2023 STOP 1
Shooters Family Billiards
- 30 player field -
1st $650 Briana Miller
2nd $500 Kia Burwell
3rd $275 Charlene Capers
4th $175 Giavanna Napolitano
5th $ 90 Christine Pross
$ 90 Linda Shea
7th $ 65 Cheryl Sporleder
$ 65 Roseann Daw
L-R: Giovanna Napolitano, Briana Miller, Kia Burwell, Charlene Capers
NEW TD, BRIANA MILLER, COMES FROM THE LOSS SIDE TO WIN JPNEWT SEASON OPENER
~ Skip Maloney, AZBilliards, March 9, 2023
The former J. Pechauer Northeast Women’s Tour director and the current tour director met in the 2023 season opener of the tour this past weekend (Saturday, March 4th, spilling deep into the wee hours of Sunday, March 5). The two of them – Linda Shea (former) and Briana Miller (current) – came within a game of double hill in a winners’ side quarterfinal, but when the smoke cleared, it was Shea advancing and Miller heading off to the loss side. Shea followed her over immediately afterwards, following a winners’ side semifinal loss to Kia Burwell, last year’s tour rankings champion. Miller and Shea almost had a rematch in the event’s quarterfinals, but Shea got eliminated in the matches for 5th/6th and Miller went on to challenge Burwell in the finals, eventually claiming the event title. The $500-added event drew 30 entrants to Shooter’s Family Billiards in Wayne, NJ.
Burwell’s path to the hot seat went through Lynn Richard, Jenn Sylvester and Cheryl Sporleder to arrive at the winners’ side semifinal against Shea. Charlene Capers, in the meantime, got by Lenore Donovan-Chen, survived a double hill match against Ada Lio and defeated Char Dzambo to arrive at her winners’ side semifinal against Christine Pross.
Both battles for advancement to the hot seat match went double hill, with Burwell advancing over Shea and Capers defeating Pross. Burwell claimed the hot seat 7-4 over Capers and waited on the 3:30 a.m., Sunday morning return of Miller.
On the loss side, it was Pross drawing Miller, who, following her loss to Shea had defeated Jennifer Tully 7-2 and Cheryl Sporleder 7-1. Shea picked up Giovanna Napolitano, who’d lost her second-round match to Sporleder and began a five-match, loss-side streak that had recently eliminated Dzambo by shutout and Roseann Daw 7-4.
Miller got herself into the quarterfinals with a 7-2 win over Pross, while Napolitano crashed the Miller/Shea rematch party by downing Shea 7-5. Miller ended Napolitano’s loss-side streak at six with a 7-1 victory in the quarterfinals and then, got a shot at Burwell in the finals with a 7-4 win in the semifinals.
Time stamps on the brackets show the hot seat match concluding at 11:12 p.m. on Saturday night. The quarterfinals finished at 2:13 a.m. on Sunday morning and the semifinals at 3:29 a.m. At that point, Burwell, waiting in the hot seat, had been idle, except (one assumes) for some practice to stay loose and in-stroke, for over four hours. There are very few veteran, competitive pool players of any gender or age who’ll make excuses for a loss, but when the loss-side momentum of a continually active player is set against a hot seat occupant who’s been more or less idle for a long period of time, the final matchup has a way of stacking up against the idle player. It’s not a sure thing, of course, but momentum seems to have a way of showing up as the victor in such circumstances enough times to make the otherwise intangible factor, significant.
It was an extended race to 9. Briana Miller brought momentum into the finals and captured her first 2023 JPNEWT title with a 9-5 victory over Kia Burwell that concluded at 4:43 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Tour director Briana Miller thanked the ownership and staff at Shooter’s Family Billiards for their hospitality, as well as title sponsor J. Pechauer Custom Cues, Frank Maialetti (PA Pro-Am Pool Streaming), George Hammerbacher (Advanced Pool Instructor) Streaming commentator, Mezz Cues and Turtle Rack. The next stop on the JPNEWT, scheduled for the weekend of April 1-2, will be a $1,000-added event, hosted by Champion Billiards Sports Bar in Frederick, MD.
