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By Jeanette Lee
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July: Women In Tourn.
July 2015

Q: There seem to be very few women's professional tournaments in the U.S. these days. Why is that? And, since the tournament opportunities are so few and far between, how long does it take you to get your game tournament-ready when an event does come up?

Debbie O'Halloran, St. Paul, Minn.

A: When the economy crashed some years ago, it hit the whole billiard industry really hard. Billiard companies, who were the primary sponsors of the WPBA Classic Tour, had to make cuts everywhere, and it included cutting support of our pro events. Without sponsors, our tour really struggled to continue putting on well-produced events. Then we lost our TV contract with ESPN. All we can do now is hope that we get a major sponsor so we can put on some events to showcase our pros and the talents we possess. As far as preparation goes, a solid four hours a day should be enough to keep my game competition sharp. It is tough to do that when we don't know when another event will happen, but I keep practicing and playing, just because I love this game.



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