Colorado Match Play: Allenback, Kent reach final
WESTMINSTER, Colo. (July 11, 2014) -- Jacob Allenback of Walking Stick Golf Course defeated defending champion David Oraee of Colorado National Golf Club Thursday to join Cody Kent of the Country Club at Castle Pines in the finals of the 114th CGA Match Play Championship at The Heritage at Westmoor in Westminster.

Allenback, the 2012 4A state high school champion, beat Oraee, who plays for the University of Colorado, 3 and 2 in the semifinals, while Kent ousted Zach Tripp of Foothills Golf Course by the same score.

Kent and Allenback, both of whom were seeded in the bottom half of the match play bracket, won two matches each on Thursday to earn spots in Friday's 36-hole final, which will begin at 7 a.m.

Allenback, who plays college golf for Colorado State University-Pueblo, led from the first hole on against Oraee and closed out the match with a birdie on No. 16. Allenback was 3 under par for 16 holes. He's gone extra holes to win three of his matches, including a 22-hole defeat of his younger brother Justin in Wednesday's round of 32.

Kent, meanwhile, hasn't had to go past the 17th hole in any of his five matches. In the semifinal victory over Tripp, the University of Tulsa golfer never trailed and closed things out with an eagle on the par-4 16th. He finished 5 under par for 16 holes.

Kent has finished runner-up in several statewide tournaments, including the 2010 CGA Junior Stroke Play and in two 5A state high school championships. He was the 2009 CGA Junior Player of the Year.

With Oraee losing, Brett Dean (1990 and '91) remains the last player to win back-to-back CGA Match Play titles.

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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