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Kaylee McIntosh Breaks Thru at The Tiger Florida Tour’s “Cues For The Cure!”

Debbie McIntosh, Kaylee McIntosh, Sofia Mast and Stephanie Mitchell

Kaylee McIntosh won her first event Saturday October 2nd  at the Tiger Florida Tour’s annual “Cues for the Cure” at The Corner Pocket in Largo, Florida. This $1700-added event drew forty women who came to have a good time, friendly competition and raise money for breast cancer awareness. All funds raised benefit Susan G. Komen Florida. McIntosh, who finished second last year in this even, was not about to let this one escape. Hot off an impressive finish in her first professional WPBA event, McIntosh confirmed that she belongs at the top! 

In this modified double-elimination format, the women played down to four on each side, and redrew onto a final single-elimination board.  The four finalists from the winner’s side included room owner Stephanie Mitchell, Shanelle Lorraine, Carrie Metz, and Sofia Mast. The one-loss side sent Michell Monk, Debbie McIntosh, Jessica Human and Kaylee McIntosh back to the Final Board.  The final match had Debbie McIntosh playing Kaylee McIntosh (yes, they are related) with Kaylee taking the win, title, money and trophy!

This event was a blast with a variety of other headlines that would have been appropriate in addition to Kaylee’s first win. For example, this was the first mother-daughter final on the TFT!  Yes, Debbie McIntosh is Kaylee’s mother and Debbie came in second place!

Another headliner was the fantastic finish by Sofia Mast.  Mast is not even old enough to get a learner’s permit.  She can’t drive at her age but wow, this girl’s got game!  Mast sent Kaylee to the one-loss side earlier in the day in a double-hill match, making it to the Final Board undefeated.  Finishing 3rd/4th was Mast’s best finish on the FTF.

John Hake, Chad Kosier, Josh Arnold and Rollie Dixon

And the other headline grabber was the outrageous men in pink – pink bras!  The participants – John Hake, Chad Kosier, Josh Arnold and Rollie Dixon – made fancy bras that the players and spectators stuffed with money throughout the day!  Josh Arnold raised the most money and won a bar tab at the room.  All of the guys were great sports and the bra contest added great fun to the day!

All players received Cues for the Cure T-shirts. The players also won prizes playing bingo and in the raffle. Jacob Mast had the winning number of Hershey Kisses in the apothecary jar, and Krystalann Williams guessed the closet number of M&Ms in the three glass buffet jars! All monies raised through the day benefitted Susan G. Komen Florida. 

We thank everyone enough for their support and contributions to this worthy event!  We want to thank and recognize Nicolle Cuellar (Stitch It To Me) who made the event T-shirts; thank you to Michell Monk and Rollie Dixon (Brutal Game Gear) for the gift certificates for the raffle! Thanks, always to good friend, player and supporter Janice Sessions (Florida Coastal Ladies Tour) for adding money to the prize fund. Thanks also to Dixie Sutton and Estates by Dixie and the Bay Area APA. A huge shout out to Deanna Laney for her amazing help with the bingo and raffle. Of course, we couldn’t run the tournament without Jerry Sotelo and Josh Arnold – the smoothest-run Cues for the Cure tournament! And most importantly, the event would not be the same without Stephanie Mitchell and The Corner Pocket and staff, and Stephanie’s support of the TFT and the Cues for the Cure! And last but not least, thanks to all of the players and spectators who came out to participate, posted your photos and contributed to the success of this event!

As ALWAYS we thank and appreciate our title sponsor, Tiger Products and Tony Kalamdaryran, Larry Wood with Boynton Billiards, Simonis Cloth and AZ Billiards. 

Some of the matches can be viewed on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007959257491.

Debbie Mcintosh Wins First Tiger Florida Tour Stop

Debbie McIntosh and Nicolle Cuellar

A new face emerged as the one to beat at Tour Stop 2 of the Tiger Florida Tour at Boulevard Billiards in Ocala.  Debbie McIntosh came from the one loss side to win this $500-added, modified double elimination format.  Debbie is relatively new to the Tour and played only a few times last year.  Most players are more familiar with her teenage daughter, Kayee, who also plays on the TFT and who is emerging as one of the top junior players in the country. Kaylee finished 5th-6th.
 
Debbie McIntosh surprised many, winning over newcomer Gwen Sharpton (7-1), taking the hill-hill match from top TFT player Stephanie Mitchell, before losing on the hill to “Mike” Fitzgerald. On the one-loss side, McIntosh challenged another top player, Michell Monk (5-2), earning her way back to the single elimination board. McIntosh drew Fitzgerald again, but this time McIntosh prevailed (7-5) to take on Nicolle Cuellar in the finals. 
 
Cuellar’s path to the finals started by sending Margarita Makeeva to the one-loss side (7-2), followed by CameRon Cook (7-1), and then meeting Kaylee McIntosh in a lengthy double-hill match.  Once on the single elimination board, Cuellar ended the day for Mitchell in another lengthy double hill match in the semi-finals.  Cuellar’s match in the finals with McIntosh wasn’t easy, and a few mistakes cost Cuellar the win against McIntosh, who was playing lights out.
 
Thanks to the players who turned out for this event.  We thank our title sponsor Tiger Products; and sponsors Great Lakes Billiards, Ultimate Chalkers, Boynton Billiards, AZ Billiards and Discount Mugs. Thank you to room owner Donald Krischer and everyone at Boulevard Billiards for being great hosts!