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

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Rasmussen Rules the Flamingo Billiards Tour

(pctured left Kelly Cavanaugh, right winner Nicolle Rasmussen)

* reported by Michell Monk

Orlando, Fla. (April 11, 2010) ― April 10th brought out 11 women to the Flamingo Billiards Tour event held at Corner Pocket Billiards in Orlando, Florida.  Although a small field, it was filled with talent.  A new winner, but hardly a newcomer, emerged victorious ― Nicolle Rasmussen.

Sparks started flying early as two top players got knocked to the one-loss side after the first round.  Sandy Hamor defeated Helene Caukin and Jessica Barnes sent Stephanie Mitchell west.  Hamor continued her trek until losing to Kelly Cavanaugh.

Mimi McAndrews won her first two matches then lost to Rasmussen, who set a match record ― four 9-ball combination shots, almost made a fifth, and earning the nickname “Nicolle ride-the-nine Rasmussen!”  Keva Hevener, who lost to Cavanaugh, retaliated by defeating McAndrews, while Caukin avenged her earlier loss to Hamor.

The single-elimination portion of the tournament drew Hevener against Cavanaugh and Caukin against Rasmussen.  Caukin took the first game, but missed the 9-ball giving Rasmussen the second game. Next, Rasmussen snapped the nine in the side.  Jumping out to a 5-1 lead, Caukin cut into Rasmussen’s streak to trail by three.  However, Rasmussen won the next game putting her on the hill.  Caukin broke and ran to a tricky 3-ball and missed, allowing Rasmussen back to the table.  Methodically running the rack, Rasmussen “willed” the cue ball away from the pocket to avoid scratching in the side.  Rasmussen made the 9, eliminating Caukin 7-2.

In semi-final 2, Cavanaugh started out struggling with her mechanics and missing two 9-balls, which Hevener pocketed to go up 3-1. Next, Cavanaugh scratched on the break. Hevener, with ball-in-hand on the one, missed the shot trying to get difficult shape on the two.  Fortune turned and Cavanaugh ran out.  She easily caromed her next win after Hevener left the 9-ball hanging.  Hevener missed the 9-ball again, and Canavaugh took the lead 4-3. The players alternated the next three games, and Cavanaugh reached the hill first.  In the 11th game, Hevener maneuvered a meticulous out but left herself a difficult shot on the nine and missed.  Cavanaugh made a long 9-ball shot to win the match.

The finals pitted best friends Rasmussen against Cavanaugh.  Rasmussen scored first.  Cavanaugh quickly tied the match and then won the next two games.  Moments from taking the lead by three, Cavanaugh missed the 9-ball and Rasmussen pulled within one game.  Despite that miss, the force was with Cavanaugh as she methodically put together racks to reach the hill, leaving Rasmussen behind at three.  In the next game Rasmussen missed a touchy safe on the 4-ball leaving Cavanaugh a chance to close the match.  But fatigue and pressure set in and Cavanaugh uncharacteristically missed the 7-ball.  Rasmussen ran out and the score was 6-4.  With the momentum shifting again Rasmussen took the next two racks to tie the match.

The final game showcased nerves. Both players exchanged misses.  Rasmussen left the 6-ball hanging in the corner pocket leaving Cavanaugh with an extremely difficult position shot to the seven.  Jokingly, Cavanaugh asked Rasmussen if she could “phone a friend.”  Both laughed and then it was back to business. Cavanaugh made the shot, got shape for the 7-ball, made that shot and left a thin cut on the nine in the side but missed.  Rasmussen stepped to the table, lined up the shot and fired the 9-ball in, winning her first Flamingo Billiards Tour title!

The FBT and players would like to extend a special thanks to Tesh Patel of Corner Pocket Billiards ( for their patronage, equipment and hospitality.  Another very special thanks to Tour supporter Glenn Votel for adding $100 bonus to the payout.  And a huge thanks to our Tour sponsors Ozone Billiards (, Boynton Billiards ( and Tweeten Fibre ( for their valued support.

($250 added, $100 bonus, modified double-elimination)

1st        Nicolle Rasmussen ($310 + $50 bonus)
2nd       Kelly Cavanaugh ($250 + $50 bonus)
3rd        Helene Caukin ($100)
3rd        Keva Hevener ($100)
5th        Sandi Hamor ($50)
5th        Mimi McAndrews ($50)
7th        Melissa Durkin
7th        Stephanie Mitchell
9th        Jessica Barnes
9th        Shanelle Lorraine
9th        Barbara Harris