The next event, at Triple Nines, is a WPBA Qualifier for the Sledgehammer Open (a tribute to Helena Thornfeldt) at Borderline Billiards, October 19-23, 2022, Bristol TN

Note !  you do not have to be vying for the qualifier to play in this event, see entry fees below. 

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Stop 8
August 13-14
Triple Nines Bar & Billiards
7540 Washington Blvd

Elkridge MD  21075

     Doors open at 10 am
    Players meeting at 11 am

There is extra parking BEHIND the building !


  • 9-ball on 9 foot tables,

  • Double elimination,

  • Races to 7 (both sides),

  • Alternating break,

  • Rack your own,

  • 9 ball does not count in bottom 2 pockets on the break,

  • Finals is a modified race to 7 or 9.  If the player from the hot-seat reaches 7 first, she wins.  If the player from the b-side reaches 7 first, both players play to 9.


Pay at the door (cash only):

$55 entry fee (if not playing for WPBA qualifier)

$75 entry fee if vying for WPBA qualifier spot

(Extra prize money goes to the qualifying player for their expenses.)

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2022 STOP 7

July 30-31

Shooters Family Billiards

Wayne NJ


          - 19 player field -

  1st  $535  Caroline Pao

  2nd  $325  Briana Miller

  3rd  $225  Kia Burwell

  4th  $190  Ada Lio

  5/6  $135  Kathy Croom

  5/6  $135  Kris Consalvo-Kemp


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l-r: Kia Burwell, Ada Lio, Kris Consalvo-Kemp, Briana Miller, Caroline Pao, Kathy Croom

l-r: Briana Miller, Caroline Pao


 Skip Maloney, AZBilliards

  August 2, 2022

Next up, WPBA qualifier to inaugural Helena Thornfeldt Memorial – The Sledgehammer Open.


As Briana Miller began the process of assimilating duties she will be performing as full-time tour director of the J. Pechauer Northeast Women’s Tour in January, she signed on to compete in its latest event, looking to chalk up her fifth straight win since the 2022 season began in March at Triple Nines in Elkridge, MD. Current tour director Linda Shea won the only 2022 event in which Miller did not compete back in May. This past weekend (July 30-31), Caroline Pao, who’d been runner-up to Miller in the March season opener, battled her twice this time out, hot seat and finals; Miller, winning the first and Pao, claiming the title by winning the second. The event drew 19 entrants to Shooter’s Family Billiards in Wayne, NJ.

During her absence from JPNEWT events since March, Pao had not been idle. She cashed in five events elsewhere, one per month, including three WPBA tournaments (Northern Lights Classic, Ashton Twins Classic and WPBA Masters), a stop on the Joss Tour and a 5th place finish at the SBE’s Women’s 9-Ball Pro Players Championship. She was looking for her first 2022 victory and found it in New Jersey. 

Pao opened her bid for that win with a 7-1 victory over Carol V. Clark and a 7-2 victory over Melissa Jenkins to arrive at a winners’ side semifinal against Kris Consalvo Kemp. Miller, in the meantime, got by Kathy Croom 7-3 and in a present/future TD match downed Linda Shea 7-4, to arrive at her winners’ side semifinal match against the tour’s #3 competitor, Kia Burwell.

Pao got into the hot seat match with a 7-1 victory over Kemp and was joined by Miller, who’d defeated Burwell 7-3. Miller claimed the hot 7-3.

On the loss side, Burwell picked up Kathy Croom, who’d lost her opening match to Miller and went on to defeat Ginny Lewis 7-2, Melissa Jenkins 7-5 and Susan Kimble 7-2. Ada Lio, who’d lost her opener to Shea and following victories over Anna Marks 7-2, Sheila Joner 7-1 and Alyssa Solt 7-3, won her rematch versus Shea 7-3 to draw Kemp.

Lio advanced to the quarterfinals 7-5 over Kemp and was joined by Burwell, who’d eliminated Croom 7-4. By the same score, Burwell defeated Lio in those quarterfinals. Both semifinalists – Burwell and Pao – were looking for a second shot at Miller in the hot seat and predictably, the battle that ensued went double hill. Pao prevailed.

With that pool-player’s friend ‘momentum’ in play, Pao came into the finals looking for her first 2022 title. She edged out in front of Miller in those finals, eventually extended the lead to four racks and claimed her first JPNEWT and 2022 title 9-5.

Shea and Miller thanked the ownership and staff at Shooter’s Family Billiards, as well as title sponsor J. Pechauer Custom Cues and George Hammerbacher (Advanced Pool Instructor, Baltimore, MD). The next stop on the JPNEWT (#8), scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 13-14 at Triple Nines in Elkridge, MD, will be a WPBA qualifier. The winner will receive entry to the WPBA’s $10,000-added Sledgehammer Open, a tribute to the late Helena Thornfeldt. That event, scheduled for Oct. 19-23, will be hosted by Janet Atwell at her Borderline Billiard’s room in Bristol, TN.



George Hammerbacher

Advanced Pool Instructor, Baltimore MD


    * PBIA Advanced Level Instructor

    * ACS Level 3 Instructor

    * 45 years experience

    * hands-on instruction


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JPNEWT thanks the following for supporting the tour this year:

Tour Sponsor:

  • J.Pechauer Custom Cues

Stream Commentator:

  • George Hammerbacher

Hosting Pool Rooms:

  • Champion Billiards Sports Cafe, Frederick MD

  • Eagle Billiards, Dickson City PA

  • First Break Sports Bar, Sterling VA

  • Markley Billiards, Norristown PA

  • On Cue Sports Bar & Grill, Front Royal VA 

  • Shooters Family Billiards, Wayne NJ

  • Triple Nines Bar & Billiards, Elkridge MD


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