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Updated Sept. 7, 2016

2015 WBC Report

2016 Status: pending
December 2015
Membership Trial Vote

John Kilbride, PA

2015 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
2015 John Kilbride 70

PBeM Event History
2010 Lisa Gutermuth 34
2011 Dennis Nicholson 41
2012 Mark Yoshikawa 44
2013 Dennis Nicholson 48
2014 Sean McCulloch 51
2015 Debbie Gutermuth 52
2016 Chris Kizer 44


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  John Coussis       IL    12     92
  2.  Dennis Nicholson   NY    15     78
  3.  Ken Gutermuth      NC    14     78
  4.  Mark Yoshikawa     CA    13     69
  5.  Debbie Gutermuth   NC    16     48
  6.  Chris Kizer        CA    16     44
  7.  Bruce Reiff        OH    15     36
  8.  Devin Flawd        PA    04     34
  9.  Terry Coleman      CA    15     32
 10.  Bill Morse         VA    13     32
 11.  Sean McCulloch     OH    14     28
 12.  Keith Hunsinger    OH    08     26
 13.  Lisa Gutermuth     WA    10     22
 14.  Robert Kircher     RI    16     20
 15.  John Kilbride      PA    15     20
 16.  Scott Foremny      PA    14     20
 17.  Daniel Pappas      MD    11     20
 18.  Brooks Beyma       MD    10     20
 19.  Eric Brosius       MA    09     20
 20.  Brian Farrelly     IL    08     20
 21.  Nate Hoam          OH    05     20
 22.  Adam Gugliemini    PA    00     20
 23.  Bob Tassinari      NY    12     18
 24.  Jason Levine       NY    12     18
 25.  Chris Kamm         NY    04     18
 26.  Jeff Mullet        OH    14     16
 27.  Paul Risner        FL    11     16
 28.  Jim Bell           MD    14     14
 29.  Harry Flawd        PA    14     14
 30.  Mike Pacheco       CA    13     14
 31.  Robert Drozd       IL    10     14
 32.  Mike Pacheco       CA    16     12
 33.  Alex Bell          PA    15     12
 34.  Jennifer Visocnik  IL    15     12
 35.  Luke Koleszar      VA    14     12
 36.  Pete Stein         OH    13     12
 37.  Danny Lewis        DE    11     12
 38.  Rod Weaver         PA    08     12
 39.  Erica Kirchner     KY    07     12
 40.  John Shaheen       MA    06     12
 41.  Dan Dolan Jr       NJ    05     12
 42.  David Metzger      NY    03     12
 43.  Josh Githens       SC    10     10
 44.  Seth Kirchner      KY    03     10
 45.  Jason Porta        PA    12      9
 46.  Bruce Maxwell      VA    04      9
 47.  Scott Nerney       RI    16      8
 48.  Jeff Jackson       MN    15      8
 49.  Brandon Buchanon   NC    14      8
 50.  Laurie Wojtaszczyk NY    14      8
 51.  Mark Mitchell      VA    12      8
 52.  Bruce Young        SC    11      8
 53.  Mark Neale         RI    09      8
 54.  Beth Zhao          DC    07      8
 55.  Davyd Field        CA    06      8
 56.  George Sauer       OH    03      8
 57.  Robert Eastman     NV    02      8
 58.  H Richardson III   VA    01      8
 59.  Bill Beckman       SC    00      8
 60.  Bryan Collars      PA    15      6
 61.  Ted Simmons        IL    13      6
 62.  Nicole Reiff       OH    10      6
 63.  Bernard Beckerman  NY    09      6
 64.  Richard Meyer      MA    09      6
 65.  Carrie Lewis       DE    07      6
 66.  Charles Squibb     PA    05      6
 67.  Lee Presser        NY    03      6
 68.  Glen Pearce        on    15      4
 69.  Grant LaDue        NY    13      4
 70.  Paul Bean          MA    11      4
 71.  David Stiffler     VA    10      4
 72.  Charles Drozd      IL    08      4
 73.  Kevin Brown        GA    06      4
 74.  Hilary Haagen      VA    13      3
 75.  Scott Buckwalter   MD    12      3
 76.  Ann Cornett        FL    04      3
 77.  Marshall Collins   CT    16      2
 78.  Tim Dolan          NJ    15      2
 79.  Peter Staab        PA    15      2
 80.  Rebekah Monnin     OH    14      2
 81.  Bruce Monnin       OH    12      2
 82.  Mike Coomes        OH    10      2
 83.  Nick Kramer        PA    08      2
 84.  Arthur Davis       MI    02      2
 85.  Vincent Collura    PA    99      2
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists: 0

