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49th Annual Joe Machens Hyundai

Columbia Golf Championship

July 27th and 28th, 2024

Old Hawthorne and Columbia Country Club

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2023 Results

Super Senior Winner
Ron Eilers
Senior Winner
Joe Bellmer
Mid-Amateur Winner
John Moore
Open Winner
Sean Minor

Sean Minor knocks in his final putt to close out the victory.

Pictures from Saturday's and Sunday's action

The 2024 venues will be:
The Club at Old Hawthorne 
& Columbia Country Club
Columbia Golf Championship

The annual Columbia Golf Championship (aka Columbia City Championship) was instituted in 1975 by the Columbia Kiwanis Club for the purpose of promoting amateur golf in our community.  

This tournament promotes amateur golf in the Columbia area and provides an opportunity to establish lifelong friendships and goodwill.  In 1994 a Senior Division was added to provide an opportunity for our experienced golfers to become city champions. 
The first chairman of the event was the venerable Rex Dillow (shown at right) who held that position for 30 years.

Through Rex's leadership, the tournament became known as the "The Dillow Tournament" and was the highlight the amateur golf season in Columbia.
Tournament Highlights

Through the years, the Columbia Golf Championship has been highlighted with numerous significant accomplishments:

Dan LaBruyer won the inagural event in 1975.  This was the only time the tournament was played over 72 holes.

A women's competition was also played in 1975 through 1977.  The 1975 winner was Fern Carter.  Helen Bersher won in 1976, and Cricket Twente in 1977.

Dee Sanders won the championship 9 times including four in a row between 1997 and 2000.  He also finished runner up 9 times.

Jim McKinney, at age 54 was the oldest winner of the championship in 1981.  He also won in 1976.  In 2006, Jim passed and was honored in the 2006 event.  The Senior Division trophy carries his name.

Dave McDonald and Greg Meredith won the championship four times.

Ben Wilson, at age 16 was the youngest winner of the championship when he claimed the title in 1978.  He also won in 1980 and 1982.

In 2018 Matt Echelmeier, set the tournament scoring record with an extraordinary 14 under par score over three rounds. 
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