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Beal wins five on the loss side, downs Dixon in finals of Sunshine State Predator Pro Am stop

Dale Leonard, Gwen Sharpton and Kaylee McIntosh

McIntosh goes undefeated to win 2nd stop on Ladies Tour

The June 12-13 weekend on the Sunshine State Predator Pro Am Tour featured a regular stop (#5) on the tour, which allowed only players with a Fargo rate of 575 or less, as well as a second stop on the recently-instituted ladies tour. The $750-added ($350 from a Predator raffle) 5th stop on the tour was won by Nate Beal, who advanced to a winners’ side quarterfinal before being sent to the loss side, from which he mounted a five-match winning streak that took him into the finals. He defeated Orlando Dixon in those finals to claim the event title. The event drew 64 entrants to QBall Billiards in Jacksonville, FL.

Not content with her runner-up finish (to Jeannie Seaver) in the first stop of the Predator Pro Am Ladies Tour back in March, Kaylee McIntosh returned for the tour’s second stop, run concurrently with the tour’s regular stop, and went undefeated to win it. The $400-added ladies event drew 29 entrants to the same location.

McIntosh lost only three racks to arrive at a winners’ side semifinal matchup against Nicolle Cuellar (one of four women who competed in the ‘575 or less’ event, as well). McIntosh gave up no racks to Carolyn Tews, two to Alana Sanchez, and one to Karen Pluto. Her opponent in both the hot seat match and finals, Gwendolyn Sharpton, gave up seven to arrive at her winners’ side semifinal match versus Stephanie Payne. 

McIntosh got into the hot seat match without giving up a rack to Cuellar. Sharpton gave up five to Payne and joined her. McIntosh claimed the hot seat with a third shutout and a 92% game-winning average.

On the loss side, Cuellar picked up Alana Sanchez, who followed her loss at the hands of McIntosh with four loss-side wins, including recent victories over Christina Lobello 5-3 and a double hill battle versus Jenn Berzinski. Payne drew Dale Leonard, who was also in the midst of a four-match, loss-side streak that had just mirrored Sanchez’ efforts by eliminating Alyssa Howell 5-3 and surviving a double hill fight against Lisa Anderson.

By identical 5-3 scores, Cuellar and Leonard advanced to the quarterfinals, where Leonard took a step further, ending Cuellar’s run 5-3. Leonard, in turn, was defeated by Sharpton 5-2 in the semifinals. Sharpton then chalked up as many racks against McIntosh in the finals as all of McIntosh’s previous opponents combined, but it wasn’t enough. McIntosh completed her undefeated run with a 9-5 win in the finals.

Nate Beal, Darren Frost and Orlando Dixon

Beal wins stop #5 with a 62% game-winning average

In contrast to what looks (on paper) like an easy time at the tables for Kaylee McIntosh in the Ladies tournament, was quite the opposite for Nate Beal in the regular 5th stop on the tour. Beal won three matches on the winners’ side of the bracket, downing Benjamin Tuck 7-5, Rob McLaren 7-3 and Robert Goolsky, double hill, before being defeated in a winners’ side quarterfinal by Darren Frost 7-5. Beal moved to the loss side, sporting a 55% game-winning percentage. Frost advanced to a winners’ side semifinal versus Marcos Bielostozky. Orlando Dixon, in the meantime, got by Jenn Wilson, Justin Lamont, Jimmy Ripley and James Marcum to arrive at his winners’ side semifinal versus Nicolle Cuellar.

Frost and Bielostozky fought to double hill before Frost advanced to the hot seat match. Dixon joined him after downing Cuellar 7-4. It was Dixon who claimed the hot seat 7-2 over Frost.

On the loss side, it was Cuellar who had the misfortune to run into Beal, who was two matches into his five-match, loss-side trip to the finals. Bielostozky picked up Logan Lane, who was working on a seven-match loss side streak that would take him as far as Beal.

Lane downed Bielostozky 7-5, as Beal was dealing with Cuellar 7-1. Beal put a stop to Lane’s loss-side run 7-3 in the quarterfinals and then, defeated Frost 7-3 in the semifinals. He came into the finals having improved his game winning average from the 55% it was when he moved to the loss side to 62%. It served him well, as he completed his first major event victory 9-6 over Dixon.

Tour directors Janene Phillips and Bobby Garza thanked the ownership and staff at QBall Billiards, as well as title sponsor Predator Cues, Northeast Florida USA Pool League, Triple G Fence Company, Stitch it to me Embroidery and AZBilliards. They extended special thanks to Poison Cues for a raffle cue for the ladies event and to Leah Nusbaum for her assistance at the dual events. 

The next stop on the Sunshine State Predator Pro Am Tour, scheduled for the weekend of June 26-27, will celebrate the tour’s 5th anniversary with a $1,600-added event, hosted by Brewlands Carrolwood in Tampa, FL. 

Ringgold chalks up 12th overall win on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour

JT Ringgold

About five years ago, Joshua Terrence Hughes Ringgold, better known since early childhood by virtually everyone as JT Ringgold, started competing on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour as a ‘C’ player. On this past weekend, July 7-8, playing as an A++ player, he chalked up his 12th victory on the tour, double the number of wins of any other tour competitor. Ringgold went undefeated through a field of 60 entrants at the event, hosted by Borderline Billiards in Bristol, TN.
Ringgold advanced through the field to a winners’ side semifinal match against Gwen Sharpton, as Dalton Messer faced Stevie Thomas in the other one. Ringgold shut Sharpton out and advanced to the hot seat match. He was joined by Messer, who’d defeated Thomas 5-2. Ringgold claimed the hot seat 10-2 over Messer, and waited on his return from the semifinals.
On the loss side, Sharpton picked up Ricky Bingham, who, moving into the event’s money rounds, had defeated Dustin Coe 5-3 and Ikey Maynard, double hill (5-6) to reach her. Thomas drew Trey Frank, recent winner over William Cloud 6-1 and Jose Irizarry 6-3. Sharpton advanced to the quarterfinals 4-2 over Bingham, and was joined by Frank, who’d eliminated Thomas 6-3.
Sharpton and Frank locked up in a double hill, quarterfinal battle. Sharpton won it 4-5 (Frank racing to 6) and turned to face Messer in the semifinals. Messer gave up only a single rack to Sharpton in those semifinals to earn a re-match against Ringgold.
Messer started the finals with ‘five on the wire’ in a race to 10 against Ringgold, needing to win twice to deny Ringgold his 12th tour title. Though he would chalk up four of the five racks he needed to win it, Ringgold prevailed to claim that 12th title.
Tour directors Herman and Angela Parker thanked Janet Atwell and her staff at Borderline Billiards, as well as title sponsor Viking Cues, Delta 13 Racks, AZBilliards and Professor Q Ball. The next stop on the Viking Cues’ Q City 9-Ball Tour, scheduled for this weekend (July 14-15) will be the 4th Annual North Carolina State 10-Ball Championships. Defending champion Reymart Lim is expected to be ‘in the house’ for this event, to be hosted by Brass Tap Billiards in Raleigh, NC.