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Jessica Barnes wins Tour Stop 2 at Shooters Billiards

Asia Cy, Roe Guarnero and Jessica Barnes

Twenty-six players turned out to compete at the Tiger Florida Tour Stop #2 at Shooters Billiards in Port St. Lucie. After a long day on these tight Diamond tables, Jessica Barnes with the lead but ending up in a hill-hill final match against Asia Cy to take the win!  This day saw several surprising early knockouts as top players Michell Monk, Nicolle Cuellar, Jeannie Seaver, Crystal McCormick and Stephanie Mitchell were all out of the money.
 

The women play a modified double elimination format. The final two from the one-loss side redraw back into the final two on the winners' bracket. The Final Board is a single elimination race to seven. Barnes and Cy made it to the Final Board undefeated. Roe Guarnero and Vanessa Seaver came from the one-loss side. Seaver lost to Barnes and Guarnero lost to Cy, leaving Barnes v. Cy in the Final match. Both women played brilliantly all day, with the lateness of the night starting to show. Finally, however, Barnes won the double-hill match and Tour Stop #2. 
 
Thanks to all the players who turned out for this opening event and all the new players who we hope to see at our next event!  A huge shout out to our title sponsor Tiger Products; and sponsors Great Lakes Billiards, Ultimate Chalkers, Boynton Billiards, Simonis Cloth and AZ Billiards. Thank you to room owner Dave Cintron for hosting us again!  Videos of the matches can be viewed on our Stream page or at YouTube and YouTube.
 

Seaver wins TFT’S “Cues for the Cure”

Jeannie Seaver and Sabra McArthur Beahn

Twenty-nine players from around the state converged at The Corner Pocket in Largo, Florida, for the Tiger Florida Tour’s $1,000-added, 9th Annual “Cues for Cure” breast cancer awareness fundraiser last month. At the end of the day, Jeannie Seaver went undefeated to win this special event once again, with this win making it three wins back to back to back.
 
This event was a modified double-elimination format, playing down to four players on each side. The four players on the one-loss side redrew into the winners side for a single elimination match. 
 
Seaver went undefeated against Carrie  Metz, Sabra McArthur Beahn, Margarita Makeeva, Deanna Frost, and room owner Stephanie Mitchell to the final match, where she met up with Beahn in a revenge match.  Beahn got to the finals by defeating Celia Heinbach, Dixie Sutton, Elizabeth Brown, Lisa McElroy and caught a second wind coming back to take the match from Nicole Cuellar.  Beahn played strong all day, but not quite strong enough to stop Seaver's trek to the finals.  
 
Seaver’s win also tied Cuellar for the TFT 2017 Regional Tour Champion title. Seaver has earned the TC title four times since the Tour’s inception in 2009,  not including two ties, one with Crystal McCormick in 2015 and this year with Cuellar.
 
Three APA players also won cash thanks to the support from LeCain Family Insurance, Sutton Appliance & Installation and Relocationandestatesalesbydixie.com.  Elizabeth Brown won the prize in the 2-3 category; Janice Larocca in the 4 – 5 category; and Casie Aynat in the 6 category. Thank you LeCain family!
 
A huge thanks to all of the players and spectators who devoted their time and money to  support this event, including those players who brought friends to play for the first time. Players and spectators had fun trying to land the crazy cue ball on the ribbons, guessing the number of M&Ms and Hershey’s kisses, in addition to winning prizes in the raffle.  The monies raised benefits the Florida Suncoast Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. 
 
A big shout out to Stephanie Mitchell, owner of The Corner Pocket, for being a great hostess of the TFT's breastcancer awareness fundraising event! Also, thanks to Jeannie Seaver for donating prizes for the raffle and thanks to those who helped out with and participated in the fundraising.  As always, many thanks to our title sponsor Tiger Products, and continued thanks to our sponsors Pete Franco with Ulterior Chalkers; Great Lakes Billiards, Boynton Billiards and AZ Billiards for their year-long support of our Tour.  Kudos to Jerry Sotelo for his patience and hard work for another great year as the Tournament Director.  We appreciate you all!
 

