Cotton States Invt'l: Massa's birdie flurry wins it

MONROE, La. (June 28, 2008)--University of Texas-Arlington junior Bobby Massa birdied four of the first dozen holes at the W.E. Cole Cotton States Invitational to open up a lead he would never relenquish at the Bayou DeSiard Country Club in Monroe, La.

"I was hitting my driver well, and I was making my putts," Massa told the Monroe News Star. "I started the day a little tight, but just took a deep breath, and I was fine after that."

Massa was 4-up over University of Arkansas senior Will Osbourne through 12, when Osbourne birdied 14, then cut the lead to 2-up on the 16th when he took advantage of a Massa bogey while staring at dormie-3.

Massa bogeyed the 17th hole as well, but Osbourne couldn't make him pay for it, bogeying as well and giving Massa a 2 & 1 victory.

"There are a lot of wedge shots, a lot of opportunities to place the ball. In match play it's all about making birdies," Massa told the News Star.

It was his third appearance Massa, who faced his toughest match in the second round when he needed 20 holes to defeat local golfer Bob Cooper.

He defeated co-medalist Hudson Johnson easily in the quarterfinals, 5 & 4, then topped Ryan Haseldon 1-up in the semis.

Results For W.E. Cole Cotton States Invitational
WinTXBobby MassaGrand Prarie, TX400
Runner-upTXWill OsborneWichita Falls, TX300
SemifinalsTXMichael SmithCedar Park, TX200
SemifinalsTXRyan HaseldenHouston, TX200
QuarterfinalsSouth AfricaLeroux FerreiraSouth Africa100

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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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