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WPBA Announces Host for 2015 Regional Tour Championships

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The Women's Professional Billiard Association ("WPBA"), through the Regional Tours Committee, is pleased to announce that Breakers Sky Lounge in Herndon, VA will host the 14th Annual WPBA Regional Tour Championships ("RTC"). The WPBA would like to thank Shanna Lewis, Billiards Operational Manager at Breakers Sky Lounge, for completing the RFP process and congratulate Breakers Sky Lounge for being selected to host the ultimate event in regional tour competition.

The RTC will be held January 8th-11th, 2015 and consist of 64 players competing in a double, round robin/single elimination format. WPBA Regional Tour Players from across the U.S. and Canada, who qualify through one of (14) WPBA Regional Tours and are WPBA members in good standing, will be invited to participate. The winner of this prestigious event takes home the title "2015 WPBA Regional Tour Champion", a portion of over $11,000* in prize money, and WPBA Exempt Player status which guarantees an invite to each 2015 WPBA Tour Event.

This will be the first combined, RTC on the east coast since 2008 and is sure to delight many local billiard enthusiasts. Spectators will enjoy watching the best amateur and semi-professional players the sport has to offer. The WPBA invites you to come and share in the thrill and excitement of the Regional Tour Championships. If you are unable to attend, please tune in to the live stream at www.wpba.com. For venue information please visit www.BreakersSkyLounge.com or call (703) 793-6233.

*based on full field

About the Women's Professional Billiard Association (WPBA)
The WPBA was established in 1976 under the name of the Women's Professional Billiard Alliance and is celebrating its 38th anniversary in 2014 as the oldest pro player organization in the sport. The WPBA sanctions and produces the Women's Pro Billiard Tour, which features the greatest women players from around the world. For more information about the WPBA, its top players, and sponsors, visit www.wpba.com.

Kelly "Kwikfire" Fisher to Undergo Open Heart Surgery

Kelly Fisher 3Scotland UK - July 15th, 2014

World Champion billiards player Kelly Fisher will be undergoing open heart surgery on July 22nd at an undisclosed hospital in the UK to correct a congenital heart defect. The 35 year old Fisher was diagnosed with a large atrial septal defect earlier this year. This is more commonly known as a "hole in the heart".

While any surgery carries risk, the success rates are very high for this type of surgery. "Thanks to all of my friends and family for their support during this time".

The typical recovery time for this procedure is around 3 months, so while Fisher will not be competing in any events for the remainder of the summer, she does hope to resume her championship form for the 9-Ball World Championships in Guilin China this October.

Black Widow Marathon This Weekend!

Jeanette Lee for biosThe Black Widow Marathon will air on ESPN Classic with 25 action-packed hours of programming celebrating WPBA Pro Jeanette Lee's 25 year competitive career and recent Hall of Fame induction. ESPN Classic is airing this iconic extravaganza for an entire weekend, this Saturday and Sunday, June 7th-8th. Beginning Saturday, June 7th at 7:00pm EST, the marathon kicks off with the 1994 WPA World 9-Ball Championship followed by the 1994 WPBA National 9-Ball Championship. The marathon runs throughout the evening, wrapping up at 11:00pm with a 1997 WPBA Classic Tour Event, and Sunday only gets better! For the night owls, the action kicks off early Sunday morning at 12:00am with a 1998 WPBA Classic Tour Event, running all day and closing out Sunday night at 8:00pm with the 2007 Skins Billiards Championship. Fans are encouraged to set their DVR's or plan on burning the midnight oil. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, to witness some of the most unforgettable "Black Widow" footage of all time. Don't miss it!

Established in 1976, the Women's Professional Billiard Association "WPBA" is the longest running, professional billiard organization in the world. From the onset of the WPBA and its exposure to millions on ESPN, the sport has evolved to be viewed as one with beauty, class, and elegance. Jeanette Lee epitomizes this ideal. "She is one of the most recognizable faces in billiards with fans spanning the globe" says WPBA President, Kim White-Newsome. "Jeanette is a true ambassador of our sport and the WPBA proudly supports her in these endeavors".ESPN Classic