Ian Davis wins Cotton States Invitational
(Courtesy / Cotton States Invitational)
MONROE, LA (July 27, 2013) — Ian Davis and Preston Stanley had to go 19 holes on Saturday to determine a winner.
It was Davis, getting up and down out of the bunker on the 19th hole, emerging as the winner after Stanley made a clutch birdie on 18 to force extra holes.
Davis, who is going to be a senior at Oklahoma State University, was all square or leading an incredibly close match from the 8th hole on, but was one down to Stanley through seven holes.
Stanley will be a junior at Houston Baptist University in the fall.
Blake Kelley, a South Alabama senior from Mandeville, La., won the 36-hole stroke-play medal with a 66-68–134 total to lead the 64 qualifiers for match play. Kelley lost in the quarterfinals to Romero in 20 holes.
ABOUT THE Cotton States Invitational
Originally played in 1949 as the Bayou
DeSiard Labor Day Golf Tournament, the
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
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
tournament include Hal Sutton, Gil Morgan, and
Toms. The tournament field field is limited to 96
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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