Cotton States: Churchman, Gjesteby reach championship match
Cory Churchman (left) + Andreas Gjesteby
MONROE, La. — Thirty-two players are down to the final two at the W.E. Cole Cotton States Invitational. Sunday's 18-hole championship match will feature University of North Texas junior Cory Churchman and Baylor University senior Andreas Gjesteby.
Churchman, the Abilene, Texas native who held the first-round lead during stroke play qualifying, eventually took the No. 8 seed but stormed his way through the first four rounds to reach the final, including a 1-up victory over Ross Bell III on Saturday afternoon in the semifinals.
Gjesteby, of Norway, earned the No. 2 seed after rounds of 71 and 68 in stroke play. He mowed through his four opponents, never reaching the 17th hole during any of his matches. His closest match came in the semifinals when he defeated University of Arkansas golfer Zach Coats 3-and-2.
Tomorrow's 18-hole final will begin at 8:30 a.m. local time at Bayou DeSiard Country Club in Monroe, Louisiana.
ABOUT THE Cotton States Invitational
Originally played in 1949 as the Bayou
DeSiard Labor Day Golf Tournament, the
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
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
tournament include Hal Sutton, Gil Morgan, and
Toms. The tournament field field is limited to 96
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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