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Defending champ out at Colorado Match Play
DENVER, Colo. (July 9, 2013) -- The qualifying co-medalists won their first-round matches Tuesday at the 113th CGA Match Play Championship at Bear Creek Golf Club, but defending champion and top-seeded Brian Dorfman of Cherry Creek Country Club withdrew Monday night due to a back injury.

Palmer Giro of Ptarmigan Country Club, the No. 64 seed, advanced by default with Dorfman's withdrawal.

Incoming University of Colorado golfer Ethan Freeman of Glenmoor Country Club, the second seed, defeated Josh McLaughlin of the Olde Course at Loveland 4 and 3. And former Colorado Mesa University golfer Brandon Bingaman of Black Canyon Golf Club, the co-medalist with Freeman, won 3 and 1 over Nick Zinanti of Elmwood Golf Course.

In all, six of the top eight seeds earned spots in the round of 32.

Two rounds of matches are scheduled for Wednesday. The championship will conclude with Friday's 36-hole final.

ABOUT THE Colorado Match Play

18 holes of stroke play qualifying; the top 64 players will be seeded according to the stroke play results. Non-exempt players must pre-qualify. Must be an active member of the Colorado Golf Association.

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