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02-06-2005, 01:34 PM
World's best to visit Rocky Mount

By Jeff Gluck, Rocky Mount Telegram

Saturday, February 05, 2005

The City of Rocky Mount, as far as anyone can remember, has never hosted any event on ESPN. The biggest sporting event the Twin Counties has ever hosted was the ACC championship golf tournament.

That means the cameras of the "Worldwide Leader in Sports" descending upon Rocky Mount this week for the Carolina Women's Billiard Classic is unprecedented, a historic event in regards to area sports.

No, it's not the Super Bowl, and it won't even be shown on ESPN for a couple of months. But it was a coup for Rocky Mount to even get a Women's Professional Billiards Association event. The tournament begins Thursday at the Business and Industry Center, located on the campus of Nash Community College.

Just how rare is it? Of the seven other tour stops, all are at casinos. And some of the casinos are in cities such as Las Vegas, Albuquerque, N.M., and Hollywood, Fla.

Somehow, Nash Community College is now on the map.

"We're going to be playing at a community college from what I understand," said Allison Fisher, the world's top-ranked pool player in a phone interview on Friday. "That's obviously very different from the casinos where we usually play."

No one quite knows what to expect. There will be 750 seats for each session beginning Thursday. The semifinals and championship Sunday will be televised.

Fisher, who is originally from England, now lives in the Charlotte area. With the Rocky Mount stop the only one in the Carolinas, this is basically a home match for Fisher.

"It is drivable for me and I will have a bit of a home crowd," she said. "I wish it was a little more local so more of the Charlotte crowd can come.

"I've not been to that part of the state, so it'll be the first time for me. I've really got no idea what to expect."

Along with Fisher, pool superstars Karen Corr (ranked second) and Jeanette Lee (third) will play in the event. Lee, nicknamed the "Black Widow" for her penchant to dress in black during tournaments, is certainly the most recognizable player. But Fisher said she usually focuses on Corr.

"Everyone knows about Jeanette Lee," Fisher said. "Jeanette won one tournament (last year) while Karen and I actually split the rest of the events. So Karen is obviously the greatest rival for me.

"There are a lot of good players and the field keeps getting stronger and stronger."

Still, no one has consistently challenged Fisher over the course of several years. Her Web site (www.allisonfisher.com) said she's won more 9-Ball tournaments "than the total wins of all her pro competitors combined."

The Carolina WBC represents the beginning of a new season, though, so Fisher wants to get off to a good start.

"I never put any pressure on myself, but it is nice to get off to a good start with a fresh, new year," she said. "I try to forget the past years and what's happened and try to do my best this time. I never go in with any real strategy."

Sports Editor Jason O. Boyd contributed to this story.

Jeff Gluck can be reached at 407-9951 or jgluck@coxnews.com

02-06-2005, 08:55 PM
They shouldn't have WPBA tourny's in NC. Make Alision travel and get tired. LMAO.

02-06-2005, 09:40 PM
Is anyone going besides Carol? If so could we get some updates...and yes, I still crave those ones from folks who get text messages from their boss! /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

02-07-2005, 05:58 AM
Nick...are you going?
I had some surgery last week, and just got out of the hospital, so I hope I will be able to travel this weekend. If I can, I plan on being there.
Landshark...If I am home, I will do my best to keep you updated...If I'm there, I won't have access to a computer. I think the whole Fury/Sterling team is planning on being there to support "our girls".

Chris in NC
02-07-2005, 12:28 PM
We don't post much anymore, but my son Drayton and myself will be going for all day Saturday and Saturday night, and hopefully will attend the Sunday televised matches if Allison makes it. We haven't had a WPBA tournament this close to go to since Charlotte hosted one about 4-5 years ago.

I'm curious if anyone here knows who put up the considerable $$ it requires to get the WPBA tour to come to Rocky Mount? - Chris in NC

02-07-2005, 01:44 PM
I believe it was the guy that developed the Spider laser ghost ball device. I think his name is Tony.
Hope to see you there.