Mulligan Takes Flamingo Tour by Storm
Flamingo Billiards Tour / Fort Pierce, FL
Tropical Storm Isaac’s gusting wind and rain wasn’t about to stop 30 players from creating a whirlwind 9-ball event at the Flamingo Billiards Tour Stop August 25 at Ultimate Billiards in Fort Pierce, FL. When the whirlwind had died down, Cassidy Mulligan stood in the winner’s circle, having won her first event on the tour. The $250-added competition was a modified double-elimination format, playing down to four on each side with the final eight redrawing into a single-elimination bracket.Once in the single-elimination bracket, Mulligan started out with a close match over Janis Sessions and then was bested in a hill-hill match with Chris Fields. However, Mulligan grew stronger as the day wore on, defeating Kelly Cavanaugh in another double-hill match and then taking out Jennifer Page to make it to the redraw.
Mulligan then found herself in a revenge match against Fields that went double-hill. With three balls left to win the match and make it to the semifinals, Fields started to execute the perfect pattern to get on the 8 and 9, but the cue ball unexpectedly caught the corner of the side pocket and sent the cue ball in the wrong direction. Mulligan got her revenge.
Nicolle Cuellar blew past Susan Roberts to reach the semifinals, and McCormick swept over Cheryl Perez. But Cuellar settled for third after McCormick won their match 7-5. In the other semifinal match Mulligan sent Cloke home 7-2, setting McCormick against Mulligan in the final match.
With the score tied at 5 in the race to 7, Mulligan reached the hill first after McCormick scratched one ball away from running out. But McCormick restored parity in the next after Mulligan missed a long cut on the 9. After a couple of innings each in the final rack, Mulligan got out of line on the 8 and had to bank it, which she did perfectly to make the last 9 and win the match.
1st Cassidy Mulligan $400
2nd Crystal McCormick $275
3rd Nicolle Cuellar $150
4th Chris Ann Fields $ 60