Karen Corr to be inducted into BCA Hall of Fame
Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – Karen Corr, a former snooker player who dominated billiards for years, will be the only inductee in this year’s Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame.
The United States Billiard Media Association announced that the formal ceremonies of Corr’s induction into Greatest Player wing of the BCA Hall of Fame will be held Oct. 26 at Holiday Inn in Virginia Beach.
“It’s awesome to be appreciated this way for your skills,” Corr said after learning of the honor. “And I want to thank the people who vote for the Hall of Fame.”
After being named on 56 percent of the ballots in 2011, Corr received votes on 65 percent of the ballots this year from USBMA Hall of Fame Board, which consists of USBMA members, elected at-large members and living members of the BCA Hall of Fame.
The Northern Ireland-born Corr, 42, moved to the United States in 1998 and traded snooker for American 9-ball by joining the Women’s Professional Billiard Association Classic Tour.
With her precision shooting and unbreakable concentration, Corr quick rose to the top and her consistent dominance on American soil made her one of the best women cue artist of all-time.
After winning her fourth world snooker title in 1997, Corr moved to the United States, switched her game to 9-ball and raced through one WPBA qualifier after another in pursuit of a Classic Tour touring card.
After just six months, Corr was ranked 24th in the WPBA, rising to No. 4 in 1999. She captured her first Classic Tour title in 2000, the Cuetec Cues Players Championship and added two more tour titles in 2000.
She grabbed the No. 1 ranking in 2001 after winning six titles. In the same year, she also was named Player of the Year (POY) by Pool & Billiard Magazine and Billiards Digest, breaking Allison Fisher’s string of five consecutive POY honors.
In her 13 years playing in the U.S., Corr has won 15 Classic Tour titles, four BCA Open titles, three WPBA National Championships and three Tournament of Champions titles.
She has won numerous international and regional events and was runner-up twice at the WPA World 9-Ball Championships. Corr also has a Joss Northeast Tour title to her credit and from 2001 through 2008 she was one of the open tour’s most successful players.
Corr left the Classic Tour a year ago to be with her terminally ill mother in England. Diane Corr, 71, passed away at the beginning of July in 2012.
“This is a nice way to start my new life,” Corr said. “I’m back in the States and pool will be my life again. I’ve got a bit of catching up to do, but I appreciate the opportunity to make a career in cue sports. Hopefully, I have a few titles left in me.”