PARKER WINS 2010 FBT INVITATIONAL!

Caukin takes home FBT Regional Tour title

(pictured left to right: JoAnn Mason Parker, and Jessica Barnes)

Ft. Pierce, Fla. (Nov. 20, 2010) – JoAnn Mason Parker won her second in a row Flamingo Billiards Tour event at the FBT Invitational this past Saturday at Ultimate Billiards.  Helene Caukin finished the year with the most points and wins the title of Flamingo Billiards Tour 2010 Champion.  Caukin’s first place finish also secures her spot in the 2011 WPBA Classic Tour events.

Parker started the day with a 7-4 win over Kelly Cavanaugh, 7-4 over Robin Boggs, and a 7-1 over Kim Caso to make it to the single elimination redraw.  Also making it to the redraw was Jeannie Seaver, with wins over Kelly Coyle 7-1, Sabra MacArthur Beahn 7-5, and Chris Ann Fields 7-1.  Christie Cloke got to the single elimination bracket beating Shanelle Loraine along the way 7-5, and Barbara Harris 7-4.  Also in the redraw was Jessica Barnes, winning over Stephanie Mitchell 7-5, and Amy Poulter 7-4.  On the one loss side, Chris Ann Fields fought her way back to the redraw, along with Kim Caso, Amy Poulter and Helene Caukin.

The redraw pitted Mason against Fields 7-5. Seaver beat Caso 7-3; Cloke edged out Poulter 7-5; and Barnes took Caukin 7-4.  That left Parker in the semi-finals against Seaver, and Cloke against Barnes.

Seaver, who had shot lights out all day, felt the night wearing on and gave up the match to Parker 7-1.  Barnes, who was also shooting in the zone all day, had a tough match against Cloke.  Playing neck-and-neck and tied at 5, Cloke scratched in game 11, and Barnes went to the hill.  Barnes broke and combed the 9 to move to the finals.

The final match started with Parker 2-0.  Barnes got on the scoreboard when Parker scratched in game 3 after hooking herself and forced to kick.  In game 4, Barnes missed the 8 and Parker was out.  Score 3-1.  Barnes broke in game 5, proceeded to make the 1-ball but scratched. With ball-in-hand, Parker combed the 2-9.  Score 4-1.  Barnes broke in game 6, ran out to the 7 and scratched giving ball-in-hand again to Parker, who was out, score 5-1.   In game 7, Barnes broke and came up dry. Parker pushed out but was left with the cue ball hooked and no shot on the one.  With ball-in-hand to Barnes this time, Barnes played safe leaving Parker with a jump shot on the two.  Parker proceeded to jump, made the 2-ball and ran out to the 6-ball which rattled in the corner.  Barnes overshot the 7 leaving bad shape on the 8-ball.  But not to be deterred, Barnes banked the 8 and made the 9.  Score 5-2.  Just when it looked like Barnes was starting a comeback, Parker went on to take the next two games and the match.

The Flamingo Billiards Tour thanks all of its sponsors, Boynton Billiards (www.boytonbilliards.com), Ozone Billiards (www.ozonebilliards.com), Tweeten Fibre (www.tweeten.us).  And many thanks again to room owners Bill Mallen and Gary Gilsanan (www.ultimate-billiards.com), Amy Poulter (www.amysbilliards.com), Tesh Patel (www.cornerpocketbilliards.com), and Dana Rogers (www.artofbilliards.com), for being great hosts and supporting the Flamingo Billiards Tour.

RESULTS

($250-added, modified double-elimination)

1st JoAnn Mason Parker ($500)

2nd Jessica Barnes ($375)

3rd Jeannie Seaver ($200)

3rd Christie Cloke($200)

5th Amy Poulter($100)

5th Chris Ann Fields($100)

5th Helene Caukin($100)

5th Kim Caso($100)

9th Barbara Ellis  ($65)

9th Sabra MacArthur Beahn  ($65)

9th Kelly Coyle ($65)

9th Stephanie Mitchell ($65)

13th Nicolle Rasmussen ($40)

13th Marge Soash ($40)

13th Shanelle Loraine ($40)

13th Kelly Cavanaugh ($40)

The 2011 Flamingo Billiards Tour is tentatively scheduled to begin Saturday, Jan. 29th, at Ultimate Billiards (www.ultimate-billiards.com) in Fort Pierce, Florida.  Visit www.flamingobilliardstour.com for details.

Terry Petrosino Wins

OB Cues Ladies Tour Championship Stop Brings 1st Tour Win for Terry Petrosino

(pictured from left to right: Jennifer Kraber, Roy Robinson, and Terry Petrosino)

It was a smashing weekend November 13th & 14th at Casper’s Billiards in San Leon, Texas.    The weather was just how we liked it…..rainy and cool, prime conditions for being indoors and playing 9-ball all weekend long.  Casper’s Billiards is like no other pool room on our tour.  The food menu offers a wide variety of seafood specials, delicious sandwiches, steaks, burgers, etc. to whet everyone’s hungry appetite.   Kathy and Roy Robinson, owners of Casper’s and voted one of the best billiards rooms in the country, served as our host site in March as well as our Championship Stop during 2010.  All of our OBCLT family, friends, supporters always enjoy their time there and looks forward to the next time we will meet again.  Thank You, Casper’s for being part of our OBCLT family.

The OB Cues Ladies Tour (formerly Hunter Classics Amateur Tour) has been in existence for 18 years now.  Our main title sponsor, OB Cues, who took over sponsorship in 2008, owned by Don Owen and Royce Bunnell were also in attendance at Casper’s.  Don & Royce received special recognition from the players for allowing us to continue to pursue our dream and enjoy our passion, as well as providing us a special venue to further develop our extended family and friends by keeping the tour together.  Don and Royce, we couldn’t do it without you and know that we appreciate you more than words can say.  Thank You.

