Gail Eaton, aka “Virginia Slim”, struck another blow in a strong field of semi-professional players, during the seventh stop on this year’s WPBA sanctioned, Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour. Eaton overcame Terry Petrosino in the finals to secure her third win of the season, and ignite a fierce battle for first place tour points.
On October 8th, 2016, some of the most talented women in Texas converged on Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar in Houston, Texas, to compete in this one-day 9-ball event, vying for a place in the Gulf Coast Tour winners’ circle. Bogies, along with tour sponsors Cyclop Pool Balls www.facebook.com/CyclopPoolBalls, Delta-13 Rack www.delta13.com, and the APA of North Harris County www.facebook.com/apanorthharriscounty, facilitated another successful event for the women of the Gulf Coast Tour, featuring premium equipment, along with the unveiling of their new, official balls, Cyclop Pool Balls.
On the battle field, Terry Petrosino took the bull by the horns, ousting Loretta Lindgren, 7-2, Monica DeTuncq, 7-1, and Gail Eaton, 7-6, while Kim “Texas Heat” Pierce bested Toni Esteves, 7-0, Liz Tijerina, 7-1, and Yvonne Asher, 7-4. Also on her way to the final four winners’ side, Mercedes Vasquez took down Kim Jenkins, 7-3, Sara Bork, 7-6, and Gail Roles, 7-1. Former tour champion Ricki Casper made her bid with wins over Teresa Garland, 7-4, Robyn Petrosino, and Tiffany Mundie, 7-5. On the one loss side, Tijerina was eliminated by Mundie, 5-2, and Roles overcame Alicia Huff, 5-2, while Lindgren defeated Asher, 5-3, and Eaton took down Bonnie Mason, 5-2. Back on the east side, Petrosino sent Pierce west, 7-4, while Casper slid by Vasquez, 7-6. West side action witnessed Roles eliminate Mundie, 5-4, but lose to Pierce, 5-2, while Eaton went on to defeat Lindgren, 5-2, and Vasquez, 5-1. Hot seat action was in progress, as Petrosino and Casper traded game for game, Casper coming up short in the end, 7-6. On the one loss side, Eaton went on to defeat Pierce, 5-2, and Casper, 5-4, to meet Petrosino in the final. Eaton, a former tour champion herself, overcame Petrosino both sets to win her third event title of the year.
The Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour is open to players of all ages and skill levels, however, the top 32 WPBA Exempt Professionals are not permitted to participate. The final Gulf Coast Tour 9-ball event will be $1,000 added, held on November 12th-13th, 2016, at Fat Racks Billiards in San Antonio, Texas. Free practice begins at 10am, and the players’ meeting begins at 11am. For more information about the WPBA sanctioned, Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour, please visit www.GulfCoastWomensTour.com. “Follow” us on Twitter @gulfcoasttour and “Like” us on Facebook @gulfcoasttour1.
The WPBA (Women’s Professional Billiard Association) is the governing body of women’s professional billiards in the U.S., and this year, celebrates its 40th anniversary. The Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour is a sanctioned, WPBA Regional Tour, a part of the grass roots system that feeds the WPBA Pro Billiards Tour. Amateur and semi-professional, female players, who aspire to play women’s professional billiards, must qualify through this elite system in order to attain the sought-after title, WPBA Exempt Professional. Have you ever considered taking your game to the next level, looking for a different challenge? Are you tired of the same old week-in, week-out routines deterring the progress of your game? Is it your dream to play in a pro event, or turn pro? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s time to find the WPBA Regional Tour nearest you. Exclusively, WPBA Regional Tour Players gain access to WPBA Pro Event Qualifiers and earn valuable WPBA Regional Tour Points which count toward earning invitations to the prestigious WPBA Regional Tour Championship and WPBA Pro Events. Live your dream, support and become a part of, the longest-running, professional billiard organization in the U.S., the WPBA.
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1st Gail Eaton $380
2nd Terry Petrosino $220
3rd Ricki Casper $105
4th Kim Pierce $50
5th-6th Mercedes Vasquez, Gail Roles $25 ea.