(photo: Winner, JoAnn Mason Parker; Owner of Amy's Billiards, Amy Poulter, and 2nd place finisher Chris Ann Fields)
Stuart, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2010) – The top women billiards competitors in Florida gathered on Saturday at Amy’s Billiards for the Flamingo Billiards Tour breast cancer fundraiser. Twenty-three players competed and raised more than $500. The money will benefit the South Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. Former US Open Champion JoAnn Mason Parker won the event. The Flamingo Billiards Tour is a stepping stone to competing on the Women’s Professional Billiard Association.
JOANN MASON PARKER WINS CUES FOR THE CURE EVENT
Former US Open winner starts making a come-back
Stuart, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2010) – It was truly a special event as 23 players from Miami to Tallahassee, Ft. Myers to Daytona and in between came together in Stuart, Florida, to compete in the Flamingo Billiards Tour “Cues for the Cure” breast cancer fundraising event, held in conjunction with the American Cuesports/Lucasi Hybrid All-American Tour.
Group of 23 players - photo credit: Ali Panjawni
The modified double-elimination tournament was held at Amy’s Billiards (www.amysbilliards.com) in Stuart, Fla., hosted by room owner Amy Poulter, one of Florida’s top players.
It was also a special day for JoAnn Mason Parker, having friends affected by breast cancer, and winning her first event on the Flamingo Billiards tour. Parker started the day with a 7-4 win over Emily Wilmoth Broxson. Shelly Harrison, fresh off winning the Atlanta Billiards Expo Amateur 9-Ball tournament, sent Parker west to the one-loss side, 7-5. Not to be stopped, however, Parker won her match against Jessica Barnes, 7-2, to make it back to the final 8-redraw.
Parker had a revenge match in the single elimination redraw as she matched up again against Harrison, this time winning 7-5. Parker went on to take the next match against Kelly Coyle, 7-4, making it to the finals.
This day was also special to relative new-comer Chris Ann Fields, who made it to the finals, defeating Robin Boggs 7-4, and top tour players Stephanie Mitchell 7-5, Helen Caukin 7-3 and Sabra MacArthur Beahn 7-3.
Other players making to the redraw on the winner’s side included Kelly Coyle , winning over Jeannie Seaver 7-6, and Susan Miller 7-1. Kelly Cavanaugh made her way to the redraw with a 7-5 win over Amy Poulter, and 7-2 over Marina Souza. Cavanaugh lost to Beahn in the quarterfinals. Coyle made it to the semifinals to be knocked out by Parker 7-4. Amy Poulter made it back from the one-loss side with wins over Barbara Ellis 7-0, Debbie Teichert 7-4, and Christie Cloke, 7-1. Beahn fought her way back to the redraw after losing her first match to Poulter 7-4, with wins against Broxson 7-6, Mimi McAndrews 7-6, and Mitchell 7-3.
The final match started with Parker easily running out to take the first game. In game two, Fields, who played tough all day, hung the 1-ball. Parker pocked the next two balls, leaving Fields a safety on the 4-ball. Fields attempted to jump but scratched. However, Fields made it back to the table for a combo on the nine, score 1-1. Parker took game three making a tough cut on the nine. In game four, Fields had a nice run going but missed the eight, leaving an easy out for Parker, up 3-1.
As the night wore on, Fields appeared to be losing steam. She scratched in game five, giving ball-in-hand to Parker for another easy out. Score 4-1 Parker. Parker made a great jump shot to pocket the 1-ball in game six. Playing almost flawless pool, Parker played safe, and got ball-in-hand again to take the lead 5-1. Fields scratched in game seven, giving ball-in-hand and the game to Parker. With Parker on the hill, Fields broke but came up dry. Parker took the game and won the final match 7-1.
This day was also special for other players as well. FBT player Barbara Ellis celebrated her 76th birthday with all the players. Debbie Teichert, currently a women’s golf pro, made her return to competitive pool on this day. FBT player Janice Sesssions raised a record $360 for the breast cancer fundraiser, which benefits the South Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. The players raised a total of $580 this year!
Parker won $400, a trophy, and paid entry into the Flamingo Billiards Tour $1000-added Invitational in November. 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 the American Cuesports and Lucasi Hybrid All-American tour. And finally, thanks again to Amy’s Billiards for being a great host and supporting the Flamingo Billiards Tour.
($250-added, modified double-elimination)
1st JoAnn Mason Parker ($400)
2nd Chris Ann Fields ($280)
3rd Kelly Coyle ($185)
3rd Sabra MacArthur-Bean($185)
5th Amy Poulter($90)
5th Shelly Harrison($90)
5th Kelly Cavanaugh($90)
5th Helene Caukin ($90)
9th Marina Souza
9th Stephanie Mitchell
9th Christie Cloke
9th Jessica Barnes
13th Niki Rasmussen
13th Mimi McAndrews
13th Debbie Teichert
13th Robin Boggs
17th Susan Martin
17th Janis Sessions
17th Emily Wilmoth Broxson
17th Melissa Durkin
17th Raquel Panjwani
17th Barbara Ellis
17th Jeannie Seaver
The Flamingo Billiards Tour’s end-of-year event is the $1000-added, Saturday, November 20th at Ultimate Billiards (www.ultimate-billiards.com) in Fort Pierce, Florida. Please see www.flamingobilliardstour.com for all event details.