Heats instead of Rounds ...
me start by saying it was a privilege to GM Acquire's
return to the Century in 2004! This year we had two rounds of
play. In each round each player had to compete in two games.
We gave points based on placement. 7 for first, 4 for second
and so on. We had six groups of 4 in the first round with three
folks scoring 11 or more points. In the second round we had seven
groups of four play and six folks scored 11 or more points. So
nine great performances merited consideration for the final.
The tie breaker was based on money earned in the two games of
either round. The four who advanced to the final were:
who earned over $87,000 to qualify.
participation levels were roughly the same as in 2003, the format
ensured enough player hours were generated to return Acquire
to the Century for 2005.
The final was never in doubt as David Gantt was first in two
early mergers of Imperial. He racked up stock after stock and
trade after trade on the way to his win. The battle for second
was very close and the third and fourth slots were settled by
a mere $100 difference. The final scores were:
David Gantt $62,400
Al Mink $41,700
Don Lubreski $39,900
Craig Moffitt $39,800
It was David's fourth wood but his first since 1997 - thus
ending a seven year personal drought while his buddies in the
Greenville Mafia carted home beaucoup honors.
All of the remaining laurelists were new to the top six in
this event since WBC's inception in 1999.