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Abney, Miller to meet in Cotton States title match
Charlie Miller (Ole Miss Athletics photo)
Charlie Miller (Ole Miss Athletics photo)

Only two men remain at the Cotton States Amateur and in Sunday’s final at Bayou DiSiard Country Club in Monroe, La, it will be an SEC-themed match. Incoming Alabama freshman Simms Abney will take on Charlie Miller, a rising sophomore at Ole Miss, for the title.

Both men prevailed in close semifinal matches on Saturday afternoon. Abney, from Madison, Miss., took down Lance Yates, 3 and 1. On the lower bracket, meanwhile, Miller, of Jackson, Miss., needed 19 holes to defeat Charlie Flynn.

Abney has advanced from the No. 4 spot on the 32-man bracket. All of his matches have been relatively close but for his second-round match against Dustin Hasley. Abney won, 7 and 5.

Miller earned the No. 15 seed at the start of the week. He immediately took out No. 18 seed Kyle Robinson, 5 and 4, and worked his way through the bracket from there.

Results: Cotton States Invitational
WinMSCharlie MillerJackson, MS400
Runner-upMSSimms AbneyJackson, MS300
SemifinalsLACharlie FlynnAlexandria, LA200
SemifinalsLALance YatesBaton Rouge, LA200
QuarterfinalsTXShayler DanceDallas, TX100

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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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