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The Cotton States Story By Keith Prince Nothing captures the spirit of Bayou DeSiard Country Club more than its prestigious annual W. E. Cole Cotton States Invitational Golf Tournament. Originally played in 1949 as the Bayou DeSiard Labour Day Golf Tournament, the festive affair was renamed The Cotton States Invitational in 1951 by the club's young head professional, W. E. "Winnie" Cole . Little did Cole know that 27 years later, in 1978, the event would be retitled again, forever to be known as the W. E. Cole Cotton States Invitational Golf Tournament. On its 50th anniversary, speaking about the 1951 name change he made, Cole said, "We needed a name that would make the tournament special and give it stature. I felt The Cotton States would be appropriate because those are the states from which we have always drawn the majority of our tournament players." Winnie Cole was right on target, and from the outset The Cotton States became one of the most popular late summer tournaments in the South. In fact, it originally preceded the U. S. Amateur Championship by one week and made the perfect tune-up tournament for some of golf's greatest young players. In the very first Cotton States (1951),Don January, then playing for North Texas State and later a highly successful participant on both the PGA and Senior Tours, came to Monroe and left with the championship. He was the first of many tremendous golfers to win The Cotton States. Eventually, because colleges began starting their fall semesters earlier, The Cotton States moved away from Labor Day and was played on earlier dates. It continues to draw a high-quality field, featuring some of the region's top veteran amateurs as well as college golfers from many states. Except for 1970 and 1971, the tournament has used a match play format which has brought about countless dramatic moments and last- minute victories. Among past Cotton States champions -- most of whom were in college at the time, later achieving national prominence -- are Hal Sutton (1976), Homero Blancos (1962-63-64), Jackie Cupit (1960), Hal Underwood (1966), Rik Massengale (1967), Stan Lee (1973-74), Mike Heinen (1987) and Perry Moss (1989). Gil Morgan also played here and was runner-up to Robert Shelton of Monroe in 1970. Other notables who played here include former British Open champion Bill Rogers (1972), former PGA champions John Mahaffey (1968) and David Toms (1986), and 1998 British Open runner-up Brian Watts (1984). Gene Dahlbender, of Atlanta, Ga., joins Blancos as the only three-time winner of The Cotton States, taking the title in 1955-56 and 1961. Local winners have included Jack Rivers (1959),Clayton Cole (1965), Wayne Peddy (1968), Terry Peddy (1979), Doug Farr (1991), Bob Cooper (1999), ULM golfers Drew Proctor (1993) and Brian Frazier (1997), Paul Jones, Jr. (1980) of Bastrop and Tom Bryant (1981) of Lake Providence. Historical photographs provided by Henry Cole
14-Time PGA Tour Winner1983 PGA ChampionRyder Cup 1989, 1991,1999,& 2002 United States Captain, 2004 Ryder Cup  "I have some very fond memories of the Cotton States  Invitational. My most memorable match was against Randy  Sonnier, either in the quarterfinal or semifinal. We finished 18  holes all square and halved only two holes the entire match. I was  fortunate enough to win the match on the first playoff hole and I then went on to win the Cotton States Title. It was great experience  for my professional career." Walker Cup 1979, 1981 "My most vivid memory is playing Frank Brame and being 5-down. I got it to all square on 18, but lost in a play-off. I also have fond memories of the Moses Motel.... We did have some good times in the Moses." David Toms   13-Time PGA Tour Winner  2001 PGA Champion  2002, 2004, 2006 Ryder Cup Team Member    Presidents Cup player in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011                                                      World Cup 2002 your product  or business here Click for more info Advertise
Our sincerest thanks to the following golfing greats for their kind comments...   Our History - A very rich heritage! Hal Sutton "I have nothing but the best thoughts about The Cotton States. The community really embraced the tournament, and made everyone feel truly welcome. I loved Bayou DeSiard                                                     and all the event festivities. I met some                                                          great friends in Monroe, and only wish                                                               the tour would have had events as fun                                                                           as the Cotton States." Bill Rogers   6-Time PGA Tour Winner  1981 British Open Champion  1981 Ryder Cup Team Member Bill Rogers
