WESTMINSTER, Colo. (July 11, 2014) --In a match that featured six lead changes, Cody Kent of the Country Club at Castle Pines won the 36th and 37th holes after being 1 down to capture the title Friday in the 114th CGA Match Play Championship.
In just the second CGA Match Play final since 1981 to go extra holes, Kent prevailed in 37 holes when Jacob Allenback of Walking Stick Golf Course missed a 3-foot par putt on the first green at The Heritage at Westmoor in Westminster.
Kent, who will be a fifth-year senior at the University of Tulsa, earned his first CGA championship title after finishing runner-up in the 5A state high school tournament twice and in the 2010 CGA Junior Stroke Play. Kent, now 22, was the CGA Junior Player of the Year in 2009.
Allenback, the 2012 4A state high school champion who now plays for Colorado State University-Pueblo, took a 1-up lead after rallying from being 3 down through 27 by winning the 28th, 29th, 30th and 32nd holes. But he missed a 3-foot birdie to win the 33rd hole and hit his second shot into the deep native well left of the 18th green, and lost that 36th hole with a bogey.
Then on the players' third trip up the par-4 first hole on Friday, Kent hit a 52-degree wedge from 138 yards to 7 feet below the cup, while Allenback ended up 20 feet from the flag. After Allenback ran his birdie attempt 3 feet by the hole, Kent left his birdie putt just short. But instead of going to the 38th hole, Allenback pushed his short par putt and Kent had the victory.
The match marked the first CGA Match Play final since 2005 to go extra holes. Nine years ago, Pat Grady went 38 holes to defeat University of Colorado teammate Derek Tolan for the title. Overall, there have been extra holes in the Match Play final eight times in 114 years.
While Friday marked the first extra-hole match of the week for Kent, it was the fourth for Allenback, who defeated younger brother Justin in one of those on Wednesday. Justin was caddying for Jacob on Friday. Jacob Allenback had defeated defending champ David Oraee in the semifinals to get to the final.
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