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July 2023

Savannah Surges to 2nd Consecutive Lipstick & Lashes Title

Thirty-five ladies came to Griff’s Bar & Billiards in Las Vegas for the 2023 Lipstick & Lashes $1,500 Added Ladies 9-Ball Tournament. As a handicapped tournament, based on player’s FargoRatings (one game for every 40-point difference), there were so many tight and competitive matches. Players from Alaska, California, Utah, New Mexico, Texas and many from Las Vegas… and ALL came to play!

Joy Hutcheson and Bao Nguyen, both of Las Vegas, played very well finishing tied for seventh place. Grace Batuigas of Las Vegas and Crystal Whitehead, a new Las Vegas resident formerly of Utah also played very strong with a tie for fifth place. Jacinta Sua of Alaska had a magnificent finish after fighting back from losing her second match to finish in fourth place.

We want to give a huge shoutout to Heather Day playing in her first big tournament going undefeated Saturday. Heather won four consecutive matches before falling in the hotseat match to Mindy Vargas. Heather finished in third place after a tough match with a determined Savannah Easton.

Mindy Vargas played superb Saturday winning 8-1 over Bonnie Rollins (8-4 race), 6-2 over Mary Hollenbaugh (6-4 race), 5-0 over Bao Nguyen (5-4 race), 5-1 over Grace Batuigas (5-4 race). She carried this quality of play into Sunday winning the hotseat against Heather Day 8-0 (8-4 race). She only fell in the finals to the Road Runner herself, Savannah Easton.

The future of pool in America is in good hand with the high quality of strong junior players and Las Vegas’s own Savannah Easton stands as tall (figuratively) as any! Savannah came out strong with wins of 8-1 over Rebeccas Hendrix and tough hill-hill match with Julie Madlener. She fell 5-4 to Grace (7-4 race) to move to the loser’s side of the bracket. Once there she took off running like there was a coyote chasing her winning 8-1 vs Loures Deterala (8-4 race), 7-2 vs Bao Nguyen (7-4 race), 6-2 vs Crystal Whitehead (6-4 race), 7-2 vas Jacinta Sua (7-2 race), 8-0 vs Heather Day to advance to the finals against Mindy. There, needing to win two sets as it was true double elimination, she set the tone by getting up early in both sets (5-4 race). Savannah took the first set 5-2 as it looked as though, early on, that Mindy wasn’t quite settled in. Mindy ended the first set winning a couple of games and seemed to have caught her stride. The Road Runner wasn’t going to give Mindy any room to breathe. Again, Savannah wins the first few games and won the second set 5-1 to claim her second consecutive Lipstick & Lashes Title!

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Here are the top 8 finishers along with the payouts:

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