Pan defeated Sweden's Helena Thörnfeldt 7-2 in a one-sided final. Kelly Fisher (England) and Ga-Young Kim (South Korea) finished joint third.
This was the second straight tour victory by an Asian this year. Ga-Young Kim (South Korea) beat Pan in the final of last month's Carolina Classic.
It's worth noting that neither of the two dominant players on tour made it to the semi-finals this time. Fittingly they were downed by the finalists. Karen Corr (Northern Ireland) lost 9-7 to Thörnfeldt in the first round of single elimination. Pan beat Allison Fisher (England) 9-4 in the quarter-finals.
With this win Pan moves from 8th to 4th in the WPBA Rankings. Thörnfeldt improved by 3 positions, from 13th to 10th. The list is still headed by Allison Fisher (England), followed by Karen Corr (Northern Ireland) and Kelly Fisher (England).
The event took place from March 21-25 at the Blue Chip Hotel and Casino, Michigan City, Indiana, USA. This was the second event of the WPBA season. Next up is San Diego Classic, April 18-22.
- 2007 Great Lakes Classic Bracket (wpba.com)
- 2007 Great Lakes Classic Highlights (wpba.com)
- Rookie No More: Xiaoting Pan Scores First WPBA Win (Billiards Digest)
- Xiaoting Pan Wins Great Lakes Classic (Inside Pool Magazine)
- Second-year player wins first pro championship (Gary Post Tribune)
- The Great Lakes Classic Diary (Kim Shaw)
- WPBA Great Lakes Classic (wendy-jans.com)
- Great Lakes Classic (The News-Dispatch)
- 'Minnesota Fats?' 'Fast Eddie?' ... no chance against these lady pool players (nwitimes.com)
- Hard Work Works (Sticks and balls and holes)
- Great Lakes Classic - Asian Invasion Continues (Women of Pro Billiards)
- Xiaoting Pan Biography (wpba.com)