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Jeannie Seaver goes undefeated to claim Stop #5 on Tiger Florida Tour

Michell Monk, Jeannie Seaver and Stephanie Mitchell

When the day started – Saturday, August 27 – Jeannie Seaver was atop the Tiger Florida Tour’s leaderboard, having competed in all four of its 2022 events and winning the tour’s previous stop (#4) in July. The four women immediately behind her in the standings were on hand for stop #5, at Diamond Billiards in Cape Coral, FL, as were 20 other entrants. The top five were separated by 110 points (dependent on attendance, usually around 200 points for a win), with two events to go; the one at hand and the season finale on October 15, the tour’s annual “Cues for the Cure” breast cancer awareness fundraiser, to be hosted by The Corner Pocket in Largo, FL. 

The Corner Pocket’s owner, Stephanie Mitchell, was in 2nd place in the standings, only 40 points behind Seaver. The Pink Dagger (14-year-old Sofia Mast) was 20 points behind Mitchell and Jeannie Seaver’s sister, Vanessa, was 10 points behind Mast. Jessica Barnes was in fifth place, 40 points behind Vanessa. In the day ahead, almost anything could have happened. All five of the top five were capable of winning the event and whoever did so would have the proverbial ‘leg up’ on the tour championship title, which would go to the competitor at the top of the heap at the conclusion of the “Cues for the Cure” fundraiser, seven weeks away. The Stop #5 winner would also receive a qualifying spot in the WPBA’s Dr. Pool Classic in December.

Jeannie Seaver went undefeated, maintaining her position at the top of the tour standings. All four of the competitors behind her in those standings stayed right where they were; Mitchell, Mast, Vanessa Seaver and Barnes. ‘Almost anything could have happened’ turned into ‘nothing about the tour’s top five happened at all,’ except. . . the 110-point gap between 1st and 5th place in the standings, which went from 110 points to 250.

“It will be hard for anyone to catch her,” noted tour director Mimi McAndrews, “unless Jeannie doesn’t play in our “Cues for the Cure” event in October.”

Stop #5 began with a standard, double-elimination bracket. It was played down until there were two on each side, at which point, they redrew into a single elimination bracket.

Jeannie Seaver played two of the four women below her in the standings to be one of the two that advanced to single elimination from the winners’ side of the double elimination bracket. She opened with a 7-2 win over Jessica Barnes, shut out Say Xiong and then locked up in a double hill fight with the Pink Dagger; Seaver is likely one of only a handful of competitors who don’t underestimate the 14-year-old Sofia Mast at the tables. Seaver prevailed, though, and then defeated Dawn Logan 7-4 to earn her spot among the final four.

Michell Monk, who’d climb from #20 in the standings to #8 with her eventual runner-up finish, got by Denise Gugliotta 7-3 and then faced another junior competitor, 13-year-old Gianna “Banks” Fiore, who is currently 7th in the Junior International Championships’ 13U Girls division. Monk got by her 7-3 and after defeating Danielle Marie Fee 7-4 began a two-match set against Stephanie Mitchell. Monk’s 7-4 win in the first set earned her the second winners’ side slot in the single elimination phase.

Logan and Mitchell moved to the loss side of the initial bracket. Logan drew a re-match against Crystal McCormick, whom she’d sent to the loss side in what was McCormick’s first match. McCormick advanced through four loss-side matches including wins over Debbie Hake 5-2 and Danielle Marie Fee 5-3 for a second chance against Logan. Mitchell, another member of the Don’t Underestimate the Pink Dagger Club, drew Mast, who’d followed her double-hill loss to Jeannie Seaver with loss-side wins over Vanessa Seaver 5-3 and Kira Brown 5-1. 

In what were the event’s quarterfinals, McCormick avenged her earlier loss, eliminating Logan 5-1 and drawing Jeannie Seaver in the semifinals. Not surprisingly, the tour’s #2 and #3 competitors, Mitchell and Mast, battled to double hill in the other quarterfinals. Mitchell eventually moving on to face Monk a second time.

