Seaver Sweeps Flamingo Tour Finale
Flamingo Billiards Tour / Orlando, FL
A missed ball-in-hand shot had Jeannie Seaver steaming at herself, and it was this that led to her dominating victory over Michell Monk at the November 21 stop on the Flamingo Billiards Tour stop. This end-of-the-year, $250-added event was hosted by Corner Pocket Billiards in Orlando, FL.
Both Seaver and Monk came out of the one-loss side to make the final eight in the modified double-elimination format. Monk, fresh off her top-16 finish at the WPBA Nationals, defeated new Flamingo Billiards Tour members Sandy Hamor 7-4 and Rachel Delaney 7-2 but came up short against Stephanie Mitchell’s strong play 7-5.
Seaver’s day started with a loss to Mary Kenniston 7-3, another new tour member. After being sent to the left side, Seaver defeated Niki Rasmussen 7-5 and Janis Sessions 7-0.
Following the redraw, Kenniston rematched with Seaver, but this time Seaver prevailed 7-1. On the other tables, Mitchell defeated Sandy Hamor 7-4, and Sabra MacArthur-Beahn defeated impressive newcomer Kelly Cavanaugh 7-4.
The quarterfinals also featured a match-up of the tour’s top two ranked players, with Monk defeating Helene Caukin 7-3 and clinching the title of 2009 Flamingo Billiards Tour Champion.
In the semifinals, Monk bested MacArthur-Beahn 7-1, while Seaver struggled to fight her way back from a 6-3 deficit against Mitchell, eventually taking the set to double-hill. It was in the final game that Seaver found herself with a gift—ball in hand with an easy three-ball out—but then she inexplicably missed a chip shot on the 7-ball. Thanks to a nasty leave, Seaver got back to the table and took the match.
In the first game of the finals, Seaver took out her frustrations on the break by jumping the cue off the table. But she quickly settled into dead stroke with beautiful position play and precision shots. Monk had chances in the second and seventh games but came up short on the 8 ball each time. Seaver’s long run-outs and total control led to a quick 7-0 victory and her first Flamingo Billiards Tour win.
1st Jeannie Seaver $370
2nd Michell Monk $240
3rd Sabra MacArthur-Beahn $130
5th Helene Caukin $75
9th Janis Sessions