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Two teams share 54-hole Charlie Coe lead
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CASTLE ROCK, CO (October 6, 2016) -- The second round of the 2016 Charlie Coe Invitational, hosted at Castle Pines Golf Club in Castle Rock, CO, has been completed. A cold front moved through overnight sending the morning temperatures plummeting and an hour delay to the start of the round gave some lingering showers a chance to move out. The chilly day didn’t deter the field and players bundled up to post some very solid scores.

In the Mid-Amateur Division, Castle Pines member Jonathan Marsico of Denver, CO, and partner Ben Hayes of Scottsdale, AZ, stayed in the lead by posting a second round 1-under 71, but they have company at the 139 total with the team of Marcus Jones, of Argyle, TX, and partner Norton Rainey, of Parker, CO, who came in with a 2-under 70 to get them into the tie. By virtue of a 5-under-par 67 in the second round, Paras Pandya, of Midlothian, VA, and partner Tommy Lesperance, of Richmond, VA, vaulted into third place at 140.

Castle Pines member Hollis Sullivan, of Westworth Village, TX, and partner Jeff Dillard, of Wichita Falls, TX, posted a solid even-par 72 to put them atop the Senior Division at 2-under-par 142. One-stroke back at 143 is the team of Pat Youngs and partner John Pierce, both of San Antonio, TX, who shot a 3-under 69 in the second round. In third place at 140 is first round leaders Jim Holtgrieve, of Augusta, MO, and partner Al Martin, of Plymouth, MA.

The third and final round of the 2016 Charlie Coe Invitational is all set for Friday, October 7th, with a 9:00 am shotgun start.

ROUND ONE RECAP

The first round of the 27th Charlie Coe Invitational teed off Wednesday, October 5th at Castle Pines Golf Club with a field featuring some of the best Mid-Amateur and Senior teams from across the country. The two-man teams are competing in 54-hole scratch better-ball format, the tournament celebrates the legend of Charlie Coe.

The fall weather made for good playing conditions, despite the chill in the air earlier this morning that held up the start due to an hour frost delay. Once play got underway, the players faced a tough golf course that didn’t give up many birdies and the scores reflected the challenge.

In the Mid-Amateur division, Castle Pines member Jonathan Marsico of Denver, CO, and partner Ben Hayes of Scottsdale, AZ, turned in a 4-under-par 68 to take a one-stroke lead over the teams of Marcus Jones, of Argyle, TX, and partner Norton Rainey, of Parker, CO; Mayson Petty and Bruce Willette, both of Charlotte, NC. Three more teams lurk at 2-under-par 70.

Tied at the top of the Senior Division at 2-under 70 is three-time Walker Cup player and two-time Walker Cup captain Jim Holtgrieve, of Augusta, MO, and partner Al Martin Vice President of FootJoy out of Plymouth, MA; Castle Pines member Hollis Sullivan, of Westworth Village, TX, and partner Jeff Dillard, of Wichita Falls, TX. Two teams are in third place at 1-over 73.

Cold weather is in the forecast for the second round which will begin tomorrow, October 6th, at 9:00 a.m. The final round is scheduled for Friday, October 7th.

-Story by Don Hurter of Castle Pines Golf Club

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ABOUT THE Charlie Coe Invitational

The Charlie Coe Invitational, organized by Mike Timbers, is played annually to honor one of the greatest amateurs ever. Coe 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. 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. Team Event, max handicap combined 4.0. Inquire by letter and golf resume.

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