2011 Tour Season Kick Off to Feature World’s Top 48 Women Pool Players
MT. PLEASANT, MI – The Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort will host the best female billiard players in the world January 5-9, 2011 when the Women’s Professional Billiard Association WPBA Masters kicks off the 2011 Women’s Pro Billiard Tour season.

Between Thursday, January 6, and Saturday, January 8, the top 48 players will cue off during two sessions each day in double elimination play. The tournament will culminate on Sunday, January 9 at 1 p.m., when the final four players remaining will compete for the title of WPBA Masters Champion. These final-round matches will be taped by ESPN for future television broadcasts, beginning in January.

The legendary Jeanette Lee, known as “The Black Widow,” is slated to compete, along with Hall of Fame players Allison Fisher, Ewa Mataya Laurance and Lansing, Michigan’s own Vicki Paski, one of the founding members of the Women’s Pro Billiard Tour. Also competing: the 2009 World Games Gold Medalist and reigning U.S. Open 9-Ball champion Ga Young Kim; 2010 World 10-Ball Champion Jasmin Ouschan of Austria; and newly crowned World Junior 9-Ball Champion Brittany Bryant of Toronto, Canada. Photo and autograph opportunities will be available throughout the week.The event kicks off January 5th with a Pro-Am Charity Event.

Concurrent with the WPBA Masters will be the Soaring Eagle Open, featuring amateur 8-Ball and 9-Ball tournaments in men and women’s divisions, with over $10,000 in prize money. This event will begin on Thursday, January 6 and continue through Sunday, January 9. Visit www.soaringeagleopen.com for more information.

Women’s Pro Billiard Tour at Soaring Eagle Casino: Player Field:

Jasmin Ouschan                             Karen Corr                            Ga Young Kim
Gerda Hofstatter                             Allison Fisher                         Kelly Fisher
Jeanette Lee                                   Vivian Villarreal                     Monica Webb
Line Kjorsvik                                   Melissa Little                         Julie Kelly
Liz Ford                                           Brittany Bryant                      Helena Thornfeldt
Sarah Rousey                                 Tracie Majors                        Tamara Rademakers
Dawn Hopkins                                Jennifer Chen                        Jennifer Barretta
Ewa Laurance                                Nicole Keeney                        Laura Smith
Cathy Metzinger                             Naomi Williams                      Eleanor Callado
Kim White                                       Morgan Steinman                  Belinda Calhoun
Amy Chen                                       Val Finnie                              Emily Duddy
Susan Williams                               Janet Atwell                           Liz Cole
Maureen Seto                                 Joanne Ashton                      Veronique Menard
Vicki Paski                                       Erin McManus                       Tina Hess
Melissa Rademakers                      Cheryl Pritchard                     Borana Andoni
Jana Montour                                  Jessica Barnes                      Jaqui Hererra

About the Women’s Professional Billiard Association (WPBA)
The WPBA was established in 1976 as the Women’s Professional Billiard Alliance, and will celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2011 as the oldest pro player organization in the sport. The WPBA sanctions and produces the Women’s Pro Billiard Tour, which features ESPN-televised events with the world’s greatest women players. Visit www.wpba.com for more. The WPBA Classic Tour is sponsored by the American Poolplayers Association, Diamond Billiards, Iwan Simonis, Cuetec Cues, Delta 13, Pooldawg, Mueller Recreational Products and Aramith.

About the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
The Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort is the Midwest’s premier AAA Four Diamond gaming and hospitality destination offering top-name entertainment year-round, award-winning dining, high stakes bingo and a full-service spa. For more information, visit www.soaringeaglecasino.com

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