Blaikie Takes BAAT Billiard Stop
Tiger Bay Area Amateur Tour / Spring Hill, FL
Leslee Davis Blaikie became the third Tiger Bay Area Amateur Tour (BAAT) champion in as many tournaments this year, winning the $300-added handicapped event March 19. The tournament drew 15 players to Capone’s Billiard Lounge in Spring Hill, FL.
Following first-round losses, Kelly Cavanaugh and Sabra MacArthur Beahn worked through the one-loss side until meeting up in the quarterfinals. Beahn took a 2-0 lead, but Cavanaugh came on, winning four games of 9-ball and one game of 8-ball to claim the 5-6 race with a score of 5-2.
While Cavanaugh and Beahn were working on the west side, Chris Fields and Blaikie were dominating the east side of the chart. This set up the hot seat match between Fields and Blaikie, and when yet another hill-hill battle was finished, Blaikie sat in the hot seat after having defeated Fields 6-4 in the 6-5 race.
In the first 9-ball game of the semifinals, Cavanaugh prevailed. Fields responded by winning the next three games and taking the lead. Cavanaugh was unfazed as she took the last two games of 9-ball and two games of 8-ball, winning the match 5-3 in the 5-6 race.
In the final round, Blaikie opposed Cavanaugh, with Cavanaugh needing to win two matches before Blaikie won one in the true double-elimination format. The race was 7-5 with Blaikie needing 7. Blaikie gained a narrow advantage in the 9-ball by leading 4-3. In the 8-ball, Cavanaugh reached the hill first, but Blaikie fought back to win the match in the end.
1st Leslee Davis Blaikie $275
2nd Kelly Cavanaugh $175
3rd Chris Fields $125
4th Sabra MacArthur Beahn $75