SOURCE: SOPGA Communications

Sam Arnold wins Legacy Championship in playoff.

Sam Arnold of Vineyard Golf Course became the first Section event champion of the year after winning the Legacy Championship on the second playoff hole. Arnold and The Golf Club of Dublin’s Jeff Olson both carded early 1-under-par 71s that held up throughout the day. Both players parred the first playoff hole before Arnold tapped in a birdie on the second playoff hole to secure his first victory of the new season.

Clear, sunny skies greeted the field as they returned to SOPGA tournament action for the first time since the 2019 season. Pristine course conditions matched the beautiful weather on Monday, masking the true difficulty of the Donald Ross-designed course. Quick greens and US Open-like rough tormented players across the board in this opening event of the season. The most common responses after the round were all eerily similar: gnarly rough, but a fair course.

Arnold was able to conquer the tougher conditions by remaining remarkably consistent and avoiding big mistakes. He turned at 1-under then surged to 3-under after back-to-back birdies on 10 and 11. He finished with a bogey on the par-5 eighteenth then had to wait out the rest of the field before heading to the playoff with Olson. 

The Section staff would like to thank Ryan Coll, PGA and the rest of the Columbus Country Club staff for hosting us. Please click here for the full leaderboard. Don’t forget to check out our events page for all upcoming events, including the EZ-GO Pro-Pro on June 8th at NCR Country C

Top 20 finishers:

1Sam Arnold  Cincinnati (p)F-171$1,283.00
2Jeff Olson  Delaware, OHF-171$918.00
T3Richard Denny  Germantown, OHFE72$654.67
T3Chris Rossi  Fairfield Township, OHFE72$654.67
T3Caleb Wittig  Zanesville, OHFE72$654.67
6Tim Krapfel  Centerville, OhioF+173$523.00
T7Dennis Wells  Cincinnati, OHF+274$437.33
T7Dave Bahr  Cincinnati, OHF+274$437.33
T7Joe Falardeau  Columbus, OHF+274$437.33
T10Chase Wilson  Newark, OHF+375$341.75
T10Larry King  Cincinnati, OHF+375$341.75
T10Michael Auterson  LovelandF+375$341.75
T10Austin Eccleton  Cincinnati, OHF+375$341.75
T14Taylor Holt  Columbus, OHF+476$268.00
T14Mike Thomas  Loveland, OHF+476$268.00
T14Mike Kaido  Zanesville, OHF+476$268.00
T14Doug Wade  South Lebanon, OhF+476$268.00
T14Ryne Burnett  Lawrenceburg, INF+476$268.00
T19Dan Gage  Powell, OHF+577$78.00
T19Ben Bastel  Delaware, OHF+577$78.00
T19Randy Neufarth  West Chester, OHF+577$78.00
T19Drew Muhich  Cincinnati, OHF+577$78.00
T19Bob Sowards  Dublin, OHF+577$78.00
T19Cory George  Lancaster, OHF+577$78.00
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