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Randy Hersom is a 39-year-old computer programmer, who won
his place on the American team at the Qualifying Tournament.
At the last WSC, in 1997 in Washington, D.C., he finished 44th.
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Hersom plays Catherine Costello of Ireland, a 42-year-old
self-described parent, who did not play at the 1997 WSC.
Hersom beat Costello 479-285, and is now in 7th place overall with a record of 1-0 +194.
Hersom wins again, defeating Brett Smitheram of the U.K. 457-416. He moves up one place to 6th, with a record of 2-0 457-416.
Hersom loses his first game, to Ronald Credo of the Philippines, 370-420. He is in 19th place, 2-1 +185.
Round 4. Hersom wins a game 408-380 against Roland Filio of Bahrain. He moves back up to 17th place, 3-1 +213.
Round 5. Hersom beats New Zealander Kendall Boyd 445-410 and is now in 10th place, 4-1 +248.
Round 6. Hersom beats American Lester Schonbrun 472-390 and jumps to 6th place, 5-1 +330.
Hersom won against Trevor Hovelmeier (ZA) 424-385. Hersom is now #5, with a record of 6-1 +369.
Hersom won against Helen Gipson (UK) 390-375. Hersom is now #3, with a record of 7-1 +384.
Hersom lost to defending champion Joel Sherman (US) 424-497. Hersom is now #7, with a record of 7-2 +311.
Sherman played STERILE, B(I)OSCOPE,
COWBANES while Hersom played CULOTTE(S), GIGGLIER and DATELINE.
Hersom lost to Phil Appleby (UK) 450-544. Hersom is now #13, with a record of 7-3 +217.
Hersom lost to Lester Schonbrun (US) 411-463. Hersom is now #21, with a record of 7-4 +165.
Hersom lost to John Holgate (AU) 352-456. Hersom is now #31, with a record of 7-5 +61.
Hersom lost to Steven Gruzd (ZA) 310-349. Hersom is now #41, with a record of 7-6 +22.
Hersom extended BOOM to BOOMERANG for 42 points, Gruzd later hooked an -S on the end of the word.
Hersom lost to Leslie Charles (TT) 368-415. Hersom is now #51, with a record of 7-7 -25.
Hersom lost to A Ganesh (MY) 398-410. Hersom is now #59, with a record of 7-8 -37. Ganesh made the nine-letter bingo AmENITIES.
Hersom won against Arvind Abraham (AE) 445-301. Hersom is now #47, with a record of 8-8 +107.
Hersom won against Sayeed Jimoh (NI) 413-410. Hersom is now #40, with a record of 9-8 +110.
Hersom lost to Stanley Ndungu (KE) 364-397. Hersom is now #49, with a record of 9-9 +77.
Round 19. Hersom won against Lisa Odom (US) 515-400. Hersom is now #39, with a record of 10-9 +192.
Round 20. Hersom won against Ronald Credo (PH) 368-356. Hersom is now #31, with a record of 11-9 +204.
Round 21. Hersom lost to Steven Gruzd (ZA) 349-531. Hersom is now #42, with a record of 11-10 +22.
Round 22. Hersom won against Shafique Thobani (KE) 393-376. Hersom is now #36, with a record of 12-10 +39.
Round 23. Hersom won against Owen Bondin (MT) 420-330. Hersom is now #28, with a record of 13-10 +129.
Round 24. Hersom lost to John Luebkemann (US) 390-413. Hersom is now #35, with a record of 13-11 +106.
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