Seaver Sisters Take Top Two Spots At TFT “Cues For The Cure”

Jeannie Seaver, Amy Poulter and Vanessa Seaver

Jeannie Seaver went undefeated for the second time in a row this year to take the Tiger Florida Tour’s 8th Annual “Cues for the Cure” breast cancer awareness fundraiser. Thirty-five women played in shades of pink in this $1,000-added modified double elimination event. 
 
Four players from the winners side and four from the loser’s side made it to the final single elimination board. Jeannie handily made it to the final board after sending several players west – Suzayn Yap 7-2, Roe Guarnero 7-5, and Cheryl Perez 7-4.  Vanessa also made it to the final board undefeated, getting past Mandolin Robinson 7-0, Sue Roberts 7-5, and Cortney Bernard 7-2.  Crystal McCormick also made it to the final board undefeated against Susan Correa 7-4, Stephanie Mitchell 7-3, abd Echo Pinkley 7-5. Marlene Houldsworth was the final player from the winners’ side to make it to the single elimination bracket, getting past Shiri Avrahami 7-1, Susan Ruisi 7-5, and Julia Spinella 7-4.  Making it to the final board from the one-loss side: Tour Director Mimi McAndrews, Stephanie Mitchell, Kelly Coyle, and Echo Pinkley.
The final four from one-loss side redrew into a single elimination bracket race to 7. Coyle drew Jeannie Seaver but lost 7-3, and Mitchell drew Houldsworth, winning 7-4. Pinkley matched up against McCormick, winning 7-4, and Vanessa played McAndrews, winning 7-3.  Vanessa went on to defeat Pinkley 7-4, making it Vanessa’s first trip to the Finals of a TFT event. Meanwhile, Seaver’s sister, Jeannie, defeated Mitchell in the semi-finals 7-4 to meet up with Vanessa in the first sister-to-sister final!  Not to be distracted by playing ‘sis for the first time in the finals, Jeannie went on to win the match and the tournament 7-2.  This win also secured the TFT Tour Champion title for the second year in a row.
 
We thank our title sponsor Tiger Products; Ozone Billiards; Great Lakes Billiards, Ultimate Chalkers, Boynton Billiards, AZ Billiards and Discount Mugs. Of course, thanks to Amy Poulter for being a great hostess again!  Thank you also to those who donated prizes for the Cues for the Cure raffle: Janis Sessions, Nicolle Cuellar (Stitchittomeembroidery.com), Pete Franco (Ulterior Chalkers), Boynton Billiards, and Keith Columbo, Billiard Engineering (The Sleeve).  And a huge thanks to everyone who supported and contributed to in the fundraiser. All of the proceeds raised benefit the South Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
 

Kelly Fisher comes from the loss side to double dip Ga Young Kim in finals of Tornado Open

Kelly Fisher and Vivian Villarreal

Kelly Fisher, who won the Women's Open 10-Ball event of the 2nd Annual Tornado Open over the weekend (Sept. 28-Oct. 3) played for 14 hours straight; from noon on Sunday, October 2 to 2 a.m. on Monday morning, October 3, when she completed a two-set final against Ga Young Kim. Along the way, she'd competed against a host of familiar opponents, including Allison Fisher (twice; two double hill matches), Monica Webb and Jessica Barnes. The $25,000-added women's event drew 62 entrants to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL.
 
"I was absolutely thrilled," she said, pool-side, from her hotel on Monday afternoon, "because while I've won tournaments all over the world, it's been a long, long time since I've won an event here in the USA. 
 
"I really don't know who's in front in our head-to-head battles over the years," she added of her matches against Ga Young Kim. "It's quite close, I know that. Very, very close."
 
Following victories over Julie Kelly, Crystal McCormick, Barnes and Eun J. Park, Fisher had her first meet-up with Allison Fisher in a winners' side semifinal. Kim, in the meantime, having received an opening round bye, defeated Gerda Hofstatter, Laura Smith, and Brittany Bryant to pick up Chezka Centeno in the other winners' side semifinal.
 
The Fishers locked up in their first of two double hill battles, which eventually advanced Allison to the hot seat match. Kim joined her after completing a double hill battle of her own against Centeno. Kim claimed the hot seat 7-3 over Allison Fisher and waited for Kelly to come back from the loss side.
 
