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Updated Nov. 12, 2014

2014 WBC Report   

 2015 Status: pending December 2014 Membership Trial Vote

Scott Foremny, PA

2014 Champion

Event History
1994    Dave Walrath    29
1995    Bruce Reiff    45
1996    Tom Pavy    43
1997    Dave Metzger    65
1998    Kevin Wojtaszczyk    61
1999    John Coussis    71
2000    Adam Gugliemini    74
2001    Dennis Nicholson    76
2002    Terry Coleman    86
2003    Ken Gutermuth    80
2004    Devin Flawd    75
2005    Nathaniel Hoam    54
2006    Bruce Reiff    67
2007    Keith Hunsinger    62
2008    Brian Farrelly    67
2009    Eric Brosius    58
2010    Brooks Beyma    63
2011    Daniel Pappas    63
2012    John Coussis    71
2013    Bill Morse    73
2014    Scott Foremny    68

PBeM Event History
2010    Lisa Gutermuth    34
2011    Dennis Nicholson    41
2012    Mark Yoshikawa     44
2013     Dennis Nicholson     48
2014    Sean McCulloch    51

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  John Coussis       IL    12     92
  2.  Ken Gutermuth      TX    14     78
  3.  Dennis Nicholson   NY    13     72
  4.  Mark Yoshikawa     CA    13     69
  5.  Devin Flawd        PA    04     34
  6.  Bill Morse         VA    13     32
  7.  Bruce Reiff        OH    11     32
  8.  Sean McCulloch     OH    14     28
  9.  Keith Hunsinger    OH    08     26
 10.  Terry Coleman      CA    14     24
 11.  Chris Kizer        CA    13     24
 12.  Debbie Gutermuth   NC    13     22
 13.  Lisa Gutermuth     NC    10     22
 14.  Scott Foremny      PA    14     20
 15.  Daniel Pappas      MD    11     20
 16.  Brooks Beyma       MD    10     20
 17.  Eric Brosius       MA    09     20
 18.  Brian Farrelly     IL    08     20
 19.  Nate Hoam          OH    05     20
 20.  Adam Gugliemini    PA    00     20
 21.  Bob Tassinari      NY    12     18
 22.  Jason Levine       NY    12     18
 23.  Chris Kamm         NY    04     18
 24.  Jeff Mullet        OH    14     16
 25.  Robert Kircher     RI    14     16
 26.  Paul Risner        FL    11     16
 27.  Jim Bell           MD    14     14
 28.  Harry Flawd        PA    14     14
 29.  Mike Pacheco       CA    13     14
 30.  Robert Drozd       IL    10     14
 31.  Luke Koleszar      VA    14     12
 32.  Pete Stein         OH    13     12
 33.  Danny Lewis        DE    11     12
 34.  Rod Weaver         PA    08     12
 35.  Erica Kirchner     KY    07     12
 36.  John Shaheen       MA    06     12
 37.  Dan Dolan Jr       NJ    05     12
 38.  David Metzger      NY    03     12
 39.  Josh Githens       SC    10     10
 40.  Seth Kirchner      KY    03     10
 41.  Jason Porta        PA    12      9
 42.  Bruce Maxwell      VA    04      9
 43.  Brandon Buchanon   NC    14      8
 44.  Laurie Wojtaszczyk NY    14      8
 45.  Mark Mtchell       VA    12      8
 46.  Bruce Young        SC    11      8
 47.  Mark Neale         RI    09      8
 48.  Beth Zhao          DC    07      8
 49.  Davyd Field        CA    06      8
 50.  George Sauer       OH    03      8
 51.  Robert Eastman     NV    02      8
 52.  H Richardson III   VA    01      8
 53.  Bill Beckman       SC    00      8
 54.  Ted Simmons        IL    13      6
 55.  Nicole Reiff       OH    10      6
 56.  Bernard Beckerman  NY    09      6
 57.  Richard Meyer      MA    09      6
 58.  Carrie Lewis       DE    07      6
 59.  Charles Squibb     PA    05      6
 60.  Lee Presser        NY    03      6
 61.  Grant LaDue        NY    13      4
 62.  Paul Bean          MA    11      4
 63.  David Stiffler     VA    10      4
 64.  Charles Drozd      IL    08      4
 65.  Kevin Brown        GA    06      4
 66.  Hilary Haagen      VA    13      3
 67.  Scott Buckwalter   MD    12      3
 68.  Ann Cornett        FL    04      3
 69.  Rebekah Monnin     OH    14      2
 70.  Bruce Monnin       OH    12      2
 71.  Mike Coomes        OH    10      2
 72.  Nick Kramer        PA    08      2
 73.  Arthur Davis       MI    02      2
 74.  Vincent Collura    PA    99      2

