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Momentum took a beating Sunday during the Columbus Men’s City Tournament final round at Otter Creek.

After watching his five-stroke lead slip away to charging Jake Coffey, Coleman Glick regrouped on the first playoff hole to win the championship for the second time.

Glick, who shot 75 on Sunday for a three-round total of 210, won the tournament in 2012. Coffey, who shot 70, was the defending champion. Both are Columbus North High School graduates.

It appeared that Coffey, who dropped a birdie putt on No. 18 while Glick bogeyed to force the playoff, was going to rush past for his second consecutive title.

The players started the playoff on the par-5 No. 1 hole, and Glick was the one who crushed his drive, 311 yards right down the middle. “I was going to hit that one good,” said Glick, who put a little anger into the shot.

Coffey, meanwhile, pushed his drive to the right and somewhat under a tree, forcing a layup.

Although he was in great position, Glick came close to giving the tournament away when his hybrid shot from 217 yards hit to the left of the green, then started to take the slope of the bank toward the water.

Both Glick and Coffey thought the ball was wet, but it somehow hung up on the bank. Still Glick was facing a tough third shot.

Coffey could have put pressure on his opponent but his pitching wedge went long to the back of the green. “I was in-between clubs and I chose the longer club,” Coffey said. “I didn’t lay off it enough.”

Although both were laying 3, everything changed when Glick hit a magnificent pitch out of the rough to about six feet. “I could go back there and drop the ball over and over and not be able to do it again,” he said.

With Glick close, Coffey hit a poor putt and ended up with a three-putt bogey. Glick rolled in the putt for birdie and the title.

Glick, who plays college golf at Tusculum College, knew he wasn’t at his best.

“I couldn’t really tell you why,” he said. “It’s the way golf is.

“But I like playing here. This is a great event.”

Although it was a painful ending, Coffey still was smiling.

“We joked a lot,” said Coffey, who plays for the Indiana Wesleyan golf team. “I kept saying, ‘You’re trying to let me win.’ There were a couple of times out there where it really looked like he was struggling.”

Coffey also said he was pleased with the way he charged back into contention.

“Coming back from five on him, and shooting 2 under, I am happy with that,” he said.

Darren Hinton was third after shooting 73 for a 214 total. Jeff Cowall, who is 61 years old, shot 76 and finished fourth at 217.

“It was fun,” Cowall said. “I played great on the front and was 1 under. But I four-putted 12.

“I had some problems on the back, but it was a blast.”

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