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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! 

Efren Suarez Wins WorldPPA Shootout

Suarez, Beaulieu, Ni

Congratulations to Efren Suarez (AA-), 1st Place  and Wei Ni (A+) 2nd Place winners of this past weekend’s WorldPPA Summer Shootout tournament held at California Billiard Club in Mountain View, California.


113 pool players signed up to battle it out in handicapped 9-Ball, races-to-eight, alternating break and true double elimination format.  Efren Suarez, worked his way to the top spot undefeated winning matches against Shin Hong (B+), Bill Meyers aka “Kentucy” (A-), Sam Panicca (A-), Ed Ramos (AA-), Barney Calip (B), Cary Carmona (B+) and  Riwan Khalil (B) and Wei Ni (A+) in the Finals.

The youngest contestant was Sammy Panicca III (C-) at 9 years old, but with plenty of heart and determination.  I’m looking forward to seeing more of Sammy in the future.  

Our oldest contestant, Don Frank (B) just celebrated his 78th birthday last Thursday!

Of the 113 entries, there were 49-A’s, 42-B’s, 14-AA’s, 4-C’s & 3-AAA’s. Of the 24 winners, 4 were AA’s, 14 were A’s and 6 were B’s. No AAA’s or C’s made it to the money rounds.

The $25 entry fee tournament with 113 players paid out a total of $3,575.00: