Wood, Waialae win 46th BHCC Member-Guest

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – History was made Saturday afternoon at the Belmont Hills Country Club.

The BHCC’s 46th annual Member-Guest Tournament has a multiple-time winner.

Dr. Vic Wood and his guest Roger Waialae sunk big putt after big putt and still had to hold on with bated breath as a putt from the team of Bryan Woodford and Paul Foster lipped out during the playoff.

“This one is sweeter,” Wood said. “This is the (premier) event in the Ohio Valley and everyone loves playing in it because of the guys playing, the format and the entire event is just first class.”

Wood and Waialae last won the event in 2007. They’ve been playing together since 1996, not missing a year and they’ve already said they’ll be back in 2015.

“We’re best friends and we’ve been paired together ever since,” Waialae said. “I met Vic when I was a coach at Bethany. I had a son, didn’t have any insurance and went down to Doctor’s Urgent Care because my son was sick and Dr. Wood took care of him and we’ve became good friends.”

Because of the handicap scoring system that’s utilized in the event, Wood and Waialae were giving up a stroke apiece to their opponents.

Thus, had the Woodford-Foster putt dropped, they would have won the title outright.

Wood, who played brilliantly during all four of the playoff holes, had sank a lengthy birdie putt to put his team in position to win. However, Waialae’s putt for birdie came up just short and he proceeded to miss the short one to save his par.

“Vic just rammed it in there and got it done for us,” Waialae, who is the head football coach at West Liberty, said. “We just kind of ham and egged it out there most of the day and flip-flopped on holes. It was a total team effort, which is what it takes to win this kind of tournament. I was just along for the ride because Vic was playing so well.”

Wood got into playing golf for moments and events like the Member-Guest.

“It was very exciting,” Wood said. “It came down to putt and we were lucky enough to make some.”

After Waialae had missed his putt, he immediately began apologizing to his partner, but the golfing Gods were on his side, evidently.

“You hate to win a tournament the way we did,” Waialae said. “The last time we won, I made a putt to win and this time I thought made the putt to lose it, so there was all kinds of emotion.”

The Wood and Waialae duo prevailed the first time because it received strokes in the event.

“We earned it this time against guys we were giving strokes to,” Wood said. “That’s what makes this one sweeter, in my opinion.”

Wood was like a machine during the pressure-packed playoff. He made a par on the opening hole and sank another lengthy birdie putt on the fifth that drew a large cheer from the gallery.

“Everyone gets lucky every once in a while,” Wood said. “On No. 5, you could give me a hundred balls and I probably wouldn’t make another one. That’s how tough of a putt that was.”

Wood and Waialae finished with 31 points to win the First Flight Championship in the process. They won their flight by 7.5 points.

Woodford and Foster posted 28 points to win the second flight championship. Jack Carpenter and Ryan Dadas teamed for the third flight championship, needing a playoff to prevail.

Steve Mercer and Ryan Tomolonis were the fourth flight winners. John Timko and Sam Armann won the fifth flight. J.C. Thrash and Jeff Thrash captured the sixth flight and finished third overall. Charles Melchiori and Donald Robinson were the champions of the seventh flight.

Ernie Wilson and Terry Wehr won the team putting contest and Ted Bouyoucas was the Great Par 3 shootout winner.