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August 2021 3 - 7 W.E. Cole Cotton States Amateur History The tournament was first held in 1949 as the Bayou DeSiard Labor Day Golf Tournament, won by Bill Jones from Monroe, Louisiana. In 1951 the new young Club pro, W. E. (Winnie) Cole, changed the name to the Cotton States Invitational to help elevate it to Regional status. That year the winner was Don January, who later went on to become a successful player on the PGA Tour and the Senior Tour (now the PGA Champions Tour).  In 1978 the tournament was renamed again in honor of Mr. Cole and became the W. E. Cole Cotton States Invitational.  Over the years the Cotton States has attracted some of the top collegiate and amateur players from around the Gulf South region along with players from other areas of the country and from around the World. 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 Cotton States players of note were Don January, Homero Blancas, Jackie Cupit, Gil Morgan, Bill Rodgers, Hal Sutton, David Toms, Abraham Ancer and Marc Leishman. They have all gone on to successful careers on the PGA Tour.  Rodgers, Sutton and Toms all became major championship winners. copyright 2014 cottonstates.org all rights reserved Past Champions of the W. E. Cole Cotton States Invitational	 YEAR - CHAMPION -	RUNNER-UP	 2012		Tyler Klava, Pace, FL    Jade Scott 2011		Riley Pumphries,  Georgetown, TX     Billy Brozovich 2010		Ken Looper, Mandeville, LA   Nakanintra Ratanakul 2009		No Tournament Held  2008 	Bobby Massa, Grand Prairie, TX 	Will Osborne	 2007 	Oliver Bekker, Beaumont, TX 	David McKendrick	 2006 	Mark Ogren, Daphne, AL 	Creighton Honeck	 2005 	Andrew Dresser, Carrollton, TX 	Andrew Tampion	 2004 	Daniel McGurk, The Woodlands, TX 	Co-champions	 		Kane Streat, Australia 		 2003 	Neven Basic, Australia 	Zach Atkinson	 2002 	Zach Atkinson, Dallas, TX 	Scotty Free	 2001 	Billy Dressler, Lake Charles, LA 	Shad Muth	 2000 	Brock Mulder, Waterloo, IA 	Douglas Sinitiere	 1999 	Bob Cooper, Monroe, LA 	John Humphries	 1998 	John Humphries, Alexandria, LA 	George Cestia	 1997 	Brian Frazier, West Monroe, LA 	Daniel Steele	 1996 	Chip McDonald, Lafayette, LA 	Grady Brame	 1995 	Will Moore, Dallas, TX 	Doug Farr	 1994 	Brent Wolff, Ft. Worth, TX 	Brad Surles	 1993 	Drew Proctor, Little Rock, AR 	Brad Montgomery	 1992 	Rett Crowder, Jackson, MS 	Henry Cole	 1991 	Doug Farr, Monroe, LA 	Andy Bell	 1990 	No Tournament Held 		 1989 	Perry Moss, Shreveport, LA 	Paul Davenport	 1988 	Course Renovation, No Tournament Held 		 1987 	Mike Heinen, Welch, LA 	Perry Moss	 1986 	Frank Brame, Alexandria, LA 	David Toms	 1985 	Lindsey Spillers, Baton Rouge, LA 	Scott Sills	 1984 	Pat Stephens, Richmond, KY 	Henry Cole	 1983 	David Allen, Jackson, MS 	Frank Brame	 1982 	Jimmy Strickland, Lafayette, LA 	Michael Stephens	 1981 	Tom Bryant, Lake Providence, LA 	Bob Cooper	 1980 	Paul Jones, Jr., Bastrop, LA 	David Dougherty	 1979 	Terry Peddy, Monroe, LA 	Tim Graham	 2013		Ian Davis Edmond, OK        Preston Stanley 2014		Eamon Bradley              Corbin Renner 2015		Cory Churchman,               Andreas Gjestaby 2016		Garrett May, Hope, AR         Blaine Hale Jr 1976 	Hal Sutton, Shreveport, LA 	Tico Hoffman	 1975 	No Tournament Held 		 1974 	Stan Lee, Heber Springs, AR 	Henry Cole	 1973 	Stan Lee, Heber Springs, AR 	Robert Shelton	 1972 	Jim Belton, Shreveport, LA 	Dick McMurray	 1971 	Curt Cox, San Antonio, TX 	Buddy Short	 1970 	Robert Shelton, Monroe, LA 	Gil Morgan	 1969 	John Paul Cain, Houston, TX 	Stokes McConnell	 1968 	Wayne Peddy, West Monroe, LA 	Mike Keck	 1967 	Rik Massengale, Jacksboro, TX 	Clayton Cole	 1966 	Hal Underwood, Del Rio, TX 	Mike Taylor	 1965 	Clayton Cole, Monroe, LA 	Bob Hartquist	 1964 	Homero Blancos, Houston, TX 	Henry Cole	 1963 	Homero Blancos, Houston, TX 	Roy Pace	 1962 	Homero Blancos, Houston, TX 	Fred Marti	 1961 	Gene Dahlbender, Jr., Atlanta, GA 	Jack Rivers	 1960 	Jackie Cupit, Longview, TX 	Gene Dahlbender, Jr.	 1959 	Jack Rivers, Monroe, LA 	Bud Humphries	 1958 	Tommy Wulff, New Orleans, LA 	M. C. Methvin	 1957 	H. P. Childress, Vicksburg, MS 	Gene Dahlbender, Jr. 1956 	Gene Dahlbender, Jr., Atlanta, GA 	Bob Travis	 1955 	Gene Dahlbender, Jr., Atlanta, GA 	Jackie Cupit	 1954 	Ham Carruthers, Greenwood, MS 	Walley Bradley	 1953 	Jake Epting, Jackson, MS 	Scottie Rainey	 1952 	Bennie Castloo, Mineola, TX 	Don January	 1951 	Don January, Dallas, TX 	Alan Andrews	 *1950 	Jim Hill, Memphis, TN 	H. D. Touchstone	 *1949 	W. E. "Bill" Jones, Monroe, LA 	Frank Clark* As Bayou DeSiard Labor Day Golf Tournament	  1977 	Wayne DeFrancesco, Mclain, VA 	Mike LaBauve	 1978 	Louis Lee, Heber Springs, AR 	Billy Pierot	 2020    Jack Gnam, winner, Mitchel Ford, runner-up 2019    Charlie Miller, winner, Sims Abney, runner-up 2018 – Blake Collyer, winner,  Paul Gonzalez, runner-up 2017		Blaine Hale Jr. Dallas, TX       Thomas Johnson