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GCAA Am Series: Davis Bryant survives playoff
Davis Bryant (CSU Athletics)
Davis Bryant (CSU Athletics)

Fort Collins Country Club played host to the GCAA Amateur Series to kick off the week. Colorado, Colorado State, and the University of Denver were well represented in the all collegiate mixed field.

Denver golfer Jackson Solem slept on the lead at five under after 36 holes. Colorado State teammates Davis Bryant and Gavin Hagstrom shared a tie for second with a pair of 69s for a 2-under, 138 total.

The three shots that separated Bryant and Solem would prove important as the day came to a close. Solem started his day with an eagle in what looked to be a runaway win. His round hit the brakes hard when he double-bogeyed the par-3 5th.

Carding an even-par 35, Solem slipped from his cat-bird seat with bogeys on Nos. 15 and 17 before scratching a birdie on the last to match Bryant at 4-under 206 for the championship.

As for how Bryant got to have the lead on the 18th hole, his day began with birdies on Nos. 1 and 3 which bookmarked a bogey on the second. Tallying another bogey on the par-5 7th, Davis remained two back of Solem as the pair made the turn.

With birdies on Nos. 11 and 15, Bryant recouped the two shot deficit while Solem slipped from the lead.

Needing a birdie to force a playoff, Solem came through with a clutch three to continue the duos day.

Splitting the first playoff hole with a pair of ho-hum pars, Solem let driver rip on the second playoff hole. Missing left, his luck ran out. His drive ended up stuck in a tree, forcing Solem to take a drop. Bryant took advantage of Solem’s misfortune as he made birdie to Solem’s bogey.

The CSU Ram finished atop the leaderboard while teammates AJ Ott and Gavin Hagstrom both finished in the top five.

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ABOUT THE GCAA Amateur Series - Fort Collins

Eligibility : Tournaments are open to any male or female golfers who were on a college or university varsity golf roster during the 2019-20 school year or will be on a college or university varsity golf roster during the upcoming 2020-21 school year.

Entry Fee: $265 per player – Tournament registration will open approximately six weeks prior to the date of the event and will be administered by the GCAA. Entry fee will include all competitive rounds, range access during the tournament days, as well as a boxed lunch between rounds on day one of the tournament.

Format: Events will be held over two day (Saturday- Sunday) 54 holes; using either a shotgun start format or double tee start format. Both male and female golfers will be competing in one tournament using two sets of tees. Tournaments will be recognized by WAGR; points will be awarded accordingly based on the individual participants finish against other players of their gender.

Practice Rounds: Will be optional and be at the expense of participants. The GCAA will work with host venues to set up day(s) and times for individuals who would like to play in a practice round. Participants will be responsible for setting up their own practice round.

Field Size: Events will have a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 84 players.

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