pro golf [Updated October 2002]

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   Salon EF

Terry Coleman, CA

2002 Champion

2nd: Jason Levine, NY

3rd: Robert Eastman, NV

4th: Paul Risner, TN

5th: Devin Flawd, PA

6th: Arthur Davis, MI

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


AREA Ratings


GM: Bruce Monnin

Past Winners

Dave Walrath - MA
1994

Bruce Reiff - OH
1995

Tom Pavy - OH
1996

Dave Metzger- VA
1997

Kevin Wojtaszczyk - NY
1998

John Coussis - IL
1999

Adam Gugliemini - PA
2000

Dennis Nicholson - NY
2001
 

Fore! ...

86 players participated in this year's Pro Golf tournament, a new attendance high. This caused an even great amount of
overflow into the hallway outside of Salons E&F than normal. This was almost a problem, as we were ready to start the finals Skins Game when a foursome was discovered in the hallway almost all the way back to the registration desk who had not yet completed their initial two rounds.

A few changes were made to this year's event. With scores increasingly falling farther below par, the Augusta course was toughened up by using the longer version from the 2002 Masters tournament which had just been published in The BOARDGAMER. Even this failed to keep the winning golfers from achieving double digit under par results.

GM Keith Hunsinger being unable to attend caused two mild problems. The first was that most of our extra Pebble Beach courses were stranded in Defiance, Ohio, causing some delays in getting all the group finished. This will not be a problem next year. The other was that Keith - playing by phone from Ohio - needed a substitute to roll his dice so Pete Pollard was drafted, and he did the rest of the field proud by rolling a 4 above par result and leaving Keith far out of contention.

After the initial 36 holes at Pebble Beach and the new Augusta, Jason Levine (with the infamous Golfer #22) was in the lead at 14 under par, Paul Risner (with Ben Hogan) finished at 12 and Terry Coleman (with Sam Snead) finished at 10. Jeff Bakalchuck seemed to have the 4th spot wrapped up after eagling #16 to go 10 under, but bogeyed the last two holes to finish in a tie at 8 with Arthur Davis, Devin Flawd, and Robert Eastman. Perennial final four participant (but never champion) Ken Gutermuth finished just out of the running with a score of 7. There was much rejoicing from the assembled multitude.

The four players tied for fourth were transported to beautiful Arrowhead Park Golf Club in mystical Minster, Ohio for a sudden death playoff. Robert Eastman (with everyone's favorite, Dr. Gil Morgan) emerged to advance to the Skin's Game final. The Skin's Game was contested on the classic Augusta National course.

Terry Coleman started by grabbing three skins on the third hole (and spent most of the next hour mumbling "This is great! as he rolled his dice). Robert Eastman then won the Skin on the 4th hole and two more on the 6th to tie for the lead. Jason Levine joined the first place deadlock by winning three skins on the 9th hole, and Paul RIsner made this the tightest Skins Game ever by taking two skins on the 11th hole.

The 12th and 13th holes were halved, and then Terry jumped out into the lead with a big three-skin pickup on the 14th. Jason Levine closed the gap by taking the15th. As the clock reached 2:30 AM, the golfers (especially the venerable Dr. Gil Morgan) seemed to slow down, and no one was able to claim the skins on the 16th, 17th or 18th holes.

Thus Terry Coleman survived to win the Pro Golf title with six skins. Jason Levine continued his "close, but no cigar" week with four skins, Robert Eastman finished 3rd with three skins and Paul Risner brought up the rear with two.

 GM      Bruce Monnin [1st Year]   NA 
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