When Jefferson City failed to field a team for this year’s Boyce-Digges Challenge Match, Aaron Wier and John Weston came up with a unique event to fill the vacant slot on the golf calendar: a match between 12 wily veterans (over 50) and 12 long-hitting youngsters (under 50).

The Ryder Cup styled tournament was played over two glorious fall days (October 15 &16) at the Country Club of Missouri on Saturday and Columbia Country Club on Sunday.  Weston, a former State Amateur and City champion, and Wier, a recreation specialist at A.L. Gustin Golf Course, served as captains for their respective teams.

Saturday’s Best Ball Match Play proved to be the difference in the final result.  The “Young Guns” took four of the six matches for a commanding lead over the “Seasoned Veterans”.  But the result belies how close Saturday’s matches were, as four came down to the 18th hole.  Sunday’s 12 “heads-up” matches were split 6-6.

The “Young Guns”


FRONT ROW (L-R): Jake White, Aaron Wier, Ryan Schultz (with trophy), Brian Lillevold, Jeff Pope & David McDonald.  BACK ROW (L-R):  Chase Venn, Jack Parker, Ross Steelman & Tim Parkinson.  Not pictured: Noah Anderson and Shane Bratkowski.



 As in the past few years, a youngster defeated the best players Columbia has to offer when Hudson Dubinski, a 16-year old junior to be at Rock Bridge, shot  a final round 71 ( 1-under) at The Club at Old Hawthorne.

He wrapped up the 3-day City Championship at 211, also 1-under par to claim the Rex Dillow Cup.

Mike Wilson used a hot start at A.L. Gustin on Friday to jump the competition in the Senior Division; and he closed the deal Sunday at Old Hawthorne, his home track, to win the Jim McKinney Cup for golfers between the ages of 50 and 65.

Don Steele won his second straight Super Senior title (for players over 65) with a birdie on #1, the first playoff hole against runner-up Bob Hutton.  The two tied at 220 (+8) for the 3-day tournament.

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Hudson Dubinski (R) accepts the      Mike Wilson (L) accepts the Jim           Don Steele (L) accepts his 2nd
Dillow Cup from John Weston           McKinney Cup from Dee Sanders         consecutive Super Senior Trophy

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Tom Loyd, a long time presence in the local golf community, was inducted into the Columbia Golf Hall of Fame in a ceremony held November 10 at The Club at Old Hawthorne.  He is shown above accepting his HOF plaque from Stephanie Priesmeyer, host of the event.

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