LOCKESBURG, Ark. Jim Lawrence discovered a pastime he cherished at 13 and over 50-plus years it has change into a household legacy.
Lawrence, recognized to his buddies and fellow billiard gamers as Bobcat, first began enjoying pool when he was 13 years previous and rising up in Mena, Ark., when his mother and father put in a few pool tables in a restaurant they owned.
“There was a person who owned a service station and would come up there and eat on a regular basis,” Bobcat stated. “He is the one who began giving me suggestions and exhibiting me the best way to play. I’ve skipped just a few years, right here and there, however have been enjoying fairly regular since then.”
Bobcat, now 64, taught his sons, Jimmy and Jason, the sport, in addition to his grandson Skylar, 16. He performs within the Twin Cities BCA Pool League on a group together with his niece, Crystal Boarman, and Bobcat and Crystal are regulars in doubles tournaments in and across the Texarkana space.
The group Bobcat and Crystal play with received the final league session. Bobcat, a mushy spoken participant who performs at a excessive stage from below his signature khaki Razorbacks hat, was additionally a finalist within the 2019 Texarkana 8-Ball Metropolis Pool Event final July.
“Jimmy and Jason have been enjoying ever since they have been sufficiently big to look over the desk,” Bobcat stated. “Crystal used to come back over and play on a regular basis when she was a child, and Skylar has been enjoying since he was just a little fella. I received a desk at house that every one of them discovered to play on. All of us like to play, and we get collectively on a regular basis to play collectively.”
Skylar Lawrence has taken his granddad’s classes and could possibly be seen as a little bit of a prodigy, having crafted his recreation to finest gamers with years extra expertise.
“I simply hope I am getting round good when Skylar will get sufficiently old to go locations; since he is simply 16 he cannot get in lots of locations to shoot,” Bobcat stated. “He is champing on the bit to do it now.
“For a very long time, he would get so mad that he would suppose that he would have me (beat), and now he will get me simply as a lot as I get him.”
For years Bobcat would play in numerous pool tournaments throughout Southwest Arkansas.
“I all the time wish to go someplace and play somebody I have never performed earlier than,” he stated.
Bobcat took just a little break from billiards for some time however received again into the sport just a few years again when a co-worker invited him to a pool match close to Nashville, Ark.
“Jimmy and I went to play in that match, and I feel I received the primary one I performed,” Bobcat laughed. “That received me again into it then. I had simply been enjoying round the home for years and did not know the place to go play or something.
“I appreciated to say that my retirement plan was to have the whole lot paid off in my early 60s, so I may hunt and play pool,” Bobcat smiled. “It is understanding fairly properly up to now.”