Baxter Ward Holds Top-Seed at Cotton States Invitational
27 Jul 2017
by Yianni Gogonas of AmateurGolf.com

see also: View results for Cotton States Amateur, Bayou DeSiard Country Club

Baxter Ward (Stephen F. Austin State U. photo)
Baxter Ward (Stephen F. Austin State U. photo)

MONROE, Louisiana (July 27, 2017) -- Australian golfer Baxter Ward led the charge this morning as the W.E. Cole Cotton States Invitational medal qualifying concluded, shooting a 5-under-par 67 in Thursday’s effort, tying with Triston Elson, for the low round of the tournament thus far.

After 36-holes of medal play, Ward, who recently wrapped up his collegiate career at Stephen F. Austin University, has secured himself the top-seed moving into Friday’s matches.

Qualifiers will need to win five matches en route to winning the event. Match play will begin with Friday morning’s round-of-32, with winners competing in the round-of-16 in the afternoon.

Ward will play OSU golfer Quade Cummins in the opener, with the pair set to tee off at 8 AM ET.

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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