Beyond Golf — 02 January 2017 by Bob Sherwin
GW Predictions: Kirby has game

Clemson’s last-second victory over Alabama in the College Bowl Championship Monday capped off a spectacular effort by the Tigers – and Kirby Arnold.

The Golferswest.com reporter didn’t give the rest much of a chance in the annual college football bowl games prognostications. He finished with a 30-12 record – best in prediction history – and a four ahead of runnerup Jim Street (26-16). Bob Sherwin finished eight behind (24-18) while Candace Oehler, who had different picks in nine games than the other three, could not pull it together, finishing 22-20.

Arnold finished strong, correctly picking 17 of the final 20 winners, including the only one of the four to pick Clemson to beat both Ohio State and Alabama. His 30-12 record is three better (in the lost column) than the previous best record. He’s got it down.

(bold face=winner)            

                                                Bob (24-18)       Jim (26-16)               Candace (22-20)      Kirby (30-12)

Celebration/Dec. 17               Grambling        Grambling                   Grambling               Grambling

New Mexico/Dec. 17               NewMex              NewMex                       NewMex                    NewMex

Las Vegas/Dec. 17                    Houston                  Houston                         Houston                          SDSt

Camellia/Dec. 17                      Toledo                       Toledo                              AppSt                        Toledo

Cure/Dec. 17                              UCF                            ArkSt                                UCF                           UCF

New Orleans/Dec. 17               UL-Laf                      SMiss                            SMiss                       SMiss

Miami Beach/Dec. 19              Tulsa                       Tulsa                              CMich                         Tulsa

Boca Raton/Dec. 20                WKy                          WKy                              WKy                          WKy

Poinsettia/Dec. 21                    BYU                          BYU                             Wyoming                     BYU

Idaho/Dec. 22                           ColoSt                       Idaho                              ColoSt                         ColoSt

Lockheed/Dec. 23                    Navy                          LaTech                         LaTech                     LaTech

Bahamas/Dec. 23                    EMich                      OldDom                          EMich                       OldDom

Dollar Gen./Dec. 23                Troy                           Troy                            Troy                         Troy

Hawaii/Dec. 24                        Hawaii                     MidTenn                       MidTenn                   MidTenn

St. Pete/Dec. 26                       MissSt                      MissSt                        MissSt                     MissSt

Quick Lane/Dec. 26                Maryland                 Maryland                       Boston                     Maryland

Camp. World/Dec. 26             NCSt                         NCSt                         Vanderbilt                    NCSt

Zaxby’s/Dec. 27                        Army                     Army                               Army                     Army

Military/Dec. 27                       Temple                      Temple                            Temple                    Temple (Wake)

Holiday/Dec. 27                       WSU                            WSU                                WSU                        WSU    (Minn)

Cactus/Dec. 27                         Boise                            Boise                              Boise                        Boise  (Baylor)

Pinstripe/Dec. 28                    Pitt                                 Pitt                                  Pitt                         Pitt (Nwstern)

Russell/Dec. 28                       Miami                           WVA                            Miami                   Miami

Foster Farms/Dec. 28            Utah                            Utah                          Indiana                    Utah

AdvCare/Dec 28                      TexA&M                      KanSt                         KanSt                    KanSt

Birmingham/Dec. 29              USF                              USF                           USF                        USF

Belk/Dec. 29                             VaTech                     VaTech                     VaTech                  VaTech

Alamo/Dec. 29                          OklaSt                     OklaSt                         Colorado                  Colorado

Liberty/Dec. 30                          TCU                           Georgia                     Georgia                 Georgia

Music City/Dec. 30                   Tenn                          Nebraska                    Tenn                        Tenn

Sun/Dec. 30                               Stanford                Stanford                 Stanford                Stanford

Arizona/Dec. 30                       Air Force              Air Force               Air Force                 Air Force

Orange/Dec. 30                        Michigan                  Michigan                    Michigan                 Michigan (FSU)

Citrus/Dec. 31                           Louisville                 Louisville                       LSU                       Louisville

Taxslayer/Dec. 31                    GaTech                   GaTech                    GaTech                   GaTech

Peach/Dec. 31                           Alabama                Alabama                    Wash                      Alabama

Fiesta/Dec. 31                           OhioSt                       OhioSt                         OhioSt                      Clemson

Outback/Jan. 2                         Florida                      Iowa                        Florida                      FIorida

Cotton/Jan. 2                            Wisconsin                WMich                   Wisconsin             Wisconsin

Rose/Jan. 2                                SoCal                        SoCal                           PennSt                      SoCal

Sugar/Jan. 2                              Oklahoma               Oklahoma                Auburn                   Oklahoma

Nat. Champ/Jan. 9                   Alabama                     ‘Bama                           (none)                       Clemson

* clinched title

Past Champions:

2016: Kirby Arnold (30-12)

2015: Bob Sherwin (27-15)

2014: Jim Street (23-16)

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Bob grew up in Cleveland, an underdog city with perennial underdog teams, and that gave him an appreciation and an affinity for the grinders in golf, guys such as Rocco Mediate, Jhonattan Vegas and star-crossed John Daly. This is the 46th year for Bob as a sportswriter, the first 34 working for newspapers throughout the west, Tucson (Daily Star), San Francisco (Examiner) and Seattle (Times), and the past 10 years as a freelancer. He has covered just about every sport, including golf tournaments, Tucson Open, Bing Crosby/AT&T Pro-Am, the 1998 PGA Championship, the 2010 U.S. Senior Open, the 2010 U.S. Amateur the 2015 U.S. Open and the annual Champions Tour Boeing Classic. He also writes articles for golf magazines. For most of his 20 years at the Seattle Times his primary beat was the Mariners. He then picked up Washington men's basketball in the winter. He also was the beat writer for the Sonics, including 1996 when they played the Bulls for the NBA title. After a lifetime hacking on public courses, he finally gave in and joined a country club in 2011, the Members Club of Aldarra near Seattle. Despite (or perhaps because) of his 14 handicap, he won the 'Super Senior'' (65 and older) championship in 2017. He has a pair of aces – 37 years apart – and in 2009 came agonizingly close to his ultimate golf goal of scoring in the 70s when he finished with an even 80. He lives in Seattle, and spends part of his winters in Marco Island, Fla.

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