CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — A final-round 64 for Eoin Middaugh and Taylor Wood surged the California pair to a six-shot win at the 26th Charlie Coe Invitational. The 54-hole four-ball event is held at the long and difficult Castle Pines Golf Club, south of Denver, Colo. in Castle Rock.
Middaugh, who lives in Irvine but is a member at Castle Pines, and his partner Wood, a former USC golfer from Rancho Santa Margarita, opened with back-to-back 67s and followed it up with a stunning 64 on Friday to win by six shots.
Wood was partners with his former Trojan teammate Jordan Nassar earlier this month at the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, where the pair were issued the four-seed after stroke play qualifying before losing in the first round of match play.
Taking second place were Tripp Kuhlke and Jeff Knox, who won the 2013 event, with Tony Bagneschi and Ken Tanigawa one shot behind in third.
Defending champions Ted Neville and Andy Latowski posted 67 and 69 in the final two rounds after opening with a 74 to take fifth place.
The Senior division title went to Ben Hargis and Dave Delich despite and final-round 74. Their 54-hole total of 211 edged Mike Booker and Pat Youngs by a shot, with Mike Rice and Jerry Hudgins taking third place at 215.
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT
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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