Pierce Fans Flames on Gulf Coast Tour

McHaney, Baublis, Gunter, Kromer, Abernathy, Pierce, Paine, Rocha

Kim Pierce emerged from the one-loss side to defeat Natalie Rocha in the finals, 7-6, 5-1, to capture the third stop on the 2021 Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Billiards Tour. This marked Pierce’s second win in the first three events of the season, fighting her way from the one-loss side, each time, to win.

On June 5th-6th, 2021, sponsors Poison by Predator Cues, Predator Cues, APA of North Harris County, Alamo Billiards, Outsville Billiards, and Team StraightPool Eye, produced a $500 added event, which drew 26 top women players, and paid out over $1,000 in prize money. The Tour’s newest host venue,  Barney’s Billiard Saloon in Spring, Texas, provided seventeen, 8’ Gandy tables, and the Tour provided Predator Arcos II Pool Balls and Accu-Racks for each table, sponsored by Predator Cues and Outsville Billiards.

On her way to the winners’ side, final four, Kim Pierce defeated Debra Leger, 7-2, Teresa Garland, 7-5, and Tina Williams, 7-0. Natalie Rocha was on her way with wins over Sandra Melo, 7-4, and Brenda Gunter, 7-1. Tina Baublis defeated Bethany Leger, 7-4, Ruth Paine, 7-4, and Michelle Abernathy, 7-5. Rounding out the final four, Mary Mchaney plowed through Verda Jones, 7-2, Aubree Kennedy, 7-0, and Brittany Kromer, 7-5. Earning their way into the final eight, on the one-loss side, Gunter eliminated Marilina “Big M” Nieves, while Paine took out Williams, 5-4. Kromer sent home Matty Sword, 5-3, and Abernathy ended Garland, 5-4. Back on the east side, Rocha bested Pierce, 7-5, and Baublis was victorious over McHaney, 7-5. In the hot seat match, Rocha wasted little time with Baublis, closing out the match, 7-3. Fighting through the one-loss side, Gunter took down Paine, 5-3, but fell to McHaney, 5-3. Kromer ousted Abernathy, 5-2, but was denied by Pierce, 5-0. Pierce went on to eliminate McHaney, and Baublis, 5-3, earning herself a rematch with Rocha.  In the first set of the true double elimination final, Pierce slid by Rocha, 7-6. In the second set, Pierce came on strong, overwhelming Rocha, 5-1.

The Tour would like to welcome its newest members, Tina Baublis, Beth Tindall, and Ronda Garcia. Tina competed in her first Tour event and finished an impressive third place. 

Congratulations to Makenzlee Grace who won a Poison Arsenic3-1 playing cue in the weekend raffle.

Gulf Coast Tour would like to recognize Board Members Ruth Paine, Kim Pierce, and D’Andrea McQuirter, who assisted in running a seamless, two-day event.

The next event will be July 10th-11th, 2021, $1,000 added, at Big Tyme Billiards, located at 100 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, Texas 77388. For more information, please visit www.GulfCoastWomensTour.com .

Payouts – Total $1,020

1st Kim Pierce $400

2nd Natalie Rocha $250

3rd Tina Baublis $160

4th Mary McHaney $80

5th-6th Brenda Gunter, Brittany Kromer $40 ea.

7th-8th Ruth Paine, Michelle Abernathy $25 ea.