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Updated 11/30/2009

2009 WBC Report   

 2010 Status: pending December Membership Trial Vote

Eric Brosius, MA

2009 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
2006    Bruce Reiff     67
2007    Keith Hunsinger     62
2008    Brian Farrelly     67
2009    Eric Brosius     58

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Ken Gutermuth      TX    09     72
  2.  John Coussis       IL    08     50
  3.  Devin Flawd        PA    04     34
  4.  Keith Hunsinger    OH    08     26
  5.  Eric Brosius       MA    09     20
  6.  Brian Farrelly     IL    08     20
  7.  Bruce Reiff        OH    06     20
  8.  Nate Hoam          OH    05     20
  9.  Terry Coleman      bc    02     20
 10.  Dennis Nicholson   NY    01     20
 11.  Adam Gugliemini    PA    00     20
 12.  Chris Kamm         NY    04     18
 13.  Robert Drozd       IL    09     12
 14.  Rod Weaver         PA    08     12
 15.  Erica Kirchner     KY    07     12
 16.  John Shaheen       MA    06     12
 17.  Dan Dolan Jr       NJ    05     12
 18.  Mark Yoshikawa     CA    04     12
 19.  David Metzger      NY    03     12
 20.  Jason Levine       NY    02     12
 21.  Seth Kirchner      KY    03     10
 22.  Paul Risner        FL    02     10
 23.  Bruce Maxwell      VA    04      9
 24.  Mark Neale         RI    09      8
 25.  Beth Zhao          DC    07      8
 26.  Davyd Field        CA    06      8
 27.  George Sauer       OH    03      8
 28.  Robert Eastman     NV    02      8
 29.  H Richardson III   VA    01      8
 30.  Bill Beckman       SC    00      8
 31.  Harry Flawd        PA    99      8
 32.  Bernard Beckerman  NY    09      6
 33.  Richard Meyer      MA    09      6
 34.  Carrie Lewis       DE    07      6
 35.  Charles Squibb     PA    05      6
 36.  Lee Presser        NY    03      6
 37.  Jeff Mullet        OH    01      6
 38.  Charles Drozd      IL    08      4
 39.  Kevin Brown        GA    06      4
 40.  Ann Cornett        FL    04      3
 41.  Nick Kramer        PA    08      2
 42.  Josh Githens       SC    07      2
 43.  Lisa Gutermuth     TX    05      2
 44.  Arthur Davis       MI    02      2
 45.  Vincent Collura    PA    99      2

2009 Laurelists                                               Repeating Laurelists: 0

Robert Drozd, IL

Mark Neale, RI

Bernard Beckerman, NY

Rich Meyer, MA

Ken Gutermuth, NC

Past Winners

Dave Walrath, MA

Bruce Reiff, OH
1995, 2006

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

Nate Hoam, OH

Keith Hunsinger, OH

Brian Farrelly, IL

Eric Brosius, CT


Ok folks, take your seats ... it's time once again to prove we have entirely too much time on our hands. Get ready to draft your golfers. Yes, if your skill has failed you up till now ... fear not ... it's time for the terminally lucky!

Hopewell soon resounds with the repeated chorus of "Go for the green" emitted after gut wrenching contemplation of the myriad choices facing each duffer as the assemblage breaks up into foursomes for the qualifying holes.

Skinless ...

Three of last year's four participant's in the Pro Golf Skins game, including champion Brian Farrelly, failed to attend in 2009, leaving the field wide open. 37 of last year's 67 participants did return, all thinking they would use their experience to become one of the four participants in this year's Skins game. However, they soon found that experience was not the key as three of this year's final foursome came from the 19 players who had not participated last year.

58 participants teed off from the Hopewell room this year. Members of the BPA Board of Directors made a partial comeback this year, as Ken Gutermuth earned sixth place laurels with a 4 under par score and Bruce Reiff finished just behind in ninth place with a 3 under par round. Andy Lewis (41st, 2 over par) and GM Bruce Monnin (48th, 3 over par) performed more in line with past results.

After the 75-minute first round was completed on the 18 holes of the 2002 version of the Augusta course, three golfers had claimed spots in the Skins game. Bernard Beckerman (playing with Fred Couples) led the field at 8 under par. Mark Neale (Retief Goosen) was right behind at 7 under, while Eric Brosius (Phil Mickelson) was also safe in the clubhouse at 5 under.

