Fields Tops Field at BAAT stop

(photo: Shelly Harrison, Stephanie Mitchell, Chris Fields)

Fields Tops Field at Wally’s in Lakeland

Chris Fields dominated the 20-player, $400-added tournament held at Wally’s in Lakeland, FL, September 25th. It is her first Tiger Bay Area Amateur Tour (BAAT) win, since joining in July. The win launched her into 10th place overall for the 2010 season! Newcomers Denise Khidirian, Jennifer Masone, Tracey Mullen, and Abby Roche were welcomed, as well as returning player Shelly Harrison. Harrison, who came in 2nd in a 2008 BAAT tournament, secured another 2nd place win!

As the day’s tournament progressed, the 7th/8th place round featured important matches to the players in the tour points race. It pitted Jessica Barnes (3rd overall) against Niki Rasmussen (1st overall), and Rachel Delaney (4th overall) versus Kelly Cavanaugh (2nd overall). The Barnes/Rasmussen match started with Barnes winning the first game of 8-ball. Rasmussen answered with three wins in 8-ball and one win in 9-ball. Rasmussen needed two more wins to take the 6-5 handicapped-format race; but Barnes wouldn’t relent, pressuring Rasmussen by winning the next two games. Rasmussen responded, taking the next two games, and the match, with a score of 6-3.

Meanwhile, Delaney and Cavanaugh were butting heads, with Delaney needing five games to win the match before Cavanaugh took four. Delaney surged ahead, winning the first two games of 8-ball. Cavanaugh won game 3, and the game changed to 9-ball. Delaney showed determination, winning the first game of 9-ball and taking the lead 3-1. Now Cavanaugh took charge, winning the next three games and the match. Barnes and Delaney received prize packages of gifts provided by our sponsors for their 7th place tie.

The next round contenders included Rasmussen versus Sabra MacArthur Beahn, who had just been sent west by Harrison, and Cavanaugh opposing Fields, who found her way to the one-loss side thanks to Jamie Toennies. In the former match, Rasmussen made short work of Beahn in the 5-5 race with a 5-0 shutout. The Cavanaugh/Fields match began with 8-ball. Fields won game 1, and the players traded games through game 4, which was the first game of 9-ball. At this point, Fields buckled down, winning the next three games, and the match, 5-2. Beahn and Cavanaugh collected $50 for their 5th place finishes.

In the quarter-final match, Rasmussen and Fields vied for the win and the chance to advance in the 6-5 race. The match began with Fields winning the first two games of 8-ball. Rasmussen replied with the next two wins, also in 8-ball. Here, the game changed to 9-ball and, once again, Fields found her rhythm, sweeping the next three games for the 5-2 win. Rasmussen took 4th place and $100.

The semi-final round was a grudge match between Fields and Toennies, as Toennies had delivered Fields to the left side of the chart earlier with a 5-2 win. Fields showed she was ready to play, winning the first two games of 8-ball. Toennies struck back, taking the following game. But Fields was not to be vanquished. The game changed to 9-ball and Fields swung the momentum back her way, snagging the next three games and the match with a score of 5-1. Toennies 3rd place finish earned her $150 for the days efforts.

The stage was set for the final round between Fields and hot seat winner Harrison. Fields jumped out of the starting gate with a break-and-run in the first game of 9-ball. Safety play predominated in games 2 and 3, with Harrison winning game 2 and Fields game 3. In the fourth game, Fields broke with no results. Harrison profited with a run-out that included a well-executed thin cut on the 6. Game 5 went multiple innings, with Fields claiming success. In game 6, swapped shots and misses ended with Harrison missing the 9-ball and Fields sinking it, reaching the hill. The game was now 8-ball. Fields broke, made nothing, and Harrison ran out. The following game was another safety battle, culminating with Fields scratching on the ball before the 8 and Harrison capitalizing, making the match hill-hill. In the final game, Harrison broke and nothing fell. Fields seized the opportunity, running her group, pocketing the 8 for the win, and forcing the second set!

