Seaver Wins the 2012 Flamingo Billiards Tour Opener
Ft. Pierce, FL (Feb. 26. 2012) – Fresh faces, forgotten friends and returning veteran players all were back at Ultimate Billiards in Fort Pierce, Florida, Saturday to kick off the Flamingo Billiards Tour 2012 9-Ball season. The day was a combination of fun and great competition for the players and spectators. Twenty-three women from around the state were back to play but only one could finish at the top ─ one of the FBT’s top 9-Ball players and usual suspect, Jeannie Seaver.
Seaver, the 2011 FBT Tour Champion, played strong last year but finished third at the End of Year tournament in November. But she was back in the saddle on Saturday, starting the day out with a win over Christina Terlizzi, who won her spot at the event by winning the FBT Mini-Tournament last year. Seaver continued her route to the final four redraw with back-to-back wins over recently married Nicolle Rasmussen Cuellar, who’s back playing after an extended honeymoon away from the FBT, and Vanessa Seaver, Jeanie’s sister, who managed to play all day despite an aching back.
Seaver was joined in the final four by Crystal McCormick, who’s back competing after being absent from the Tour for the past few years due to the birth of her son. But McCormick clearly hasn’t been backing away from her game, placing third at the US Amateur Nationals in Tampa last November. Crystal brought that same stroke to Fort Pierce Saturday sending back west Shanelle Loraine (who’s back home after making international appearances back east in Asia), former FBT winner, room owner and BAAT Tour director Stephanie Mitchell, who’s back in the hunt this year, and Susan Roberts, who’s working hard to get her game back in shape, and is well on her way judging by the way she played.
Cassidy Mulligan and Stephanie Mitchell made their way back to the final four redraw from the one-loss side. Cassidy, who lost her first match to Janis Sessions, fought her way back by knocking out Alicia DeAbrue, Christie Cloke, Nicolle Cuellar, FBT Tour Director Mimi McAndrews and Susan Roberts. Stephanie got back on track to the redraw as well, ending the day for Kelly Cavanaugh, Kelly Coyle and Vanessa Seaver.
The semi-finals were reminiscent of matches earlier in the day. Mitchell was back playing McCormick, who sent Mitchell west earlier in the day. Mitchell, not one to back down, gave McCormick a tough start, but McCormick pulled ahead in the end, 7-4. Mulligan drew friend and foe Seaver, but Seaver proved to be too tough on this night, with Mulligan taking a back seat, 7-2.
In the finals, McCormick and Seaver both played strong late into the night with the score going back and forth, each missing a shot at the wrong time letting the other player back at the table, and each refusing to back off their game. However, at 5-5, and Seaver’s back against the wall, she finally pulled ahead and took the next two games and the tournament. Some of the matches can be viewed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/flamingo-billiards-tour.
Mary Pendletown Brown, who hasn’t been seen in years, was back in town to play, as was Jane Freeman, who played once a year ago and hadn’t been back. Alicia DeAbreu, Kim Ritcheson and Debbie Barkley were all back and ready to play. And to newcomers Erin Bradley and Sherry Sandeler, we hope you come back!
Many thanks again to room owners Bill Mallen and Gary Gilsanan (www.ultimate-billiards.com), for inviting the FBT back and for being great hosts and supporting the Flamingo Billiards Tour, and to Boynton Billiards for their continued support.
($250 added, modified double elimination)
Jeannie Seaver $350
Crystal McCormick $230
Stephanie Mitchell $125
Cassidy Mulligan $125
Sue Roberts $60
Vanessa Seaver $60
The next event is a WPBA-Qualifier at Cue-Phoria in Orlando, April 28, 2012. For more information, visit http://www.flamingobilliardstour.com/.