Rocha Seizes Season Opener on Gulf Coast Tour

Watson, Lopez, Petrosino, Hayes, Whatley, Chuites, Petrosino, Rocha

The 2023 Gulf Coast Tour Champion, Natalie Rocha, took no prisoners as she blew thorough a 28-player field to capture the first stop of the season, held at Big Tyme Billiards in Spring, Texas. In the final match, Rocha ousted formidable opponent, Terry Petrosino, 7-4.

On January 6th-7th, sponsors Poison by Predator Cues, Predator Cues, APA of North Harris County, Alamo Billiards, Outsville Billiards, and Team Straight Pool Eye, produced another successful event for the women of the Gulf Coast Tour. The two-day event featured a $500 added purse, drew 28 players, and paid out $1,200 in prize money. Big Tyme Billiards provided twenty-four, 7’ bar tables for match play, all covered in Predator Arcadia Reserve, tournament blue cloth, in a smoke-free environment. Predator provided Arcos II Pool Balls and Outsville Billiards supplied Accu-Rack template racks for each table.

In the final eight on the winners’ side, Tanyia Chuites defeated Alexandra Chavez, 7-2, while Cam Hayes denied Ruth Paine, 7-4. Natalie Rocha bested Darcy Whatley, 7-2, and Robyn Petrosino detoured mom, Terry Petrosino, 7-2. Final four action witnessed Hayes squeeze by Chuites, 7-6, and Rocha oust R. Petrosino, 7-2. Rocha made quick work of Hayes, capturing the hot seat, 7-2. On the west side, and in the final eight, Kawania Watson slid past Sophia Lopez, 5-4, but fell to R. Petrosino, 5-1. T. Petrosino shut out Whatley, 5-0, and Chuites, 5-3, for another shot at Robyn. The elder Petrosino emerged victorious and went on to face newcomer, Hayes. The veteran made quick work of Hayes, 5-1, to meet Rocha for a final showdown. The set proved disappointing for Petrosino, as she fell prey to Rocha, 7-4. Once again, Rocha set the tone, capturing the first stop of the 2024 season.

The Tour welcomes and congratulates one of its newest players, Cam Hayes, on her third place finish.

The Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Billiards Tour looks forward to welcoming you, at the next event!

Payouts – Total $1,200

1st Natalie Rocha $420

2nd Terry Petrosino $300

3rd Cam Hayes $160

4th Robyn Petrosino $80

5th-6th Sophia Lopez, Tanyia Chuites $45 ea

7th-8th Kawania Watson, Darcy Whatley $35 ea