2023 STOP 2
Champion Billiards Sports Bar
- 20 player field -
1st $675 Briana Miller
2nd $525 Karen Corr
3rd $270 Kia Burwell
$270 Nicole Christ
5th $ 85 Gracie Kelly-Casey
$ 85 Judie Wilson
$ 85 Linda Shea
$ 85 Lynn Richard
L-R: Briana Miller, Kia Burwell, Gracie Kelly-Casey, Nicole Christ, Judie Wilson, Lynn Richard, Karen Corr, Linda Shea
MILLER DOWNS CORR IN 2ND STOP OF JPNEWT
~ Alyssa Solt, AZBilliards, April 6, 2023
Karen Corr has a strong reputation on the J. Pechauer Northeast Women’s Tour (JPNEWT). In her past eight tour events, she has won seven of them, and only one of them was a split. That split was against Briana Miller in the final stop of the JPNEWT in 2022. With Miller back in the picture, taking the reins of the JPNEWT from Linda Shea in January, Miller has won eight of 10 on the tour. At this weekend’s JPNEWT stop #2 (April 1-2), these monster players met again in the finals, this time with Miller claiming the title, going undefeated in the $1,000-added event that drew 20 entrants to Champion Billiards in Frederick, Maryland.
The 9-ball tournament format was Round Robin, with four groups of five players. Each player in their group would face the other four group members once. The two players with the most wins in each group advanced to Day 2. The top four players with the highest Fargo Rate were seeded into separate groups for the Round Robin phase; Karen Corr, Briana Miller, Linda Shea, and Tina Malm.
The players that advanced to Sunday’s elimination, race-to-8 matches paired Judie Wilson with Nicole Christ and set perennial tour opponents, Linda Shea and Kia Burwell against each other. Corr faced Lynn Richards, as Miller squared off against Gracie Kelly-Casey.
Wilson advanced to the single elimination round by only two racks, while her first-round opponent, Christ, had advanced because while Tina Malm had won in their group, Malm was unable to attend Sunday’s matches. Christ downed Wilson 8-4 to draw Briana Miller, who’d eliminated Kelley-Casey 8-1. Burwell downed Shea 8-4, advancing to the semifinals versus Corr, who’d shut Richards out.
Miller got into the finals with an 8-2 win over Christ. Corr joined her after eliminating Burwell 8-3.
Miller had a rough start at the beginning of the final match. Corr took a four-rack lead at 6-2, but Miller refused to go down without a fight. She started building momentum and didn’t allow Corr to win another. Miller claimed her second straight JPNEWT title 8-6.
TD Briana Miller wanted to thank the owners and staff of Champion Billiards Cafe for their hospitality and taking care of the players, as well as their sponsors J Pechauer Custom Cues, Fort Worth Billiards Superstore, PA Pro-Am Pool, Onboard Sportswear, George Hammerbacher, and Turtle Racks by Mezz Cues.
The next stop on the JPNEWT, scheduled for May 6-7, will be hosted by Yale Billiards in Wallingford, CT.
2023 STOP 3
- 45 player field -
1st $750 Rachel Lang
2nd $540 Stacie Bourbeau
3rd $450 Alyssa Solt
4th $340 Emily Duddy
5th $220 Emily Smith
$220 Erica Test ***
7th $125 Carol V Clark
$125 Dawn Fox
9th $ 75 Angela Tierney
$ 75 Giovanna Napolitano
$ 75 Jennifer Tully
$ 75 Mindy Maialetti
L-R: Stacie Bourbeau, Alyssa Solt, Rachel Lang, Emily Duddy
L-R: Tour Director Briana Miller, Stacie Bourbeau, Room owner Bobby Hilton, Rachel Lang
LANG GOES UNDEFEATED AT YALE BILLIARDS IN WALLINGFORD, CT TO CLAIM HER FIRST JPNEWT TITLE
~ Skip Maloney, AZBilliards, May 9, 2023
The most obvious difference in the J. Pechauer Northeast Women’s Tour (JPNEWT) since Briana Miller took over as its tour director at the beginning of this year, has been the tour’s geographic ‘reach.’ Where before, the tour’s schedule played out primarily in Maryland and Virginia (seven out of 10 stops in ’21 and ’22), this year’s 10-event schedule features two stops each in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and New Jersey, while adding a stop at Snooker’s in Providence, Rhode Island and just this past weekend (May 6-7), a stop at Yale Billiards in Wallingford, CT. Four of the 10 locations are new venues for the tour this year.
