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Women to compete for 9-ball championship berth in Taipei

By Sean Scanlan  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

Seven positions are up for grabs in this weekend's qualifying tournament in Taipei, offering non-ranked amateurs and local hustlers the chance to gain a spot in the Amway Women's Pool Association 9-Ball Championship on March 1.

Women can register for one of three daily tournaments scheduled today, tomorrow and Monday. Registrations need to be processed 30 minutes before competition begins each day at 9am and the fee is US$70 (NT$2,274).

"This tournament is open to anyone who didn't receive a qualifying bid for the Amway Cup," tournament organizer Robert Huang said.

Huang estimates that Taiwan has more than 60,000 female pool players, accounting for nearly one-third of the regular membership at some 600 pool halls around the nation.

The qualifying tournament is likely to attract around 100 players, with 70 foreign competitors pre-registering and another 20 entrants signing up at the event. Forty-eight players will compete in the Amway Cup.

The Amway Cup first ran in 1998 and was originally an invitational. This year the tournament is being run as an open.

A number of seeds will be decided after the qualifying tournament, which will be series of single elimination tournaments held on successive days.

Each match will be a race to seven, with the winner breaking.

The winner and runner-up today and tomorrow gain a berth, while the top four places gain a bid on the final day of competition.

The event will take place at the Cue Master Billiard Club located in Ximending at Hankou Street, Sec. 2, No. 54, on the ninth floor.

Spectators are welcome to watch the competition, with final rounds expected to start at 6pm each evening. The hall has over 20 tables.

The event is organized and promoted by Mr. Tu's Sports, the Chinese Taipei Billiards Association and Videoland Sports.

The Amway Cup will run from March 1 to March 5 at the Taipei Gymnasium located on Nanking Road, Sec. 4, No. 10.

Hsu Mei-lu of Taiwan, the 2005 Amway Cup winner, South Korean Kim Ga-yum and American Jennifer Barretta, are slated to compete in this year's Amway Cup. Barretta is ranked 13th in the world and was Miss November in Playboy magazine.

Unfortunately, pro pool's other heartthrob, Jeannette "The Black Widow" Lee can't make it to the Amway Cup as she is playing in another tournament that ends on Feb. 27, and will then participate in a pool exhibition for the US Navy.

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