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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 . The 2016 tournament
will be held July 26-31. The tournament 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 that did have professional careers were John Mahaffey, Gil Morgan, Bill Rodgers,
Hal Sutton, David Toms and Marc Leishman. They all went on to success on the PGA Tour.
Mahaffey, Rodgers, Sutton and Toms all won major championships. The 2015 Champion was
Cory Churchman, who plays for University of North Texas, and is from Abilene, Texas. The
runner up was Andreas Gjesteby who plays for Baylor University and is from Solsvingen, Norway.
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 next three days to identify the champion. Players interested in entering must have a
0.0 USGA certified handicap index or less to enter. Entries will be notified of acceptance within 2-3 days. The
W. E. Cole Cotton States Invitational Golf Tournament is affiliated with the Scratch Players World Amateur
Ranking. The top finishers in the stroke play qualifying and the match play will receive world ranking points.
Bayou DeSiard is a Perry Maxwell layout that was last renovated and updated in 2009 by Ron Pritchart. The fairways
are 419 Bermuda with small undulating MiniVerde™ greens. The course plays to 7234 yards from the championship
tees, and will certainly create an exciting challenge for all contestants.