Though on the hill, ahead by four (6-2) in the semifinals, Mitchell saw Monk rally back to knot things at double hill and then win it to advance to the finals. Seaver dropped McCormick into the tie for third place 7-2. Seaver completed her undefeated run with a 7-4 victory over Monk in the finals.

Seaver chose not to play the event for its qualifying spot in the December WPBA event, so that spot went to Monk. In addition to the cash prizes for the final six competitors, the tour awarded a $50 prize to the highest-finishing league player (APA 4-5 or equivalent). Brittany May, who’d had the misfortune of drawing Sofia Mast on the winners’ side of the early bracket, won two on the loss side before being eliminated by Danielle Marie Fee and finished in the tie for 9th/12th, took home that cash prize. 

Tour representatives thanked all of the players who attended the event and Lisa Carroll for running the side-by-side Open event, which contributed to a “great day at Diamonds.” They also thanked GM Lisa Cobb and her Diamond Billiards’ staff for their hospitality, along with title sponsor Tony Kalamdaryan and Tiger Products for their continued support of the tour and players.  Thanks, as well, went out to sponsors Boynton Billiards, Great Lakes Billiards, AZ Billiards, Stitch It To Me, Brutal Game Gear, Eastern Billiards, Andy Cloth and to Janis Sessions and the Florida Coast Ladies Tour for sponsoring the APA Prize.

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Nicolle Cuellar Takes Tiger Florida Tour Stop #3

Michell Monk, Nicolle Cuellar and Kaylee McIntosh

TFT veteran Nicolle Cuellar reminded everyone that she is a force to be reckoned with when she won the Tiger Florida Tour Stop #3 at Brewlands Bar & Billiards – North in Lakeland, Florida.  Cuellar has consistently finished in the top four, and seemed to be in a dry spell since her last tournament victory.  However, this was Cuellar’s night as she went undefeated to take the win over rising star Kaylee McIntosh, and ending Tour Champion Jeannie Seaver’s three-event winning streak along the way.

Both Cuellar and McIntosh made it to the Final Board undefeated.  McIntosh sent three players west, Erica Pennington 7-2, Deb Teichert 7-2 and Vanessa Seaver 7-6 to get to the Final Board.  Cuellar got past Mimi McAndrews and Jeanie Seaver in two double-hill matches and defeated Michell Monk 7-5.  Seaver and Monk made it back to the redraw, with Monk’s win over Teichert 5-2, and Seaver getting past Stephanie Mitchell 5-1, new-comer Leigh-Ann Bove 5-0 and sis’ Vanessa Seaver 5-3.  McIntosh made the final match winning over Seaver 7-3 and Cuellar overtook Monk 7-4.  Cuellar and McIntosh advanced to the Finals with Cuellar playing almost flawless and winning 7-2.

This event was a Qualifier for the WPBA Sondheim Invitational in Fairfield, Iowa in September. McIntosh won the Qualifier with her second-place finish and great play all day long.  We wish her the best as she plays her first WPBA event in September.

Thanks to owner Larry Walthall, owner of Brewlands Bar & Billiards North for hosting this Qualifier and the hospitality of Manager Doug Barriger and staff!  As always thanks to Jerry Sotelo and Josh Arnold for running a smooth tournament.   Thank you also to Janis Sessions and the Florida Coastal Ladies Tour adding money to the Qualifier spot.  Also, continued thanks to title sponsor Tony Kalamdaryan and Tiger Products, and sponsors Boynton Billiards, AZ Billiards, Simonis Cloth, Stitch It To Me and Brutal Game Gear for their support of the TFT!

 Some of the matches can been seen on the Tiger Florida Tour Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007959257491.

 

The next scheduled event is the Annual “Cues for the Cure”  breast cancer awareness fundraiser on Oct. 3rd at The Corner Pocket in Largo, Florida.   

