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2024 ARCHIVES

2024 EVENT 1

March 9-10

Shooters Family Billiards

Wayne NJ

 

          - 32 player field -

  1st  $725  Briana Miller

  2nd  $525  Rachel Lang

  3rd  $350  Joann Mason Parker

  4th  $250  Giovanna Napolitano

  5th  $120  Kia Burwell

       $120  Melissa Jenkins

  7th  $ 75  Jay Pass

       $ 75  Linda Cheung

 

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Briana Miller

MILLER GOES UNDEFEATED TO WIN 2024 SEASON OPENER OF J. PECHAUER NORTHEAST WOMEN’S TOUR

~ Skip Maloney, AZBilliards, March 14, 2024

Adopting the idea that 'a picture is worth a thousand words,’ we offer the graphic representation of what Briana Miller has accomplished on the J. Pechauer Northeast Women’s Tour (JPNEWT) over the past two years, during which time, she has also been the tour’s director. Last year’s accomplishments are in the top row (l to r) and the year before, the bottom row.

      2023

      Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Oct Nov Dec

        1      1     13    1     1  split   2     1      1     1      5

      2022

      Mar Apr May Jun Jul Jul Aug Oct Nov Dec

        1      1      -     1    1    2    1      2      1   split    

‘Split’ means there was not a final match. And ‘no,’ we don’t know what happened last May. Translated, it all means that Miller has won 40% of the JPNEWT events (14 of 21, not including ‘splits’) in which she has competed over the past two years. The chart does not include (though the percentage calculation does) that she won this past weekend’s (March 9-10), 2024 season opener, going undefeated at the $750-added event which drew 32 entrants to Shooter’s Family Billiards in Wayne, NJ.

In the four matches that preceded her appearance in the hot seat match (30 games), Miller gave up just two racks; one to Jenn Pederson and another to Bianca Martinez in the first two rounds. She then shut out both Linda Cheung and, in a winners’ side semifinal, Melissa Jenkins.

Miller’s eventual opponent in the hot seat match, Rachel Lang, had something of a ‘tougher row to hoe’ as she opened her campaign in a double-hill battle against Shuang Gao. She survived that to down Roseann Daw 7-3 before Joann Mason challenged her, double hill, in a winners’ side quarterfinal. She advanced again to up give up a single rack to Giovanna Napolitano in the other winners’ side semifinal.

Lang chalked up more than twice as many racks against Miller in the hot seat match than all of Miller’s previous opponents combined. It was one of those almost double-hill matches (7-5) that sent Lang off to the semifinals, leaving Miller in the hot seat. If there were a generic, physical JPNEWT ‘hot seat’ – a director’s chair, for example –  they could create one with Miller’s name on it and it would be right, most of the time.

Jenkins came over to the loss side and picked up Mason, who’d followed her narrow loss to Miller with two straight shutouts, over Judie Wilson and Jay Pass.

Napolitano drew Kia Burwell, who’d been sent to the loss side by Bianca Martinez in the opening round and worked her way through five matches that included the recent elimination of Carol V. Clark 7-2 and Linda Cheung 7-3.

Parker defeated Jenkins 7-1, as Napolitano sent Burwell home 7-4. Parker then defeated Napolitano 7-3 in the quarterfinals, before suffering the same 7-3 fate at the hands of Lang in the semifinals.

Miller tightened the racks-against screws in the finals. She gave up two less (3) than she’d given up in the hot seat match, completing her undefeated run to claim her 14th JPNEWT title and her first of the new season. 

Miller, in her role as tour director, thanked the ownership and staff at Shooters Family Billiards for their hospitality, as well as title sponsor J. Pechauer Custom Cues, Fort Worth Billiards Superstore, InTheBox Sportswear, PA Pro-Am Pool, Mezz Cues and George Hammerbacher (Advanced Pool Instructor).

For its next stop, the JPNEWT will return to the city/town of Somersworth, NH (it’s officially recognized as both) on the state’s southeastern border with Maine. The $1,000-added event, scheduled for the weekend of April 6-7, will be hosted by Buster’s Billiards in Somersworth.

