Ocala, Fla. (July 21, 2018) – After going through a dry spell for several years without a win on the Tiger Florida, Tour, Michell Monk won the TFT’s opening event of the year. Now, Monk has proved that she’s not only back, but she’s back with a vengeance. After a long day at Boulevard Billiards, Monk kept her composure, kept her cool, stayed the course and never gave up. In the end, Monk was victorious in a difficult match late into the night over tour veteran Stephanie Mitchell, to win her second TFT tournament this year!
The women play a modified double elimination format. The final two from the one-loss side redraw back into the final two in the winners’ bracket onto a Final Board-single elimination race to seven. Jeannie Seaver made it to the Final Board undefeated with wins against Becky Yelvington, Lauren Kowalski, and Nicolle Cuellar. Stephanie Mitchell also went undefeated against Gwen Sharpton and sending Monk west in a hill-hill match. Cuellar came back from the one loss side after a tough match, ending the day for Lauren Kowalski 7-6, and Monk got to the Final Board beating out Becky Yelvington 7-4.
The redraw put Monk up against Seaver and Cuellar against Mitchell. Monk stopped Seaver 7-5, and Mitchell did the same for Cuellar 7-2. In the final hill-hill battle, and playing consistent as she had all day, Monk pulled out the win against Mitchell to win Tiger Florida Tour Stop #4.
With two events left for the year, this win has Monk on top of the leader board with 600 points, followed by Jessica Barnes with 500 points, and Nicolle Cuellar in third place with 400 points.
Thanks to all the players who turned out for this event. We also thank our title sponsor Tiger Products; and tour sponsors Great Lakes Billiards, Ultimate Chalkers, Boynton Billiards and AZ Billiards. Thank you to room owner Don Kreischer and Manager Jason for being great hosts! Videos of matches can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_Xsdn8YMog.
Results – $500-added
1st Michell Monk $400
2nd Stephanie Mitchell $275
3d/4th Jeannie Seaver $150
3d/4th Nicolle Cuellar $150
The next event is at Brown’s Billiards in Dayton, August 25th.
The Tiger Florida Tour is a NAPT-recognized Division II Women’s Regional Tour. Visit www.tigerfloridatour.com for more information.
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