The Tiger Florida Tour is a NAPT/WPBA-recognized Division II Women’s Regional Tour. Visit www.tigerfloridatour.com for more information.

Seaver Wins Again At Tiger Florida Tour’s “Cues For The Cure”

Vanessa Seaver, Sonya Chbeeb, Jeannie Seaver, Kaylee McIntosh and Deanna Foster

Once again, Jeannie Seaver went undefeated to win the Tiger Florida Tour’s 12th Annual “Cues for the Cure” breast cancer awareness fundraiser. Thirty-seven women competed at this $1600-added event which benefitted Susan G. Komen, Florida. 

In a modified double-elimination format, the women played down to four on each side.  Four players from both sides of the bracket redrew onto a final single-elimination board.  The eight finalists included Seaver, Chris Fields, Nicolle Cuellar, and Michell Monk from the winners’ side, and Sonya Chbeeb, Vanessa Seaver, Kaylee McIntosh and Deanna Frost from the one-loss side.

Seaver took out Chbeeb 5-3 in the Quarter Finals, Fields lost to Vanessa Seaver 5-2, McIntosh took the win from Cuellar 5-1, and Monk defeated Frost 5-1.  In the Semi-Final matches McIntosh stopped Monk 5-2, and the Seaver sisters paired up with Jeannie winning 5-2 over “Ness.” That left Seaver and McIntosh in the final match, with Seaver taking the win 5-3. Seaver has won this event so many times that we have lost count, giving it up only a few times over past years. Room owner Stephanie Mitchell won the event in 2018, and Crystal McCormick took the title back around 2014.

This was the first TFT event since March due to Covid-19. It was great to see everyone again, even if only from the eyes up!  Mask restrictions were still in place in Largo and the players were great in complying with the mask requirement. 

The players came from around the state. All players received Cues for the Cure T-shirts and pink masks. All monies raised through the raffles and other games benefitted Susan G. Komen, Florida. Shanelle Loraine guessed the number of Hershey Kisses and Elizabeth Tully won the M&Ms!

We cannot thank everyone enough for their support and contributions to this worthy event! Nicolle Rasmussen Cuellar (Stitch It To Me) did a fantastic job with the event T-shirts, the pool towels, pool t-shirts and toilet paper (yes, toilet paper)! Thank you to Michell Monk, Rollie Dixon and Brutal Game Gear for donating shirts for the raffle! Thanks, of course, to good friend, player and supporter Jan Sesh (Florida Ladies Coastal Tour) for adding $100 for highest finishing APA players and running the 4-ball game. A shout out to Dixie Sutton and Relocations by Dixie, Lisa Perez for her help with the raffle, Jessica Human and others for their assistance with the technical issues. A shout out to Alex for his great bingo calling! Of course, we couldn’t run the tournament without Jerry Sotelo. 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 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, Great Lakes Billiards, Simonis Cloth and AZ Billiards. Last but not least, thank you to Susan G. Komen, FL for its never-ending work and dedication to women’s health!

Some of the matches can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cch_3RTJfw8&t=85s.  Or check our Facebook page for links to the videos.

Jessica Barnes Wins Tiger Florida Tour Stop #2 at Brewlands Billiards

Jessica Barnes, Doug Barriger (Manager), Nicolle Cuellar and Sherie Hensley

Thirty-two women convened in central Florida at Brewlands Billiards North in Lakeland for the Tiger Florida Tour Stop #2 on Saturday where Jessica Barnes clinched the win, the money, the trophy and the paid entry to the WPBA Sledgehammer event!

Once again, the competition was tough with several new players joining the ranks of the Tiger Florida Tour women’s semi-pro 9-Ball tour for the first time.  The women played a modified double-elimination format, where the final four from the one-loss side drew back into the final four from the winners’ side, onto a single-elimination Final Board.  The one-loss final four saw Nicolle Cuellar draw Sonya Chbeeb; Michell Monk matched up against Jeannie Seaver; Lisa Cosette drew Jessica Barnes and newcomer Sherie Hensley drew Jeri Bouvette.

