Monday, May 10, 2010

Congratulations Lucasi Hybrid All American Tour 38th Stop Winner Helene Caukin!!

The 38th stop on the 2009-2010 Lucasi Hybrid All American Tour (produced by the American CueSports Alliance – ACS) was hosted on Saturday, May 1 in Gainesville, FL, at Art of Billiards. The $250 added event, which piggybacked onto the popular Flamingo Tour, attracted 11 of Florida's top women players in a double-elimination 9-ball format on 9-foot bar boxes.

First round matches saw last month’s Flamingo Tour winner, Nicolle Rasmussen, face off with powerhouse Leslee Davis-Blakie, who has been absent on tour. Rasmussen won 7-4 and moved on to defeat Christie Cloke. Helene Caukin defeated newcomer Allison “Derek” Folds, sending her west with a score of 7-4. Barbara Ellis won a double-hill thriller against newcomer and pool room owner Dana Rogers to advance.

In the round before the redraw Shanelle Lorraine sent Caukin to the one-loss side, and Rasmussen lost to Jessica Barnes. Rasmussen matched up again with Blakie, winning 7-3 and her spot into the redraw. Caukin played Melissa Durkin in a tighter match, but edged out with a 7-6 score.

The redraw saw Caukin and Rasmussen draw their opponents, coincidentally setting up rematches of their earlier losses that day ? Caukin versus Lorraine and Rasmussen against Barnes.

Semi-final matches

Caukin and Lorraine started out cautiously, neither wanting to relinquish control of the table. Caukin gained control first and just when she looked to get the win in the first game, she rattled the 9-ball, leaving it for Lorraine to easily pocket. Caukin quickly tied the score but again hung the 9-ball, and Lorraine went up 2-1. The match stayed close until Lorraine began a streak, taking the lead 5-3. However, the tables turned as Lorraine was about to get on the hill, as she jawed the 9-ball and Caukin pulled within one. From there, it was all Caukin as she took over the table and eventually won the match 7-5.

In the other semi-final match, Rasmussen quickly took a 2-0 lead, but Barnes fired back and tied the match. Rasmussen pulled away taking the lead 4-2, but Barnes managed to pull within one game. When it looked that she would tie the score, Barnes missed the 8-ball and Rasmussen went up 5-3. Again Barnes found her rhythm and looked to be out when an unexpected miss on the 6-ball gave Rasmussen another game. Now on the hill, Rasmussen ran out, closing out the match 7-3.

Two veteran players made it to the finals; last month’s Flamingo Tour winner Rasmussen, and top competitor Caukin. Caukin won the lag and meticulously began running out, taking a 3-0 lead before Rasmussen got on the board. However, Caukin’s momentum continued as she took back control and jumped to a 5-1 lead. The next game, Caukin scratched on a tricky 8-ball and Rasmussen started closing the gap. But Caukin quickly shook off the scratch of the previous game and ran the table to reach the hill. Up 6-2, Caukin broke and began a run that would have ended the match, but left with a difficult shot on the 9- ball, the match wasn’t over just yet. After an exchange of misses and safeties, Rasmussen pocketed the 9 to put the match at 3-6. The next rack, Caukin took control and began running the table to close out the match, but missed a tough 8-ball and Rasmussen ran out. At 6-4, Caukin broke and watched the cue ball drop in the side pocket. With ball in hand, Rasmussen made the 1 and then the 2-9 combo to put the score at 6-5. Rasmussen broke, hoping to tie the match. But a dry break would be her last chance, as a determined Caukin decided it had been long enough and ran the rack to take her first regional tour win!

As the highest finishing ACS (American Cur Sports) league member, Leslee Davis won a 9 Ball singles entry into the 2010 ACS Nationals, June 6-12th in Las Vegas.

Lucasi Hybrid All American Tour sponsors include: Pool Cue Guru, Lucasi Hybrid Cues, Championship Billiard Fabric, Nick Varner Signature Cases and Billiard Gods Productions. All entries in the Tour are also entered into a drawing in June for a $950-$1,000 Lucasi Hybrid Cue.

From Left: Pool room owner Art Rogers, Shanelle Lorraine, winner Helene Caukin, Jessica Barnes, second place Nicolle Rasmussen, and room owner Dana Rogers

Lucasi Hybrid All American Tour 38th Stop Results
1stHelene Caukin (Orange City, FL)$370
2ndNicole Rasmussen (Orlando, OR)$250
3rdJessica Barnes, (Orlando, FL)$100
4thShanelle Lorraine (Orlando, FL)$100
5thLeslee Davis (Lutz, FL)Free 9-Ball Singles Entry to ACS Nationals

Next Tour Stop

$500-added 8-Ball
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Riverside Billiards
Stuart, FL

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