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Seaver picks up her first Tiger Florida Tour title since March 2021

Stephanie Mitchell, Jeannie Seaver, Sofia Mast and Jessica Barnes

Jeannie Seaver’s gotten off to a slow start this year. Following a year (2021) in which she won three tour titles – two on the Tiger Florida Tour and one on the Sunshine State Pro Am Tour – it wasn’t until this past weekend (July 16-17) that she claimed her first 2022 tour title. In her fourth appearance on the tour this year, the victory moved her ahead of Stephanie Mitchell to the top spot in the current Tiger Florida Tour standings. She did it at Stop #4, going undefeated through a modified double elimination bracket, downing six opponents, including, in the finals, the junior competitor known as “The Pink Dagger,” 14-year-old Sofia Mast (#3 in the standings). The event drew 34 entrants to Shooters Billiards in Port St. Lucie, FL.

Initially, in the double elimination phase of the event, its 34 competitors were racing to be among the final four standing on both sides of the bracket. Among the eight who advanced to the single elimination phase were the top six in tour standings when the event began. The four who advanced to single elimination without a loss were the top four; (in order) Stephanie Mitchell, Vanessa Seaver, Jeannie Seaver and Sofia Mast.

Mitchell, in a quest to maintain her position at the top of the standings, had to deal with an opening-round, double hill match against Xare Qualis. She survived that and then defeated Ivette Fernandez and Margie Soash, both 7-3 to earn her winners’ side slot in the final eight. Vanessa Seaver got by Erin O’Brien 7-4, Jessica Karamia Human, double hill and Katie Bowse 7-1 to advance. Sister Jeannie defeated Aalyssa Gonzalez 7-4, Roe Guarnero 7-3 and Jessica Barnes 7-3 to arrive, while The Pink Dagger (Mast) sent Chris Baumgart 7-4 and Crystal McCormick 7-3 to the loss side, before battling Kaylee McIntosh to double hill, eventually sending her over as well.

Two of the four who just missed advancement from the winners’ side came right back after winning their only loss-side match. Barnes moved over and survived a double hill fight versus Julia Spinella, returning to square off against Vanessa Seaver in the opening round of the single-elimination phase. McIntosh faced Guarnero on the loss side, defeated her 5-2 and was faced with Mitchell in the single-elimination group.

Joining those two from the loss side were Human, defeated by Vanessa Seaver on the winners’ side and then defeating Susan Damschroder 5-3, Sandy Cheng, double hill and Margie Soash 5-1 to face Mast in what amounted to the event’s quarterfinals. Rounding out the single-elimination field of 8 was Tracy Mullen, who followed her initial, first-round loss to Crystal McCormick with victories over Chris Baumgart 5-2, Ashley Jones 5-3, Kira Brown 5-2 and finally, in a double hill battle, Katie Bowse. Mullen picked up Jeannie Seaver in the event quarterfinals.

Due to time constraints, the quarterfinal and semifinal matches were reduced to races to 5. Three of the quarterfinals were decided by 5-2 scores; Jeannie Seaver over Mullen, Mast over Human and Barnes over Vanessa Seaver. Mitchell advanced over McIntosh 5-3. In the semifinals that followed, Mast and Barnes locked up in a double hill battle that eventually sent Mast to the finals. She was joined by Jeannie Seaver, who eliminated Mitchell 5-3. 

After agreeing to a final race-to-3 (again, due to time constraints), Seaver and Mast opted to split the top two prizes and played the race-to-3 anyway. Seaver claimed the event title 3-1, moving her into the top spot in tour standings. Mitchell’s tie-for-third finish (with Barnes) dropped her into second place, while, as runner-up, The Pink Dagger moved up a notch, from fourth to third place in the standings.

Tour director Mimi McAndrews thanked Dave Citron and his Shooters Billiards staff for their “welcoming hospitality,” along with Josh Arnold and Stephanie Mitchell for their assistance with running a smooth event. She also thanked title sponsor Tiger Products, AZBilliards, Boynton Billiards, Andy Cloth, Eastern Billiards, Stitch-It-To-Me Embroidery and Brutal Game Gear. The next stop on the Tiger Florida Tour, scheduled for Saturday, August 28, will be hosted by Diamond Billiards in Cape Coral, FL.

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Jeannie Seaver 2011FB Tour Champion; Chris Fields earns 2012 WPBA Exemption

Boynton Beach, Fla. (Nov. 19, 2011) – If there was any doubt that Florida’s top women 9-Ball players were in the same pool room on Saturday, that doubt was quickly eliminated by the never-ending display of banks, caroms and combos executed with perfection throughout the entire day. At the end of it all, however, it was Jessica Barnes who played strong enough to win the Flamingo Billiards Tour $1,000-added End of Year event.  This was Barne’s first win on the FBT.

Hot off a recent win on the BAAT tour, Barnes came to the FBT with the same thought in mind. However, Jessica’s first match was a tough double-hill challenge with Kelly Coyle that almost sent Jessica west.  Coyle missed the match-winning nine-ball and left Jessica out.  Barnes then sent Shanelle Loraine west, only to be stopped by Chris Fields 7-2.  Jessica quickly made it to the redraw by sending Christie Cloke home, 7-2.  Fields made it to the redraw on the winner’s side after sending both Barnes and Janis Sessions to the one-loss side.

