Seaver Strikes Again
Flamingo Billiards Tour / Boynton Beach, FL
There was not a more appropriate day for the third 2012 Flamingo Billiards Tour stop than National Pink Flamingo Day! The $250-added event drew 16 players to Slate Billiards in Boynton Beach, FL, with Jeannie Seaver once again coming out with top honors.
Braving the wind and rain from a tropical storm to compete in the modified-double elimination format, the competitors played down to the final four. Two from each side redrew into a single elimination bracket.
The first player to make it to the final four was Shanelle Loraine, who made her way there by defeating Kelly Coyle, Mimi McAndrews, and Kelly Cavanaugh. Crystal McCormick was the second player on the board, winning over Debbie Barkley and Juliette Waiter and then sending Seaver west in a much-anticipated match up. Seaver, who did not have her usual game on Saturday, came back after being down 6 -2, winning three games in a row making it 6-5. Just when it looked as if Seaver would get to the hill, a missed shot left McCormick out.
Cavanaugh, fresh off her first professional event at the WPBA U.S. Open, was the third player to make it to the final four. Cavanaugh sent Cassidy Mulligan and Alicia DeAbreu to the west before being sent west by Loraine. Cavanaugh stayed in the event with a tough hill-hill battle against Sue Roberts. Roberts, who earlier bested Jennifer Page, followed Page west courtesy of Seaver. Roberts then knocked out Cassidy Mulligan to battle it out with Cavanaugh. On the hill, Roberts, with ball in hand and the 8 ball on the rail, overcut the 8 trying to get shape on the 9. That miss allowed Cavanaugh to take the game and the third spot on the final board.
The last spot in the final four was filled by Seaver. After defeating Robin Boggs and Sue Roberts and then being defeated by McCormick, Seaver matched up again with Boggs. Missing a crucial 9 ball that would have put Boggs on the hill, Seaver pocketed the 9 and took the last place on the board.
In the redraw Cavanaugh squared off against McCormick, who had been playing almost flawlessly all day. Seaver drew Loraine. Both McCormick and Seaver won handily and advanced to the finals. Although Seaver’s game was off, McCormick couldn’t keep the momentum going and wasn’t able to take advantage of Seaver’s missed shots. Seaver went on to win the match and the third Flamingo Billiards Tour stop.