W.E. Cole Cotton States: Garrett May wins 1 up
(Baylor Athletics Photo)
MONROE, LA (July 31, 2016) -- The championship match of the W.E. Cole Cotton States was delayed three hours after five to six inches of rain overnight, but once it began it was an entertaining battle between two Big 12 rivals. No. 12 Blaine Hale, a rising sophomore at Oklahoma, faced off against Baylor sophomore and six-seed Garrett May, at Bayou Desiard Country Club. The match was tight throughout but in the end it was May outlasting Hale thanks to his ball striking.
“I was very happy with the way I struck the ball. I think that was the reason I was in this position today,” May told The News Star. “Looking back on it, I didn’t get a lot of putts to fall, but it felt like I was hitting 15, 16 greens a round.”
Early on, the match seesawed back and forth a bit with Hale taking an early lead on the 2nd hole, only to have May even the match on the ensuing hole. A few holes later, on the 7th, May hit a wedge to tap-in range which gave him a lead he would never relinquish.
May had a 1 up lead at the turn and extended it to 2 up on the 15th after putting his tee shot on the par-3 to 12-feet. On the ensuing hole, Hale clawed back within one but after a pair of halves it was May hoisting the trophy.
May reached the finals following a 4&2 win over No. 2 Blake Collyer, while it was Hale advancing via a 3&2 victory over Draegen Majors.
-The News Star contributed to this story
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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