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists: 0

Luke Koleszar, VA
2nd

Brandon Buchanon, NC
3rd

Jeff Mullet, OH
4th

Ken Gutermuth, NC
5th

Jim Bell, MD
6th

Past Winners

Dave Walrath, MA
1994

Bruce Reiff, OH
1995, 2006

Tom Pavy, OH
1996

Dave Metzger, VA
1997

Kevin Wojtaszczyk, NY
1998

John Coussis. IL
1999, 2012

Adam Gugliemini, PA
2000

Dennis Nicholson, NY
2001

Terry Coleman, BC
2002

Ken Gutermuth, TX
2003

Devin Flawd, PA
2004

Nate Hoam, OH
2005

Keith Hunsinger, OH
2007

Brian Farrelly, IL
2008

Eric Brosius, CT
2009

Brooks Beyma, MD
2010

Daniel Pappas, MD
2011

Bill Morse, VA
2013

Scott Foremny, PA
2014
 

 Mastering the skills required for Pro Golf is such a massive undertaking that we felt how better to illustrate it then with a pictorial study of the various groups these duffers scatter into so as to safeguard the secrets of their hidden art as they strive to perfect the ideal swing.

We start with the time honored tradition of the watering hole. These denizens of the links seek comfort for their slices with plenty of liquid refreshment.

Then there are those for whom the thrill of the contest is not enough. They must add to the alure of the game with side wagers - pretzels being the currency of choice.

Never to be outdone are the practitioners of the big swing. These folks need plenty of room and lots of privacy to wind up for the big toss of the dice.

Of course, there are always those who are too lacking in resourcefulness or are just too tired to get up and leave the Hopewell room for a better course.

Emotional Appeal Fails ...

Pro Golf  began at 10:00 pm with assistant GM Rob Drozd running the best demo session of the con, complete with a PowerPoint presentation to demonstrate how to master the intricacies of the convention's most involved game. At 11:00 pm, 68 participants gathered in the Hopewell room to once again contest the Pebble Beach course in hopes of qualifying for the championship Skins game.

The event was preceded by presentation of green jackets to the previous two email tournament champions. Dennis Nicholson was presented with his plaque from the 2013 event, and, though his plaque was not yet available, Sean McCulloch was honored for his 2014 win with a green jacket of his own.

For the second year in a row, six under par was the magic score to reach the Skins game. Brandon Buchanon led the field at seven under par, while the rest of the field came in with scores ranging from -6 to +5.

The finalists moved to Augusta National to contest the Skins game. The players had a slow start, with the first birdie finally coming on the fifth hole, good enough to earn all the early skins for Scott Foremny. Brandon Buchanon fought back with a birdie to earn the skin for the sixth hole, then Luke Koleszar birdied the ninth hole to earn three skins of his own. When Luke scored the only par to gain his fourth skin on the tenth hole, it became a two-man race between Luke and Scott.

Scott was the only player to par the 11th hole, thus giving him enough skins to secure the win in the event. Just to be sure, he also birdied the 12th hole for his seventh skin in this 12-hole Final. Luke's four skins secured him second place, while Brandon earned the third and last plaque with his one skin.

Jeff Mullet, Ken Gutermuth and Jim Bell all finished Pebble Beach with a score of 5 under par to also earn laurels.

Be sure to join the fun again in 2015, and maybe even get in a little practice in the 2015 Sixth Annual PBeM tournament which should start sometime this spring (right before the Masters).

Then, there are the private clubs. Tell me again why we drove 600 miles to roll dice against ourselves. Oh right, we need to keep up the dress code.

Of course, there are always the true athletes. These are the guys who were fast enough out the back door to grab the nearest table on the back nine.

 Only the best people get invited to play with the chairman in his private boardroom - rank has its priviliges but still can't putt worth a damn.

 And finally, there are those who have to stay up to play another round. GM Monnin with his ultra-skilled - but very sleepy - finalists with the gifted dice.


2014 PBeM Tournament:

Only 12,590 emails later, we have a champion.

A record field of 51 players contested the 5th annual BPA Pro Golf PBeM tournament. All players first competed on the Muirfield Village course. The top 35 players who finished one over par and better survived the cut and moved on to contest the Lancaster Host course. The top 17 (those two under par and better) then advanced to contest the Augusta National course. The best cumulative score of the three rounds won the title.