Jeannie Seaver, in her attempt to win three FBT events in a row, had a rough start to the day losing 7-5 to Jennifer Page.  Not to be stopped, Seaver made it back to the redraw with wins over Loraine, Sessions and Sue Roberts.  Page also made it to the redraw with wins over Vanessa Seaver and a tough win over Roberts 7-5.

Four make it to the semi-finals 

In the semi-finals Barnes drew Chris Fields. Jeannie Seaver would play Jennifer Page again. Down 4-0, Seaver looked like she was losing her mojo. Not to be shut out, Seaver’s stroke caught a second wind and came back forcing Page into a double-hill match.  With the 9-Ball sitting in front of the side pocket, the cue ball on the other side and several balls blocking any kind of carom or combo shot, Page took a chance hitting the two into the rail and kicking back towards the nine, but missed, leaving Seaver with an almost identical shot in the opposition direction. Seaver shot the two into the short rail to send it up to the nine, making the two instead of the nine. Seaver continued to run the table and was almost at the finish line.  But left with a tough shot on the seven to get on the eight, Seaver missed the shot and Page ran out to take the match.

The biggest surprise match of the night was the semi-final matchup between Fields and Barnes.  Fields seemed to have the match locked up with Barnes down 6-1.  But a few bad rolls for Fields, a few good rolls for Barnes, not to mention that Barnes has been playing strong and came to play with a “never say die” attitude on Saturday – Barnes refused to give up, came back to force a double-hill game and ultimately won match.  

Nail-biting finals

The final match between Page and Barnes was like a see-saw.  Barnes was quick up two games, making an incredible long rail cut shot on the 9-ball with almost no angle on the nine. In game three Barnes undercut an 8-ball allowing Page to get on the board. Barnes broke next but came up dry, leaving Page an easy shot on the one, followed by a combo shot on the 2-9, tying the match 2-2. Barnes took the next game, and then Page combed again, score 3-3.  Ball back in the Barnes’ court made the match 4-3, then in game eight, Page played safe, and with the two-nine tied up on the opposite rail Barnes responded with an incredible ESPN kick shot of the day hitting the two and sending the nine into the pocket, 5-3.  Page won the next game, and then ran out to the 8-ball, made the eight and ended up with the cue ball on the rail for a long cut shot with the 9-ball on the opposite rail. A tough shot for even the most seasoned pro, Page missed and left Barnes out.  Score 6-4. The next game Barnes missed and left Page out, score 6-5.  In the next game, Barnes broke and made two balls. Missing a straight in long rail shot, Page was back at the table with a chance to tie the match. But left with a tough shot to make or even play safe, Page missed and Barnes ran the rest of the table for the game and the match.

Jeannie Seaver’s 3rd place finish guaranteed her spot as the FBT highest points finisher and the 2011 Flamingo Billiards Tour Champion.  Seaver received Nick Varner‘s new Air Jump Cue.  A third place finish was also good enough for Chris Fields to secure the 2012 WPBA Exemption.

Susan Martin was recognized as the Most Improved Player Award.  Janis Sessions was recognized with the Most Valuable Player Award, as the value that she brings to the FBT goes above and beyond in helping to promote and support the tour. Janis has brought several new players; she raises money for the FBT breast cancer fundraiser, and goes out of her way to publicize the FBT, not only by word of mouth but by word of car! 

Soash wins Ladies Open side-by-side tournament

In a side-by-side event, Margie Soash (pictured below on the left) won the 8-Ball/9-Ball tournament. Juliette Watier (pictured below right) finished second, and Christina Terlizzi finished third.

Many thanks to room owners Mike Bradford and Joe Sistarelli, (www.billiardcommunity.com), (www.slatebilliards.com) for being great hosts and supporters of the Flamingo Billiards Tour. Thanks also to the legendary Nick Varner and to Boynton Billiards, for supporting the Flamingo Billiards Tour.  Our thanks also goes out to Ultimate Billiards in Ft. Pierce, Florida, and to Amy’s Billiards in Stuart, Florida, for their continued support.  And of course thanks to all of the women who came out to compete and support the tour.  See you next year!

Some of the matches from the 2011 End of Year Event can be viewed at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/18622494.

Schjodt in Boynton Beach

32 of the top female players in Florida descended on Action Billiards in Boynton Beach, Florida as the Ladies Florida Tour held their October event. The tournament would see some different faces in the final matches as the top players on the points list finished disappointingly low. The only top 5 player still playing in the final three matches was Tracie Majors who finished fourth. The winners side finals saw Debbie Schjodt defeat Margie Soash 9-6. Soash would then move to the one loss side and lose to KC Foster to finish in third place. The extended, race to 11, final went quickly as Schjodt defeated Foster 11-3 for the win.
 
The victory was worth $600 for Schjodt while Foster took $400 for second. Soash and Majors collected $300 and $200 respectively.

