The Lottery Pick 4 ...
At midnight, you can play in Hopewell
with tiered seating ...
... or go west to Cornwall and more
conventional greens ...
... or you can head in the opposite
direction to the abandoned exhibit tables.
The lucky final foursome: Paul Risner,
Danny Lewis, Daniel Pappas and Bruce Young.
The lottery, er, I mean Pro Golf saw an unusual stability
in its entrants, as 63 participants teed off from the Hopewell
room this year, the exact same number as last year. Of those
63, 47 returned from last year, while 16 showed up with their
new PGA cards. The Final Four Skins game was once again free
of members of the BPA Board of Directors, though usual suspect
duffers Ken Gutermuth and not so usual suspect Andy Lewis both
finished in a tie for fifth place at four under par along with
John Coussis, Paul Bean and James Kramer, Jr.
For the second straight year, no playoff was needed to select
our four finalists in the Skins game. In a low scoring year,
Daniel Pappas led the field at six under par after the 75 minute
first round was completed on the 18 holes of the 2002 version
of the Augusta course. The threesome of Paul Risner, Danny Lewis
and Bruce Young were right behind at 5 under par. There wasn't
a former champion among them, although Risner had sullied his
record with prior laurels a decade ago. So we were guaranteed
a new champion in this most skillful of games. Quel surprise!
These top four players then took on the local Lancaster Host
Golf Club for the 12 hole Skins game. Bruce Young (in the guise
of Phil Mickelson) 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. Danny Lewis (Tim Herron)
was the only player to eagle the hole, grabbing a huge early
The remaining seven holes were all halved, and extra holes
were needed to determine who would win the last seven Skins and
thus the tournament. The tension mounted as the 13th hole was
also halved. On the par 5 14th, the door was left open when first
Danny Lewis and then Bruce young could only manage pars. Daniel
Pappas (as the immortal Kenny Perry) sank his birdie putt, and
became the 2011 champion when Paul Risner could not match his
Be sure to join the fun again in 2012, and maybe even get
in a little practice in the 2012 Second Annual PBeM tournament
which should start sometime this spring (right before the Masters).
We need more entrants to ensure that 2011 champion Dennis Nicholson
does not become a two-time PBeM champion. Perish the thought!
But perhaps I am too critical ... any game in which Dennis Nicholson,
Mark Yoshikawa, Mark Mitchell and Pete Stein tie for last place
has got to be pretty realistic! After all, it's all in your form
as the photos at right attest. Daniel obviously won with his
manly chest high approach to the tee, while Bruce was justly
punished for his under-handed style.
2011 Pro Golf Results - aka incriminating evidence ...
1st Daniel Pappas
2nd Paul Risner
5th John Coussis
James Kramer, Jr.
10th Jeff Finkeldey
16th Eric Monte
26th Debbie Gutermuth
30th Robert Rund
33rd John Shaheen
40th Bruce Reiff
43rd Bruce Monnin
47th Eric Buetikofer
49th Grant LaDue
50th Alex Bell
53rd James Bell
55th Brendan Coomes
56th Mark Yoshikawa
1st Daniel Pappas
2nd Danny Lewis
3rd Bruce Young
4th Paul Risner
A field of 41 duffers signed up to contest the second annual
BPA Pro Golf PBeM tournament. All players first competed on the
Augusta National course. The top two-thirds of the field survived
the cut and moved on to contest the world famous and always difficult
Lancaster Host course - home of the WBC. The top one-third of
the original field then advanced to contest the Muirfield Village
course - home of world famous golf analyst Bruce Monnin. The
best cumulative score of the three rounds won the title.
Mark Mitchell used golfer Shigeki Maruyama to blitz Augusta
National for a first round best score of six under par. One stroke
behind were Dennis Nicholson (with Tom Kite) and Dave Stiffler
(with Johnny Miller). Consul Bruce Reiff (with golfer Tom Kite)
posted the best score in the second round with six under par
on the Lancaster Host course, which put him one one stroke behind
the leaders. Dennis Nicholson and Robert Kircher (with Jerry
Pate) led with a cumulative score of -9. Bill Morse (also with
Jerry Pate) tied Bruce Reiff at one stroke off the lead thanks
to a -5 round.
Fifteen survivors moved onto the third course, Muirfield Village.
Debbie Gutermuth (with John Daly) posted the best score for the
course at -5, but her combined score of nine under was only good
enough for fourth place. Mike Pacheco and Bruce Reiff both ended
play at -11. Bruce won the three-hole playoff to claim second
place and relegate Mike to third. Dennis Nicholson lost his lead
with a slow start to his final round, then recovered on the back
nine to go 12 under par after 17 holes, one stroke ahead of Bruce
and Mike. With the pressure on, he calmly birdied the final hole
for a two-stroke victory. With this win, Dennis now has bookend
plaques to go with his 2001 WBC championship.
The tournament will be restarted in March 2012. Come join
us next year as we use the time of the Masters, the U.S. Open
and the British Open to determine another PBeM champion of the
BPA Pro Golf world.