Peterson team scores at pool nationals

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Geri Peterson competing in Las Vegas. Photo courtesy Geri Peterson

Geri Peterson plays pool. She plays pool extremely well.

In 2007, the local Fairway Market employee qualified for the American Poolplayers Association (APA) U.S. Amateur Championships in Atlanta. Idyllwild businesses and residents anteed up to help defray the costs of her trip.

This year, Peterson’s team of eight women finished fifth out of 69 national qualifying teams at the APA 2011 Ladies 8-Ball National Championships at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev.

Geri Peterson. Photo by Marshall Smith

“No Riverside County team has ever finished this high before,” said Peterson, who captained the team. “The competition is kind of like the Super Bowl of pool.” The highest previous finish for a Riverside County team (both women’s and open categories, which includes men) was 65th place, Peterson noted.

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