Highlights from the Tiger Pool Tour’s Season Kickoff in Virginia Beach

The Tiger Pool Tour kicked off its season with a bustling weekend on January 27-28. Fortunately, the event, consisting of three separate competitions based on Fargo Rates and gender, found a home at Q Master Billiards in Virginia Beach, VA. With its impressive 70 tables, the venue easily accommodated the 100 individual participants, leaving ample space for Q Masters’ general-public patrons.

While hosting multiple events over a weekend is not uncommon in the pool world, the logistics for a regional tour with 100 entrants on a single day is a noteworthy feat. Tiger Baker and Kris Wylie, the tour directors, deserve credit for successfully pulling off this challenging task.

Two of the three divisional-event winners remained undefeated, and two out of three finals went into double-hill matches. In the largest Division 2 field for Fargo Rates of 525 and under/APA 7 and under, Shane Sullivan emerged victorious without a loss. Meanwhile, Jimmy Bird claimed the Division 1 title for Fargo Rates 526 and above/APA 8 & 9, going undefeated in the 31-entrant field. Iris Cabatit secured the Women’s division title after coming from the loss side.

Sullivan’s journey through Division 2 included overcoming strong opponents and securing the hot seat with a 6-1 victory over Marlin Foster. Foster made his way to the finals through the loss side but fell short against Sullivan, who secured the Division 2 title with a 6-3 win.

In Division 1, Jimmy Bird and David Hairfield battled through the hot seat match and finals. Bird, racing to different numbers based on his competition, claimed the hot seat with a 7-5 victory over Hairfield. In the finals, the two players fought to double hill, with Bird ultimately prevailing to secure the Division 1 title.


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After facing a setback in the hot seat match against the soon-to-be 18-year-old Courtney Hairfield, Iris Cabatit staged an impressive comeback from the semifinals. She started with a 6-2 victory over Gayle Muth and continued her winning streak by defeating Crystal Gozon and Nancy Harned 6-3 in the winners’ side semifinal. Although Hairfield had dominated her earlier opponents, she gave up four racks in the hot seat battle, allowing Hairfield to claim the seat and await Cabatit’s return.

On the loss side, Harned and Edwards secured wins against Stacey Dunn (6-0) and Joyce Murphy (5-3), respectively, advancing to the quarterfinals. Edwards triumphed 5-3 in the quarterfinal match before facing Cabatit in the semifinals, where Cabatit emerged victorious with a 5-1 score.

The Women’s Division finals, part of the triple-event, went down to the wire, reaching a double-hill climax. In the end, Cabatit secured the Women’s Division title with a 6-5 victory over Hairfield.

Appreciation was expressed by Wylie and Baker to Q Master Billiards’ ownership and staff, as well as the title sponsor Tiger Products.

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