Barnes made it to the Final Board undefeated, then played two nail-biting matches edging out Lisa Cossette 7-6 in the quarterfinal and Nicolle Cuellar 7-6 in the semi-final to make it to the final match.  Hensley, who played steady all day long, got past two top TFT players, Helene Caukin 7-5 and Michell Monk 7-5, before losing to Seaver 7-2. Hensley defeated Derek Folds 5-2  on the left side to advance to the Final Board. Once there, Hensley made it past Jeri Bouvette 7-4, and then matched up with Seaver again, this time knocking out Seaver in a hill-hill match after Seaver scratched in the side pocket, putting Hensley in the final match against Barnes.  After a long day for both players, Barnes took the match 7-2 over Hensley.

Barnes won the paid entry to the Sledgehammer Open, courtesy of Janis Sessions and the Florida Coastal Ladies Tour.  Stephanie Mitchell won the paid entry to the Super Billiards Expo Women’s Pro-9-Ball event, and Hensley won the paid entry to the Super Billiards Expo Women’s Amateur 9-Ball event.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the TFT event!  A huge thanks to room owner Larry Walthall and Mike Dauskart for hosting our event again this year and their continued support of the TFT!  Our appreciation to Manager Doug Barriger and staff, and Randi Allen, Director of Marketing & Events for helping our event go smoothly.  Also, thanks to our title sponsor Tiger Products for their continued support of the tour/players; thanks also to Boynton Billiards, Great Lakes Billiards, AZ Billiards and Simonis Cloth for their continued support! And thanks again to Janis Sessions and the Florida Ladies Coastal Tour for sponsoring the entry to the Sledgehammer Open. Some of the matches can been seen on the Tiger Florida Tour Facebook page.

Tour Stop #3 is May 2, 2020 at Stix Billiards in Oldsmar!  See you there!

The Tiger Florida Tour is a NAPT-recognized Division II Women’s Regional Tour. Visit www.tigerfloridatour.com for more information.

Jeannie Seaver Wins Tiger Florida Tour Stop #1 At Brewlands

Helen Caukin, Nicolle Cuellar and Jeannie Seaver

The Tiger Florida Tour kicked off the 2020 season at Brewlands Billiards South in Lakeland, Florida, with 30 players turning out and where Jeannie Seaver took top honors, in more ways than one!

This event drew tough competition from out of state including US Amateur Champion Lisa Cossette, Marianne Merrill and Kelly Nickl, as well as several strong local players and newcomers. The tournament could have been won by any one of at least a dozen different players – the competition was that tough!  In the end, and to no one’s surprise, Seaver won Tour Stop #1, and is four-for-four on the Tiger Florida Tour!

The women played a modified double-elimination format. The final four from the one-loss side drew back into the final four from the winners’ side, onto a single-elimination Final Board, race to seven.  Early upsets saw top TFT players Stephanie Mitchell and Michell Monk, also a former US Amateur Champion; Sonya Chbeeb and Debbie Teichert leave the tournament early.

Caukin played flawlessly all day, and showed everyone that she came to win – with a surprise 7-3 win over Seaver early in the day.  Caukin, Carrie Vetrono, Jessica Human and Lisa Cossette reached the Final Board undefeated.  Nicolle Cuellar, Shanelle Loraine, Seaver and newcomer Christina Moxley reached the Final Board from the one-loss side.  In the first round of the Final Board, Cuellar knocked out Vetrono; Moxley lost to Human, Caukin ended the day for Loraine, who shot lights out all day in one of her best events; and Cossette was stopped by Seaver.