Among the more obvious benefits of this expanded tour footprint is a notable increase in new (or at least, less-seen) faces, exemplified by Rachel Lang, whose listed residence is Catskill, NY and in this year alone, has cashed in three events on the Predator Tri-State Tour and won an event on the Garden State Pool Tour. She has now won her first event on the JPNEWT, facilitated in part by the fact that while a trip to Triple Nines in Elkridge, MD (a previous, twice-per-year stop on the tour) would take about five hours. Yale Billiards in Wallingford, CT would normally take about two hours.
For this most recent JPNEWT stop, runner-up Stacie Bourbeau, who hails from Orange, MA, would have had to drive for just over six hours to reach Elkridge, MD, but under two hours to get to Wallingford, CT. Bourbeau has a history with the JPNEWT, but not since 2010, her best recorded earnings year, when she won the tour’s fifth stop. In previous years, she’d been a regular on the New England Women’s 9-Ball Tour.
Last year (’22), Bourbeau won the APA Women’s Amateur Championship. She and Lang, who finished as runner-up, met twice in the event; Lang winning the first match, Bourbeau the second.
This year, on the JPNEWT’s third stop, they met only once, in the finals of the $1,000-added event that drew 45 entrants to Yale Billiards. Lang got by Mollee Kranes (1), Susan White (0), Erica Testa (5) and Mindy Maialetti (4) to arrive at a winners’ side semifinal against Emily Duddy, who, by the way, finished in the tie for 7th place in the JPNEWT event won by Bourbeau back in 2010. Bourbeau, in the meantime, after being awarded an opening round bye, was defeated in her first match by Testa 7-4 and was off to the loss-side races where she would proceed to win nine in a row and challenge Lang in the finals. She played (11) and won (9) more matches overall, more than anyone in the tournament.
Advancing to meet Lang in the hot seat match was Alyssa Solt, Maryland State’s current Women’s Bar-box 8-Ball Champion. After an opening round bye, she survived an opening round, double-hill battle versus
Renee Lafferty, downed Catherine Fiorilla 7-5 and Giovanna Napolitano 7-2 to arrive at her winners’ side semifinal against Emily Cady.
The two ‘Emily’s went west. Solt sent Cady to the loss side 7-3, as Lang defeated Duddy 7-2. Lang grabbed the hot seat 7-2 over Solt and began a three-hour wait to face Bourbeau in the finals.
On the loss side, Bourbeau was wreaking havoc. Through the first five matches of her nine-match trip on that side of the bracket, she gave up a total of only five racks; three shutouts, two matches in which she gave up a single rack and one match (against Christine Pross) in which she gave up three. She’d recently eliminated Angela Tierney (0) and Dawn Fox (1) to draw Cady. Emily Duddy picked up Erica Testa, who, after being defeated by Lang, went on a more modest four-match, loss-side streak that had involved two double-hill wins and the recent elimination of Napolitano (1) and Carol V. Clark (one of the double-hill wins).
Bourbeau downed Cady 7-5 and advanced to the quarterfinals. Duddy and Testa locked up in a double-hill fight that eventually allowed Duddy to join Bourbeau.
Bourbeau chalked up her eighth loss-side win, eliminating Duddy 7-3 and then gave up just a single rack to Solt in the semifinals. The two 2022 APA National Women’s Amateur Champions set up to go head-to-head, again, in the finals of the JPNEWT’s third 2023 event.
In that APA Amateur event, 15 months ago at Stroker’s in Palm Harbor, FL, Lang and Bourbeau advanced through a 46-entrant field to square off for the first time in the hot seat match. Lang prevailed, sending Bourbeau off to the semifinals against JPNEWT veteran, Tina Malm. Bourbeau defeated Malm and then, downed Lang 9-4 in the finals to secure her second APA Amateur Championship title (first in 2015).
With that final match loss, echoing around somewhere in her head, Lang got down to the business of shelving the past and facing the present. The woman who had won four out of every five games she’d played on the loss side to get to the finals (63 of 77), was held to a single rack in those finals by the woman who’d been more or less waiting for her to get there. Lang completed her undefeated run to claim her first JPNEWT title 7-1.
