Hendricks takes love of pool to new level -- second at State

Bob Hendricks of Monticello took second place in the open singles category, among 613 players, at the IOMA State Pool Championships in Waterloo. (Photos submitted)

Hendricks’ runner-up finish at the state tournament earned him $1,100 cash.

By repurposing an old pool table, Bob Hendricks built this entrance to his pool area. It was featured in Pool & Billiard magazine.

     For Bob Hendricks of Monticello, finishing second in the Open Singles 8-Ball Division of the IOMA State Pool Championships is about more than the $1,100 he earned.

     And more than getting the opportunity to move up to the Intermediate level for next season.

     It’s also about helping the sport.

     “I’m always trying to promote pool,” Hendricks said.

     Hendricks – a pool player since the 1990s – qualified for the Iowa Operators of Music and Amusements (IOMA) meet out of his regular pool league in Manchester. At State, he played a total of 12 games, and placed second out of 613 people in his division.

     The event was held March 7-11 at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo.

     He loves the sport enough to have his own pool area – called Combo Bob’s Billiards Hall – in his basement. Hendricks repurposed an old pool table by sawing out the middle and making it into a door, an entrance to the The table was recently featured in Pool & Billiard magazine, which called it a “wicked cool entrance.”

     Hendricks, 45, also plays every Wednesday in Manchester.

     “All those years of going to Manchester paid off,” Hendricks said. “It’s something that will probably never happen again in my lifetime.”




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