It appears that Coleman Glick might be wrong.
Glick, a Columbus North graduate and senior-to-be at Tusculum College in Tennessee, shot a sparkling 66 on Sunday at Greenbelt Golf Course to take a five-shot lead in the Columbus Men’s City Tournament.
After his round, Glick noted, “You can’t really win this tournament in these first two days, but unfortunately, you can lose it.”
Glick might just have won the tournament after opening Saturday with a 69, the best round of the day at Harrison Lake, before coming back with a 6-under par round on Sunday.
It appears someone will have to go very low next Sunday in the third and final round at Otter Creek.
“I’ve just been playing a lot, everyday,” said Glick, who plays golf at Tusculum. “And I’ve always struggled with the putter, but these last two days I’ve made a handful of 20-footers.”
Glick won the tournament in 2012 but stumbled last year.
“Playing as a defending champion gets in your head,” Glick said.
“I guess my expectations were higher. This year, I just play.”
One of Glick’s closest pursuers is 61-year-old Jeff Cowall, who shot 2-over 74 on Sunday to go with a 67 on Saturday. Cowall is tied for third with Darren Hinton at 141. Jake Coffey, the defending champ, is alone in second at 140.
“He’s a really good player,” Glick said. “I played with him four years ago in the final round when Tyler Duncan won.
Cowall won the tournament in 2005 when he was 52, and he isn’t afraid of going head-to-head with the young guns.
“I will be right there,” Cowall said. “I like Otter Creek, and a lot of the holes play right to left, and that is good for me.”
On Sunday, Cowall had 17-year-old, Columbus East golfer Will Mayhew as his playing partner.
“He’s an awesome guy and a great motivator,” Mayhew said of Cowall.
“I played with him last year, and I wanted to play with him again this year. I can ask him questions, and I trust him.”
Mayhew, who shot 82 on Sunday to go with an opening round 77, spent a lot of time just watching Cowall go about his business.
“It’s just his attitude and his confidence, all the time,” Mayhew said. “He’s always got a smile.”
Cowall, who lives on the Timbergate golf course, didn’t have anything to smile about on the first hole Sunday as he had a bad drive, hit a tree
and took a double bogey. He then played even par the rest of the way.
“You just have to stay with it,” he said. “I’ve shot 39 (on the front) and 29 (on the back) before. You stay with it.”