Tour director Briana Miller thanked the ownership and staff at Yale Billiards for their hospitality, as well as title sponsor J. Pechauer Custom Cues, Fort Worth Billiards, PA ProAm Pool and The Sharkstream (for the stream). The next stop on the JPNEWT, scheduled for Saturday, June 17, will be a $500-added event, hosted by Bluegrass Billiards in Philadelphia, PA.
2023 STOP 4
- 46 player field -
1st $800 Briana Miller
2nd $600 Joann Mason Parker
3rd $450 Caroline Pao
4th $350 Emily Buddy
5th $225 Charlene Capers
$225 Rachel Walters
7th $150 Ashlee Trinci
$150 Kia Burwell
9th $ 75 Billie Billing
$ 75 Cecilia Straine
$ 75 Jay Pass
$ 75 Nicole Nester
L-R: Joann Mason Parker, Caroline Pao, Emily Buddy, Briana Miller
MILLER COMES FROM THE LOSS SIDE TO CHALK UP HER THIRD 2023 JPNEWT WIN
~ Skip Maloney, AZBilliards, June 20, 2023
There is an on-going debate in the regional pool tour community about the wisdom of two-day events. On one side of the debate are players who execute a cost/benefit analysis, determine that the prize money offered proves to be considerably less if players have to factor in one, possibly two nights in a motel and thus, prefer to play out a given tournament in a single day. The other side of the debate argues that single-day tournaments that play out in a room with limited tables and large fields of entrants have a way of finishing at 4 a.m. in the morning of Day Two. Expecting the tournament’s final four or so players to be at their best at that time of the day is unrealistic and likely to impact the ‘reward’ end of the equation.
As a player and tour director of the J. Pechauer Northeast Women’s Tour since the year began, Briana Miller has attempted to accommodate both sides of this debate, and other debates as well, including the institution of different tournament formats, like a round robin phase, followed by a single-elimination round. Miller has been offering members of the tour the opportunity to do one or the other, or both. The opening event of the season was scheduled for a single day. The second, employing the Round Robin/single-elimination format was a two-day event. The third was a single-day event, as was this past weekend’s (Saturday, June 17) tour stop (#4). According to its DigitalPool record (subject to being recorded when the person doing the data entry actually does it), the semifinals of Stop #4 finished at 2:26 a.m. on Sunday morning. The finals ended at just after 4 a.m.
It’s hard to know, of course, an individual’s state of mind as it was at 4 o’clock on a given morning, but the time of day did not appear to affect Miller’s performance at the tables. She lost her third-round match to Emily Duddy on Saturday afternoon and had to win seven on the loss side to face Joann Mason Parker in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Having reduced the standard, extended-race-to-nine format of the finals into an extended-race-to-eight format, Miller had to win six games before Parker did, which would extend the winner’s necessary total to 8. Miller did that and as it turned out, she and Parker battled to double-hill (7-7) in the final match before Miller closed it out to claim her third 2023 JPNEWT title. The $1,000-added event drew 46 entrants to Bluegrass Billiards in Philadelphia, PA.
After an opening round bye, Parker gave up only one rack in each of her first three games, to Ada Lio, Giovanna Napolitano and Emily Duddy (who had just sent Miller to the loss side 6-4). Parker faced Rachel Walters in one of the winners’ side semifinals. Caroline Pao, the WPBA’s #1 American competitor, started her journey to the same place with a bit of a roller coaster ride, opening with a shutout over Cassandra Borrell before running into a double-hill battle against Mindy Maialetti. Pao advanced, giving up a single rack to Marie Althouse, two to Kia Burwell and arrived at a winners’ side semifinal match against Charlene Capers.
Pao got into the hot seat match with a shutout over Capers. Parker joined her after sending Walters to the loss side 6-3. It was Parker claiming the hot seat 6-4, sending Pao off to the semifinals against Miller.
On the loss side, Miller and Duddy were on a collision course to a rematch in the quarterfinals. Miller followed her winners’ side loss to Duddy by winning her first three matches on the loss side by an aggregate score of 15-2, giving up one each to Maialetti and Jay Pass and none at all (in the middle) to Alyssa Solt. Kia Burwell then put up a double-hill fight against her, with Miller advancing to pick up Rachel Walters. Duddy followed her winners’ side loss to Parker with a double-hill win over Billie Billing and a 5-3 win over Ashlee Trinci to draw Charlene Capers.
