For the past three years Drake Stepter has had a stranglehold on the Metropolis Country Club Men's Open. But Tyler Gilliand broke the string this past weekend. Mind you it took extra golf to decide the title, but when the smoke cleared the trophy went to Gilliand.

With participation down this year to less than 60 players, a soggy weather forecast for the weekend went a long way toward that, play was still flighted after Saturday's round and the prize money was divvied up after Sunday's results were in.

Day one had Stepter and Brandon Thompson sitting atop the leaderboard at even par 71. Close on their heels were Dalton Bagwell, Eli Glass and Gilliand all with 72s. Brock Willmes was within two strokes at 73 and J.R. Conkle was stalking the pack at 74. Dalton Shockley sat at 75 along with Lance Loftus and Wilson Korte rounded out the Championship Flight with a 76.

Stepter and Gilliand flipped their scores on Sunday with Stepter carding 72 and Gilliand shooting even par at 71 to force the playoff. Bagwell turned in identical 72s to take third place in the Championship flight.

"A" flight saw Dave Glass right Saturday's ship [80] with an even par 71 to take first in his flight. Jason Helm followed a first round 79 with a fine 73 to take 2nd. There was a four way logjam at third with Kyle Barbee, Beau Cottom, Corey Jeffords and Travis Pullen all coming in at 154.

"B" flight had Brett Vandermeulen on top after he followed up an opening 84 with a 78 on day two. Carl "the Glue" Stewart was steady as she goes with identical 82s to take second and Perry Hankins shot 86 and 78 to take third.

"C" flight was won by Tim Goines with a total of 173, Tom Griffith came in at 181 for second and Nash McVey shot 187 for third.

In the Senior [55-64] flight, Scott Hancock carded rounds of 78 and 75 to take first. David Bunch shot 79-81 for second and Randy Eskridge came in at 81-80 for third.

In the Super Senior flight [65 and up], Rick King was the king with two fine rounds [74-76] to take first. Jimmy Gower shot 79-74 for second and Galen Shelton followed an opening 87 with a Sunday 82 for third.

Once again Linwood was the tournament sponsor and although the numbers were down, the weather turned out to be pretty decent with a few very light showers and comfortable temperatures.

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