Match 2 of the finals started with Harrison making nothing on the break in 8-ball. Fields dropped all of her group but missed the 8. After two innings of shots and misses, Harrison missed a bank on the ball before the 8 and Fields prevailed. Game 2 featured several safeties that ended with Harrison banking the 4 and scratching. Fields sunk the 10 and the 8 for the win. In game 3, Fields broke and pocketed all of her group but missed the 8. Harrison made 3 balls and missed, leaving the easy 8-ball for Fields. With the game changed to 9-ball and Fields ahead 3-0, Harrison took advantage of Fields’ miss in the second inning, running the last six balls and getting on the board. Harrison’s rally was short-lived, however, as she scratched on the break in the next game. Fields made a long 1-9 combo to win and reach the hill. The sixth game went several innings, ending with Fields uncharacteristically hanging the 9 for Harrison to pocket. Harrison broke in game 7 with nothing pocketed. Fields’ 6-ball run included an impressive draw shot on the 3 for shape on the 4, finishing with a safe. Harrison was trying to stay alive and made a good hit, but she left the 7 ball open. Fields pocketed the remaining three balls for the 5-2 win. Fields received $300 for her first BAAT win, and Harrison collected $225 for 2nd place. Nice playing, ladies!

Thanks to Ed Khidirian, owner of Wally’s, and his staff members, for providing a great location for the tournament. Thanks also to our sponsors, including Tiger Products, Lucasi Hybrid, Sterling Gaming, Ozone Billiards, Ray Martin, Nick Varner, Strokeitwear.com, Robertson Billiard Supplies, Tweeten Fiber, Billiard Scoop, and Sports Rock, for making it possible for BAAT to give gifts to players, fans, and room owners.

1st Chris Fields $300
2nd Shelly Harrison $225
3rd Jamie Toennies $125
4th Niki Rasmussen $100
5th-6th Sabra MacArthur Beahn $ 50
Kelly Cavanaugh $ 50
7th-8th Jessica Barnes Prizes
Rachel Delaney Prizes

For tour and schedule information, go to the BAAT Tour website at HYPERLINK “http://www.BAATtour.com” www.BAATtour.com, or contact Stephanie Mitchell at (813) 833-8707 or Sabra Beahn at (727) 480-2250.

CAUKIN’S BACK

CAUKIN’S BACK FOR SECOND FLAMINGO BILLIARDS TOUR WIN

Orlando, Fla. (Aug. 7, 2010) – “No pain, no gain”  was Helene Caukin’s mantra on Saturday as she tested her own endurance as well as the proficiency and patience of her fellow Flamingo Regional Tour players.

(Photo (l to r): Stephanie Mitchell (2nd Place) and Helene Caukin (1st Place))

It might have seemed like a long day for Caukin, who limped in to Corner Pocket Billiards Saturday morning with back pain, but in the end it was worth putting up with the pain.   After a first-round bye and resting her back, Caukin handily defeated Jessica Barnes (7-3).   Helene then expediently sent Nicolle Rasmussen to the one loss side (7-1), securing a spot in the single-elimination semi-finals.  “Alleved” of pain, a lot of gain.

In the other bracket, Stephanie Mitchell, the BAAT woman (www.baattour.com), came from behind to defeat Chris Ann Fields 7 – 5.  Not to be stopped, Mitchell toughed it out and sent Sabra MacArthur Beahn walking west as well (7-5).

On the one-loss side, Beahn, on the heels of her frustrating loss defeated Mimi McAndrews (7-1), making it back to the semi-finals.  Rasmussen defeated Robin Boggs (7-3) to get back to the final four.

On the modified double-elimination redraw, Rasmussen had a revenge match with Caukin, and so, too, Beahn with Mitchell.  However, the revenge match was not to be had by Beahn as the rolls went the other way and the game quickly slipped to 3-1 Mitchell.   Sabra’s self-proclaimed theme in her rematch with Stephanie was “erratic” as she rattled corner after corner, allowing Stephanie to take the lead 4-1.  In the sixth match, both players tested their patience with safeties, but in the end the safety play paid off for Mitchell, who ended up with ball in hand and ultimately took the lead to 5-1.  In the seventh game, Sabra missed a tough shot on the eight and quickly found herself down 6-1.   One more rattled ball in the next game and Stephanie won the match 7-1.

