Charlie Coe Invitational: Marsico and Hayes Repeat
Jonathan Marsico and Ben Hayes
Jonathan Marsico and Ben Hayes

CASTLE PINES, CO (June 2, 2017) - Castle Pines member Jonathan Marsico of Denver, CO and partner Ben Hayes of Scottsdale, AZ shot a final-round 67 to overcome Tripp Kuhlke and Jeff Knox and successfully defend their title at the Charlie Coe Invitational at Castle Pines Golf Club.

In last year's tournament, it was another fast finish for Marsico and Hayes, who shot a 4-under 32 on a frost-shortened final round to win by two. This time, their 5-under 67 was the low round on a day where only three teams broke 70.

Kuhlke and Knox, who won the Coe in 2013, started the final round two shots ahead of 2014 winners Ted Neville and Andy Latowski, and three ahead of Marsico/Hayes and four other teams. Neville and Latowski fell out of contention early, and of the five tied for third coming in, only Marsico/Hayes (67) and Will Osborne/Beau Davis (69) could manage a sub-70 round.

With Marsico and Hayes posting the target score of 10-under 206, Kuhlke and Knox needed to shoot a final-round 70 to force a playoff, but fell one shot short. Osborne and Davis were solo third at 208, while Rick Helling and Kane Hanson finished fourth at 209.

Eoin Middaugh, who won the event in 2015 with Taylor Wood, teamed up with new partner Sean Lim to finish tied fifth at 211.

Jim Strickland, a four-time champion with former partner Warren Vickers, paired with Mike Wagner to finish 10th at 214.

Jack Larkin, who won the Coe in 2005, teamed with Brendan Williams to finish 12th at 215. They were tied with the team of Jason Pool and Barry Dyche, who won in 2012.


There were repeat winners in the Senior Division as well, with Castle Pines member Hollis Sullivan, of Westworth Village, TX and partner Jeff Dillard, of Wichita Falls, TX winning in a playoff over Ben Hargis and Bart Dornier. The two teams started the day tied for the lead and, playing together, shot matching rounds of 71 for an 8-under 208 total.

76-year-old Mike Rice of Houston, TX teamed with 68-year-old Jerry Hudgins of Tyler, TX to finish solo third at 5-under 211.

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The Charlie Coe Invitational, organized by Mike Timbers, is played annually to honor one of the greatest amateurs ever. 54-hole two-man team event for mid-amateurs and seniors, max handicap combined 4.0. Starting in 2020, the tournament uses the International Stableford Scoring system that was created by Jack Vickers for The International PGA Tour event. Inquire by letter and golf resume.

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