On the loss side, Kelly Fisher picked up Monica Webb, who after falling to Eun J. Park on the winners' side in the third round of play, won four straight, including victories over Ewa Laurance, Brittany Bryant (double hill) and Jia Li 7-4. Centeno drew Karen Corr, who'd gotten by (among others) Ewa Laurance and teenage phenom April Larson before being sent to the loss side by Allison Fisher. Corr eliminated Joanne Ashton and Eun Ji Park to face Centeno.
 
Kelly Fisher defeated Webb 7-5, and in the quarterfinals, faced Centeno, who'd downed Corr 7-4. Fisher then navigated her way through two straight double hill matches to reach the finals, defeating Centeno in the quarterfinals, and in the semifinals, turning the double hill tables on Allison Fisher.
 
Fisher won both sets of the double hill final (7-5, 7-4) to complete her run, and claim the Women's 10-Ball title.
 
"You've got to keep her real tight," said Fisher of those final two matches. "(Kim) is a very fluent player, and really dangerous if she gets going."
 
Though acknowledging that, having been playing for so many years, she "doesn't really prepare for whom (she's) playing," Fisher admitted that her experience over the years with Kim, led to some decisions.
 
"She's very good at jumping and kicking," said Fisher, "so if I'm pushing out, I'm not going to leave her with a jump or kick.
 
"That actually happened," she added. "I tried for the shot, rather than leave her with a jump."
 
Kelly's taking a week off to bask in the sun, before flying back to the UK on October 10. Ten days later, she'll be in China for an 8-ball event with a major US title under her belt for encouragement.

Seaver Reclaims Top Spot On Tiger Florida Tour

Jeannie Seaver, Stephanie Mitchell, Jim Capas, Andrea Capas; Michell Monk and Crystal McCormick

2015 TFT Tour Champion Jeannie Seaver won her first event in 2016, at Tour Stop #3 at Cunningham's in Vero Beach, climbing back to the top of the leader board along the way. Her win over Crystal McCormick didn't come easy, as McCormick shot lights out all day long. Seaver defeated Kelly Jones, visiting from the Sport-9 Tour, 7-4; Sue Roberts 7-4; and Stephanie Mitchell 7-4, to make it to the final board. McCormick got past Deb Teichert 7-6; newcomer Lauren Madden, 7-1; Julia Spinella 7-4 , and Michell Monk 7-4.
 
Mitchell and Monk fought through the one loss side to join Seaver and McCormick on the final board. Seaver topped Mitchell 7-3, and McCormick sent Monk home 7-2. In the final match, Seaver easily took the lead over McCormick. However, McCormick wasn't going to give up easily, showing her strength and making a tremendous come-back to get to the hill after being down 6-2. Ultimately, Seaver won the match which gave her enough points to reclaim the top spot on the TFT rankings. Seaver is followed by Nicolle Cuellar and Roe Guarnero, tied for second. Mitchell is in third place.
 
Thanks to the new owners of Cunningham's Pool & Darts, James Capas and Andrea Capas, for being great hosts! Thanks to our title sponsor, Tiger Products, and to Ozone Billiards, Great Lakes Billiards, Ulterior Chalkers, Boynton Billiards and Discount Mugs.

 

 

Stephanie Mitchell takes down TFT 2016 Season Opener

25 ladies gathered on February 20th for the 2016 Tiger Florida Tour (TFT) kick off event at Brewlands Billiards in Lakeland, FL. Tour veteran, Stephanie Mitchell, started the day off strong with notable wins over Crystal McCormick, Jessica Barnes and Vanessa Seaver.  Ultimately, Mitchell and another seasoned tour player, Roe Guarnero, would meet in the finals with Mitchell securing a double hill win to take first place.  Tour newcomer, Donna Favors, had an impressive debut with a 3/4 finish, alongside Jeannie Seaver. Cortney Bernard and Vanessa Seaver rounded out the top 6.
 
Exciting news! This is the first event where the TFT is affiliated with the newly formed North American Pool Tour (NAPT). The NAPT offers TFT members the chance to qualify to play in a NAPT National Championship, alongside other regional tours, as well as in NAPT Pro events.
 
