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12-10-2013, 05:04 PM

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jay broke out my old pool and billiard magazine april 1986 parica won that tournament! 2nd bowman,hopkins,medina,reyes,danny jones 6th. Old fart could play.
Oops, I just remember those two in the finals. I staked Danny and we got something like $2,600 for fourth. First was maybe eight grand plus!


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12-10-2013, 05:05 PM

RIP Dave, what a great man he was!


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12-10-2013, 05:28 PM

R.I.P. Dave.....go with Gods speed and find a good ring game in Heaven.........mike


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12-10-2013, 05:39 PM

Sorry to hear this sad news...I had the pleasure of meeting Mr.Bollman at Q-masters in the late 90's while down there for the US Open. Though we didn't get to talk long he seemed like a really down to earth guy who shot pretty sporty pool. RIP Dave


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12-10-2013, 05:54 PM

Aww, sad news for sure.

Rip, to one of va pool's finest. Irreplaceable.


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Rip - 12-10-2013, 07:53 PM

Very sad news, Dave B. was indeed a great guy !!


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12-10-2013, 08:07 PM

My heart just sank when I read this.
David and I became friends and used to talk golf.
He did work on my cues and always managed not to be there when I picked them up.
And his daughter was forbidden to take any money from me.

I miss you, David......rest in peace


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12-10-2013, 09:41 PM

Sorry for your loss emptypockets.

Dave was a good guy. Many years ago, when he was traveling on the road incognito, he visited my old pool room, the infamous Sport Palace of New Orleans. He came in and played me some cheap one pocket, even up. He didn't have a cue with him and he played with a house cue off the rack. He beat me three games in a row with the house cue and was like others have said, a perfect gentleman. I leaned over close to him and whispered, "Only a TOP PLAYER can beat me with a house cue." He immediately lost three games in a row, quit me and the larcenists came out of the wood works and played him for much larger money for which Dave retrieved his custom cue and won all bets.

RIP Dave. You were a good guy. Sincere condolences to Dave's other family.

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Dave Bollman, my friend, my mentor, my 1 pocket partner passed away today from cancer. My prayers go out to his daughter, Maryanne, who is a 100% disabled Veteran and was Dave's pride and joy.

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Very sorry to hear this, i met Dave in Downingtown pa, around 85-88 in the 2nd round of that 9 ball tournament they used to have up there.

When i drew Bollmans name i knew i was in trouble, even know i got slaughter, i enjoyed every bit of it.

Dave found something nice to say about my game even after he beat me 9-3, he said son you play safes really good and one day you will be a top player!

Dave went on to win that tournament and i never did improve much afterwards!

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12-11-2013, 12:59 AM

More sad news today…I just heard another fine player & good friend, Dave Bollman, has passed away.

Dave was the house pro at Barry Behrman’s Q-Master Billiards in Norfolk, VA for as long as I can remember. He also ran the pro shop there – making cues & doing cue repair. He was always a top ranked player on the various professional & regional tours with many high finishes as well as serving on the executive board of the Men’s Professional Billiard Association (MPBA). He was the ’88 BC Open 9 Ball Champion as well as taking titles at the ’87 Eastern States Championship, the ’88 Capital City Open, the ’94 Roanoke One Pocket Championship, plus many winning McDermott National 9 Ball, National 9 Ball & Viking 9 Ball Tour stop wins. He was not only known for his laid back & easy going personality but also for his tenacious style. No one, & I mean no one, liked to look at the board & see that Dave Bollman was their next match. They knew they were going to be in for a long, tough battle.

When I was a young player in North Jersey, I decided to drive down to Norfolk to the US Open. It was 1979 & I had heard that the best in the country – all the big names I’d heard about - were going to be there. I wanted to be there too.

One day, I was sitting at the counter finishing my lunch when Steve Mizerak walked by. I knew Steve from playing in his pool room in Metuchen, NJ. I said hi to him & he turned around & broke out into a huge grin.

“Mare,” he said. “Just the person I’m looking for!!!”

Thrilled to think he was looking for me, I was impressed. Not so impressed once he told me why he was looking for me – or anybody – for that matter!

Steve asked me if I knew anything about golf. When I told him I really didn’t, he said, “Well, that doesn’t matter…you’re a quick learner. We’ll show you how to keep score…”

Next thing I knew, Steve was telling this really tall guy that he had found them a scorekeeper...

Turned out that the tall guy was Dave Bollman - a former PGA player & one of Steve’s close friends. Dave had matched them up to play a couple of local guys.

I protested, coming up with excuse after excuse not to go – anything I could think of - but I was worn down by Steve’s smooth talk & Dave’s shy smile. Next thing I know, I’m driving one of the golf carts & keeping track of their many bets – on every hole. They needed an accountant instead of me but I managed…

All I can say is that I had one of the best times of my life. I got to witness some world class golf, laughed all day long & witnessed some world class hustling! I had a blast & was sad when it got too dark to play anymore…The five of us retired to the clubhouse for dinner & when we finally got back to the pool room, I got a pretty healthy piece of the action for my efforts!

That was the beginning of my friendship with Dave. He was a gold mine of information to sweat a match with & a pretty smart bettor – always seeming to have the right side. He was one of the guys I always consulted before making any bets on the matches or action.

Here’s a photo of the Dave I remember…this one was taken by Elizabeth Holmes at the ’89 Sands Regency in Reno, NV. As usual, he finished high – coming in fourth at this one.

RIP, my friend…

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Sorry - 12-11-2013, 05:46 AM

Very sorry to hear this, I never really met Dave but my late friend John would talk with him every year at the Open I am pretty sure they would talk about Black Boars cues. May he rest in peace.
  
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A Great Loss ! - 12-11-2013, 06:34 AM

I knew Dave what a great guy and player, he will be missed by many.

I also have met his daughter and my condolences go out to her.

It just wouldn't seem right to walk back into the tournament room

at Cue Masters, and not see Dave in his shop.

Truly a great player, a fine person, and a gentleman.

RIP my friend...

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12-11-2013, 07:27 PM

I'll never forget the Sands Regency event Dave was playing in where he was matched up against a west coast player. Whenever Dave won a game, the small crowd that was watching barely gave him any applause for his clean shooting. But when his opponent squeaked in a win, the crowd gave Dave's opponent a huge round of applause. You could see Dave was perplexed over this but smiled all just the same. On Dave's next game win he surprised everybody in the room when he yells out, "I'm originally from California!" Next thing you know he had the crowd cheering loudly after every game win, and eventually after closing out the match. He showed a lot of personallity that day and people were responding to it.

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12-11-2013, 08:01 PM

This is a shock,,didn't know Dave was ill. Played him many times back during the 70's , and as stated above,,he was always courteous in his demeanor. The big Ronoake Virginia
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12-11-2013, 08:45 PM

Last saw him play at the 1989 US Open 9-ball. Never met him.

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