In the semi-finals, Caukin defeated Cuellar 7-4; Human lost to Seaver 7-2, leaving Caukin versus Seaver in a rematch that Seaver took in Seaver-style 7-4.  In addition to winning Tour Stop #1, Seaver’s top-line play, winning three of five events in 2019, also earned her the 2019 Tiger Florida Tour Champion title once again.  Seaver’s win also earned her the paid entry to the Super Billiards Expo Women’s Pro 9-Ball tournament.

Three paid entries to the Super Billiards Expo Women’s Amateur 9-Ball event, courtesy of Janis Sessions and the Florida Coastal Ladies Tour, were won by Cossette, Loraine and Moxley.

Thanks to all 30 players who came out to the TFT event! Thanks to room owners Larry Walthall and Mike Dauskart for hosting our event again this year and their continued support of the TFT – and for going non-smoking!

Thanks to Randi Allen, Director of Marketing & Events and staff for helping with the arrangements and making sure our event went off smoothly.  Also, thanks to our title sponsor Tiger Products for their continued support of the tour/players; thanks also to Boynton Billiards, Great Lakes Billiards, AZ Billiards and Simonis Cloth for their continued support! And thanks again to Janis Sessions and the Ladies Coastal Florida Tour for sponsoring the amateur entries at the SBE, and thank you to Nicolle Cuellar, Stitch It To Me, for the embroidery on the TFT Member shirts.  Some of the matches can been seen on the Tiger Florida Tour Facebook page.

Seaver Wins 3 In A Row At Tiger’s “Cues For The Cure!”

Stephanie Mitchell, Michell Monk, Kelly Cavanaugh, Vanessa Seaver & Jeannie Seaver

For the third time in a row this year, Jeannie Seaver went undefeated to win the Tiger Florida Tour’s 11th Annual “Cues for the Cure” breast cancer awareness fundraiser. Thirty-two women played in pink at this $1,150-added event which benefitted Susan G. Komen, Florida. 
 
 
The event was a modified double elimination format, playing down to four on each side.  Four players from the loser’s side drew back into the winners’ side into a final single elimination board.  On the winners’ side, Seaver got past Amanda Mungeon, Denise Reeve and edged past Nicolle Cuellar in a double hill match to get to the Final Board.  Also making it to the Final Board on the winners’ side – Lisa Cossette, sending Marge Soash west, followed by Sonja Chbeeb and Kelly Cavanaugh; and Michell Monk got past Gianna Fiore, Dawn Logan and Deanna Frost. Vanessa Seaver also made it to the Final Board undefeated, winning over Stephanie Mitchell, Jennifer Berzinski and Deb Teichert. 
 
The final four from one-loss side – Kelly Cavanaugh, Nicolle Cuellar, Jeri Bouvette and Deanna Frost – redrew into a single elimination bracket race to seven.  In a blind draw, Cavanaugh drew Monk, Cuellar drew Vanessa Seaver, Bouvette matched up with Jeannie Seaver and Foster played Cossette.  Cavanaugh advanced to the semi-finals with a win over Monk 7-5, Vanessa Seaver ended the day for Cuellar 7-4, Foster stopped Cossette 7-4 and Jeannie Seaver said good night to Bouvette 7-2.  That left Jeannie Seaver against Deanna Foster in the semi-finals, with Seaver wining 7-3.  Kudos to Foster who made the money for the first time! Cavanaugh won the match against Vanessa Seaver 7-4, ending the potential match up of the Seaver sisters as in 2016.  In the Final match, Jeannie Seaver cranked it up to win the final match over Cavanaugh 7-4.  This win also secured the TFT Tour Champion title for Seaver, back on top again!
 
