Gonzalez, Collyer to meet in Cotton States final
Paul Gonzalez (UT-Arlington photo)
Paul Gonzalez (UT-Arlington photo)

MONROE, La. (July 28, 2018) – A week ago at this time, Paul Gonzalez had the lead going into the final round of the West Texas Amateur. Gonzalez fell to T-5 in the final round of that event, but it’s another week, another tournament, another opportunity. On Sunday, Gonzalez will face off against Blake Collyer in the championship match of the W.E. Cole Cotton States Invitational.

Gonzalez, a sophomore at Texas-Arlington, has survived two double-round days at Bayou DeSiard Golf Club to reach the final match. On Saturday, he knocked off Grayson Jones in the morning quarterfinals, 2 up, then took down Charlie Miller in the semifinals, 2 and 1.

Collyer, meanwhile, had a slightly easier day on Saturday than Gonzalez. In the quarterfinals, Collyer, of Australia, took down Sean Wilcox, 6 and 5. His semifinal match against Luke Long only went 15 holes.

Collyer won the Australian Dunes Medal last year. His past month has been highlighted by a T-30 at the Southern Amateur and a T-33 at the Players Amateur.

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