Let the good times roll: Coben wins 8th Auto Clearing Senior Men’s Golf Title

Coben won the event in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2021 and now 2022.

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The good times keep rolling for Colin Coben, who won his eighth Auto Clearing Senior Men’s Golf Championship Thursday at Moon Lake Golf and Country Club.

Coben shot a 68 for his final round of the three-day event, giving him a three-day total score of 205 (65-72-68) to repeat as the 5-under par champion.

It is his eighth title in 11 years.

“It’s a big event and we come every year – this property here is something else,” said Delisle Golf Club member Coben.

“I appreciate. I feel like I play good golf here. It was awesome.

The tournament was not played in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Coben has been a mainstay otherwise.

At 67, Coben has made it a point to participate in the event every year since he reached the qualifying age.

“I’m probably at the top right now,” said Coben, a former winner of the Saskatchewan Amateur Championship (1995, 1997), Saskatchewan Senior Championship (2012, 2013, 2014) and Mid-Amateur Championship (1996 , 2000).

“I wish I had peaked last week at the Lobsticks. But, again, with this property here, I just enjoy the golf course and the camaraderie and the weather was great.

Coben finished 12 strokes ahead of runner-up and 2019 winner Brian Humble, who scored 217 over three days.

Prince Albert’s Martin Ring and Weyburn’s Rick Hallberg were tied for second at 217 in three rounds.

Coben also won the event in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2021.

Keith Silvernagle was the winner in 2017.

“I know I haven’t won it in two years (out of an 11-year span),” Coben recalled. “Well, there were two guys who were better than me.”

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Prior to Coben’s recent run, Jim Scissons took top honors in 2011 and Rick Hillestad in 2010.

Hillestad and Robert Schneider of Regina were tied for fifth at this year’s event, both with a three-day total score of 220 points.

Super Senior (70+)

John Solomon of Joanne Goulet Golf Club in Regina didn’t even realize he had won the first super senior championship trophy for golfers 70 and over.

“I didn’t know I had won – it was a hell of a surprise,” Solomon, 72, said.

“I feel good. I had a good lap today. A perfect day. The organization here was great. I’ve played here four or five times over the years, but it’s a great tournament. Great people. Great meal. And the course is simply stunning – in excellent condition.

Bill Lewis and Bill Muirhead, both of Saskatoon, were tied for second in the super senior event, each with a score of 232 in three rounds, finishing five strokes behind Solomon.

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