Inland Reef Pool Tournament has a new found success.
After years of dwindling entries in the annual Geneva City Pool Tournament held at the Inland Reef George VanDeMortel decided to make a change in the eligibility requirements to participate. In previous years players had to live or work in Geneva or play Monday night in the Stanton Automatics Pool League held at the local taverns in Geneva. VanDeMortel stated “Last year we had to cancel the tournament due to a low number of sign ups. This year we decided to open the tournament up and anyone willing to pony up the $10 entry fee!”
That change worked. This year’s tourney had a full field of 32 players coming from the Southern Tier, Rochester, Auburn, Seneca Falls, and Geneva. The tournament was double elimination with one game in the winners and losers brackets. Start time was 1pm Saturday, January 24th and the final ball was pocketed by Mark Hadley of Seneca Falls around 8pm. Mark came out of the loser’s bracket for the 2nd time in 3 weeks to claim the top prize. 2nd place went to Mike Coleman.
VanDeMortel said the tournament is definitely back. Judging from the quality of players that showed up it’s only going to get better in the years to come. Next year’s tournament is slated for Saturday, February 1st, 2016.