Newcomers Crash U.S. Amateur Billiards Championship

November 15th, 2006 by Billiard News by Inside POOL Magazine Leave a reply »

Newcomers Crash U.S. Amateur Billiards ChampionshipWinner of Men’s and Women’s Divisions Advance to ‘07 Pro EventTwo rookies to the U.S. Amateur Championship came to Mr. Cues II in Atlanta, Nov. 3-5, and shocked a field of the nation’s top amateur billiard players to advance to a pro event in 2007.The finals in the Women’s Division pitted Michell Monk of Palm Bay, Fla., against Melinda Huang of Los Angeles. The two were both undefeated when they went head-to-head on the final day of the tournament. It was Huang who would advance to the finals with a 5-2 win. But with only one-loss, Monk still had a good shot at earning redemption. After she defeated Betty Sessions of Atlanta, Ga in the semifinals, the stage was set for the rematch.From the opening game of the 9-Ball set, Monk showed she would not be denied the second time around. She opened up a 4-0 lead before Huang was able to capitalize on a mistake to slow her momentum. Huang managed to win two of the next three games to get back in the match, but with the way Monk was playing, it was simply too late. Monk extended her lead to 7-4 with two more wins in the 9-Ball set.

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