Tiger Florida Tour would like to extend a huge thank you to Brewland Billiards for, yet again, hosting a wonderful event! A very special thanks to Tiger Products, returning as our title sponsor; new sponsor Ulterior Chalkers; Boynton Billiards; Great Lakes Billiards Supply and Discount Mugs. 
 
Don’t miss our next stop at Boulevard Billiards in Ocala March 19th

Seaver snaps TFT’S “Cues for the Cure!”

Jeannie Seaver, room owner Amy Poulter and Crystal McCormick

Fifty women converged at Amy’s Billiards in Stuart, Florida, for the Tiger Florida Tour’s $1,000-added, 7th Annual “Cues for Cure” breast cancer awareness fundraiser on October 17th. At the end of the day, Jeannie Seaver went undefeated and unwaveringly over last year’s winner, Crystal McCormick, to win this special event. 
 
This event was a modified double elimination format, playing down to four players on each side. The four players on the one-loss side redrew into the winners side for a single elimination match. Seaver was flawless all day in the short races to five, defeating Irene Snelgrove 5-2, Cheryl Perez 5-2, Jeri Bouvette 5-0, Sue Roberts 5-2, Jessica Barnes 5-3 and taking the win 5-2 over McCormick. McCormick, who hasn’t played on the Tour since February defeated SAndy Change 5-1, Stephanie Mitchell 5-4, Marlene Houldsworth 5-1, Amy Poulter 5-2, and Julia Spinella 5-0 before losing to Seaver. 
 
Seaver’s win also locked up the TFT 2015 Regional Tour Champion title, for the third time since the Tour’s inception in 2009, not including one tie with McCormick for the top spot. 
 
McCormick’s second place finish earned her the paid Qualifier spot for the WPBA Masters at Soaring Eagle in February 2016.  
 
A huge thanks to all of the players and spectators who devoted their time and money to  support this event, including those players who  brought friends to play for the first time. The monies raised benefit the South Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. A big shout out to Amy Poulter, owner of Amy's Billiards, for being a great hostess of another great event! Thanks to those who donated prizes for the raffle and helped out with the fundraising: Janis Sessions, Amy Poulter, Hunter Lombardo, Tommy Kennedy, Dianna Sullivan, Tony Martz, Ted Harris Cues, Ulterior Chalkers and the South Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. As always, thank you to Tiger Products, our title sponsor; Ozone Billiards, Discount Mugs, Simonis Cloth, Boynton Billiards and Great Lakes Billiards for their year-long support of our tour. Kudos to Jerry Sotelo for his patience and hard work for another great year as the Tournament Director.

Seaver snaps Tiger Florida Tour at Brewlands

Thirty-one players came out to the beautiful new Brewlands Bar & Billiards in Lakeland, Florida to kick off the 2015 Tiger Florida Tour season and Tour Stop #1. Jeannie Seaver showed the players that she’s still the main force to be reckoned with, winning the first stop of the year.
 
The format is a one-day, modified double elimination, race to 7 on the winners and 5 on the one-loss side. Players play down to four on each side then redraw into a single elimination board. The first goal is to make it to the Final Board.
 
Jessica Barnes, Crystal McCormick, Nicolle Cuellar and Seaver went undefeated to the Final Board.  April Wallen, Courtney Bernard, Michell Monk and Kelly Coyle got there from the west. In the quarter-finals Wallen matched up against Barnes, who was playing lights out all day before losing to Wallen in a double-hill match. Cuellar, playing for the Qualifier spot advanced after sending Bernard home, 7-4.  McCormick lost to Monk 7-4, and Seaver shot past Coyle, 7-1. This left Wallen against Cuellar in the semi-finals, and Monk against Seaver, who earlier sent Monk to the one-loss side. Wallen quickly knocked Cuellar out; however, Cuellar, as the last player standing competing for the Qualifier spot, won the paid entry into the WPBA Masters event at Soaring Eagle. Seaver was left playing Monk in a tough double-hill revenge match that saw both players making 9-ball combos and runouts. But Seaver pulled out, making it to the final match. In the end, Seaver shot by Wallen 7-2 to win the first event of the year.
 