Alex Bell, MD

Jeff Jackson, MN

Brian Collars, SC

Glen Pearce, on

Tim Dolan, NJ

Past Winners

Dave Walrath, MA

Bruce Reiff, OH
1995, 2006

Tom Pavy, OH

Dave Metzger, VA

Kevin Wojtaszczyk, NY

John Coussis. IL
1999, 2012

Adam Gugliemini, PA

Dennis Nicholson, NY

Terry Coleman, BC

Ken Gutermuth, TX

Devin Flawd, PA

Nate Hoam, OH

Keith Hunsinger, OH

Brian Farrelly, IL

Eric Brosius, CT

Brooks Beyma, MD

Daniel Pappas, MD

Bill Morse, VA

Scott Foremny, PA

John Kilbride, PA

Defending champ Scott Foremny returns the green jacket symbolic of the title. Some alterations may prove necessary.

The foursome of Tim Dolan, Jeff Finkeldey, Harry Flawd and Bruce Monnin enjoy the time honored tradition of the 19th hole.

Dave Terry, Jeremy Billones, Paul Risner and Keih Hunsinger keep their dice on the fairway.

Shannon Keating, Dan Dolan Jr and the Bells hit the back nine before Alex makes the cut for the final foursome.

He Did What?! ...

After assistant GM Rob Drozd ran the best demo session of the week (seriously, his PowerPoint presentation is a sight to behold and allows you to not have to rely on your friends to play this fun and easy game), 70 participants scattered throughout the Lancaster Host to once again contest the Pebble Beach course in hopes of qualifying for the championship Skins game.

The event was preceded by presentation of a green jacket to our 2014 champion, Scott Foremny, whose massive guns did not quite squeeze into his two sizes too small coat. Better fashion was experienced by 2015 email tournament champion Debbie Gutermuth, who fit nicely into her ladies version of the iconic jacket.

John Kilbride, Alex Bell and Jeff Jackson each scored seven under par on the Pebble Beach course to advance to the Skins game. For the third year in a row, six under par was the magic score needed to claim the final position in the Skins game, but this year eight players were tied for the right to advance in the tournament.

The eight players were transported to the Muirfield course in Dublin, Ohio, home of Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial tournament, for a sudden death playoff. Seven players shot a par 4 on the first hole, but Shannon Keating’s bogey dropped her out of contention and left seven golfers remaining. On the second hole, only four players made par, with Jeff Mullet, Erik Buetikofer and Andy Lewis all eliminated with bogeys.

Larry Luongo had a poor start to the third hole with a bogey, and was eliminated from contention when Glen Pearce and Tim Dolan each scored a par. But Bryan Collars was tired of playing it safe, and sank the only birdie putt of the sudden death round to finally claim the fourth and final spot in the Skins game.

The four finalists moved to Augusta National to contest the Skins game with the infamous big green fuzzy dice on the stage of the Hopewell room of the Lancaster Host for the final time. All four players parred the first hole, but Alex Bell posted a birdie on the par 5 second hole to earn the first two skins of the event. The third hole saw another birdie, as Jeff Jackson needed only three strokes to complete the par 4 and earn a skin of his own. The fourth and fifth holes were halved, allowing John Kilbride (supported loudly by his enthusiastic band of Philadelphians) to take the lead with three skins when he needed only two strokes to complete the par 3 sixth hole. Not to be outdone, Bryan Collars birdied the seventh hole to earn a skin of his own, and all four players were on the board and in contention with just five holes remaining.

Not a birdie was to be found on the net four holes, meaning the next hole with a winner would take the plaque for the event. Collars opened the par 3 twelfth with a birdie, and could feel victory just around the corner. After Kilbride achieved only a par, Jackson stepped up and put his tee shot on the green, then drained a long birdie putt to halve the hole and allow the competition to continue.