The tour also announced a new co-sponsor named Pool-300.  Pool-300 is a new pool league concept coming soon to a poolroom in your neighborhood.   You will be hearing more about this in the future.  So keep your eyes and ears open for learning more about this new adventure.

As this was our Championship Stop for this year, it was also time to crown our 2010 OB Cues Ladies Tour Champion.  At the time of the Player’s Meeting, it was too close to call as Lisa Marr was ahead in points but only by 150 to her closest rival, Jennifer Kraber.  Midstream in the tournament as Jennifer suffered a 1st round loss and Lisa won her 3rd match of the day, it was announced that Lisa Marr was the 2010 OBCLT Champion for her 3rd year in a row.  Fantastic Job, Lisa!  You are the best!

The 2010 Most Improved Player was awarded to Michelle Prince from Katy, Texas.  Michelle has demonstrated a winning style and attitude throughout the duration of her past two years playing on the tour.  She improved in the rankings from 27th to 15th and was most deserving of this prestigious award.  Congratulations Michelle!  Your hard work has paid off and it shows!

For the Main Event, thirty-two players were vying for the $750 first place prize monies and it was anybody’s guess who was going to be the winner.  Returning on Sunday still undefeated were Angela Garza vs. Lisa Marr and Terry Petrosino vs. Michelle Cortez.  On the one-loss side, it was Jennifer Kraber vs. Ricki Lee Casper and Amanda Lampert vs. Deanna Kinola.  Ricki and Deanna finished 7th/8th while Amanda and Angela finished 5th/6th.

Michelle Cortez, who was celebrating her birthday on Sunday, had a very solid year of high finishes.  In this event, she was defeated by Jennifer Kraber to take 4th place.  With her previous high finishes, she placed 7th in the final 2010 rankings.  Congratulations Michelle!  We are proud of you!

In the semi-final match, it was once again the top two ranked players, Jennifer Kraber and Lisa Marr.  These two have waged plenty of battles against each other all year long and this time was no different.  Jennifer was again triumphant at this event, sending Lisa home with a 3rd place finish.  Congratulations Lisa on being the 2010 OBCLT Regional Tour Champion, for three times in a row.  You are indeed a champion and always pleasant to watch!

Jennifer, after losing her 1st match against OBCLT Board Member, Julie Stephenson 7-6, came back and won 8 matches to earn her spot in the finals match against Terry.  Jennifer had the best year ever since playing on the tour.  She finished overall in 2nd place in the rankings and finished 2nd place at this weekend’s event.   Congratulations Jennifer, you are a joy to watch, always a good sport and a verifiable champion through and through!

Terry Petrosino played in 3 of the 9 OB Cues Ladies Tour stops this year.  Ironically, the last time she played was in March and it was at Casper’s where she placed 9th-12th.  This time, it was different.  She defeated a number of strong shooters, starting out with Tara Williams, Julie Stephenson, Lisa Henderson-Major, Michelle Cortez, Lisa Marr and then Jennifer Kraber in the finals 7-5.  She played very strong and strategic.  Terry always has been a strong contender since playing on the tour but this time there was no looking back.  She was cool and stroking like a champ.  She stayed on target and focused to achieve her 1st OB Cues Ladies Tour win ever and capturing the 1st place prize money of $750.  Congratulations Terry and we know you will be in the winner’s circle at future OBCLT events!

See you in 2011 – 1st Tour Stop, January 29th & 30th at Rusty’s in Arlington, Texas – www.obcuestour.com

Tournament payouts – $2000 added monies

1st – Terry Petrosino – $750

2nd – Jennifer Kraber – $550

3rd – Lisa Marr – $400

4th – Michelle Cortez – $260

5th/6th – Amanda Lampert, Angela Garza – $160

7th/8th – Deanna Kinola, Ricki Lee Casper – $100

9th/12th – Lisa Henderson-Major, Natalie Mans, Julie Stephenson, Ashley Nandrasy – $50

13th/16th – Monica Anderson, Yvette Reyes, Amber Stone, Belinda Lee – $30

Second Chance – $350 added monies

1st – Ashley Nandrasy – $135

2nd – Natalie Mans – $100

3rd – Lisa Henderson-Major – $65

4th – Robyn Petrosino – $30

5th/6th – Julie Stephenson, Tara Williams – $10

Other Tournament Winners:

Free Entry – $30 – Jennifer Kraber

Starbucks Gift Cards $25 each – Deanna Kinola, Janea Taylor

14.1 DVD Collection – Ashley Nandrasy (DVD’s provided by OBCLT Supporter Samiel Nguyen)

Pool Dawg Box of Master Chalk (provided by OBCLT Player Samm Diep) – Kim Pierce

Pool Dawg Towel (provided by OBCLT Player Samm Diep)  – Lucille Donahue

Pool Dawg Glove (provided by OBCLT Player Samm Diep)  – Becky Jones

OB Cues Ladies Tour Bumper Stickers – Shirley Fields

OB Cues Ladies Tour Magnet Button – Rebecca Riley, Belinda Lee

America Heart Dress for Red Pin – Ricki Lee Casper

Breast Cancer Pins – Monica Anderson, Yvette Reyes

$200 Perfect Attendance Winner – Monica Anderson

OB  Cues Raffle Winners:

Clement Nicolini – Casper’s customer

Frank “Pancho” Gonzalez – Casper’s customer