Charlie Coe: Strickland/Vickers pull it off

CASTLE PINES, Colorado (June 4, 2010) -- The final round of the Charlie Coe Invitational at Castle Pines Golf Club is complete and some familiar faces surfaced to the top of both the Mid – Am and Senior – Am divisions. The weather was once again perfect and the golf course took some revenge on the field, making the scoring just a bit more difficult for the final round.

In the Mid-Am Division, Jim Strickland and Warren Vickers of Scottsdale, Arizona, posted a final round 67 for a three day total of 203 to nip the team of John Elway and Tom Hart, both of Denver, Colorado, who stumbled a bit on the last day with a round of even par 72. Two teams tied for third with 206 totals – Brad Wilder of Ft. Wright, Kentucky, and Steve White of Jackson, Wyoming, and Jeff Knox and Tripp Kuhlke of Augusta, Georgia. The team of Strickland and Vickers also won the Charlie Coe Invitational in 2007 and 2006.

In the Senior –Am Division, 2008 Charlie Coe champions Rick George of Denver, Colorado, and Paul Schlachter of Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, roared back from a slow start to claim the title. They posted rounds of 65 and 66 after an opening round of 70 to easily outdistance first round leaders Bill Jackson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Donald Weeks of Palm City, Florida.

The tournament was a tremendous tribute to Charlie Coe, one of the best amateur players in golf. His accomplishments included two USGA Amateur Championships (1949 and 1958), playing in nineteen consecutive Masters (making the cut fifteen times) and being a seven time member of the Walker Cup (Captain in 1957 and 1959). Charlie would be proud of the play that was on display this week for his tournament.

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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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