Collars still had honors and opened the par 5 thirteenth hole with a solid drive. Given the choice to play it safe and lay up, or to gamble and “Go For The Green”, Bryan fell back on his memories of golfers putting the ball into the tributary of Rae’s Creek during the Masters and chose to lay up, despite the derision heaped upon him by the late staying gallery. After Bryan’s second shot, his caddy Bruce Young read the result as if Bryan had gone for the green (which he would have reached safely). When the inattentive caddy (a frequent problem during later portions of the Skins game) was forcefully informed that his golfer had laid up instead of going for the green, Mr. Young gave Collars a long, disappointed stare and then finally blurted out, “He did *&^$%&*$’ing what?!” Bryan’s caddy obviously wondered why he had stayed up so late just to watch his golfer give away a chance to seize the victory. Collars finished the hole with a par and sat down, hoping for the best.

John Kilbride made it all academic shortly afterwards. He did go for the green, and successfully avoided the water to set up a long eagle putt. The big, green fuzzy dice rolled high, and John scored the eagle which gave him the tournament title. Alex Bell scored a birdie and finished second with two skins, while Jeff Jackson also came up just short on his eagle putt and claimed third place with his one skin. Collars went from looking like the probable champion on the twelfth hole to finishing fourth after the fateful thirteenth.

Be sure to join the fun again in 2016. The best way to prepare is to get in a little practice during the 2016 seventh annual PBeM tournament which should start in April (during the month of the Masters).

John Kilbride lines up his winning shot
with the help of enthusiastic caddies
Chaka Benson and Robert Barnes.

Our four finalists bask in
their achievement before taking
the big shots with the big green fuzzy dice.

2016 PBeM Tournament

A field of 44 duffers contested the 6th Annual BPA Pro Golf PBeM tournament.   All players first competed on the Augusta National course.  The top 32 players who finished two over par and better survived the cut and moved on to contest the Muirfield Village course.   The top 16 (those even par and better) then advanced to contest the Pebble Beach course.   The best cumulative score for three rounds would take the title - or so we thought. After 92 rounds, a play-off would be required.

Chris Kizer led early with a seven under par effort on the Augusta National course, while Laurie Wojtaszczyk hovered just one stroke back.  A three under par round at Muirfield Village kept Chris in the lead, while Alexandra Monnin used the best round of the field at five under par to draw within a stroke of the lead.  Mike Pacheco and Marshall Collins each also carded scores of three under par to draw within two and three strokes of the leader.

Kizer and Monnin would be early finishers on the final course at Pebble Beach.  Alexandra had the highest score of the field on this final round, but this is golf, where a lower score is desired.  Her four over par effort dropped her from laurel contention.  Chris would reach two under par after the third hole, then played a conservative rest of the round, finishing at two under par for the course and twelve under for the event.

Scott Nerney then posted the best round at Pebble Beach, finishing five under par.  Defending champ Debbie Gutermuth scored four under par, and both players tied for third at nine under par for the event.  Scott would go on to claim third place laurels thanks to better dice during the tie-breaker.  Robert Kircher ended the tournament in fifth place while Marshall Collins collected the last of the laurels for sixth.

Mike Pacheco was one of the round’s late finishers.  By the twelfth hole, he had overcome an early bogey to reach four under par, good enough to tie for the overall lead.  On the 15th hole, two bonus feet gained thanks due his superlative drive just barely gave him the ability to sink an eleven foot birdie putt to claim the tournament lead. After missing long birdie putts on the next two holes, Mike needed only a par five on the final hole ti web it all.  Alas, his tee shot found the water, his layup found the sand, and his ten foot par putt failed to find the hole, necessitating a tie-breaker for the title for the third time in the last four years.

Each player had to play the first three holes at Arrowhead Park, the golfing pride of Minster, Ohio, to break the tie.  Mike opened the door on the second hole when he missed an 11-foot par putt.  After parring the first two holes, Chris could win with a third par, but he missed a 6 footer and both golfers were one over par, thus needing to play three more holes.  

After both parred hole 4, Mike missed a golden opportunity when he failed on an 8-foot birdie putt on the par five fifth hole.  Chris had a similar 9-foot birdie putt, which he drained to regain a one stroke lead.  After Mike parred the sixth, Chris again needed only par for victory.  This time he left no doubt, easily holing a three-foot birdie putt to win his first BPA championship wood by two strokes.

The tournament will be restarted in March 2017.  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.

GM Bruce Monnin[12th Year] 177 South Lincoln St, Minster, OH 45865-1240 937-441-2480

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