of men players, the ladies of the WPBA are awed by the skill of the top men, feel honored when afforded the opportunity to compete against them, and understand that doing so allows them to grow as players.”
I couldn’t disagree more. It is unclear as to who wrote this press release, however it should be noted that in the past few years there have been a number of significantly strong showings in men’s events by players like Jasmin Ouschan and Karen Corr. If we felt that our player couldn’t play at a level necessary to make a good showing in the event, we wouldn’t be entering her.
Clearly the top male pros are among the best players in the world. That being said, I don’t feel it is necessary for someone to put in a press release that “the ladies of the WPBA are awed by the skill of the top men”. These statements really disparage the extremely high level of play that many women in the WPBA display regularly in televised and non-televised events.
As an advertising sponsor of the WPBA as an organization and of one of their top players, I must say that I wholeheartedly disagree with the statements and the tone of the release that was put out. It is still unclear as to who wrote the release, but I would like to state that as PoolDawg’s marketing flack and a long time supporter of women’s pool, I do not feel that the women of the WPBA need to be beholden to anyone. They are world class pool players, several of whom have already proven that they can compete with the best male players in the world and I for one am looking forward to watching this event, cheering on Ms. Rousey and any other women who throw their hat into the US Open.
The last event of the WPBA season is just a few weeks away and the roster is set, so that means this is your last chance to play the free WPBA Pick’em Game. For those not keeping track, here’s how the season has shaken out:
San Diego Classic: Monica Webb
Great Lakes Classic: Jasmin Ouschan
US Open: Ga Young Kim
Colorado Classic: Ga Young Kim
Pacific Coast Classic: Jasmin Ouschan
As with every tournament this season (where we’ve been allowed), PoolDawg will be presenting the live stream through the quarterfinals so you can root your picks on and sweat some matches. Once again, the prizes will be as follows:
1st Place: $100 Gift Certificate
2nd Place: $75 Gift Certificate
3rd Place: $50 Gift Certificate
4th Place: $25 Gift Certificate
5th Place: $10 Gift Certificate
As has been reported in a few different places, the 2008 WPBA Championships will proceed without arguably the hottest player in pool. It was announced that Jasmin Ouschan was suspended by the WPBA for competing in the 10 Ball World Championships in Manila which conflicted with the Pacific Coast Classic.
According to reports, Jasmin was suspended for two matches, which means she won’t be participating in the Championships this weekend and will be sitting out of the first match in 2009 which has traditionally been the San Diego Classic. This decision will likely have a serious impact on Ouschan’s WPBA rankings for 2008 and 2009. Ouschan is in the process of appealing the ruling and a final decision should come down sometime in the next 30 days.
Congratulations to Jasmin Ouschan on winning the 2008 Carolina Classic. After being sent to the one loss side early on in the tournament by Sarah Rousey, Ouschan battled her way back to the round of 16 redraw and then took command of the tournament. First she took down Kelly Fisher 9-4, then battled past Xiaoting Pan 9-7 to make her way to the semi-finals.
Once in the semis, she took down The Texas Tornado Vivian Villarreal 7-1 to reach the finals against The Black Widow herself, Jeanette Lee. Ouschan simply could do no wrong, finishing off Lee 7-1 to take the championship. Next up for the WPBA is the Pacific Coast Classic in Lincoln City, Oregon October 1-5.
Just a quick note this morning to let you know about the final four for the 2008 WPBA Carolina Classic.
The first match will have Jasmin Ouschan up against The Texas Tornado Vivian Villarreal and the second match has future hall of famer Jeanette Lee matched up against Line Kjorsvik. Jasmin is coming off an unreal showing in the World Straight Pool Championships. Kjorsvik, who has been working her way back onto the WPBA tour by tearing off qualifier after qualifier is playing lights out pool.
The event is expected to air on ESPN in October. Back later with the results and the new Carolina Classic champion.