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W.E. Cole Cotton States Invitational
July 27 - 31 2016
Monroe, LA

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Bayou DeSiard Country Club
3501 Forsythe Ave
Monroe, LA  71201-2119
phone: (318) 322-2127
url: www.bayoudesiardcc.com

Tournament Overview

Originally played in 1949 as the Bayou DeSiard Labor Day Golf Tournament, the tournament's name was changed to the Cotton States Invitational in 1951 by the club's young head professional, W. E. "Winnie" Cole. He felt that the name better reflected the main states that the tournament's players originated from (and a move to mid-summer made the name a necessity later anyway). Little did Cole know that 27 years later, in 1978, the event would be renamed again, forever to be known as the W. E. Cole Cotton States Invitational Golf Tournament.

Past champions of this highly competitive, yet festive tournament include Hal Sutton, Gil Morgan, and David Toms. The tournament field field is limited to 96 amateur participants having a verified USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 0.0. A 36-hole stroke play qualifier determines the low 32 players for match play.

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Place  Pts
WinARGarret MayHope, AR400
Runner-upTXBlaine HaleDallas, TX250
SemifinalsOKDraegen MajorsBixby, OK150
SemifinalsAustraliaBlake CollyerAustralia150
QuarterfinalsOKTrent EvansEdmond, OK100
QuarterfinalsVenezuelaRaul HernandezVenezuela100
QuarterfinalsAustraliaJames GriersonAustralia100
QuarterfinalsLABrandon AydlettMetarie, LA100
Final 16LABlake TraweekMonroe, LA50
Final 16LANathan JeansonneKeithville, LA50
Final 16TXByrce DooleyFriendswood, TX50
Final 16TXMatt DunnBurleson, TX50
Final 16LAStan HumphriesMonroe, LA50
Final 16TXTurner MacleanFort Worth, TX50
Final 16TXDevin JacksonHallsville, TX50
Final 16TXBrady PriceThe Woodlands, TX50

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Nothing captures the spirit of Bayou DeSiard Country Club more than its prestigious annual W. E. Cole Cotton States Invitational Golf Tournament. Originally played in 1949 as the Bayou DeSiard Labor Day Golf Tournament, the festive affair was renamed The Cotton States Invitational in 1951 by the club's young head professional, W. E. "Winnie" Cole . Little did Cole know that 27 years later, in 1978, the event would be retitled again, forever to be known as the W. E. Cole Cotton States Invitational Golf Tournament. On its 50th anniversary, speaking about the 1951 name change he made, Cole said, "We needed a name that would make the tournament special and give it stature. I felt The Cotton States would be appropriate because those are the states from which we have always drawn the majority of our tournament players."

Winnie Cole was right on target, and from the outset The Cotton States became one of the most popular late summer tournaments in the South. In fact, it originally preceded the U. S. Amateur Championship by one week and made the perfect tune-up tournament for some of golf's greatest young players.

In the very first Cotton States (1951), Don January , then playing for North Texas State and later a highly successful participant on both the PGA and Senior Tours, came to Monroe and left with the championship. He was the first of many tremendous golfers to win The Cotton States.

Eventually, because colleges began starting their fall semesters earlier, The Cotton States moved away from Labor Day and was played on earlier dates. It continues to draw a high-quality field, featuring some of the region's top veteran amateurs as well as college golfers from many states.

Except for 1970 and 1971, the tournament has used a match play format which has brought about countless dramatic moments and last-minute victories. Among past Cotton States champions -- most of whom were in college at the time, later achieving national prominence -- are Hal Sutton (1976), Homero Blancos (1962-63-64), Jackie Cupit (1960), Hal Underwood (1966), Rik Massengale (1967), Stan Lee (1973-74), Mike Heinen (1987) and Perry Moss (1989). Gil Morgan also played here and was runner-up to Robert Shelton of Monroe in 1970. Other notables who played here include former British Open champion Bill Rogers (1972), former PGA champions John Mahaffey (1968) and David Toms (1986), and 1998 British Open runner-up Brian Watts (1984).

Gene Dahlbender , of Atlanta, Ga., joins Blancos as the only three-time winner of The Cotton States, taking the title in 1955-56 and 1961.

Local winners have included Jack Rivers (1959), Clayton Cole (1965), Wayne Peddy (1968), Terry Peddy (1979), Doug Farr (1991), Bob Cooper (1999), ULM golfers Drew Proctor (1993) and Brian Frazier (1997), Paul Jones, Jr. (1980) of Bastrop and Tom Bryant (1981) of Lake Providence.

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