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 (, 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 “”, Boynton Billiards ( HYPERLINK “” and Tweeten Fibre ( HYPERLINK “”, and a very special to Tesh at Corner Pocket Billiards ( HYPERLINK “”, and his great staff, Bob, Donald and Brian for their great hospitality and continued support.


($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. (  Check for all details.

Mitchell wins her 1st Flamingo stop of the season

(photo: Stephanie Mitchell, Bill Mallen, Gary Gilsinan, and Helene Caukin at Ultimate Billiards)

June 26 was the latest installment of the Flamingo Billiards Tour held at Ultimate Billiards in Fort Pierce, Florida.  With 5 new players, the field reached the highest of the season with 21 participants and proved to be more competitive than ever bringing about a another new member to the 2010 winners’ circle.

Kim Caso sent friend, Margie Soash west with a score of 7-4, and continued her trek through to the redraw with wins over Robin Boggs and Stephanie Mitchell.  Melissa Durkin went on a rampage, defeating newcomer Susan Martin, Mimi McAndrews and Nicolle Rasmussen to reach the redraw.  After receiving a bye in the first round, Jessica Barnes pulled out a 7-6 win over newcomer Cheryl Perez and a 7-4 over Janis Sessions to reach the redraw.  Jeannie Seaver wreaked havoc on her bracket, with wins over Shanelle Loraine (7-0), newcomer Chris Ann Fields (7-3) and last month’s winner, Helene Caukin (7-2).

After a first round loss to Christie Cloke, newcomer Marina Souza defeated fellow friend Cheryl Perez, Susan Martin and jumped out to a 6-4 lead against Stephanie Mitchell.  Mitchell battled back and won the match 7-6 to reach the redraw.  Margie Soash fought back hard after her first round loss, defeating Amy Poulter, Chris Ann Fields and Nicolle Rasmussen to make the single elimination rounds.

The final two players to reach the redraw portion of the tournament were Kelly Cavanaugh and Helene Caukin.  The final 8 were set and the B-side opponents began drawing their A-side matches.  The first match saw Caukin draw Durkin.  Caukin came out on fire and along with a few lucky rolls put the match away with a 7-1 score.  The second match saw Soash draw to a rematch with Caso.  Both players buckled down and continued to tie the match the entire way through.  Double hill, Soash received ball in hand with 4 balls on the table and began her run out to a tough 9, which she lined up and fired in for the win.

The third match saw Cavanaugh matched up with Barnes in a see-saw battle until the score reached 3-3.  Barnes caught a gear and won the match 7-4.  The fourth and final match up was Mitchell and Seaver.  Mitchell gained control early and never relinquished control, putting away the match with a 7-1 score.

In semi-final 1, Soash and Caukin maintained a close match, neither player able to gain more than a one game lead.  With the score at 5-5, it was Caukin who would break away and win the match 7-5. In semi-final 2, Mitchell and Barnes went a different route with Barnes coming out of the gate strong and taking a 3-1 lead in the blink of an eye.  itchell bared down with safety play, while Barnes made some uncharacteristic misses.  Mitchell finished out the match 7-4.

The final stage was set and pitted veteran players, Mitchell versus Caukin.  Caukin was looking for her second consecutive win of the season, while Mitchell was looking for her first tour title since last year.  Both players started out tentative, making unforced errors early on.  The match stayed even until the score reached 2-2.  Mitchell began to slowly pull away by capitalizing on Caukin’s misses.  Up 4-2, Mitchell returned the favor by missing a key shot, allowing Caukin to pull within one.  The next two games saw creative play between both players on the 6-ball, until Mitchell gained the edge in both to make it and run out to reach the hill first.  Caukin gained the edge in the next game and began her run until missing a crucial 6-ball allowing Mitchell a chance to close the match.  Mitchell strategically pocketed balls but would overrun shape, leaving a difficult 9-ball, which she missed.  Caukin pocketed it to put the score at 6-4.  In the next game, again Mitchell had a chance to finish the match, but a surprising scratch on the 8, allowed Caukin to pull within one.  Caukin was set to break for a chance to tie the match.  She broke and watched the 9-ball fly into the side pocket but unfortunately continued looking on as the cue ball followed it.  Mitchell took a deep breath and with ball in hand decided she could no longer make unforced errors and meticulously ran out the rack to win her 1st event this season.

The FBT, players and fans would like to extend a special thanks to Bill Mallen and Gary Gilsinan of Ultimate Billiards ( for their patronage, equipment and hospitality.  Other huge thanks also go out to our tour sponsors Ozone Billiards  (, Boynton Billiards ( and Tweeten Fibre ( for their valued support.

The next Flaming Billiards Tour stop is August 7 at Corner Pocket Billiards in Orlando, Florida (   Please check  ( for more details and the complete schedule