Flamingo Billiards Tour / Stuart, FL
by Lea Andrews
Michell Monk, who came out on top against Helene Caukin in the finals of the inaugural Flamingo Billiards Tour event, found herself in familiar territory against a familiar opponent at the second stop. Monk was among the field of 16 ladies who gathered for the $250-added event at Amy’s Billiards in Stuart, FL.
Monk and Caukin first met up in round one, with Monk moving forward in the winners’ bracket while Caukin made her way through the left side. Later, after a redraw going into single elimination, four ladies from the one-loss side met up with four undefeated ladies. Niki Rasmussen, who’d just edged out Emily Wilmoth 7-6, faced Monk, while Christine Nevins, who’d gotten past Cassidy Mulligan 7-5, faced Jeannie Seaver. Robin Boggs, playing in her first tournament following a three-year hiatus, met up with room owner Amy Poulter after breezing past Christie Cloke 7-1 on the left, and Caukin blew by Sabra MacArthur-Beahn to meet Tracy McCreary.
Putting Rasmussen into the four-way tie for fifth 7-1, Monk moved on to Seaver, who’d done the same to Nevins 7-2. Meanwhile, Boggs held Poulter to four games to face Caukin, who’d held McCreary to just three games. Monk and Seaver, the only undefeated players left, battled it out to hill-hill, and with a very strong 7-1 win over Boggs, Caukin joined Monk in the finals once again with the same outcome. After the score tied up at two games apiece, Monk moved ahead steadily, reaching the hill 6-2. Caukin took the next game to make it 6-3, and in the alternate-break format, Monk dropped the 6 and the 7 on the break in the final rack and played safe on the 1. When Caukin couldn’t get to the 1, Monk took ball in hand to run to a 4-9 combination, which she pocketed to remain the only winner on the Flamingo Tour.
1st Michell Monk $365
2nd Helene Caukin $225
3rd Robin Boggs $100
5th Amy Poulter $65