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2005 WBC Report   

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Nathaniel Hoam, OH

2005 Champion

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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


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Ken Gutermuth      TX    05     64
  2.  John Coussis       IL    05     38
  3.  Devin Flawd        PA    04     24
  4.  Nate Hoam          OH    05     20
  5.  Terry Coleman      BC    02     20
  6.  Dennis Nicholson   NY    01     20
  7.  Adam Gugliemini    PA    00     20
  8.  Chris Kamm         NY    04     12
  9.  David Metzger      NY    03     12
 10.  Jason Levine       NY    02     12
 11.  Dan Dolan Jr       NJ    05     10
 12.  Seth Kirchner      KY    03     10
 13.  Paul Risner        FL    02     10
 14.  Mark Yoshikawa     CA    04      8
 15.  George Sauer       OH    03      8
 16.  Robert Eastman     NV    02      8
 17.  Henry Richardson   VA    01      8
 18.  Bill Beckman       SC    00      8
 19.  Harry Flawd        PA    99      8
 20.  Charles Squibb     PA    05      6
 21.  Bruce Maxwell      VA    04      6
 22.  Lee Presser        NY    03      6
 23.  Jeff Mullet        OH    01      6
 24.  Lisa Gutermuth     TX    05      2
 25.  Ann Cornett        FL    04      2
 26.  Vincent Collura    PA    99      2


2005 Laurelists

John Coussis, IL

Ken Gutermuth, TX

Charles Squibb, PA

Dan Dolan Jr, NJ

Lisa Gutermuth

Past Winners

Dave Walrath, MA

Bruce Reiff, OH

Tom Pavy, OH

Dave Metzger, VA

Kevin Wojtaszczyk, NY

John Coussis. IL

Adam Gugliemini, PA

Dennis Nicholson, NY

Terry Coleman, BC

Ken Gutermuth, TX

Devin Flawd, PA

Golfers abandoned the stadium seating of Hopewell for more conventional links - like the 19th hole at Good Spirits bar.

Fore! ... No, Three for Hoam!

Due to increased Thursday night competition this year, Pro Golf fell to 54 participants as this late night WBC tradition recorded its lowest attendance in nine years. However, with the new 18 hole format and a firmer hand from the GM, this year's event was the smoothest in years and much shorter than some of our prior marathons.

After receiving their instructions, the players scattered to play their 18 holes on the 2002 version of the Augusta course and report back their scores to the clubhouse in the plush Hopewell room. Charles Squibb was the qualifying round leader at 9 under par, followed by Nate Hoam and John Coussis at 6 under. There were six players tied for the last Skins game spot, as Dan Dolan, Jr. just barely reached the room in time for a sudden death playoff with Lisa Gutermuth, Ken Gutermuth, Richard Irving, Alan Kaiser and Eric Lenhart.

The father and daughter Gutermuth tandem and Dan Dolan posted birdies on the first sudden death hole to eliminate the other three players, then Ken brushed aside his daughter and the young Dolan by scoring a birdie on the second straight hole at Pebble Beach to advance to the Skins game Final for the umpteenth time.

After the initial18 holes at Augusta and the two sudden death holes at Pebble Beach, the top four players were transported to Muirfield Village in Dublin Ohio, home of the Memorial tournament, for the 12 hole Skins game. Before the start of the Skins game, each player was allowed to replace their golfer with one of the legends of the game. The good Revered Keith Hunsinger, the voice of Slapshot, did the stroke by stroke color commentary over the PA system, doing his best Ben Wright impersonation to heckle the lesser shots achieved by the players.

Nate Hoam's Ben Hogan grabbed an early skin on the first hole with the only birdie in the field. After the next three holes were halved, Hoam again birdied hole #5 to accumulate four more Skins. Hole #6 was halved (fortunately for Nate who bogeyed) and then hole #7 saw Ken Gutermuth dramatically halve the hole by matching John Coussis' eagle. Hole #8 was also halved, but Nate then birdied #9 to obtain his ninth skin and win the tournament and his third Century Wood of the week.

Arnold Palmer came through for John on the 12th hole as he earned the last three Skins and second place. It turns out this was the only hole that John and Ken did not match scores for the entire twelve holes. Ken then beat out Charles Squabb in a roll off for third place, as Charles hot dice in the qualifying round were replaced by the cold cruel fuzzy dice in the Final.

The entire event finished about 90 minutes earlier than normal, a fact the GM and players surely appreciated when gaming started Friday morning.

 GM      Bruce Monnin [3rd Year]   177 South Lincoln St, Minster, OH 45865   419-628-3332

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