2024 EVENT 2

April 6-7

Busters Billiards

Somersworth NH

 

          - 38 player field -

  1st  $825  Briana Miller

  2nd  $615  Emily Buddy

  3rd  $410  Ashley Benoit

  4th  $300  Stacey Tonkin

  5th  $160  Sandy Cheng

       $160  Donna Switzer

  7th  $100  Jane Im

       $100  Mindy Maialetti

 

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Emily Duddy, Briana Miller

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Jane Im, Emily Daddy, Ashley Benoit, Stacey Tonkin, Donna Switzer, Briana Miller, Sandy Cheng, Mindy Maialetti

MILLER WINS 17TH JPNEWT IN THE PAST THREE YEARS AT A STOP IN THE GRANITE STATE

~ Skip Maloney, AZBilliards, April 10, 2024

In a way of figuring out how to say, yet another time, that Briana Miller won a stop on the J. Pechauer Northeast Women’s Tour (JPNEWT), we searched for the Numerology significance of her latest victory – #17, earned over the past three years. She picked up that 17th win this past weekend (April 6-7), going undefeated at a $1,000-added event that drew 38 entrants to Buster’s Billiards in Somersworth, NH.

Turns out, according to the Affinity Numerology Web site that 17 is a “business number, specifically an independent business. People with that number in a major position on their numerology chart tend to be focused on building things intended to last for many generations, either material or social, and doing the building in their self-determined way.”

Sounds about right, as Miller, in her second full year as JPNEWT’s tour director, has arguably done as much in that position as she’s done at the tables for all 17 of her wins; the tour being in New Hampshire over the weekend being one of many ways that she’s impacted the ‘business’ of the JPNEWT, while simultaneously ‘building’ on her own skills at the table.

Miller was challenged twice in the event by WPBA compatriot, Emily Duddy. Miller opened with victories over Mindy Maialetti 7-2, Amanda Connolly 7-1 and Erica Testa 7-4 to draw Duddy in the first of their two in one of the winners’ side semifinals. Ashley Benoit, in the meantime, got by Hannah Leedberg and Emily Smith, both 7-3 and then, defeated Amanda Laverriere 7-5 to pick up Stacey Tonkin in the other winners’ side semifinal.

Miller defeated Duddy the first time 7-3, as Benoit advanced to join her in the hot seat match with a 7-1 victory over Tonkin. Miller and Benoit battled to double hill before Miller closed it out to claim the seat.

 

On the loss side, Duddy opened up against Donna Switzer, who came into the match with four loss-side wins that included the recent elimination of Laverriere 7-4 and Jane Im 7-3. Tonkin drew Sandy Cheng, who’d lost her opening match to Laverriere and was at the tail end of a six-match, loss-side streak that had recently eliminated Erica Testa 7-4 and Mindy Maialetti 7-3.

Duddy and Tonkin ended both loss-side streaks. Cheng put up a double-hill fight versus Tonkin, but it was Tonkin who advanced to the quarterfinal. Duddy downed Switzer 7-2 to join her.

Duddy won the next two matches 7-5, defeating Tonkin in the quarterfinals and Benoit in the semifinals for a second shot at Miller, waiting for her in the hot seat. Miller concluded her ‘business-like’ undefeated run with a second victory over Duddy 7-2.

In her role as TD, Miller thanked the ownership and staff at Buster’s along with title sponsor J. Pechauer Custom Cues, Fort Worth Billiards Superstore, InTheBox Sportswear, PA Pro-Am Pool (livestream), Mezz Cues and George Hammerbacher (Advanced Pool Instructor). The JPNEWT will be back in New England for its next stop. Scheduled for the weekend of May 18-19, the $1,000-added event will be hosted by Yale Billiards in Wallingford, CT. 

2024 EVENT 3

May 18

Yale Billiards

Wallingford CT

 

          - 24 player field -

 split  $650  Joann Mason Parker

        $650  Briana Miller

  3rd   $350  Rachel Lang   **

  4th   $270  Stacie Bourbeau

  5th   $125  Ada Lio

        $125  Shuang Gao

 

 ** WPBA Qualifier | Soaring Eagle

 

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Briana Miller, Joann Mason Parker,, Ada Lio, Shuang Gao,, Rachel Lang, Stacie Bourbeau

PARKER AND MILLER SPLIT TOP PRIZES ON J. PECHAUER NORTHEAST WOMEN’S TOUR

~ Skip Maloney, AZBilliards, May 20,, 2024

New York’s Joann Mason Parker has ‘retired’ from pool on a number of occasions, the latest being a 10-year hiatus from 2011 to 2021; all based on earnings recorded, which in those 10 years amounted to ‘none.’ She did it the first time in 1993 to raise a family. Most of her major titles were earned before AZBilliards went on-line in 1998 and there were a bunch of them: 1988’s McDermott Masters, 1990’s US Open 9-Ball Championships (at which she got by both Ewa Mataya Laurence and Loree Jon Jones). She was 1991’s Runner-up at WPA World 9-Ball Championships and 1992’s Runner-up in the International Open 9-Ball Championships. Before all of that, she was the New York State Champion from 1987-1992, the Big Apple 9-Ball Champion from 1988-1991 and the New England 9-Ball Champion from 1990-1992.

