Coe Invitational: Strickland, Vickers win 4th

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (June 3, 2011) -- Under terrific golfing conditions, the final round of the Charlie Coe Invitational hosted at Castle Pines Golf Club has been completed and thescoring was outstanding. In the Mid-Am division, Jim Strickland and Warren Vickers tied their own tournament record score of 199 to take their fourth title of this event and in the Senior-Am division, Jim Crane and Hunter Nelson fired an eight under 64 to win top honors with a three day score of 201.

Strickland and Vickers, both of Scottsdale, Arizona, held off a hard charge by Charles Williams and Chris Forbes of Houston and Katy, Texas, who shot a final round score of 67. Williams and Forbes finished three strokes aheadof Denny Pelle and Jeff Fujimoto, also of Scottsdale, and Jeff Knox and Jack Larkin, from Augusta and Atlanta, Georgia.

With Crane and Nelson slamming the door on the competition, second place in the Senior-Am division became a battle. Denny Alexander of Ft. Worth, Texas, and partner Gary Hardin of La Quinta, posted a final round 67 for a 204 total to hold off Van Lefferdink of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and partner Pete Allen of Southport, North Carolina, who finished at 207.

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 wason 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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