Cotton States: Blake Traweek medals by two
MONROE, La. — Match play qualifiers are set at Bayou DeSiard Country Club for the 2015 W.E. Cole Cotton States Invitational.

Cory Churchman led after day one with a 67, but struggled during Thursday's second round, making five bogeys in his first eight holes en route to a five-over par 77.

This opened the door for University of Louisiana-Monroe junior Blake Traweek to post his second-round 66 and medal by two shots to grab the No. 1 seed headed to match play.

Traweek, a native of Monroe, had a wild round that included two eagles and a double bogey — all on the front nine. His back nine was much more tame, concluding in a birdie at 18 to post a 36-hole total of 137. The number bested Andreas Gjesteby of Norway by two strokes.

With the top 32 players advancing past stroke play qualifying into the match play portion of the, six players tied for 30th place at five-over, leaving only three spots available. William Meyers, Tucker Wadkins, and Matthew Dunn survived the playoff to secure the final three spots in the bracket.

Results For W.E. Cole Cotton States Invitational
WinTXCory ChurchmanAbilene, TX400
Runner-upNorwayAndreas GjestebyNorway300
SemifinalsARZachary CoatsSpringdale, AR200
SemifinalsMSRoss BellMadison, MS200
MedalistLABlake TraweekMonroe, LA100

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ABOUT THE Cotton States Invitational

Originally played in 1949 as the Bayou DeSiard Labor Day Golf Tournament, the tournament's name was changed to the Cotton States Invitational in 1951 by the club's young head professional, W. E. "Winnie" Cole. He felt that the name better reflected the main states that the tournament's players originated from (and a move to mid-summer made the name a necessity later anyway). Little did Cole know that 27 years later, in 1978, the event would be renamed again, forever to be known as the W. E. Cole Cotton States Invitational Golf Tournament.

Past champions of this highly competitive, yet festive tournament include Don January and Hal Sutton. Gil Morgan, David Toms and many other PGA Tour players have also competed. The tournament field field is limited to 96 amateur participants having a verified USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 0.0. A 36-hole stroke play qualifier determines the low 32 players for match play.

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