There are more, but she’s been back at the tables now, fairly steadily, since 2021, when she showed up to win a stop on the Garden State Pool Tour, finish in third place on the Predator Tri-State Tour and then, at the Triple Crown Women’s Invitational at Q Master Billiards in Virginia Beach (November) finished as runner-up to Monica Webb in 14:1 Straight Pool, third to Liz Taylor and Kaylee McIntosh in 10-Ball, and fourth, behind Monica Webb, Julie Cone, and Janet Atwell in One Pocket. It was a multi-disciplined return to the tables and her best recorded earnings year since 1999, at least as far back as we’ve been able to track those earnings.

This past weekend (May 18-19), in search of her first recorded win of 2023, Parker ran into the juggernaut of the J. Pechauer Northeast Women’s Tour’s director and top competitor, Briana Miller, who was looking for her 18th win on the tour over the past three years. They met once, in the hot seat match and early on Sunday morning, opted out of a final. As the undefeated occupant of the hot seat at the time, Parker was the official winner, while Miller had to settle for the split, something that has only happened twice over her three-year, sustained reign as the tour’s top competitor. The $1,000-added event drew 24 entrants to Yale Billiards in Wallingford, CT.

Parker opened up with a shutout over Carol Clark, downed Ashley Benoit 7-3 and gave up just a single rack to Erica Testa, all of which put her in a winners’ side semifinal against Rachel Lang. Miller, in the meantime, opened with a shutout, as well, over Jacqueline Loving. She then sent Angie Simpson (3) and Dawn Luz (4) to the loss side and drew Ada Lio in the other winners’ side semifinal.

Miller shut Lio out to earn her spot in the hot seat match. Lang, coming off her best recorded earnings year (’23), was looking for her first win of 2024 and put up a fight against Parker, chalking up five against her before Parker edged out in front to win 7-5. As might have been expected the battle for the hot seat did go double hill and Parker claimed it.

Lang came over to the loss side and picked up Shuang Gao, who’d lost her opening match to Dawn Luz before embarking on a four-match, winning streak that had recently eliminated Lara Won 7-5 and Ashley Benoit, double hill. Stacie Bourbeau, who’d lost a winners’ side quarterfinal to Lang, survived a double-hill match against Carol Clark, and defeated Erica Testa 7-3 to pick up Lio.

Lang defeated Gao 7-4, Bourbeau eliminated Lio 7-5 and the quarterfinal Lang/Bourbeau rematch was on. Lang had given up 4 to Bourbeau in the winners’ side match. She reduced that number to one in the quarterfinals and advanced to face Miller in the semifinals.

Miller and Lang had faced each other twice in the tour’s season opener back in March. Miller had won them both; hot seat and finals. In that same opener, Lang had defeated Parker twice, once in a double-hill, winners’ side quarterfinal and again, 7-3, in the semifinals. So, while Lang was in the position she was in as a result of a loss to Parker in a winners’ side semifinal, her prospects, though not guaranteed, looked pretty good if she could just put Miller to rest for a shot at Parker in the finals.  

Didn’t happen. Miller gave up just two racks to Lang, just before opening negotiations for a split of the top two prizes with Parker. Because both Miller and Parker have already qualified for upcoming WPBA events, Rachel Lang became the recipient of this event’s qualifying slot for a future WPBA event. 

With her ‘tour director’ cap on, Miller thanked the ownership and staff at Yale Billiards for their hospitality, along with title sponsor J. Pechauer Custom Cues, Fort Worth Billiards Superstore, In the Box Sportswear, PA Pro-Am Pool, Mezz Cues and George Hammerbacher (Advanced Pool Instructor). The next stop on the JPNEWT, scheduled for the weekend of June 8-9 and hosted by Capital City Billiards in Concord, NH, will be a $1,000-added, 8-ball event. It will serve as a qualifying event for the WPBA’s Capital City Billiards Invitational in November.

