Wood at Last!
The event continues to draw exceedingly
well in a two-heat format with its third straight triple-digit
Since Lisa graduated, Ken's wardrobe
has gone decidedly downhill. Don't they have any red shirts down
there in Carolina?
The event continued to draw triple-digit participation with
only two preliminary heats advancing 25 to the elimination rounds.
Heat 1 had 15 games as follows:
· Lou Traini won his table by winning a tie breaker for
the longer wall over Adina Weiss.
· There were two tables decided by one point. The relieved
winners were Kevin Shaud over David Gagne and Ken Gutermuth over
· Brad Sherwood won by only three points over Alan Elkner.
· Ashley Collinson had the highest score of the heat with
· With 5-player boards, most winners score under 100.
However, in the first heat there were four more winners with
triple-digit scores. They were Matt Johnston 109, Carolyn Strock
108, Mike Wojtaszczyk 105 and Tedd Mullally 101.
· Ian Lange won with the lowest winning score of 87 due
mainly by the first scoring card appearing as the first available
card. By this time, Chase Smith was the only one with any purchases.
Unfortunately, Chase was not able to maintain his 9-point advantage.
· Unlike Chase, Robert Drozd had a similar situation where
he and Chris Kalmbacher were the only ones to score after the
first scoring card. In this case, Robert was able to parlay his
advantage to stay ahead throughout.
· Ryan Freidmann had the second lowest winning score in
the first heat with a score of 92 followed closely by Lisa Gutermuth
for whom 94 proved enough.
· The last two winners in the first heat were Jessica
Shea and Thomas Strock.
Heat 2 added another 15 games to complete the Preliminaries.
· Debbie Gutermuth won her table via the longer wall tie
breaker over Dan Longnecker.
· Grant LaDue had the next closest game with a 1-point
win over Sean Maher.
· Bruce DuBoff had the highest score of both heats with
119, two more than Lynda Shea's 117.
· The other winners with triple-digit scores were John
Faella and Jay Fox (112), Yoel Weiss (109), Jeff Mullet (106),
Brad Sherwood (105) and Rod Davidson (103).
· Jennifer Stultz and David Buchholz both had the lowest
winning total with 89 points.
· Rounding out the second heat winners were Richard Meyer,
Rodney Bacigalupo, and Craig Longnecker.
The Shea and Gutermuth families led the qualifiers with three
each. There were 29 winners in the two heats (Brad Sherwood won
twice) and two declined to proceed due to schedule conflicts.
This meant two winners could not advance and those that won in
their second try were at risk. The two not making the cut were
Debbie Gutermuth and Rodney Bacigalupo.
Five games composed the semifinal round:
· Rodney Davidson and Ken Gutermuth tied with Rodney
enjoying the tie breaker and Ken settling for sixth pace laurels
as the closest semi loser.
· Bruce DuBoff had the highest winning score with 113.
· Thomas Strock had the lowest winning score with his
89 besting brad Sherwood by a single point.
· Jeff Mullet had the longest wall with a length of 18,
but this was not enough of an edge as Lynda Shea was able to
pull out a win with a wall length of only 12 and no purple buildings.
· Richard Meyer won his table just playing a steady game.
The survivors immediately began the Final. After the first scoring
round, Bruce led with 13 points followed by Richard with 10,
Thomas 7, and Rodney and Lynda with 4 each. Bruce got his edge
by being the only one with the lead in two colors (brown and
green) and having the longest wall. At the second scoring round,
Richard and Bruce had the longest walls with a length of 8 so
Richard made up some ground. Rodney had a very big lead in blue;
Bruce still led in brown and green. Thomas had the lead in white.
Thomas and Richard had tied for the lead in purple which hurt
their chances of trying to catch Bruce. Linda, Rodney, and Richard
had a three-way tie in the lead for red. Long story short, Bruce
was still in the lead. By the end of the last round, Bruce was
still only scoring in the same colors but held the lead in both.
Would that be enough to keep ahead? Rodney still had the lead
in blue and had taken the lead in red and second in white. Lynda
had to settle for second place in her scoring colors. Richard
was able to take the lead in purple, but could only secure a
tie for second place in green. Thomas had taken the lead in white
with a second place in blue and purple and had also built his
wall to 13 in length while Richard had a 12 length wall. Bruce
had only added 2 to his wall to have 10 length followed by Rodney
with 9 length, and Lynda with 5. Altogether it added up as Bruce
91, Thomas 89, Richard 77, Rodney 75 and Lynda 55 for Bruce's
first WBC title.
Ashley Collinson and Bruce DuBoff
make a striking duo in their Jay's Basement team shirts.
Finalists Lynda Shea, Thomas Strock,
Bruce DuBoff, Rich Meyer and Rodney Davidson pose for their group