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Updated Nov. 23, 2012

2012 WBC Report     

 2013 Status: pending December 2012 Membership Trial Vote

Carolyn Strock, PA

2012 Champion

Event History
2004    Kevin Wojtaszczyk     44
2006    Tony Vickery     48
2007     Ken Gutermuth     47
2008     Laurel Stokes     56
2009    Roni Breza     55
2010     Patrick Shea     54
2011    Janet Ottey     58
2012    Carolyn Strock     60

 Laurels

 Rank Name             From Last Total
   1. Ken Gutermuth     TX   10    62
   2. Janet Ottey       PA   11    28
   3. Patrick Shea      VA   10    24
   4. Carolyn Strock    PA   12    20
   5. Roni Breza        VA   09    20
   6. Laurel Stokes     NJ   08    20
   7. Tony Vickery      bc   06    20
   8. Kevin Wojtaszczyk NY   06    20
   9. Sean McCulloch    OH   12    16
  10. Jeff Cornett      FL   12    14
  11. Matt Calkins      VA   08    14
  12. Chris Gnech       PA   11    12
  13. Perrianne Lurie   PA   10    12
  14. April Gardner     VA   08    12
  15. Scott Nerney      RI   07    12
  16. Daniel Ottey      PA   12    10
  17. Nick Smith        uk   11     8
  18. Rob Flowers       MD   10     8
  19. Edward Fu         NY   09     8
  20. Karen McCulloch   OH   07     8
  21. Kathy Stroh       DE   06     8
  22. Fred Minard       PA   04     8
  23. Rob Kircher       RI   11     6
  24. Eric Monte        NY   09     6
  25. Virginia Colin    VA   08     6
  26. Andy Latto        MA   06     6
  27. Luke Koleszar     VA   12     4
  28. Cary Morris       NC   11     4
  29. Norman Rule       MD   09     4
  30. William Duke      MD   04     4
  31. Bob Wicks         CT   12     2
  32. Jennifer Gorman   PA   11     2
  33. Ben Gardner       VA   09     2
  34. Michelle Hymowitz MD   07     2
  35. Aurora Pack       CO   06     2
  36. Katherine McCorry VA   04     2

2012 Laurelists                                                  Repeating Laurelists: 0

Jeff Cornett, FL
2nd

Daniel Ottey, PA
3rd

Sean McCulloch, OH
4th

Luke Koleszar, VA
5th

Bob Wicks, CT
6th

Past Winners

Kevin Wojtaszczyk, NY
2004

Tony Vickery, BC
2006

Ken Gutermuth, NC
2007

Laurel Stokes, NJ
2008

Roni Breza, VA
2009

Patrick Shea, VA
2010

Janet Ottey, PA
2011

Carolyn Strock, PA
2012
   

Gordon Stewart, Marilyn Flowers, David Ottey, and Patrick Shea man one of 12 tables

Angela Hoffman, Lynda Shea, Dave Bohnenberger, Kevin Breza and Rodney Davidson

Chris Lefevre, Jessica Shea, Nicole Reiff, Faith Wobbeking and Rod Bacigalupo

Alex Bove, Stephen Hunt, Lisa Gutermuth, Sean McCulloch and Antero Kuusi

Silently Stalking a Last Chance at Glory

Sunday morning is the time for packing cars and hitting the road for most. A few lucky ones struggle for a win in the last rounds of the convention, and most of the rest head to Trans America for a last chance at wood.

Many consider it an advantage to go first in a round, so the tournament "house rules" require each player to go first for one round. In the case of a tie, the player who scored the fewest points when going first would win the tie. If there is still a tie, the scores in the second round are compared, and this process continues until there is a clear winner.

We had 12 5-player games in the first round, with all winners and the three runners-up with the highest % of the winner's score advancing. This quickly yielded three 5-player semifinal tables, with firsts and seconds advancing to a 6-player Final. Family members were separated in the first round only.

The lowest advancing score was just 5 points by Sean McCulloch and Luke Koleszar, with the highest advancing score being 12 by Mike Kaltman. The most common advancing score was 11. One game had to be adjudicated after just four rounds, as it had gone past the allotted hour and all other games had finished all five rounds before that table had finished four.

At the first semifinal table, a different player went out on each of the first three rounds, and it was anybody's game. In the fourth round Patrick Shea got a second "out", but still trailed leaders Carolyn Strock and Jeff Cornett by a point and they advanced with 10 and 7 points when Lynda Shea took the last round.

Sean McCulloch took the biggest hit in the first round at Table 2, but then went out first the next three rounds! Daniel Ottey went out first in the last round, and despite being 8 away in the fourth round, advanced with Sean to the Final.

The leaders were breaking away by the fourth round at Table 3, and having another player go out in the last round was once again insufficient to reign in the leaders. Bob Wicks and Luke Koleszar advanced, but only by a single point.

The Final was thus contested by Carolyn Strock, Jeff Cornett, Sean McCulloch, Daniel Ottey, Luke Koleszar, and Bob Wicks. And what a quiet table it was! Most of the game was played in complete silence. No merry makers in this group! Daniel took an early lead with just two points after the first three rounds and it looked like the championship might stay in the Ottey family. I'm sure Daniel had a spot on the mantle beside his wife's 2011 souvenir all picked out. Then Luke, who was in last place, went out first, giving Daniel six points and evening the playing field to a four-point spread. With Carolyn now in the lead, her 1-point finish in the fifth round and 0 in the sixth provided her second WBC title.

Phil and Jess Shea with a future junior.

GM Lisa Gutermuth with her six finalists.

 Trans America Junior

There were 26 little train travellers this year for GM Laurie Wojtazsyzk's Junior tournament. Ten-year-old Tessa Lytle proved to be the best. Other accomplished train riders were

2nd: Colin Laird (9)

3rd: Rachel Bels (7)

4th: Dante Saccenti (11)

5th: Antony Saccenti (12)

6th: Aiden Powers (9)

 GM      Lisa Gutermuth  [6th Year]   NA
    NA   NA

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