Rasmussen Shines Again on BAAT
Tiger Bay Area Amateur Tour / Palm Harbor, FL
Niki Rasmussen overcame a third-round loss and battled through the one-loss side to win the Tiger Bay Area Amateur Tour (BAAT) tournament at Strokers Billiards in Palm Harbor, FL, July 24. She is the tour’s second repeat winner this year, topping the field of 24 players in the $500-added event.The quarterfinal match featured Shanelle Loraine and Rasmussen. The match went hill-hill, but Rasmussen prevailed, winning 7-3 in the handicapped format. Rasmussen’s win in the quarterfinals proved to be a double win, as her semifinal opponent Fields was feeling ill and had to forfeit, launching Rasmussen into the final round.
In the hot seat and waiting for her final round opponent was Virginia Billie. Billie joined the tour during the last BAAT tournament and was now poised to win in the true double-elimination format. Her trip to the hot seat had included a 4-2 win over Rasmussen earlier in the day. Fatigue showed in both players as the games went into multiple innings. Conquering her fatigue, Rasmussen showed determination by taking the next five games of 9-ball and one game of 8-ball to win the first set 6-1.
This forced the second set, with Rasmussen winning the first game of 9-ball and Billie taking the second. Rasmussen bounced back, winning the next three games before Billie took the final game of 9-ball. The score was now 4-2 Rasmussen, each needing two games to win the 6-4 race. The next game was 8-ball, and after another multiple-inning game, Rasmussen took the game and the hill. Reaching the hill must have given her a burst of energy, for she broke and ran the last game of 8-ball to win the match and the tournament.
1st Niki Rasmussen $350
2nd Virginia Billie $275
3rd Chris Fields $200
4th Shanelle Loraine $150
5th Kelly Cavanaugh $75
7th Connie Mago $50