Coe Invitational: Strickland, Vickers lead

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (June 2, 2011) -- The second round results for the 2011 Charlie Coe Invitational are in the books after a tough day of competition at Castle Pines Golf Club.

A strong and gusty wind made the golf course challenging today with birdies and eagles tougher to come by.

The great playing ability of the field still shone through as there were still some great scores posted in the both the Senior - Am and Mid - Am divisions.

In the Mid-Am division, three time champions Jim Strickland and Warren Vickers of Scottsdale, Arizona, jumped into the lead with a seven under 65 on Thursday to post a two-day total of 131, thirteen under par. In second place at 134 are Jeff Knox and Jack Larkin, of Augusta and Atlanta, Georgia, and the team of Charles Williams and Chris Forbes of Houston and Katy,Texas. Many teams are still in the hunt, including John Elway and Tom Hart of Denver, Colorado, who stand at 137.

In the Senior-Am division, five time champions Mike Rice and Jerry Hudgins of Houston and Kingwood, Texas, are back on top at nine under par, 135.

Right behind them are five teams tied at 137. The third and final round of the 2011 Charlie Coe Invitational is all setfor Friday, June 3rd, and there will surely be some low scores turned in,especially with calmer winds in the forecast.

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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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