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Jeanette Lee to be Inducted into WPBA Hall of Fame

Posted on by Alison Fischer

Jeanette Lee shooting during her exhibition at Amsterdam Billiards in October, 2012 (Photo by Brian Leong)

Undoubtedly one of the greatest entertainers and well-known personalities in professional pool today, Jeanette Lee “The Black Widow” is set to be honored by being inducted into the WPBA Hall of Fame. Lee will be joining many of the game’s most legendary names, including Robin Dodson, Loree Jon Hasson, and Ewa Laurance, among others.

After having begun her professional pool career on the WPBA tour nearly twenty years ago, Jeanette Lee has shown a very high level of dedication in many aspects of the sport, and has been a positive role model for others aspiring to compete in pool. In addition to competing around the world and teaching instructional clinics, Lee also does her part to contribute to charity efforts, and often takes part in fundraiser events.

While Jeanette Lee is now based out of Indianapolis, IN, she also stays connected to her hometown community of fans and friends in New York City. In October 2012, Lee gave two clinics at NYC’s Amsterdam Billiards, in addition to putting on a free exhibition for fans. Below are also a couple photos taken during her appearances at charity events in NYC in recent years.

Jeanette Lee at the 2010 Justin Tuck (NY Giants) RUSH for Literacy charity fundraiser with Gail Glazebrook, Justin Tuck, Tony Robles, and Mika Immonen (Photo by Alison Fischer)

Jeanette Lee with NYC Grind's Alison Fischer & Jerry Tarantola at the Predator Tour's Michael Magro Charity Tournament in 2008

After training hard at a young age and working with some of the masters of the game, Lee quickly became one of the toughest competitors on the tour, and has continued to gain accolades throughout her career. Although Jeanette Lee also now has family commitments that are a big part of her life, she is impressively is still one of the best in the game, ending the 2012 tour season ranked #3. Currently, she is participating in the Derby City Classic at the Horseshoe Casino in Elizabeth, Indiana.

To start off the 2013 season for the WPBA, Jeanette Lee’s induction ceremony will precede the tour’s first event of the year, the WPBA Masters, taking place at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan next week. To learn more about Lee’s induction into the WPBA Hall of Fame, read on in the press release.

Jeanette Lee to be Inducted into WPBA Hall of Fame
Billiards star earns top honors from the Women’s Professional Billiard Association

Mt. Pleasant, Mich. (January 25, 2013) – Billiards superstar Jeanette Lee, known throughout the world as “The Black Widow,” will be inducted into the Women’s Professional Billiard Association (WPBA) Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Feb. 6 prior to the start of the 2013 WPBA Masters at Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Lee, who has won over 30 national and international titles, is currently ranked as the No. 3 billiards player in the world.

Taking the sport by storm, Lee captured the nation’s attention in 1998 after being named “WPBA Sportsperson of the Year” and earning “Player of the Year” honors from both Billiards Digest and Pool & Billiard Magazine. In 2001, Lee was crowned as the World Games Gold Medalist and continued her success in 2003 by clenching the Tournament of Champions title. As she accumulated tournament victories, Lee quickly ascended to No. 1 in the world.

“Being inducted into the WPBA Hall of Fame is one of the greatest honors a player can receive,” said Lee. “It’s a part of history and to be voted on and recognized in this way by my peers on the tour means so much to me. While I do feel I’ve contributed to this sport, I still want to continue to bring new eyes to the game and help it grow. Thank you to the WPBA and ESPN for giving me the platform to do so, and I thank God, my family, friends, sponsors, past and present, and of course, my fans, for being there through it all.”

As the most recognized face in billiards, Lee has been consistently ranked as one of the most powerful people in the sport by Billiards Digest. Lee is currently working to reclaim her rank as the No. 1 billiards player in the world while raising a family of six with her doubles partner and husband, George near Indianapolis, IN.

To follow Lee as she is inducted into the WPBA Hall of Fame, find her on Twitter: @JeanetteLeeTBW, Facebook: facebook.com/jeanetteleetheblackwidow, Instagram: JeannetteLeeTBW and www.BlackwidowBilliards.com.

Jeanette Lee is a player representative for the American Poolplayers Association, the world’s largest pool league. Among her mentors are the late Gene Nagy, pros Tony Robles, Bob Carman, Jerry Briesath, and Mark Wilson. Said Jeanette, “There are so many others that I have learned from, I want them all to know they were and are appreciated but these names are the ones that I have spent the most time with and really molded my love of the game, in both knowledge, fundamentals and winning attitude!”

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The WPBA was established in 1976 as the Women’s Professional Billiard Alliance, and celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2011 as the oldest pro player organization in the sport. The WPBA sanctions and produces the Women’s Pro Billiard Tour, which features ESPN-televised events between the world’s greatest women players. Visit www.wpba.com for more information. The WPBA Classic Tour is official partners with the American Poolplayers Association (the world’s largest pool league), Diamond Billiards (tables), Iwan Simonis (cloth), Delta 13 (racks), Aramith (balls) and sponsored by Pooldawg (online supplies).

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