CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — First-round play of the 2015 Charlie Coe Invitational took place Wednesday at Castle Pines Golf Club in Colorado. Denver resident and Castle Pines member Jonathan Marsico and his playing partner Ben Hayes of Scottsdale, Ariz. posted 66 to take a one-shot lead into the second round of the annual four-ball event.
Playing conditions have been made difficult by unsettled spring weather in Colorado. The spring has brought cool and wet conditions to Castle Pines, with daily storms soaking the course and making the course long and challenging.
Marsico and Hayes, as well as the rest of the field, took advantage of beautiful, warm weather on Wednesday to post impressive scores, including 14 teams at even-par (72) or better.
Second place is held by another Castle Pines member, Eoin Middaugh, and his partner Taylor Wood at five-under 67. The Senior division is tightly bunched with eight teams within two strokes of each other. Taking the first round lead was Steven Hakes of San Diego and partner Dan Alpha of The Woodlands, Texas. The team carded a three-under par 69 while two teams are a stroke back at 70.
The tournament, which is in its 26th year in 2015, is organized by Mike Timbers and is played annually to honor one of the greatest amateurs ever — Charlie Coe. He is remembered for winning the U.S. Amateur twice, and for captaining the Walker Cup and Americas Cup teams.
His first national amateur win came in 1949, and then again in 1958. Defending his title a year later, Coe lost to Jack Nicklaus. Coe had a distinguished Masters record and was an Augusta National member. He played in 19 consecutive Masters, and finished as low-amateur six times. He tied Arnold Palmer for second, behind Gary Player, in the 1961 Masters.
In 1998, his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, dedicated the Charlie Coe Learning Center, a state-of-the-art teaching facility. Coe was a member at Castle Pines until he died in 2001.
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