The Triumph of Bean Hung: Inaugural Pennsylvania State Women’s 9-Ball Championship

The inaugural Pennsylvania State Women’s 9-Ball Championship, presented by PA Pro-Am Pool and the J. Pechauer Northeast Women’s Tour (JPNEWT), took place at Bluegrass Billiards in Philadelphia, PA, over the weekend of September 16th-17th. This $1,500-added event featured the highly sought-after “Doris Sciarra Women’s Championship Belt” provided by and attracted 65 women from 12 states, spanning four different counties. Bean Hung, hailing from Brisbane, Australia, emerged undefeated, triumphing over JPNEWT’s tour director, Briana Miller, in the finals to seize the event title.

Hung began her journey with an unexpected first-round match against Giovanna Napolitano, pushing to a thrilling double-hill victory. From there, she showcased her prowess, conceding only five racks over her subsequent four matches. She dominated Kristen Gore and allowed only two racks to Eugenia Gyftopoulos before clashing with Miller for the first time in the winners’ side quarterfinals. Hung secured a 6-2 victory over Miller and advanced to the hot seat match with a 6-1 win against junior competitor Sofia Mast in the winners’ side semifinals.

In addition to the main finalists, Mast and Brianna Aristeo emerged as significant stories of the event. Mast, known as “The Pink Dagger,” a seasoned veteran despite still being in high school, reached the winners’ side semifinal against eventual winner Hung, conceding only four racks on her way and securing a spot in Day Two of the event.

Aristeo, with an APA skill level of 3 and no prior tournament experience, entered the championship with a personal goal of winning a single match. She exceeded her own expectations, winning three matches on Day One with an aggregate score of 18-10. Although she faced nerves and experienced a shutout loss to the legendary Karen Corr in the winners’ side quarterfinal, Aristeo demonstrated determination by winning two matches on the loss side, ultimately finishing in a tie for 7th place after falling to Giovanna Napolitano 5-1 on Day Two.

In the hot seat match, Hung clashed with Karen Corr, securing a dominant 6-1 victory to claim her spot in the finals. On the loss side, Briana Miller navigated a challenging five-match gauntlet, triumphing over formidable opponents to earn a rematch against Hung in the finals. After a hard-fought battle, Hung emerged victorious with a 9-6 win, completing her undefeated run and clinching the inaugural Pennsylvania State Women’s 9-Ball Championship title.

Tournament Directors Frank Maialetti and Briana Miller expressed their gratitude to Bluegrass Billiards for their warm hospitality, along with sponsors Integrity Cues, J. Pechauer Custom Cues, Kamui Tips,, Forth Worth Billiards Superstore, InTheBox Sports Apparel, Salotto, and Advanced Pool Instructor George Hammerbacher. The next event for PA Pro-Am Pool is the $2,500 added Pennsylvania State 9-Ball Open at Bluegrass Billiards in Philadelphia, PA, on October 7th-8th. The upcoming JPNEWT event (Stop #8) is scheduled for the weekend of October 21-22, hosting a $1,000-added event at Eagle Billiards in Dickson City, PA.

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