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Charlie Coe Invitational: Williams/Forbes set the pace

CASTLE ROCK, CO (June 1, 2011) -- The 22nd Anniversary of the Charlie Coe Invitational teed off at Castle Pines Golf Club today, June 1st, 2011. Featuring some of the best Mid-Amand Senior-Am teams from around the world in a two-man scratch better ball format, the tournament celebrates the legend of Charlie Coe with some great golf on a great course.

With slightly overcast skies, calm winds and a comfortable temperature, it was a perfect day for scoring and the players took the pportunity to postsome great scores. In the Mid-Am division, Charles Williams and Chris Forbes, of Houston and Katy, Texas, posted a blistering opening round of seven under 65 to set the early pace. In a three-way tie for second place at 66 is defending champions Jim Strickland and Warren Vickers, both ofScottsdale, Arizona, Jeff Knox and Jack Larkin, of Augusta and Atlanta, Georgia, and Denny Pelle and Jeff Fujimoto, from Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona.

In the Senior-Am Division, Denny Alexander of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Gary Hardin of La Quinta, California, fired an eight under 64 to lead the pack after the first day. Jim Crane and Hunter Nelson of Houston, Texas, are insecond with a 65, followed closely by John Pigg of Austin, Texas, and Eddie Lyons of Shreveport, Louisiana, and Mike Rice and Jerry Hudgins of Houston and Kingwood, Texas.

The second round will begin tomorrow, June 2nd, at 8:00 am, with the final round scheduled for Friday, June 3rd.

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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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