It was great to see so many new faces and players from the past, several players from around the state and out of state, and two young 9-Ball future stars, Giana Fiore and Sophia Mast.  All players received Cues for the Cure T-shirts. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make this a great event – we could not have done it without your support!  All monies raised from the raffle and games benefits Susan G. Komen, Florida.  
In particular, we thank our title sponsor Tiger Products; Simonis Cloth; Stich It To Me; The Bay Area APA; Relocations & Estate Sales by Dixie; Boynton Billiards; AZ Billiards; Great Lakes Billiards, Bill Dunsmore and Susan G. Komen, Florida.  Of course, a huge thanks to Stephanie Mitchell for all her hard work in helping to make this a successful event and for hosting this event again. Thanks to the staff at The Corner Pocket for their great service! Thanks to Nicolle Rasmussen for her hard work on the T-shirts! Thanks to Jerry Sotelo for running another great tournament!
 
Portions of the matches can be viewed at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-tdcEQ9Al4.
 
Results – $1150-added
1st Jeannie Seaver $650
2nd Kelly Cavanaugh $400
3d/4th Vanessa Seaver $225
3d/4th Deanna Foster $225
5th/8th Michell Monk $150
5th/8th Nicolle Cuellar $150
5th/8th  Lisa Cosette $150
5th-8th Jeri Bouvette $150
 
The top APA players -$50 each:
 
1 – 3 winner – Dixie Sutton
4 – 5 winner – Erika Pennington
6 – Christina Rodriguez Miller
 
Winner of the M&Ms – Stephanie Mitchell
Winner of the Hershey Kisses – Giana Fiore
 
The Tiger Florida Tour is a NAPT-recognized Division II Women’s Regional Tour.
 

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.
 

Applebee and Griffin split top prizes on Sunshine State Pro Am season finale

(l to r): Nick Applebee, Tommy Kennedy & Mike Griffin

White and Grossman split top prizes in Amateur event
 
The season finale of the Sunshine State Pro Am tour, held on the weekend of Dec. 1-2, saw both the Open/Pro and Amateur finalists opt out of a final match. In the $500-added Open/Pro event on Saturday (the tour’s Open 9-Ball Championships), which drew 31 entrants, hot seat occupant Nick Applebee and Mike Griffin (at approximately 4 a.m.) let their first meeting in the battle for the hot seat stand as the determining title match. In the $300-added, Amateur event on Sunday, which drew 22 entrants, it was hot seat occupant Thomas White and challenger David Grossman, who did the same thing. Both events were hosted by Park Ave. Billiards in Orange Park, FL.
 
In the Open/Pro event, Applebee got by Michell Monk, Jay Stock and Jeannie Seaver to draw Bobby Garza in one of the winners’ side semifinals. Mike Griffin, in the meantime, opened his campaign against the tour’s top junior of the year, Trenton White. After defeating him, Griffin moved on to send Thomas White (official winner of the Amateur event) and Asia Cy to the loss side, to face David Grossman in the other winners’ side semifinal.
 
Griffin got into the hot seat match with a 7-4 win over Grossman. Applebee and Garza locked up in a double hill fight that eventually sent Applebee to the hot seat match and Garza to the loss side. Applebee claimed the hot seat 7-5 over Griffin.
 
On the loss side, Grossman and Garza had the misfortune of running into two competitors who’d lost their opening round matches and were in the midst of a five-match, loss-side winning streak. Garza drew Tommy Kennedy, who’d lost his opening match, double hill to Jordan Burden and most recently had defeated Asia Cy 7-5 and Cody Booth 7-1 to draw Garza. Grossman picked up Anthony Meglino, who’d lost his opening round match to Adam Saaidi, and had most recently eliminated Jeannie Seaver 7-2 and just did survive a double hill fight against Shannon Fitch.
 
Kennedy downed Garza 7-2 and in the quarterfinals, faced Meglino, who’d survived his second straight double hill match, versus Grossman. Meglino ended up on the wrong end of his third straight double hill match and was defeated by Kennedy in those quarterfinals. Looking for his eighth straight loss-side win and a shot at Applebee in the hot seat, Kennedy fell to Griffin 7-5. Griffin and Applebee opted out of the final and the Open/Pro weekend was over.
 
