Off the Ladies Tee ...
The secret of Reverend Hunsinger's
success ... the 19th hole.
I told ya I could run a tournament
in that lecture room.
62 golfers teed off from the Hopewell room this year, only
34 of whom had played the previous year. One of those 28
new players, daughter of the GM Alexandra Monnin, posted a score
of 2-under par, good enough for 10th place and far better than
her father ever does. Continuing the trend, BPA board member
Ken Gutermuth was destroyed by his daughter Lisa and another
board member, Andy Lewis, took it hard on the chin, losing to
his wife Carrie by eight strokes. There seemed to be a trend
developing ... they were hitting them well off the ladies tee.
After a 75-minute first round on the 18 holes of the 2002
version of the Augusta course, Beth Zhao, Erica Kirchner and
Keith Hunsinger all came into the clubhouse tied at 7-under par.
That left only one opening in the Skins games to determine the
champions, which Carrie Lewis earned with the only score of 6-under
par for the event. Thus, for the first time in many years,
no sudden death playoff was needed to determine the Skins game
final four. Six-under was also the score needed to advance
last year, so it appears that the dice were consistent the last
two years. Lisa Gutermuth, John Coussis, Ted Simmons and Josh
Githens all just missed the cut at 5 under and so, appropriately
enough in this dice fest diced off for 5th & 6th-place laurels.
These top four players were then transported to the Lancaster
Host Golf Club for a 12-hole Skins game. A new twist this
year allowed these four golfers to upgrade to one of the legends
of the game if they so desired. Carrie Lewis took advantage,
moving up to Arnold Palmer. Beth Zhao made the obvious
choice in keeping her Tiger Woods card, as did Erica Kirchner
when she kept Phil Mickelson. However, a few eyebrows were
raised when Keith Hunsinger decided to stick with the golfer
who brung him, the infamous Shigeki Maruyama.
The Skins game began with the players halving the first two
holes on the course. Phil Mickelson came through for Erica
Kirchner by being the only golfer to birdie the par 4 third hole,
thus giving Erica the first three Skins of the evening (or maybe
we should say early morning). The next two holes were also
halved, and Beth Zhao claimed the next three Skins when Tiger
Woods was the only golfer to par the par 3 sixth hole.
The tension started to build as the seventh hole was halved
and then Hunsinger and Lewis both eagled the par 5 eighth hole.
The ninth hole was also halved, leaving four Skins up for grabs
on the par 4 tenth. The three name golfers all bidied,
but Shigeki Maruyama came through with the big eagle to give
Hunsinger the lead in Skins. Kirchner earned the Skin on
the eleventh hole, and after the 12th hole was halved, it took
two extra holes to award the last Skin to Zhao, thus leaving
her tied with Hunsinger and Kirchner with four Skins apiece.
The event then moved on to sudden death on the par 5 15th
hole. Zhao and Kirchner both birdied the hole, but Shigeki
Maruyama again came through for Hunsinger, with a long eagle
putt dropping to give Keith the dramatic victory. Two holes
later Erica birdied the par 4 17th to earn second place overall.
Beth came out of the sudden death portion in third place and
Carrie finished fourth in the foursome.
Hunsinger kept up his recent streak of collecting wood with
the victory, while his caddie, Alexandra Monnin, continued the
GM family's tradition of riding to glory on the backs of others,
joining her father in Pro Golf history as the first family
to produce two winning caddies.
1st Keith Hunsinger
4th Carrie Lewis
5th Lisa Gutermuth
9th David Metzger
10th Alexandra Monnin
19th Bruce Monnin
30th Dennis Nicholson
35th Ken Gutermuth
39th Josh Gifford
45th Chris Palermo
54th Rick Kirchner
57th Luke Koleszar
58th Jennifer Drozd
61st Chris Trimmer
62nd David Winsten
1st Keith Hunsinger
2nd Erica Kirchner
3rd Beth Zhao
4th Carrie Lewis
That darn Board ... Chairman
Gutermuth and Boardmember Lewis hog the best floor space again
... something about the lower you get, the lower the dice rolls.
Pastor Hunsinger with the blessed
fuzzy dice and his final four competition.