WACO conjures up old memories, urges for Henry

August 08, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

Greg Henry won the WACO Championship in three of the first six years. He remains the lone golfer to be a three-time winner as the tournament reaches its silver anniversary this weekend at Beaver Creek Country Club.

At age 24, the Boonsboro resident won the first WACO in 1984, followed with titles in 1986 and 1989. He's back in the field this weekend to continue his search for a fourth crown.

Now 48, Henry remembers the first win, one he nearly let escape him.

He shot an even-par 72 in the opening round and then had a 3-over-par 75 that nearly cost him the win.

"I had a five-shot lead after the first round and then I had a triple bogey on No. 17 the second day," recalled Henry. "I ended winning by two strokes and to win the first one was real exciting."


Henry remains excited every year when the WACO rolls around.

"I remember Rod (Steiner) had a vision of doing something like this and to have the best tournament in the state," said Henry. "He has done a great job putting the tournament together."

With the construction of newer courses over the years along I-70 and I-270, tournament opportunities have given players from the Baltimore-Washington area and even in Virginia ample choices, keeping many from making the trip to Beaver Creek.

"I remember players from Fountain Head like (Dick) Roulette and (Bert) Iseminger and we had (Greg) McNaney from Beaver Creek and there were players from all around," said Henry. "There's still an amazing caliber of players up here in the tri-state. It's still the biggest tournament within 50 miles."

McNaney won the WACO in 1988.

Even more exciting these days for Henry would be a fourth win to go along the responsibility of being a new dad.

Last week, Henry's wife, Denise, gave birth to a baby girl, Sarah.

"The birth was so exciting and now I think I've got a peace about me being a father," said Henry.

There will be four two-time champions in the field that would like to match Henry's record, including defending champion Kenny Smith, of Waynesboro, Pa., who won last year with a 1-over-par 145. He also won in 2002 with a then-record 137.

"I just need to keep the ball in play because my driver has been a little shaky lately," said Smith. "I've got a little pull hook going and I've got to get that out of my system."

Smith cited 4-under par as a possible target to win this year.

Waynesboro golfers have dominated WACO for the past six years. Along with Smith's titles, Chad Bricker won in 2005 and 2006 and Kevin Reiber had back-to-back wins in 2003 and 2004.

Other former champions in the field include two-time winner Chuck Ingram (1991 and 1998), Drew Forrester (2000) and Finley Benjamin (1999).

WACO Championship

At Beaver Creek Country Club

Saturday's Tee Times

6:30 - Randy Cree, Marc Cree, Keith Kern, Matt Lutz.

6:40 - Eric Frazer, Gerald Hoehn, Tim Wheeler.

6:50 - Matt Snowden, Steven Santa-Maria, Robbie Suddith

7:00 - Jason Carbaugh, Bob Casamento, Seiji Hirai

7:10 - Jerry Resh, Jeff Thoreson, Chris Couch, Mike Harris

7:20 - J.P. Oliveto, Kevin Simmers, Chris Rhodes, Jeff Snowden

7:30 - Brad Weaver, Mark Hershman, Matt Hershman, Tyler Fairley

7:40 - James Coons, Mike Kauffman, Dan Allen, Jarrod Bethold

7:50 - David Boggs, Mike Boggs, Brad Foxwell, Neil Shannon

8:00 - Ken Kasai, Richard Walsh, Tim Doreen, Drew Forrester

8:10 - Finley Benjamin, Brandon Hendrickson, Tracy Piper, Ken Lampard

8:20 - Steve Ligi, Tim Steiner, Bernie Deane, Chuck Thatcher

8:30 - Chris Mullen, Chris Hafner, Jim Spatz, Keith Shindle

8:40 - Paul Babineau, Ed Rachor, Greg Deck, Dick Wetzel

8:50 - Kenny Smith, Kevin Reiber, Kerry Rosfeld, Kenny Winfield

9:00 - Bill Kushay, Ian Elkin, Jim Austin, Chuck Ingram

9:10 - John Troxler, Harry Troxler, Gary Skovron, Tyler Skovron

9:20 - Vern Knable, Oyvind Petterson, Jans-Henrik Larsen, Jim Grumbine

9:30 - Ken Tucker, Charlie Drummond, J.R. Fitzwater, Seth Moul

9:40 - Andy Krstanovic, Chris Breed, Chad Bricker, Alec Kessler

9:50 - Bob Fisher, Rodger Grimm, Ray Cramblitt, Neil Gagnon

10:00 - Pat Steiner, Rod Steiner, Ira Pearlman, John Mann

10:10 - Jim Sklencar, Jerry Blickenstaff, Dick Mercer, Tinker Moats

10:20 - Arthur Frey, Richard Thorn, Phil Smothers, Brad Gerick

10:30 - Randy Barnes, Brian Crabtree, Tony Snyder, Mike Butts

10:40 - Phil Healey, Jim Healey, Jimmy Healey, David Healey

10:50 - Chris Bushey, Christian Grosh, Andrew Duff, Dustin Starliper

11:00 - Mark Dieterich, Denny Stoner, Donnie Barton, Ty Bordner

11:10 - Jason Ferguson, John Bowman, Chris Baloga, Scott Henry

11:20 - Robert Lentz, Phil Solesky, Ross Ellberg, Dave Grebe

11:30 - Brian Carroll, Alex Hoffman, Jake Wetzel, Steve Caron

11:40 - Frank Cepits, Jack Miller, Bill Gallagher, Bob Walsh

11:50 - Greg Brouse, Kevin Seekford, Scott Hoover, Greg Grimes

12:00 - Kevin Kurtyka, Rick Rostek, Todd Saylor, Brad Harbaugh

12:10 - Mike Fixx, Mike Summers, Tom Armand, Wayne Shifflett

12:20 - Brian Fixx, Nick Arrington, Bill Kakucka, Keith Seekford

12:30 - Craig Borst, Brandon Borst, Michael Michaelangelo, Dennis Piper

12:40 - Frankie Jewell, Ron Hackney, Buddy Saunders, Jared Williams

12:50 - Tom Fioramonti, Chris Fioramonti, Marvin Bowser, Bill Harper

1:00 - Larry Frazer, Garland Knoblock, Mike Spies

1:10 - Rich Crampton, Jared Johnson, Richard James, Pete Wesp

1:20 - Greg Henry, Nick Zaccaria, John Woodring

1:30 - Jon Walker, Darren Weaver, Greg Daily, Darren Wishard

1:40 - Bill Snider, Chris Dellinger, Jim Sword, Ryan Acre

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