First off, congrats to Ga Young Kim on winning the Colorado Classic. She played beautifully all weekend. Second, a huge congrats to our own Sarah Rousey for knocking off 2008 WPBA Champion Monica Webb and finishing tied for 9th! If you ever have the chance to go to one of these WPBA events, you really should go. The events are a blast, the players are extremely friendly and approachable and the I guarantee you’ll have a good time.
Now on to business. As you all know, we’re running a pick’em game for every WPBA event this year, so without further adieu, the winners of the 2009 Colorado Classic Pick’em are:
1st Place: Brian Bolen of Sacramento, CA
2nd Place: Michael Barela of Las Vegas, NM
3rd Place: Karen Belcher of Lancaster, KY
4th Place: Nicole Gauthier of L’Anse, MI
5th Place: Rhonda Green of Inglewood, CA
For those of you that didn’t win, fear not! The 2009 Pacific Coast Classic Pick’em game is now open, so feel free to head on over and get your picks in for next month’s event.
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.
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.