July 29th & 30th, 2023
Country Club of Missouri & Columbia Country Club
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The 2022 Columbia Golf Championship was another year of stunning and heartbreaking finishes.
In the Super Senior Division, Ed Paten stayed close to the leaders throughout the round and found himself one down to the leaders going into the par 5 eighteenth hole. After an excellent drive, Ed hit the shot of day, putting his second shot four feet from the hole for an almost certain eagle. When all of his opponents parred the finishing hole, Ed knocked in his eagle putt creating a two shot swing and the victory.
In the Senior Division, the heartbreak fell on Bill Baird's shoulders. After hitting the final green, he was left with a tricky down hiller and needed two putts to win. Alas, his first putt slid 4 feet past, and he failed to convert it. That created a three way tie for first with David Teel and Vance Allison. So a playoff commenced on the first hole. Baird dropped out with a bogey while Teel and Allison parred. On the second hole, Teel's tee shot found the heavy rough and he failed to get his approach to the green. Meanwhile, Allison played the hole flawlessly with an easy par, and when Teel's par putt slid by the hole, Vance Allison won his first Columbia Senior Championship.
Finally, in the Open Division, John Moore held a three shot lead over Hudson Dubinski going into today's final round. After nine holes, that lead was whittled down to two shots, and after the tough par 4 twelfth, the lead was gone. They tied the thirteenth hole, but at that point Dubinski played the final five holes 2 under, while Moore played them 2 over. It was third victory for Hudson Dubinski in the past six events. John Moore's became the inaugural Mid Amateur Champion in the Columbia Golf Championship.