Miller got into the quarterfinals with a 5-2 win over Walters and was joined by Duddy, who’d eliminated Capers by the same score. Miller would give up only two racks in her next two games; one each to Duddy in the quarterfinals and Caroline Pao in the semifinals.
In their only meeting, Miller and Parker set out on a double-hill road that was chasing dawn. The match won by about two hours. Miller won the match, reaching six games first and then, after she and Parker had won a seventh game, dropping the last 9-ball in the deciding, single game to claim her third 2023 JPNEWT title.
Miller thanked the ownership and staff at Bluegrass Billiards for their hospitality, as well as title sponsor J. Pechauer Custom Cues, Fort Worth Billiards, Turtle Racks by Mezz Cues, and for the live stream, PA Pro-Am Pool. The next event on the JPNEWT, scheduled for the weekend of July 29-30, will be hosted by Stroker’s Bar & Billiards in Pelham, NH.
2023 STOP 5
- 32 player (full) field -
1st $800 Briana Miller
2nd $600 Katie Bowse
3rd $400 Ashley Benoit
4th $250 Erica Testa
5th $135 Jamie Cabral
$135 Charlene Capers
7th $ 80 Jane Imm
$ 80 Samantha Barrett
l-r: Jane Imm, Jamie Cabral, Charlene Capers, Ashley Benoit, Erica Testa, Briana Miller, Samantha Barrett, Katie Bowse
l-r: Katie Bowse, Jeff Burnham (Strokers owner), Briana Miller
MILLER GOES UNDEFEATED TO WIN HER 4TH JPNEWT STOP
~ Skip Maloney, AZBilliards, July 31, 2023
While the evidence is more anecdotal than actually measured, it would appear, after five stops on the 2023 J. Pechaeur Northeast Women’s Tour (JPNEWT), that innovations brought to bear by Briana Miller when she took the helm of the tour in January are working to bring fresh faces to the tables, and new locations for the tables. Case in point from this past weekend’s (July 29-30) event: Katie Bowse from Port St. Lucie, FL, who, though unable to prevent Miller from going undefeated and winning her fourth tour event of the year, did challenge her in the hot seat match and finals. Both Bowse and the venue where she finished as runner-up were newcomers to the tour. The $1,000-added stop drew a pre-set 32 entrants to Strokers Bar & Billiards in Pelham, NH.
In their first two matches combined (34 games), Miller and Bowse gave up a total of 6 racks. Miller gave up two each to Amanda Laverriere and Charlene Capers, while Bowse gave up a total of two (one each) to Stephanie Rickett and Latonia Taylor. Bowse advanced to down Sarah Archer 7-2 in a winners’ side quarterfinal and pick up Ashley Benoit in one of the winners’ side semifinals. Miller defeated Jean Minyety 7-1 and drew Erica Testa in the other winners’ side semifinal.
Miller got into the hot seat match with her third 7-2 win, over Testa, while Bowse watched Benoit chalk up more racks against her than all three of her previous opponents combined. Not enough though, as Bowse advanced 7-5 to join Miller in the hot seat match. Given their paths to the eventual match against each other, one might have expected the ‘over’ to prevail in an over/under bet (in other words, betting that the number of games would be closer to double hill than a shutout in the hot seat match). It didn’t turn out that way. Miller gave up just one rack and claimed the hot seat.
Testa and Benoit moved to the loss side, downed their first opponents and advanced to the quarterfinals. Testa had picked up Charlene Capers, who’d followed her loss to Miller with four straight wins that had recently eliminated Catherine Fiorilla 7-3 and Jane Im, double hill. Testa ended her loss-side streak 7-3. Jamie Cabral, who’d lost her opening match (to Michelle Haddock), won five straight on the loss side, including two double-hill matches. She’d recently eliminated Minyety 7-3 and (in the second double-hill match) Samantha Barrett. Benoit, who’d not held an opponent to a single rack since her opening round match against Jozy Vienneau, opened her loss-side work by giving up just one to Cabral and advanced to quarterfinal.
Benoit followed her first loss-side win with a shutout over Erica Testa in those quarterfinals. Bowse, though, was not to be denied her second shot at Miller in the hot seat. She defeated Benoit in the semifinals 7-5 and earned the shot.
