“Little-Kim” Tour Hits the Road

No, we’re not talking about the risque rapper who was recently released from prison, but Women’s Professional Billiard Association stars Melissa Little and Ga Young Kim, who are teaming up to perform pool exhibitions in three states.

Kim, a two-time world champion and U.S. Open champion, and Little, a two-time Colorado State champ with 18 top 10 finishes on the WPBA, are offering free admission to the events. The pros will play each other in a pool match, have a Q & A session with the audience, and then proceeded with an autograph session.

The tour will kick off from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, July 31 at Big Dog Billiards in Des Moines, Iowa. For more information on this event, contact Randy at (515)262-6523.

The duo will then head to Gibbys Sports Bar in Grand Island, Nebraska, where they will perform on Tuesday, Aug. 1 from 7-9 p.m. For more information on this event, contact Tom at (308) 382-9744.

Their final stop will take place from 7-10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2 at Little’s sponsor site, The Wynkoop Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado. For more information, call The Wynkoop at (303) 297-2700.

For VIP seating please call the poolrooms listed. For more information on the players you may visit the Women’s Professional Billiards Association at http://www.wpba.com/ or Melissa Little at http://www.melissalittle.com/

The Heat Is On In San Diego

Ready, set, rack! WPBA President Kim White of Texas and Val Finnie of Scotland rack in the first round.

Ready, set, rack! WPBA President Kim White of Texas and Val Finnie of Scotland rack in the first round.

It’s day two of the San Diego Classic, the third stop of the WPBA’s 2006 season, and the winner’s side is fraught with contenders for the coveted $13,000 paycheck.

Defending champion Kelly Fisher won her first match over California’s Darlene Stinson, 9-1, and looks well poised to make her way to the finals. Local favorite Tina Pawlowski suffered her first loss at the hand’s of Virginia’s Sueyen Rhee, but will return today to compete against Wisconsin’s Jeri Engh.

First round upsets included #51-ranked Lisa D’Atri over Colorado’s #24-ranked Laura Smith; #42-ranked semi-pro Leslie Anne Rogers of Texas over #26-ranked pro Melissa Little; newcomer Julia Gabriel over #31-ranked Stacy Hurst of Southern California; and the Florida Flash, #43-ranked Ellen Van Buren over #19-ranked Romana Dokovic.

Big matches in the winner’s bracket will take place tonight, including Jeanette Lee vs. Kelly Fisher and Kim Shaw vs. Dawn Hopkins, who dismissed both Tiffany Nelson, 9-5, and Kim White, 9-7, in preliminary rounds.

Stay tuned for more coverage here at HeadString, or follow updated tournament brackets and highlights at www.wpba.com.

White Upsets Corr in WPBA Nationals Round Three

In round three on the winners’ side of the Women’s Professional Billards Tour’s Cuetec Cues National 9-Ball Championship, newly elected WPBA President Kim White, ranked No. 41, upset No. 2 Karen Corr, 9-6.

The year-end event, being held at the Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City, Ore., Nov. 9-13, is down to eight women on the no-loss side going into round four Saturday morning. Sixteen players remain in the one-loss bracket.

At 11am today, the one-loss survivors will duke it out. Melissa Little plays Julie Kelly, Tracie Hine faces Jennifer Barretta, Jennifer Chen faces Megan Minerich and Sarah Rousey plays Karen Corr, among other matches. At 2:30 this afternoon, the winners’ brack will be reduced to four players. Those matchups are Allison Fisher against Tiffany Nelson, Kelly Fisher against Monica Webb, Ga Young Kim against Gerda Hofstatter and Vivian Villarreal against the rampaging White.