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.