By Skip Maloney, AZ Billiards staff writer
Jessica Barnes took down the Tiger Florida Tour’s current top-ranked player, Jeannie Seaver, in the finals of the $500-added fifth stop on the tour, held on Saturday, June 6. The event drew 22 entrants to The Corner Pocket in Largo, FL.
Utilizing a modified double elimination format, the 22 entrants played straight double elimination until there were two competitors left on each side of the bracket. At that point, it became a single elimination tournament, with two semifinals, and a final match.
Barnes path to the victory went through Becky Yelvington, Toni Curry, and Shanelle Lorraine before meeting up with McElroy for the first time. Seaver, after an opening round bye, defeated Deanna Foster, and Nicole Cuellar, before drawing Leslee Blaikie. Barnes sent McElroy to the loss side 7-5, as Seaver downed Blaikie 7-2. Barnes and Seaver then awaited loss-side results.
Over on the loss side, McElroy and Mitchell both met up with the players that had sent them to the loss side. McElroy picked up Marlene Houldsworth, whom she’d sent to the loss side in the second round (they’d each received byes in the first round). Houldsworth moved over and embarked on a four-match, loss-side streak that included back-to-back, double hill wins over Lyn Remsen and Shanelle Lorraine. Blaikie drew room owner Stephanie Mitchell, who, after being defeated by Blaikie in the third round, moved over and defeated Michell Monk and Cassidy Mulligan, both 5-3.
Both event quarterfinals went to double hill, before Mitchell and McElroy wreaked their vengeance on Blakie and Houldsworth and advanced to the event semifinals. In those semifinals, Barnes defeated McElroy a second time, 7-5, while Seaver downed Mitchell 7-1. Barnes claimed the event title 7-3.
Tour director Mimi McAndrews thanked Stephanie Mitchell and her staff at Corner Pocket for their hospitality, as well as sponsors Tiger Products, Ozone Billiards, Simonis Cloth, Discount Mugs, Boynton Billiards, and Great Lakes Billiards. Stop #6 on the Tiger Florida Tour, scheduled for July 11, will be hosted by Capone’s in Spring Hill, FL.
1st Jessica Barnes $400
2d Jeannie Seaver $300
3d Stephanie Mitchell $190
3d Lisa McElroy $190
5th Leslie Blaikie $90
5h Marlene Houldsworth $90