That left only one opening in the championship Skins game. Five players (Paul Risner, Ken Gutermuth, Robert Drozd, Rich Meyer and Arthur Field) all finished four under par and went into a sudden death playoff to claim the last spot for the final four.

These five players took on Pebble Beach. Paul Risner bogeyed the first hole to drop out of contention. Authur Field dropped out when he bogeyed the par 5 second hole, and Ken Gutermuth and Rich Meyer were also eliminated with their par scores when Robert Drozd's David Toms sank a birdie putt to move on to the Skins game.

These four players were then transported to the Lancaster Host Golf Club (sparing no expense) for the 12-hole Skins game. Mark Neale jumped out to an early lead when he birdied the first hole. The next three holes were halved, making the crucial par 5 fifth hole worth four Skins. Robert Drozd was the only player to birdie the hole, grabbing a huge early lead.

After the sixth hole was halved, Mark Neale earned two more Skins with the only birdie on the par 4 seventh. The eighth and ninth holes were halved, so when Eric Brosius won the par 4 tenth hole with a birdie, the Skins were 4, 3, 3 and 0. This was bad news for Bernard Beckerman, who was eliminated from play in fourth place with zero skins.

Eric scored another birdie to win the skin on the par 3 11th hole to tie Robert at four skins apiece. That meant that if either Eric or Robert won the final skin on the 12th hole, they would be the champion. If Mark won, there would be a three-way tie for first and a sudden death playoff.

Eric started out with merely a par on the par 3 twelfth. Robert looked to have the tournament in hand when David Toms sank a birdie putt on the hole, but Mark Neale halved the hole when Retief Goosen also sank a long birdie putt. The skin was carried over to the par 4 13th, and Eric immediately put on the pressure as Phil Mickelsen birdied. Robert and Mark each had birdie putt attempts to halve the hole, but both of their putters failed them to give Eric Brosius the victory with five skins.

Robert Drozd took home the second place plaque with four skins, while Mark Neale received no wood and had to settle for third place laurels with his three skins.

Pro Golf Results For AREA

Qualifying Round
1st ­ Bernard Beckerman
2nd ­ Mark Neale
3rd ­ Eric Brosius
4th ­ Robert Drozd
5th ­ Rich Meyer
6th ­ Ken Gutermuth
7th ­ Arthur Field
8th ­ Paul Risner
9th ­ Scot Palenshus
­ Nate Hoam
­ Bruce Reiff
­ David Metzger
­ Dennis Nicholson
­ Curt Collins II
­ John Shaheen
­ Cally Perry
­ Tim Dolan
­ Mark Mitchell
19th ­ Lisa Gutermuth
­ Amelia Engelmann
­ Pete Stein
22nd ­ Nicole Reiff
­ Carrie Lewis
­ Alex Bell
­ Scott Gibson
­ Tom Pavy
­ Jeremy Billones
­ Gary Libby
29th ­ Nick Kramer
­ Mark Yoshikawa
­ Sean McCulloch
­ Aaron Fuegi
­ Steve Dickson
34th ­ Christina Hancock
­ Ilan Woll
­ Ian Miller
­ Amanda Shuckwell
­ Pam Gutermuth
­ Corey Kim
­ Eric Monte
41st ­ Andy Lewis
­ Richard Irving
­ Paul Bean
­ Greg Schmittgens
­ Jennifer Drozd
­ Robert Taylor
­ James Kramer Jr.
48th ­ Bruce Monnin
­ Keith Hunsinger
­ Christopher Yaure
­ David Albin
52nd ­ Heather Palenshus
­ Louise Strickland
­ Tony Musella
­ Rick Kirchner
56th ­ Ted Simmons
57th ­ Erica Kirchner
58th ­ Debbie Gutermuth

1st ­ Eric Brosius
2nd ­ Robert Drozd
3rd ­ Mark Neale
4th ­ Bernard Beckerman


Golfers soon spill out of Hopewell in search of more elbow room for those all important dice rolls. Jennifer Drozd and James Kramer witness Robert Drozd's qualifying rolls.

 The blessed final four await the start of the Skins Game with eventual victor Bernard Beckerman holding the exalted fuzzy dice - the key to victory once one masters the art of "Go for the Green".
 GM      Bruce Monnin [6th Year]   177 South Lincoln St, Minster, OH 45865-1240   NA

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