Jake McCrory opens W.E. Cole Cotton States with 4-under 68
Jake McCrory <br>(Sam Houston State Athletics Photo)
Jake McCrory
(Sam Houston State Athletics Photo)

MONROE, LA (July 26, 2017) - Sam Houston State junior Jake McCrory opened the W.E. Cole Cotton States hosted by Bayou DeSiard Country Club with a 4-under 68 to take the day one Stroke Play Qualifying lead by two shots.

McCrory started strongly with birdies on the first two holes and only slowed down briefly with his bogey on the 11th before rebounding with birdies on Nos. 12, 15 and 16.

When the final day of Stroke Play Qualifying begins on Thursday McCrory will be hopping to hold off five players who are sharing second place at 2-under and a group of nine others who are sharing eighth at 1-under.

Following the completion of play on Thursday the field will be trimmed to the top-32 for the beginning of match play on Friday.

Results: Cotton States Amateur
WinTXBlaine HaleDallas, TX400
Runner-upOKThomas JohnsonNorman, OK300
SemifinalsLATriston ElstonBaton Rouge, LA200
SemifinalsLARyan AlfordShreveport, LA200
QuarterfinalsNew ZealandJames AnstissNew Zealand100

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ABOUT THE Cotton States Amateur

Originally played in 1949 as the Bayou DeSiard Labor Day Golf Tournament, the tournament's name was changed to the Cotton States Invitational in 1951 by the club's young head professional, W. E. "Winnie" Cole. He felt that the name better reflected the main states that the tournament's players originated from (and a move to mid-summer made the name a necessity later anyway). Little did Cole know that 27 years later, in 1978, the event would be renamed again, forever to be known as the W. E. Cole Cotton States Invitational Golf Tournament.

Past champions of this highly competitive, yet festive tournament include Don January and Hal Sutton. Gil Morgan, David Toms and many other PGA Tour players have also competed. The tournament field field is limited to 96 amateur participants having a verified USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 0.0. Long a match play event, the format was changed in 2021 to 72 holes of stroke play.

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