White and Grossman let hot seat result stand
 
Thomas White, who ended up in the tie for 13th place in the Open/Pro event, won the hot seat match in the Amateur event over David Grossman, who had finished in the tie for 5th place in the Open/Pro event. Though Grossman won his semifinal match, he and White opted out of an Amateur final, which allowed White, as the undefeated occupant of the hot seat, to claim the official event title.
 
White advanced through the 22-entrant field to arrive at a winner’ side semifinal against Aaron Sikes. Grossman drew Scott Rohleder in the other one. Grossman advanced to the hot seat match 7-4 over Rohleder, while White downed Sikes 7-1 to join him. White and Grossman battled to double hill to claim the hot seat, which White eventually did, in what proved to be his last match.
 
On the loss side, Rohleder picked up Open/Pro winner, Nick Applebee, while Sikes drew Bobby Garza (5th/6th in the Open/Pro). Rohleder advanced to the quarterfinals with a double hill win over Applebee. He was joined by Garza, who’d benefited from a forfeit by Sikes.
 
Garza then eliminated Rohleder 5-1 before falling to Grossman in the semifinals 6-2. White and Grossman opted out of the final and the Sunshine State Pro Am Tour’s season finale was in the books.
 
In addition to the two tournaments, the tour announced its three award winners – Anthony Meglino as Player of the Year, Kelly Cavanaugh as Lady of the Year and Trenton White as the year’s top junior player.
 
Tour directors Janene Phillips and Bobby Garza thanked the ownership and staff at Park Avenue Billiards for their hospitality, as well as sponsors Kamui, Cyclop Balls, Diamond, Play The Game clothing, AZ Billiards, Jacksonville Roofing USA, Inc. and Inside Pool TV. The next stop on the Sunshine State Pro Am Tour will be its season opener, scheduled for January 5-6, 2019 at Stroker’s Billiards in Palm Harbor, FL. It will include a 9-ball Amateur event and the tour’s 10-ball Invitational Tournament for its top 16 players.

Michell Monk Wins Tiger Florida Tour at Brewlands

Larry Walthal (owner), Jessica Barnes, Mike Dauskart (owner) and Michell Monk

The Women’s 9-Ball Tiger Florida Tour kicked off the new year at Brewlands Billiards in Lakeland, Florida, where Michell Monk reminded everyone that she came to win, and that she did! After several years of second, third and fourth place finishes, Monk finally came through to win her first TFT tournament in years.
 
The women play a modified double elimination format. The final two from the one-loss side redraw back into the winners’ bracket Final Board for a single elimination race to seven.  Helene Caukin and Jessica Barnes made it to the final board undefeated.  Jessica Human and Monk got to the Final Board from the one-loss side. 
 
Human knocked out Cortney Bernard 5-1, and then redrew into the final bracket against Barnes, who had given Human her first loss in a double-hill match.  Going hill-hill again, Barnes eventually won and went on to the Finals.  Monk initially lost to Helene Caukin 7-4. After defeating newcomer Jamie Hagerty 5-1, Monk then redrew Caukin in the semi-finals and prevailed in a tough hill-hill match to take on Barnes.  Barnes and Monk were both intent on taking home the final prize, in a tough back and forth double hill match.  However, Monk was able to pull out the stops and win the first TFT Stop of the year!
 
Thanks to all the players who turned out for this opening event.  We also thank our returning title sponsor Tiger Products; and returning sponsors Great Lakes Billiards, Ultimate Chalkers, Boynton Billiards and AZ Billiards. Thank you to room owners Larry Walthall and Mike Dauskart for being great hosts!  Videos of matches can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJZQfjBiD4k.
 

Shanelle Lorraine Breaks Thru On The TFT

Stephanie Mitchell, Jeannie Seaver, Shanelle Lorraine and room own David Cintron

“First” was the theme on Saturday as 31 players came together after Hurricane Irma – the first Category 5 hurricane to hit Florida since 1992 – to compete at Tour Stop #5 on the Tiger Florida Tour.   This was the first TFT event and the first women’s event hosted by the brand new Shooters Billiards in Port St. Lucie.
 
