The W. E. Cole Cotton States Invitational Golf Tournament is a match play event held annually at Bayou DeSiard Country Club in Monroe, Louisiana. The 2013 tournament will be held from July 22-27, attracting many of the top collegiate and amateur players from around the country.
The Cotton States has a long, rich history and tradition of high level competition. Over the years, several past contestants and champions havemoved on to success as an amateur and on the PGA Tour. This tournament will be contested by a 36-hole stroke play qualifying, with the sixty-four lowqualifiers advancing to match play. The match play portion of the tournamentwill consist of two matches per day over the next three days. Because this format is very similar to that of the U.S. Amateur Championship, this should be agreat warm-up for the upcoming "Amateur".
Contestants must have a 1.8 USGA certified handicap index or less to enter. The W. E. Cole Cotton States Invitational Golf Tournament is affiliated with the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking system and the top finishers will receive world ranking points.