- Published on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 20:50
It is with tremendous sadness that we inform the fraternity of 3 cushion billiard players across this country of the passing of Dave Van Lokeren.
Those of us that had the pleasure of knowing him and the privilege to call him a friend will miss him dearly. Never has there been a more gracious player in terms of his overall demeanor. Whether he was practicing or competing, winning or losing, running 8 or missing for 4 or 5 consecutive innings, David was always in control of his emotions. But it was more than his emotions that were being controlled, it was really his respect for the people around him that made him what he was and ultimately to become known as 'Gentleman Dave'.
Whether you were a friend of his from Detroit or got to spend time with him more recently in Rhode Island or whether you got to compete with him in Tacoma or New York or Boston, you had no choice but to be struck by his persona. He was genuine, he was compassionate, he was loving, a fierce competitor and a lover of life. His huge family is so blessed to call him dad or uncle or brother or cousin. We, in the billiard fraternity, if we were lucky, got to call him friend.
Dave accomplished much in his life and one of his long time dreams came to fruition. If you were fortunate enough to share in the reality of this dream, you understand where we're coming from. The Reserve. Dave opened a room with a 3 cushion billiard table and welcomed all to it. When I say that each and every time I was able to make it to Rhode Island and spend a few hours at the Reserve playing Dave and friends, I never once could walk into that 'room' without a tear coming to my eye. It was as peaceful and elegant to a 3 cushion player as any place on earth could be and it exuded from Dave and his love for the game, life and his friends.
Thank you for allowing a couple of Dave's many friends to share this brief message with you and thank you for remembering David Van Lokeren with us.
We'll love and remember him forever.
Mazin Shooni and Joe DeAmato
- Published on Sunday, 09 November 2014 19:06
Join Professor-Q-Ball at the Illinois Billiard Club for three fantastic days of billards.
- Published on Sunday, 05 October 2014 15:27
Piedrabuena second at USBA TOUR OPEN at Chris's Billiards, Chicago, IL, September 26-28, 2014
The Open Tournament at Chris's Billiards was a huge success as we expected a maximum of 28 players and got 33 players participating. With the players arranged into 5 groups of 7 players each (2 flights had a bye), instead of only taking the top 2 players from each flight (since one top player was seeded into each flight), tournament director Jim Shovak decided to take the best four 3rd-place finishers of each flight, making a total of 14 players advancing to the next round plus an auction and a lottery winner for a total of 16 players.
- Published on Sunday, 31 August 2014 12:40
Seventeen players assembled in Houston Texas at US Bida for the USBA Tour Open tournament held August 22-24. Current US Champion Pedro Piedrabuena topped the group of A players which included former US Champion Hugo Patino, Sang Jin Lee from New York, and local Houston players Cong Nguyen and Thanh Vu. USBA President Jim Shovak entered in the A group as well. The eleven B players included Ellis Lawrence and Jim Bishop who traveled to Houston to play, as well as nine local players including room owners Tim Nguyen, Patrick Tran and Quang Tran along with Dung Ngo, Minh Lam, Nacho Galindo, Kiet Nguyen, Lan Vo and Doug Deitel.
- Published on Sunday, 10 August 2014 14:06
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