AURORA, Colo. — Nick Nosewicz of Meadow Hills Golf Course earned medalist honors with a 5-under-par 66 and was one of nine golfers who broke par Monday in stroke-play qualifying for the 115th CGA Match Play Championship at CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora.
Nosewicz, runner-up to David Oraee in last year's CGA Stroke Play, landed the No. 2 seed in the match play bracket behind defending champion Cody Kent of The Club at Ravenna.
Nosewicz (left) made eight birdies and three bogeys on Monday to post the best qualifying score by one shot.
Alex Kephart of Eisenhower Golf Club fired a 67 after playing his final 12 holes in 6 under par. and shooting a 5-under 30 on the back nine. Kephart started the back side birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie.
Coming in at 68 were former 5A state high school champion Spencer Painton of Green Valley Ranch Golf Club, who plays collegiately for the University of Kansas, and Braden Baer of Legacy Ridge Golf Course, who competes for Loyola Marymount.
Checking in at 69 were Jacob Allenback of Walking Stick Golf Course, the 2014 CGA Match Play runner-up, and University of Denver golfer Chris Korte of Lone Tree Golf Club.
A playoff was held among the eight competitors who shot 79 for the final five spots in the match-play field.
The 63 low scorers on Monday join Kent in advancing to Tuesday's first round of match play. The 36-hole final of Colorado's oldest continuously played state golf championship will be held on Friday.
All three former champions in the field qualified for the match-play portion of the event: Kent, Steve Irwin (70) and Kent Moore (79).
This is the second time the CGA Match Play is being contested at CommonGround, which is owned and operated by the CGA and CWGA.
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