Bowse did better in her second matchup versus Miller, but not by a lot. Instead of giving up just a single rack as she’d done in the hot seat match, Miller gave up only two and claimed her fourth 2023 event title.
Miller thanked the ownership and staff at Strokers Bar & Billiards for their hospitality, along with title sponsor J. Pechauer Custom Cues, Fort Worth Billiards Superstore, Onboard Sportswear (from which one can pre-order JPNEWT apparel), Jodie Thompson (for the live stream), Mezz Cues and Advanced Pool Instructor George Hammerbacher. The next stop (#6) on the JPNEWT, scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 19-20, will be a $750-added event, hosted by First Break Sports Bar in Sterling, VA.
2023 STOP 6
First Break Sports Bar
- 14 player field -
1st $500 Briana Miller
(split) $500 Kia Burwell
3rd $220 Judie Wilson
$220 Linda Shea
l-r: Linda Shea, Kia Burwell, Judie Wilson, Briana Miller
MILLER AND BURWELL SPLIT TOP PRIZES ON JPNEWT ROUND ROBIN STOP
~ Skip Maloney, AZBilliards, August 23, 2023
It was an unusual stop for the J. Pechauer Northeast Women’s Tour (JPNEWT) this past weekend. Well, actually only Saturday, August 19. The tour’s plan for an event, hosting its usual array of competitive women didn’t materialize. When the scheduled start time had passed with only 14 entrants signed on to compete in the tournament being hosted by First Break Sports Bar in Sterling, VA, tour director Briana Miller made an executive decision. Instead of proceeding with a double-elimination bracket, she decided to utilize a Round Robin format that would avoid elimination of a good percentage of the field within a matter of a couple of hours.
In a 16-entrant, double-elimination bracket accommodating 14 players, there would have been two opening-round byes and six of the 12 that competed in the first round would move to the loss side, where shortly, three more would be gone in the opening loss-side round, etc., etc., etc. With the round robin format, a number of the 14 players, eight of them to be exact, would be afforded the opportunity to play at least three matches, win or lose. The 14 were divided into four groups; two with 4 players and two with 3 players. Each competitor would play opponents within their group and since it’s impossible for a player to compete against themselves, each member of the four-player groups would play three opponents, while each of the three-player groups would play 2 opponents. In races to 5, one player from each group (the one with the most wins in that group) would advance to a quick pair of semifinal matches plus one final match. And that’s how it went down.
Former tour director Linda Shea earned her spot in the semifinals by winning all three matches in her group by an aggregate score of 15-4, downing Vanessa
Hood (3), Taylor Perkins (0) and Kara Stotler (1). Current
tour director Briana Miller won her two matches (10-2), defeating Lynn Richard (0) and Debra Pavan-Peterman (2) to join Shea in one of the semifinals.
Judie Wilson advanced to the other semifinal with an aggregate score of 15-11, winning two double-hill matches against Kelly Wyatt and June Prescop before defeating Peng Wu (3). She was joined in that other semifinal by Kia Burwell, who, winning the two matches in her group, gave up only a single rack in matches against Karlene Goodrich (1) and Cecilia Strain (0).
Wilson got out to a quick 4-0 lead in her semifinal match against Burwell, but only won three of the next 10 games. Burwell dropped the deciding 9-ball in the double-hill, 15th game and advanced to the finals. The two JPNEWT tour directors (former and current) came within a game of double-hill, but Miller got out in front by a pair and joined Burwell in the finals with an 8-6 win over Shea.
Burwell and Miller opted out of a final match. They negotiated the split and called it a day.
Miller thanked the ownership and staff at First Break Sports Bar for their hospitality, along with title sponsor J. Pechauer Custom Cues, Fort Worth Billiards Superstore, Turtle Racks by Mezz Cues and Frank Maialetti for his PA Pro-Am Pool streaming services. The next stop on the JPNEWT has already created some excitement among tour members as 82 of them (so far) have signed on to the 1st Annual Pennsylvania State Women’s 9-Ball Championships. Scheduled for the weekend of September 16-17, the $1,500-added event, presented by JPNEWT and PA Pro-Am Pool will be hosted by Bluegrass Billiards in Philadelphia, PA.