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The W. E. Cole Cotton States Invitational Golf Tournament is an amateur match play event held annually at Bayou DeSiard Country Club in Monroe, Louisiana. Since 1949, it has attracted some of the top collegiate and amateur players in the region and around the country and world. The 2017 tournament will be held July 25-30. The Cotton States has a rich tradition of high level competition with several past contestants and champions moving on to success on the PGA Tour.A few past Cotton States players of note are Gil Morgan, Bill Rodgers, Hal Sutton, David Toms and Marc Leishman. They all went on to success on the PGA Tour. Rodgers, Sutton and Toms all went on to win major championships. The 2016 Champion was Garret May,from Hope Arkansas and Baylor University. The runner-up was Blaine Hale, from Dallas Texasand the Oklahoma University. This tournament will be contested over 36-holes stroke play qualifying, with the low thirty two qualifiers advancing to match play. The match play portion of the tournament will consist of five matches over the nextthree days to identify the champion. Players interested in entering must have a 0.0 USGA certified handicap index or betterto enter. Entries will be notified of acceptance within 3-5 days. The W. E. Cole Cotton States Invitational Golf Tournamentis affiliated with the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking. The top finishers in the stroke play qualifying and the matchplay will receive world ranking points. The course was originally designed by Perry Maxwell and most recently renovated in 2008-2009 by RonPritchard. The course plays to 7234 yards from the championship tees, and will certainly create an exciting challenge for all contestants.