WESTMINSTER, Colo. (July 7, 2014) -- The 64-man match-play field was set Monday for the oldest continuously held statewide golf tournament in Colorado.
With defending champion David Oraee of Colorado National Golf Club automatically earning the No. 1 seed, Steven Kupcho of CommonGround Golf Course and Dylan Mitchell of Lakewood Country Club shared medalist honors in Monday's stroke-play qualifying round for the 114th CGA Match Play Championship at Heritage at Westmoor in Westminster.
Oraee, a University of Colorado golfer, shot a 2-over-par 74 Monday but he had already been guaranteed the top seed in the match play bracket thanks to his victory last year.
Kupcho, the University of Northern Colorado golfer who won the 2012 CGA Stroke Play Championship, and Mitchell, who plays for CU-Colorado Springs, posted the best rounds on Monday, 3-under-par 69s. Kupcho (pictured above) made five birdies and two bogeys on the day, while Mitchell carded four birdies and a bogey.
The only other players to break par Monday were Minkyu Jeon of Raccoon Creek Golf Course Justin Allenback of Elmwood Golf Course, who each fired 71.
Former Colorado State University golfer Parker Edens, runner-up in the Match Play each of the last two years, shot a 73 on Monday. Steve Irwin of Lakewood Country, the 2004 Match Play champ, posted a 75.
Father and son competitors Ray and Jimmy Makloski also easily made match play with scores of 76 and 77, respectively.
Round-of-64 matches will take place on Tuesday. The 36-hole final will be contested on Friday.
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