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Dennis Nicholson

2001 Champion

2nd: Ken Gutermuth, GA

3rd: Henry Richardson, VA

4th: Jeff Mullet, OH

5th: -

6th: -
Event History
1991    None      -
1992    None      -
1993    None      -
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

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GM: Keith Hunsinger

Fore! ...

72 intrepid golfers again braved the winds of Pebble Beach and the treacherous greens of Augusta National, not to mention the late hour, to once again take part in Thursday night's Pro Golf. This year a formal training session was held at our exclusive putting green, otherwise known as Frank and Vinnies. There novices learned from veterans the proper method of dropping dice and were schooled in the fine art of yelling "go for the green"!

Tiger Woods should beware because to reach the final four skins game required a minimum 10 under par score for the two courses combined. Defending champion Devin Flawd, Terry Coleman, Rob Kircher, and Pat Mitchell each carded remarkable 9 under scores but were caught on the outside looking in at the finals.

Efforts to reproduce the "Old Course" at St. Andrews were thwarted but a wonderful second option was brought forth. The final golfers and their rabid fans were mystically transported to the pearl of the mid-west, Minster, Ohio, home of the famous Arrowhead Country Club! We even had lifelong Minster resident and assistant GM Bruce Monnin reading the yardages and shots. Actually the crowd of onlookers (around 30) nearly matched the total population of Minster.

A skins game is where one of a foursome of golfers attempts to beat all the rest by having the best score on a hole. If the hole is "halved" that is tied by two or more golfers the skin is carried over to the next hole.

The finals almost were not held when eight-time consecutive finalist, assistant GM Ken Gutermuth (would someone explain to me the odds of someone ending up in eight straight finals of a random dice game? And yes we all watched him like a hawk!) attempted to bribe the caddy into disappearing with his vaunted nemesis "the big fuzzy dice!!" The pressure and excitement must have played heavily on the four finalists minds because the first seven holes were halved mostly with pars. The lack
of birdies made us wonder if the course had been sprayed with DDT!

Finally on number 8, a 339 yard par 4, leading qualifier Dennis Nicholson (qualified with a 13 under) won with an unmatched birdie. Ken won five skins at the 226 yard, par 3, number 13 and that knocked Henry Richardson III and Jeff Mullet out of a chance for the win. Ken would hold second, Henry third and Jeff fourth as the final skins were played out.

Dennis won the wood, the beginning of a good sports weekend for him, Ken was heard to mutter something about "d___ big fuzzy dice", and Henry and Jeff vowed to roll better next year. Congratulations and thanks to all the duffers.

 GM      Keith Hunsinger  [1st Year]   2038 Royal Oak Ave, Defiance, OH 43512 
    hunsi@bright.net   NA

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