A very special thanks to Tiger Products, returning as our title sponsor, Boynton Billiards, Great Lakes Billiards Supply, and our newest sponsor Discount Mugs. A huge thank you to the owners of Brewlands Bar & Billiards for helping to make this a successful event and Qualifier!
 

McCormick wins TFT 6th Annual “Cues for the Cure”

Amy Poulter – room owner, April Wallen, Crystal McCormick and Chris Fields

Fifty-one women converged at Amy’s Billiards in Stuart, Florida, for the Tiger Florida Tour’s $1,000-added 6th Annual “Cues for Cure” breast cancer awareness fundraiser on October 18th. At the end of the day, Crystal McCormick went undefeated to win the TFT’s last tournament of the year.
 
This event was a modified double elimination format, playing down to eight players on each side. The eight players on the losers side redrew into the winners side for a single elimination match. McCormick was focused all day in the short races to five, defeating Colleen Russell 5-1, Cassidy Mulligan 5-4, Nicolle Payne 5-2 and taking the win from Chris Fields 5-2. Fields defeated Cheryl Perez 5-3, Amy Poulter 5-1, and April Wallen 5-3, before losing to McCormick.  All of the players who made the final board made the money.
 
April Wallen’s third place finish was just enough to earn the TFT 2014 Regional Tour Champion title, bypassing McCormick by 20 points. Jeannie Seaver, last year’s RT Champion finished the year in third place. 
 
Thanks to all of the players, spectators and sponsors who supported this event, benefitting the South Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Thank you to Amy Poulter, owner of Amy's Billiards for being a great host of another great event!  Thanks to the players and spectators who donated their time and money to participate. Thanks to those who donated prizes for the raffle:  Hunter Lombardo, Alicia Borjas, Janis Sessions, Dianna Sullivan, Catherine Bragg and Suit Up.  Thanks to the volunteers, Chris Gordon, Nick Walden and Led Uittenbogaard.  Thank you to Tiger Products, our title sponsor, Ozone Billiards, Boynton Billiards, Great Lakes Billiards for their year-long support of our tour. Thank you to Jerry Sotelo for his patience and hard work as the Tournament Director.
 

Seaver wins second in a row on Tiger Florida Tour

Jeannie Seaver, Rocky Hockman (room manager) and Crystal McCormick

It's something of a stark reminder that most regional pool tours reward a combination of performance and participation. You can shoot lights out and rank below a lesser-skilled player who has competed in every stop on a tour. Jeannie Seaver won her second straight stop on the Tiger Florida Tour, going undefeated through the tour's modified double-elimination tournament on the weekend of August 9-10, but made little headway in the tour rankings, where she is currently in third place, behind April Wallen and Crystal McCormick. Kelly Cavanaugh, Cassidy Mulligan and Lisa McElroy are behind them. They all signed on to the sixth stop on the tour, a $500-added event that drew 25 entrants to Wally's in Lakeland, FL, and all made it into the final eight/money rounds.
 
Emerging from the double elimination proceedings for a re-draw to single elimination were Seaver, Cavanaugh, Wallen and Stephanie Mitchell on the winners' side. Advancing from the losers' bracket were Mulligan, McElroy, McCormick and Michell Monk. The quarterfinal matchups were hotly contested, with two of them going double hill and the other two falling just a game short of double hill.
 
Cavanaugh downed Mulligan, while Mitchell eliminated McElroy, both via the double hill route. Seaver defeated Monk while McCormick finished Wallen, both 7-5. 
 
Seaver chalked up another 7-5, this one over Cavanaugh to advance to the finals. She was joined by McCormick, who finished McElroy's day 7-4. Seaver punctuated her undefeated run with a 7-1 victory over McCormick.
 
Tour director Mimi McAndrews thanked owner (Jim Thomas), manager (Rocky Hochman), and the staff at Wally's for their hospitality, as well as sponsors Tiger Products, Ozone Billiards, and Boynton Billiards. The next (and last) stop on this year's Tiger Florida Tour will be their 6th Annual Cues for the Cure event, at which participants arrive, dressed in pink and prepared to play a series of fund-raising games between themselves and spectators. The event is held to benefit the South Florida affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The event will be hosted by Amy's Billiards in Stuart, FL on October 18.