Tiger Bay Area Amateur Tour / St. Pete Beach, FL
by InsidePOOL Staff
Valerie Dukich went undefeated to win her first Tiger Bay Area Amateur Tour (BAAT) tournament at Stix Billiards in St. Pete Beach, FL, August 21. Dukich topped the field of 21 billiards players in the $420-added event.
On the one-loss side, Melissa Morlan matched up against Lana Loomis, who had arrived on the one-loss side thanks to a defeat by Sabra MacArthur Beahn. The opponents traded groups of three wins, with Loomis edging out Morlan 4-6. The other match of the round was between Stephanie Mitchell and Christine Brenner. The score see-sawed to a 7-4 win for Mitchell.
Mitchell kicked into gear against Loomis in the quarterfinals, reaching the hill easily. Loomis won the next game and was launching a comeback, but Mitchell was on a roll and foiled her attempts, winning the match 8-1.
The semifinal match featured Mitchell and Beahn, who was sent left on the chart with a 5-2 defeat by Dukich. Beahn started off the match by winning the first game of 9-ball. That was the last time she saw daylight, as Mitchell delivered her a 5-1 blow.
Dukich was sitting in the hot seat waiting for Mitchell. The match started with 9-ball, and Dukich took a 2-0 lead from the start. Mitchell won the next rack but missed the 9 ball in the following two games, bringing the score to 4-1 Dukich. Mitchell took one more rack but Dukich took the final game when Mitchell scratched on the 8 ball, winning 5-2.
1st Valerie Dukich $325
2nd Stephanie Mitchell $225
3rd Sabra MacArthur Beahn $150
4th Lana Loomis $100
5th Christine Brenner $60