Third Hunter Classics Stop a Big Success at Paradise Billiards

Exciting times at Mile High Qualifier.  The 3rd Hunter Classics stop of the year was the usual showcase of tough competition, exciting surprises and comebacks (check out the brackets).  40 ladies from across the USA and world competed for the WPBA Qualifier Spot at Paradise Billiards in Denver, CO June 23-24, 2001.
 
The tour was happy to host Sarah Ellerby, Kelly Fisher, Maria Catalano and Kim Shaw – all originally from England and currently living in the United States.  In addition, Noriyo Yurino, originally from Japan, now residing in Vancouver, BC and Ikumi Ushiroda, also from Japan, living in California.   The remainder of the field featured ladies from Florida, Iowa, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Kansas and of course Colorado.
 
Of the 40 competitors – 25 of the players were in contention for the WPBA Qualifier spot.   Many confident ladies in this tournament!  For the 3rd straight year, Terry McFadden and his staff were gracious hosts and provided a professional environment.  For hosting this event, Terry was given a beautiful Hunter Classics Custom Cue, valued at over $1,800.  It is a beautiful example of Wes Hunter's work – Cocobolo w/5 Macassar rosewood points and ivory inlays.
 
Play commenced at 10am on Saturday.  Play went on until only 12 players were left for Sunday. It was a fierce battle for the top prize – with many of the local Colorado girls hanging tough and pulling through on some difficult matches.
 
Players on the winners side included:  Sarah Ellerby, Rose McCrory, Noriyo Yurino, and Maria Catalano  – on the one-loss side were Margie Soash, Melinda Bailey, Deb Winter, Brenda Plantz, Kim Shaw, Susan Mello, Ikumi Ushiroda and Karla Chorny.
 
Congratulations to local players and favorites – Deb Winter and Brenda Plantz for finishing 7th/8th.  Brenda and Kim Shaw started off the morning treating spectators to exciting double hill match.  With Brenda coming back from 4-6 to win 7-6.  Also, congratulations to Karla Chorny for finishing in the top 9 in her first Hunter Classics Tour event.
 
The final six players featured tight battles with many double hill matches.  Most notable was Colorado Springs resident, Rose McCrory coming back from a 1-5 deficit to win 6 straight games for a 7-5 win over Ikumi.  Rose went on to a double hill match with Florida player, Margie Soash -with Margie coming out on top to hand Rose 4th place.
 
Noriyo Yurino made her way to the winner's bracket match with wins over Ranee Beckel (7-2), Gail Lave (7-1), Margie Soash (7-0), Brenda Plantz (7-2), Maria Catalano (7-5) and lost to Sarah Ellerby (6-7).  Sarah Ellerby made it to the "hot seat"  via a first round bye, and wins over Liz Bernreuter(7-4), Julie  Stephenson (7-3), Deb Winter (7-2), Rose McCrory (7-1), and Noriyo Yurino (7-6)
 
The semi-finals match pitted Margie and Noriyo together.  Noriyo pulled out for a strong lead and had Margie down 8-3, with Margie hanging tough and bringing it to 6 games on her side before Noriyo won game 9.
 
The finals featured Noriyo and Sarah.  Noriyo took a commanding lead while Sarah struggled a bit with her usually flawless game.  Very quiet in demeanor Noriyo has a strong break with the 9 ball ending up near the pocket after almost every break.  She took advantage of Sarah's mistakes and confidently ran out when the opportunity presented itself.  As a result, Noriyo won 1st place* and Sarah Ellerby won 2nd place and the WPBA Qualifier spot.  Congratulations to both ladies.  *Due to an ineligibility between Noriyo and the WPBA, Noriyo forfeited her WPBA Qualifying spot to Sarah Ellerby later that month.
 
On Sunday 18 ladies returned to play in the 2nd chance event.  Kelly Fisher defeated Mindy Williams to take 1st place.   Congratulations to Mindy with another strong finish in the 2nd chance event.  Rounding out the top 4 were Julie Stephenson (who had to forfeit in order to catch her plane) and Leslie Rogers.
 
As usual, this tour stop was an exciting event.  Local Colorado residents and WPBA Touring Pros Laura Smith and Melissa Little were on hand to watch the action.  Many thanks to Melissa for giving us a taste of the WPBA by allowing the use of the Sardo Rack during the final matches.   Also, a huge thank you to our host Terry McFadden, Bob Winter for being our referee and all the wait staff at Paradise Billiards.  And once again, thanks to Wes Hunter for his continued support of the tour.
 
The next Hunter Classics Tour Stop will in Arlington, TX – August 4th/5th.   Visit us at www.hunterclassics.com.

Van Buren wins in Vero Beach

The Ladies Florida Tour held their second event of the new season at Cunningham Pool & Dart in Vero Beach Florida, and Ellen "The Florida Flash" Van Buren had her best finish in two seasons as she defeated Dawn Fox 11-5 in the finals to win the event. Ellen collected $700 for the win and Dawn pocketed $525 for second. Amy Poulter and Margie Soash filled out the top four spots.