In Nicolle’s rematch with Helene, it looked as though Caukin was really feeling the pain as Nicolle quickly went up 5-1.  But Rasmussen overcut the nine, and Caukin started to come back.  Soon the score was 5-3.  In game nine, Nicolle comboed the nine to go to the hill.  However, closing the match proved difficult as Rasmussen scratched on the eight and Caukin was out, score 6-4.  Hitting with authority in the next two games, and looking as though she was feeling no pain, Caukin’s mantra apparently kicked in (“no pain, no gain” -time), as Caukin took the match to double hill.  Nicolle broke but came up dry.  She got another shot at the table and barely missed a 2 -9 combo, leaving the nine hanging on the corner rail.  Helene got a shot at the 2-9 but missed as well.  Nicolle got yet another try at the 2-9 combo, missed but left Helene with no shot on the two.  Helene shot the nine in giving ball in hand to Nicolle, who ran out to the six, missed shape and was forced to play a safety.  However, the safety on the six ended up right in front of the side pocket, and Helene ran out to take the match and the spot in the finals.

With Mitchell and Caukin in the finals, it was predicted to be a tough match.  Mitchell won the lag, started out strong but left the eight ball in the corner and Helene was on the board.  In game three, Helene made a tough cut on the eight and proceeded to pocket the nine.  Score 3-0 Caukin.   Helene’s break in game four left the balls in a cluster at the end of the table.  Looking like a straight pool game, the players traded safeties, each one hitting another ball and adding to the mess.  At the same time, Mitchell and Caukin were attempting to three-foul each other.  Caukin left Mitchell on two with a jump shot to Mitchell, who uncharacteristically missed the jump shot and Caukin was up 4-0.  Running out of steam, Mitchell broke game five and ran to the five, leaving it hanging for Caukin to take a 5-0 lead.  In game seven, kicking from a safety left by Caukin, Mitchell left Caukin a shot but Caukin surprisingly overcut the ball.  With bridge in hand, Mitchell was on the eight but missed, and just when it looked like Caukin would run out, she left the eight hanging.   Stephanie made the eight and banked the nine in the side to finally get on the board.  In game eight, Caukin failed to hit a rail, giving ball in hand to Mitchell. Just when it looked like she was on the verge of yet another come back that day, Stephanie missed the nine, which Helene made, and Caukin’s pain ended up being worth the gain!

Helene won 1st Place money, a trophy and a free entry to the Flamingo Billiards Tour $1,000-added Invitational.  Special thanks to Flamingo Billiards Tour sponsors Ozone Billiards ( HYPERLINK “http://www.ozonebilliards.com” www.ozonebilliards.com), Boynton Billiards ( HYPERLINK “http://www.boyntonbilliards.com” www.boyntonbilliards.com) and Tweeten Fibre ( HYPERLINK “http://www.tweeten.us” www.tweeten.us), and a very special to Tesh at Corner Pocket Billiards ( HYPERLINK “http://www.cornerpocketbilliards.com” www.cornerpocketbilliards.com), and his great staff, Bob, Donald and Brian for their great hospitality and continued support.

RESULTS

($250 added, modified double-elimination)

1st Helene Caukin  ($350)

2nd Stephanie Mitchell ($230)

3rd Sabra MacArthur-Beahn ($100)

3rd Nicolle Rasmussen ($100)

5th Robin Boggs ($60)

5th Mimi McAndrews ($60)

7th Julie Skripac

7th Melissa Durkin

9th Jessica Barnes

9th Kelly Cavanaugh

9th Chris Ann Fields

9th Christie Cloke

13th Barbara Ellis

The next Flamingo Billiards Tour stop is the special Cues for the Cure breast cancer fundraiser event Saturday, October 9th at Amy’s Billiards in Stuart, Florida. (www.amysbilliards.com).  Check www.flamingobilliardstour.com for all details.