Players competed on 9 ft’ shimmed Diamond tables that contributed to an extra long night for some. The TFT plays a modified, double elimination format, playing down to four on each side. The four on the one-loss redraw back into the winners’ side into a Final Board of 8, single elimination race to 7.
 
Early upsets saw Becky Yelvington send Stephanie Mitchell west 7-5, Katie Bowse handed Shanelle Lorraine her only loss 7-2, and Julia Spinella prevailed over Nicolle Cuellar 7-2. The four players from the winners’ side included Yelvington, Michell Monk, Jessica Human and Roe Guarnero. Making it to the Final Board of 8 from the one-loss side – Jeannie Seaver, Lorraine, Cuellar and Mitchell.  Mitchell drew Guarnero, winning 7-5; Cuellar won over Monk in another 7-5 match; Seaver matched up with Yelvington, ending Yelvington’s night 7-4; and Lorraine drew Human, taking the match 7-5.  That left Seaver versus Cuellar in the semi-finals, which ended in a 7-3 loss for Cuellar; and Mitchell losing to Lorraine on the hill 7-6.  
 
The final match came down to Seaver v. Lorraine.  Being in the semi-finals was Lorraine’s best finish ever.  However, it was unusually late so the two finalists agreed to a one-game sudden-death match for the win, points and title. People who know these two players would likely have put the odds on veteran player Seaver to win the game.  Seaver won the lag for the break. She made the one and the three-ball but didn’t have much of a shot afterwards as the cue ball stopped, tied up to the two ball.  Seaver played a safe, pushing the two into the side rail and sending the cue ball up and back down half the table. Lorraine tried to cross bank the two and the cue ball hit the nine, sending it straight to the same pocket as the two-ball and just when it looked like the nine might go in, it collided with the two, leaving the two in front of the side pocket. 
 
Seaver took the table back and proceeded to make the two in the side, getting shape for the four in the opposite corner pocket, then pocketing the five with a bridge in the opposite corner and leaving herself with a long shot on the six, which was on the rail back toward the opposite end of the table.  Seaver over-cut the six trying to get shape for the seven, knocking the six down to the end rail and then up to the other of end the table, but — hiding the cue ball.  Lorraine was forced to kick at the six and kick she did – making the six in corner pocket. But now she didn’t have a good shot on the seven which was close to the long rail on the other side. Trying a thin back cut towards the opposite corner pocket, the cue ball hit the seven then went to the bottom rail and came back, hitting the seven as it was headed towards the pocket, and knocking the seven close to the side pocket.  
 
Seaver was back at the table again, always a dangerous situation to be in – Seaver at the table with only three balls left. She made the seven in the side, but didn’t quite get on the right side of the eight. Seaver was forced to make the eight in the same side pocket drawing the cue ball up and down table and with the cue ball resting almost center table for a spot shot on the nine in the corner pocket.  Seaver shot at the nine but overcut it, hitting the nine into the lower side rail and leaving it just off the bottom rail.  The cue ball ended up at the opposite end of the table.  Lorraine had little choice with so much space between the cue ball and the nine – play safe or go for the bank. After sizing up the shot, Lorraine aimed and made a perfect bank on the nine to win her first event on the Tiger Florida Tour!
 
Thanks to everyone who turned out for this event.  We also thank our title sponsor Tiger Products; and sponsors Great Lakes Billiards, Ulterior Chalkers, Boynton Billiards, AZ Billiards and Discount Mugs. Thank you to room owner David Cintron and his wife, Denise; room manager Joanne Colpitts (not pictured); Jeff and Cassie Howell, Treasure Coast APA League owners, and all the staff at Shooters Billiards for being great hosts!