Michel, Blackmon top seeds as Cotton States matches start
Kyle Michel
Kyle Michel

MONROE, La. (July 25, 2018) – The match-play bracket is set at the W.E. Cole Cotton States Invitational, and now the real fun begins. Thirty-two players advanced to the next leg of the tournament at Bayou DeSiard Country Club.

After 36 holes of stroke play, Australian Kyle Michel and Texan Brody Blackmon shared the stop spot. Both got to 6 under. Michel drew the top seed while Blackmon, the Ole Miss senior, will start match play as the No. 2 seed.

Behind the leaders, three players finished 36 holes at 5 under and tied for third. Those players included Keegan McLachlan, Peyton Wilhoit and Sean Wilcox. McLachlan, of South Africa, is headed to Louisiana-Monroe in the fall. Wilhoit is the leading scorer for Southern Illinois and Wilcox is a redshirt sophomore at Tennessee.

First-round leaders Grayson Jones and Isaiah Jackson, who started with 67, fell down the leaderboard with second-round scores of 75 and 78, respectively. Both still made match play, however. The cut to make the bracket fell at 3 over.

Results: Cotton States Amateur
WinAustraliaBlake CollyerAustralia400
Runner-upTXPaul GonzalezWaxahachie, TX300
SemifinalsMSCharlie MillerJackson, MS200
SemifinalsARLuke LongFayetteville, AR200
QuarterfinalsOKGrayson JonesTulsa, OK100

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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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