Hatch Dominates Tiger Pool Tour
Tiger Pool Tour / Sterling, VA
by Rick Davis
A stacked field of 61 players came out for the Tiger Pool Tour, which held its ninth event at First Break Café in Sterling, VA, over the July 21-22 weekend. Top national players, previous event winners, and other dangerous entities swarmed the event, but Dennis “The Hatchet Man” Hatch recovered from a loss to best the field.
Action on the winners’ side included a who’s who of tour players. Hatch made his way through three rounds before falling to Chuck Altomare 9-5, who was sent west as well by Matt Clatterbuck in the next round. Clatterbuck, who has taken three top-three finishes including a win, was now in the hot seat match. On the other end of the board Mike Davis fell just short and was defeated by tournament director Andy Lincoln 9-5, but Lincoln was denied also as Shaun “Get Some” Wilkie, who has also taken three top-three finishes, slipped by 9-7 to take his seat in the hot seat match. Wilkie and Clatterbuck inched along, but in the end it was Clatterbuck who had the endurance for the 9-6 win.
On the one-loss side the cream was certainly rising to the top. Hatch took a trio of wins, including a 7-1 slap against Lincoln, to reach the quarterfinals. Nearby, Ryan McCreesh was on a comeback, taking six left-side wins, including the elimination of Davis 7-4, but was then upset just shy of the quarterfinals by Chuck Altomare 7-3.
The handful of remaining matches blazed through as Hatch eliminated Altomare 7-5 in the quarterfinals, then Wilkie 7-3 in the semifinals, to reclaim his seat at the finals. Hatch and Clatterbuck put on a good show from the amassing crowd, but the top pro, Hatch, was too much for the top tour player and defeated him to claim the title.
1st Dennis Hatch
2nd Matt Clatterbuck
3rd Shaun Wilkie
4th Chuck Altomare
5th Ryan McCreesh
7th Jeremy Sossei