Beyond Golf — 13 January 2020 by Jim Street
GW Bowl picks — Candace the champ!

Kudos to Candace!
Thanks to a season-ending eight-game winning streak, capped by the LSU Tigers’ National Championship victory over the Clemson Tigers, Candace Oehler won  her first Golferswest.com staff College Football Bowl prediction contest.

And set a record for good measure.

After a pedestrian 4-3 start, the golf-crazed lady from the GW offices in the Phoenix area, also had two five-game winning streaks on the way to an impressive 31-10 record — topping the once-thought-to-be unbeatable 30-12 mark compiled by Kirby Arnold in 2016-17.

The popular prognostication contest came down to the National Championship game in New Orleans. Candace correctly predicted the LSU victory while runner-up Jim Street, one game behind after the first 40 Bowl Games, played the underdog card, choosing the Tigers from Clemson, correctly anticipating Candace would select LSU. Better to tie for first than finish second, right?

A Clemson win would have resulted in the second straight two-way tie for the title and co-bragging rights for the co-champs. Nice try.

Asked about her record-setting win, the newly-crowned champion said, “In the words of the late, great Tom Petty … “Oh my my, Oh hell yes; Honey put on that party dress!”

For the record, the two-time solo champ Street finished with a 29-12 record, followed by Kirby’s 27-14 mark and last but not least, CEO, co-founder and Bowling Green graduate Bob Sherwin posted a 24-17 record.

As for Candace, she can enjoy her life-changing victory for one year, but it must be pointed out that there never has been a back-to-back champ.

                           Bob (24-17)     Jim (29-12)    Kirby  (27-14)   Candace (31-10)

Bahamas
(Buff/Char)                     Buff                    Buff            Charlotte            Buff 

Frisco
Utah St./Kent St.            UtahSt               UtahSt            UtahSt           UtahSt

New Mexico

CMU/SDSt                         SDSt                   SDSt                 C.Mich          SDSt

Celebration
AlcornSt/NCA&T            AlcornSt             NCA&T       NCA&T        NCA&T

Cure
Liberty/Ga.Southern     Liberty              GaSouth         GaSouth       GASouth

Boca Raton
SMU/Fla. Atl.                  SMU                    SMU                 SMU              SMU

Camellia
FIU/Ark. St.                      FIU                      Ark.St               FIU               FIU

Las Vegas
Wash./Boise St.              Wash                   BoiseSt             Wash           Wash

New Orleans
App. St./UAB                   AppSt                  AppSt              AppSt.         AppSt

Gasparilla
UCF/Marshall                   UCF                     UCF                UCF                UCF

Hawaii
Hawaii/BYU                      BYU                    BYU                   BYU              Hawaii

Independence
LaTech/Miami                  LaTech             Miami              Miami           Miami

Quick Lane
Pitt/East. Mich.                  Pitt                    Pitt                    Pitt                Pitt   

Military
N. Caro/Temple                 NC                     NC                     NC                  NC

Pinstripe
Mich. St./W Forest            MSU                 MSU                   MSU              MSU

Texas
Okla. St./Tex. A&M           OKSt                TexA&M         TexA&M       TexA&M

Holiday
USC/Iowa                            USC                  USC                    Iowa             Iowa

Cheez-It
Air Force/WSU                  WSU                Air Force           WSU             WSU

Camp. World
N. Dame/ISU                       ND                   ND                       ND               ND

Cotton
Penn St./Memphis             PennSt            PennSt              PennSt       PennSt

Fiesta Playoff
OhioSt-Clemson                 OSU                  Clem                   Clem          Clem

Peach Playoff
LSU/Okla.                             LSU                  LSU                      LSU            LSU

First Responder
WKU/WMich                       WMich            WMich                  WKU          WKU

Music City
Miss. St./Louisville             Louis                MissSt                  Louis         MissSt

Redbox
Cal/Illinois                           Illinois               Cal                         Cal              Cal

Orange
Florida/Virginia                  Florida            Florida               Florida       Florida

Belk/Dec. 31
Virginia Tech/Kent.             VaTech            Kent.              VaTech           Kent.

Liberty
Navy/Kans. St.                      Navy                Navy                  KSU            KSU

Sun Bowl
Fla St./ASU                           ASU                  ASU                      ASU            ASU

Arizona
Wyo./Ga. St.                          GaSt              Wyo                       Wyo           Wyo

Alamo
Utah/Texas                            Utah                 Utah                      Texas         Utah

Citrus
Mich./Ala                               Alab                  Alab                       Alab          Alab

Outback
Minn./Auburn                       Aub                   Aub                        Aub          Aub

Rose Bowl
Ore./Wisc .                             Ore                    Ore                        Wisc.        Ore

Sugar
Georgia/Baylor                      GA                     GA                          GA            GA

Gator
Ind./Tenn.                               Ind                    Tenn                   Tenn         Tenn

Birmingham

Boston Coll/Cincy                  Cincy                Cincy                   Cincy        Cincy

Famous Idaho Potato
Ohio/Nev.                                Nev                   Ohio                     Ohio         Ohio

Armed Forces
Sou. Miss/Tulane                    Tul                     Tul                       Tul           Tul

Lending Tree
LA./Miami (Ohio)                    LA                      LA                        LA             LA

Nat. Champ./Jan. 13               LSU                   Clem                    Clem           LSU
Clem/LSU

Past GW Champions:


2019-20: Candace Oehler (31-10)

2018-19: (Tie) Bob Sherwin and Kirby Arnold (25-14)

2017-18: Jim Street (27-15)

2016-17: Kirby Arnold (30-12)

2015-16: Bob Sherwin (27-15)

2014-15: Jim Street (23-16)

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Jim’s 40-year sportswriting career started with the San Jose Mercury-News in 1970 and ended on a full-time basis on October 31, 2010 following a 10-year stint with MLB.com. He grew up in Dorris, Calif., several long drives from the nearest golf course. His first tee shot was a week before being inducted into the Army in 1968. Upon his return from Vietnam, where he was a war correspondent for the 9th Infantry Division, Jim took up golf semi-seriously while working for the Mercury-News and covered numerous tournaments, including the U.S. Open in 1982, when Tom Watson made the shot of his life on the 17th hole at Pebble Beach. Jim also covered several Bing Crosby Pro-Am tournaments, the women’s U.S. Open, and other golfing events in the San Francisco area. He has a 17-handicap, never had a hole-in-one, although once he came within two inches of an ace, and witnessed the first round Ken Griffey Jr. ever played – at Arizona State during Spring Training in 1990. Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Kapalua Plantation Course, Pinehurst No. 2, Spyglass Hill, Winged Foot, Torrey Pines, Medinah, Chambers Bay, North Berwick in Scotland, and Princeville are among the courses he has had the pleasure of playing. Hitting the ball down the middle of the fairway is not a strong part of Jim’s game, but he is known (in his own mind) as the best putter not on tour. Most of Jim’s writing career was spent covering Major League baseball, a tenure that started with the Oakland Athletics, who won 101 games in 1971, and ended with the Seattle Mariners, who lost 101 games in 2010. Symmetry is a wonderful thing. He currently lives in Seattle and vacations in Arizona (and other warm climates) as much as possible.

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