Robert Kircher and Harry Flawd led the field at five under par on the Muirfield Village course. Peter Stein then crushed the Lancaster Host course with a round of seven under par to take a one shot lead into the final round. While Peter would collapse with a three over par round at Augusta, others would seize the initiative. It was one of those days during the final round at Augusta, as the roars of the crowd reverberated throughout the back nine.

Laurie Wojtaszczyk was one of the early golfers to take on the final course at Augusta National. She blistered the front nine at five under par. After a bogey at 10, she birdied 13 and 16 and scored an eagle at the 15th hole. Unfortunately, a bogey on the final hole left her at 12 under par for the tournament, one stroke short of the necessary total.

Sean McCulloch was the next contender to challenge Amen corner. After only playing the front nine at even par, he birdied holes 10, 11, 12 and 14, while carding eagles at both par 5's, holes 13 and 15. With a three stroke lead, Sean's magic collapsed, as he bogeyed both holes 16 and 17. On the final hole, Sean earned his only par of the back nine, but needed to drain an 18 foot putt to win by a stroke.

It appeared Sean had the tournament in the bag, but recent March Madness PBeM winner Robert Kircher was lurking three strokes back with four holes to play. Robert also eagled 15 to move to within one stroke, then sank a 20 foot birdie putt on the 17th hole to force a playoff.

For the tie-breaker, Sean and Robert faced off at Arrowhead Park (the GM's home course). Sean (with perennial favorite golfer Shigeki Maruyama) and Robert (using Bob Tway) each shot par for the first four holes, setting up the decisive fifth hole. Sean went first on the par 5, laying up on his second shot. A nice chip led to a successful seven-foot birdie putt. Robert tried to match with his own second shot layup. However, he found the pond that wraps around the green. Shaken by that, a poor pitch and putt followed, leading to a double bogey. To emphasize his victory, Sean then birdied the sixth hole to seal the deal.

Meanwhile, Laurie used golfer Johnny Miller to claim third place while Harry Flawd (Bob Tway) was two strokes further back in fourth. Terry Coleman and Rebekah Monnin, who both were assigned Ray Floyd, tied for fifth, but Terry won the playoff to earn the higher placing and the extra laurels.

The tournament will be restarted in March 2015. Come join us next year as we use the time of the Masters and the U.S. Open to determine another PBeM champion of the BPA Pro Golf world.

1st ­ Sean McCulloch
2nd ­ Robert Kircher
3rd ­ Laurie Wojtaszczyk
4th ­ Harry Flawd
5th ­ Terry Coleman
6th ­ Rebekah Monnin

For those of you interested, here are the historical results for the seven golfers used in this year's event.

Muirfield Village Average Scores:
69.0 = Bob Tway 1986 (5)
70.7 = Shigeki Maruyama 2005 (19)
72.0 = Ray Floyd 1984 (20)
72.6 = Curtis Strange 1981 (21)
72.8 = John Daly 2004 (14)
72.4 = Johnny Miller 1981 (18)
74.5 = Bernhard Langer 1986 (6)

Lancaster Host Average Scores:
67.2 = Bob Tway 1986 (5)
71.1 = Johnny Miller 1981 (15)
70.3 = Curtis Strange 1981 (19)
70.5 = Shigeki Maruyama 2005 (18)
70.6 = John Daly 2004 (10)
70.6 = Ray Floyd 1984 (19)
72.5 = Bernhard Langer 1986 (2)

Augusta Average Scores:
70.8 = Johnny Miller 1981 (4)
70.8 = Bob Tway 1986 (5)
70.9 = Ray Floyd 1984 (7)
71.2 = Shigeki Maruyama 2005 (6)
72.3 = Curtis Strange 1981 (3)
72.7 = John Daly 2004 (3)

Overall Average Scores:
69.0 = Bob Tway 1986 (15)
70.7 = Shigeki Maruyama 2005 (43)
71.2 = Ray Floyd 1984 (46)
71.6 = Curtis Strange 1981 (43)
71.7 = Johnny Miller 1981 (37)
72.0 = John Daly 2004 (27)
74.0 = Bernhard Langer 1986 (8)

 GM     Bruce Monnin [11th Year]  177 South Lincoln St, Minster, OH 45865-1240 
   bdmonnin@nktelco.net   937-441-2480

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