2024 EVENT 4

June 8

Capital City Billiards

Wallingford CT

 

          - 35 player field -

 split  $800  Ashley Benoit

        $625  Briana Miller

  3rd   $450  Savannah Easton

  4th   $300  Stacie Bourbeau

  5th   $130  Amanda Soucy  **

        $130  Erica Testa

  7th   $ 80  Shuang Gao

        $ 80  Sandy Cheng

 

 ** WPBA Qualifier | Capital City

 

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l-r: Stacie Bourbeau, Ashley Benoit, Savannah Easton, Briana Miller

BENOIT AND MILLER SPLIT TOP PRIZES ON JPNEWT STOP IN CONCORD, NH

~ Skip Maloney, AZBilliards, June 10,, 2024

For the second event in a row, Briana Miller, tour director and top competitor on the J. Pechauer Northeast Women’s Tour (JPNEWT), opted out of a final match against the competitor who occupied the hot seat at the ‘closing bell.’ Last month, at Yale Billiards in Wallingford, CT, that competitor was Joann Mason Parker. This past weekend, June 8-9, it was Ashley Benoit, who’s in the midst of her best recorded earnings year (of three) and defeated Miller in a winners’ side semifinal. Miller’s two previous tour stop wins, in March and April, allowed her to stay atop the JPNEWT leaderboard, ahead of Benoit, whose finish moved her ahead of Rachel Lang and Parker in the standings. The weekend’s $1,000-added, 8-ball event drew 35 entrants to Capital City Billiards in Concord, NH.

In races to 5, Benoit got by Kennedy Dunn (1), Diane Casey (0) and Sandy Cheng and drew Miller in their winners’ side semifinal match. Working from the opposite end of the bracket, 13-year-old Savannah Easton, who’s been recording payouts here on AZ since she was 10 years old, recorded her best recorded earnings year so far in 2022, missed beating her 2022 earnings in 2023 by $20, and is well on her way to making this year her best, set out to join Benoit in the hot seat match. She defeated Rachel Lang (2), Mindy Maialetti (2) and shut out Hannah Leedberg, to draw Stacie Bourbeau in the other winners’ side semifinal. 

Benoit and Miller locked up in a double-hill battle that did, eventually, send Benoit to the hot seat match. She was joined by Easton who shut out Bourbeau. Benoit gave up just a single rack to the teenager and claimed the hot seat.

On the loss side, Miller would face three opponents in her quest to get back to the finals and give up just a single rack to each one of them. She started out against Erica Testa, whom she’d defeated in the

second winners’ side round. Testa moved over and won four straight to meet her a second time. In races to 4, Testa recorded every possible score against her four opponents; Susan Brooks (0), Rachel Lang (3), Stacey Tonkin (2) and Shuang Gao (1). Bourbeau drew Amanda Soucy, who’d lost her winners’ side quarterfinal match to Miller and then won two straight, double-hill battles vs. Carol V. Clark and Sandy Cheng.

Miller gave up her first single rack to Testa and advanced to the quarterfinals. Bourbeau joined her after giving up only two to Soucy. Miller defeated Bourbeua 4-1 and completed her loss-side trip with a third 4-1 win, over Savannah Easton.

Negotiations got underway between Benoit and Miller to split the top two prizes. As the undefeated occupant of the hot seat (and having defeated Miller earlier), Benoit became the event’s official winner.

In addition to the cash prizes, the event served as a qualifier for the WPBA’s Capital City Invitational, scheduled for Nov. 21-24 at the same location. With other competitors already qualified for that event, Amanda Soucy was awarded the qualifying spot. 

In her role as Tour Director, Miller thanked the ownership and staff at Capital City Billiards for their hospitality, along with title sponsor J. Pechauer Custom Cues, Fort Worth Billiards Superstore, In the Box Sportswear, PA Pro-Am Pool, Mezz Cues and George Hammerbacher (Advanced Pool Instructor). 

The JPNEWT will host another WPBA qualifying event at its next stop, scheduled for the weekend of July 13-14. The winner, or the highest finisher not already qualified, will earn an invitation to the WPBA’s Cuespeed NAPA Invitational, set for Oct. 10-13, at Railyard Billiards and Sports Pub in Louisville, KY.

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