‘Poff’ Aces Litchfield Club Championships

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It was a long journey to the Litchfield Country Club Club Championship for Steve “Poff” Poffinbarger, but one he won’t soon forget.

On Oct. 20, the final day of the tournament that started back in June, Poffinbarger defeated 2011 champion Curt Faas in a 27-hole match play format. While he came up with a big putt on the final hole to avoid sudden death, that was second to Poffinbarger’s performance on the 220-yard 10th hole, where he recorded his first ever hole-in-one.

“I’ve had 27 300-games in bowling, but this is my first hole-in-one,” said the new champion.

Originally from Mattoon, Poffinbarger has lived in Litchfield for about five years. He and his wife, Debbie, have one son, Connor, who is 22 and played golf for Parkland College and Eastern Illinois University.

The final match came down to the last hole, with Poffinbarger up one. He made a 20-foot par putt to win the match, thus preventing a sudden death playoff. Faas, 70, was up one after 17 holes, but Poffinbarger, 59, tied it with a birdie on number 18 and pulled ahead by one on the 20th hole. The final seven holes were halved, allowing Poffinbarger to come away with the title.

Competing in his first championship match in 10 years, Faas defeated past champions Jimmy Odle and Brad Niehaus on his way to the final match.

Poffinbarger defeated four previous champions en route to his crown, with former title holders John Wooden, Wyatt Pence and Doug Graham joining Faas on the short end of the decision.

For more on the Litchfield Country Club, you can visit them on Facebookwww.facebook.com/lfdcountryclub or call 217-324-4115.

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